There are hundreds of men and women, myself included, who owe Dr. Hanley an immeasurable debt. As the college physician at Bowdoin, his wise counsel, his encouragement and his willingness to involve himself in our lives sustained many of us during our college careers. And his insistence on excellence and moral and intellectual honesty provided us with the foundation upon which we could build successful lives.
GERARD O. HAVILAND
I am a 15-year-old above-average swimmer who has a problem with asthma on occasion, and I often take the drug Marax to make breathing easier. I have found that when I take this drug before a meet, it does not give me extra strength. To the contrary, it sometimes makes me tired. The injustice done to Rick DeMont is unforgivable.
Although I'm not a sports fan, I am a regular reader of SI. That is, I regularly read the contents page, looking for stories by Bil Gilbert. He can take the most mundane of subjects—such as worms (They Crawl by Night, Aug. 27)—and produce an article that enlightens and entertains. I may still mutter "yecch" every time I come across an earthworm in my garden, but I will say it in a more respectful tone. Through Gilbert's writing, I have traveled to places I'll never visit, have stood in awe of vistas I'll never see and have become friends with people I'll never meet. Few contemporary writers have held my interest—or earned my respect—as has Gilbert.
As you aptly pointed out in your wonderful Silver Anniversary Issue (LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER, Aug. 13), "Obviously the public wanted a...literate sports weekly." You're right. SPORTS ILLUSTRATED is the epitome of a quality sports publication.
You might imagine, then, the consternation of your discerning readers when the Aug. 27 issue arrived with a number of the stories printed on uncoated, pulp-magazine-type stock. A quality publication should have a quality look. Or at least there should have been an explanation for the change.
DAVID S. KAGAN
?The change is only temporary. In May, a plant belonging to one of the primary manufacturers of the coated stock SI uses was closed by a strike, and a serious paper shortage was feared. To ensure having enough paper to continue publishing in the event of a prolonged shutdown (the strike lasted six weeks), we purchased a supply of supercalendered, uncoated stock from producers outside the U.S. It is that paper that is appearing in certain sections of the magazine.—ED.