Your splendid midwinter swimwear article gives us readers a tremendous respite from the bitter cold and sloppy snow. As for your models, well, they could tastefully decorate any sport. So please disregard the outcries of wounded purists and other special-interest groups and keep on splashing every January.
Cancel my subscription at once. Imagine, only one picture of Cheryl Tiegs.
Giving Cheryl Tiegs such a small part in the article is like benching Henry Aaron after his 713th home run. Cheryl has been the perennial superstar of the bathing suit issue and we would like to see her back in the starting lineup. This is not intended to take away from the other girls' beauty, but in the future we would like to see more of Cheryl.
Rock Island, Ill.
?For more Cheryl, see below.—ED.
Frank Deford lost a long-time fan with his article on Hawaii (Three Little Syllables. Jan. 24). If he and other tourists haven't the initiative to escape the lockstep of guided tours, they deserve all the rubber roast pork and "tedious historical hula shows" they get. There are some 850,000 permanent residents of this "theme park," most with little or no connection with tourism. I lived there for five years, and I would gladly live there again. As for the famous promontory that "looms over Honolulu," perhaps Deford would be able to remember the name Diamond Head if he would just stop calling it Sugarloaf.
DONNA L. NELSON
The article on Hawaii is narrow-sighted. Frank Deford's first impression led him straight to Waikiki and off the right track immediately. If he intended to write an article on the disillusionment of tourism, Waikiki was a good example. But I lived in Hawaii the past four years, and within the first week a very distinct line had been drawn between the personalities of Waikiki (Alohaland) and of The Islands. Anybody who has spent any time away from the tourist routes could tell Deford that. He missed the whole point behind Hawaii's uniqueness. For paradise to survive it had to conform to the reality of tourism and being part of the U.S. and lose a few small treasures in order to save many more beautiful ones.
While stumbling about "tourist" Hawaii. Frank Deford has displayed astounding superficiality and cultural arrogance. Had he ventured under a few of those "corrugated tin roofs," he would have found not Caribbean poverty but Americans with a uniquely rich life-style and multi-faceted culture. Deford's puerile attempt at the tongue in cheek only achieved a foot in the mouth. We trust that you will exercise better editorial judgment in the future.
PAUL and MYRNA MUTO
Mercer Island, Wash.
The next time you send Frank Deford to Hawaii, make sure that he leaves his white shoes and Big Mac coupons at home. A package deal is no way to see The Islands, even in this "commercial" time.
R. JAMES SCHILLAT
King of Prussia, Pa.
LEFT IS ALL RIGHT
As a lefthander who has become both-handed in order to cope with society's devices, let me offer my praise on Jerry Kirshenbaum's fine article (On the Other Hand, Jan. 24). It does justice to us lefties. And, believe me, this is not a left-handed compliment.
HOWARD A. WOLF