Whenever I read or hear something glowing about Cincinnati, especially from an outsider, I get a good feeling inside. At this moment I feel great.
Frank Deford's article (Watch on the Ohio, Sept. 29) highlights just a few of the gems in the Queen City's crown. I love my city. Being a staid and conservative Cincinnatian, I am sometimes embarrassed to admit it. Cincinnati is as beautiful as the photograph that begins the article.
Having spent the last four years as a police officer on Cincy's downtown streets, I believe I can also speak with some authority on this river town's virtues. If Deford would spend one lunch hour on Fountain Square on a summer afternoon, he might change his mind about our women's looks.
STEVEN E. EGGERS
Frank Deford may qualify as a judge of Miss America beauty contestants (LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER, Sept. 29), but he's no judge of our Cincinnati women. We have more than our fair share of beauties.
WILLIAM F. O'BRIEN
I marveled at the way Frank Deford recognized the Queen City's endearing quirks, which would have confounded a less sensitive writer. And Longfellow surely would have approved of Photographer Heinz Kluetmeier's glittering image of (to borrow from Catawba Wine) "...the Queen of the West/in her garlands dressed/on the banks of the Beautiful River.
ROGER J. MEZGER
I had always thought it impossible for an outsider to understand what Cincinnati is all about, yet in a few short pages Frank Deford has captured it all.
BRIAN M. VOLCK
Thanks for the article This Coach Is First Class (Sept. 22). Being associated with Ted Haydon and the University of Chicago Track Club is one of my best memories as a distance runner. After 3� years of Big Ten athletics, where emphasis was on amassing meaningless titles and trophies, I was a disillusioned athlete. What a relief it was to be able to compete in an atmosphere where personal growth was valued above what place you finished. I have seen Ted Haydon refuse to be interrupted in order to watch one of his men struggle through a six-minute mile. Interestingly enough, my best races were run in this atmosphere, and that is the beauty of his approach. An athlete can realize his potential, not through external pressure but through self-motivation. Years later the athlete has a lot more than trophies to show for his efforts. He has the ability to draw on the best within himself.
Sarah Pileggi's article paid tribute to a rare individual. Everyone decries the state of amateur athletics in the U.S., but Ted Haydon is one person who, for the past 25 years, has worked to provide training and competitive opportunities for amateurs—especially the post-college athletes who are so frequently ignored by the American system. His unselfish dedication to track and field should provide inspiration to all who want to change the present situation. We need many more Ted Haydons.
LARRY G. FRANKS
Because of Ted Haydon my pole vaulting career was prolonged six years and I was able to attain my goal. I was no Bob Seagren, but I was competitive.
How refreshing to find a genuine, low-gear personality in the midst of 20th century high-powered sports.
LEE DAVID FAUTSCH