After reading your article on women weight lifters (A Thoroughly Uplifting Experience, Aug. 2), I have come to the conclusion that you've gotten pretty desperate for stories. Of all things! I realize that women may want to be equal, but lifting weights? Come on. Women's Lib is going too darn far. However, I am thankful for your article in one respect. I never laughed harder.
E. WAYNE BOTKINS
I assume this is only the beginning of a series of stories about women engaging in "unladylike" sports such as football, boxing, wrestling, hockey, karate, judo and Kung Fu.
In my opinion, Shirley Patterson has done more for weight lifting than all the Russian superheavyweights. Thanks for a different type of story. But didn't you err and add about 15 years to her age? She can't be 40.
W. BEN JACKSON
I was extremely pleased with your very nice story. However, there was a mistake that I feel should be corrected. It was stated that Natalie Kahn's lifts were 200 pounds in the squat, 135 pounds in the bench press and 300 pounds in the deadlift. I'm sure that Natalie must have meant these poundages as future goals. Her best recorded lifts are 160 pounds in the squat, 100 pounds in the bench press and 245 pounds in the deadlift.
North Hollywood Health Club
North Hollywood, Calif.