Even when the Brewers were in second place, all we read in the national publications was, "Will the Yankees catch the Red Sox?" But the glorious summer days I spent in County Stadium made me realize that these Brewers were not the figment of my imagination, but a solid, hard-hitting, fun-to-watch ball club. With all due respect to Jim Rice and Ron Guidry, the most valuable players in the AL are Larry Hisle and Mike Caldwell.
Though an occasional reader, I have always admired the quality of your journalism. But Kenny Moore's article and Heinz Kluetmeier's photographs on Hawaiian birds (If the Ie Ie Don't Get You, the A'a Will, Sept. 25) made me feel lucky to have picked up this particular issue. I have only one criticism. I realize you're not Natural History or Smithsonian magazine, but I'd like to have seen more of those sensational photographs mentioned in the story.
New York City
I grew up on the island of Hawaii and frequently hiked on the slopes of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa. Though the terrain is rugged, the species that inhabit it are sensitive to any alteration or disturbance. You bet I believe that picking the 'ohia-lehua flower will bring rain! After all, why ruin a beautiful clear sky by testing a "silly superstition."
Jule Campbell's article (High but Dry, Sept. 18) was accurate as to the type of weather western Washington receives. The pictures were also excellent. However, the statement "At Shi-Shi Beach on Washington's Makah Indian Reservation, space-age tents nestle where tepees once stood" is erroneous. Because of the steady rainfall most of the year, tepees were never used in that area. My ancestors lived in longhouses made from cedar.
Thank you, Virginia Kraft and SPORTS ILLUSTRATED! I ran around to our local open-late markets, looking for a copy of your Sept. 25 issue and an article about the World Eventing Championships (Jumping to a Thrilling Conclusion). I loved that two-page coverage! I was a spectator in Kentucky but suffered the anguish of a trip back home to Colorado without being able to uncover so much as a line about the event in any major newspaper in four states. I was beginning to wonder if I had fallen off the end of this earth and landed in another one after I left the Kentucky Horse Park! How could 170,000 excited fans, a prince and noted equestrians from all over the world be overlooked? You folks have restored my faith. Bless you in 12 languages!
Fort Collins, Colo.
I was disappointed in your coverage of the World Eventing Championships. Seventy thousand attended the Spinks-Ali fight. An estimated 170,000 viewed the Three-Day Event. Muhammad Ali and Bruce Davidson are both current world champions. How many times has Ali made your cover? Davidson? You have treated the greatest equestrian event as a backyard horse show.
PATRICE C. WEBER
Blue Bell, Pa.