Cuba's Andres Aldama must be the hardest hitter of all time. According to SI, Vladimir Kolev was a Bulgarian when Aldama hit him and a Romanian when he woke up.
LESLIE C. McANENY
?Kolev is still a Bulgarian.—ED.
SIGHTS AND SOUNDS
William Leggett's article (TV/RADIO, Aug. 9) correctly described ABC's telecast of the Olympics as "flawed by commercials...so frequent and repetitious that I stopped watching and listening." He also rightly noted, "Other things jarred: the rock concerts, the mural painting, the interviews with non-Olympians" and the ineptness of most of the "expert" commentators. I hope this experience will help teach the TV executives and the TV talkers to devote the limited time left between commercials to providing more coverage of the sports events and less of the commentators and nonsport irrelevancies.
Silver Spring, Md.
I must disagree with William Leggett. The Olympics represent a celebration, and while most of the coverage should, and did, focus on the athletes, to limit it to them exclusively would be like limiting coverage of baseball's Opening Day to the game alone, eliminating such "distracting" things as the tossing out of the first ball.
As for the excess of commercials, I would much rather see private enterprise footing the bill for the telecasts, and have the freedom to choose whether or not to buy the products advertised, than be forced to pay for the coverage with my taxes.
ANDREW L. AOKI
I wholeheartedly agree with William Leggett. I realize that the telecast of the Games must be paid for, and that it is only logical that advertising be the source of this revenue. However, I find it hard to believe that a more amenable solution to this problem—such as several large businesses joining together to sponsor the Games—cannot be found.
ERNELL M. FLEISHER
Fort Lee, N.J.
Talk about ripoff commercialism on television, how about excessive advertising in the print media? Practice what you preach.
White Plains, N.Y.
I believe a grave injustice has been done U.S. high jumper Dwight Stones. How could the judges have neglected to reward adequately the remarkable effort of this outstanding athlete? Think of it: Stones made a jump of 7'3" with his foot in his mouth, yet he earned only a bronze medal. Outrageous!
DANIEL G. WAYNE
It is unfortunate that Dwight Stones had to play the part of the Ugly American in Montreal. Wearing stupid T shirts and speaking caustically about our neighbors to the north did nothing but cause animosity between himself and the French Canadian people. He did a disservice to the U.S. as well as to himself.
I am sure Stones will regret his conduct in later years when he looks back to Montreal, a little older and perhaps a little wiser. It is an American boy's dream to compete in the Olympics and Stones blew it, not on the field of competition, but off it.
ROGER D. SPICKLER
South Bend, Ind.