I really liked the 1990: A Look Back section in your Dec. 31-Jan. 7 issue. The month-by-month highlights (You Must Remember This) recapped the year in sports perfectly. All the major sporting events were included. Although the whole issue was great, Pictures of 1990 was my favorite. The photo of Kenny (Sky) Walker of the New York Knicks was fantastic.
I would like to thank you on a job well done with Pictures of 1990. I enjoyed looking back on the year through photos that stirred memories. But after going over them all, I realized there was something missing. You didn't have a picture of Bo Kimble shooting a lefthanded free throw in memory of his fallen friend and Loyola Marymount teammate, Hank Gathers. To me, this was the greatest moment of the year in sports.
Your closing picture showed White Sox shortstop Ozzie Guillen cooling off by dipping his head in a Gatorade bucket. Pasted on the side of the bucket is a taped label on which the word fragment "monia" is legible. Could he have dipped his head in a bucket of ammonia?
?The bucket contained a couple of towels that had been soaked in spirits of ammonia and ice water. These arc used to rub down players when they leave the field on a very hot day. Guillen stuck his head in the bucket for a more immediate whiff of relief.
The photograph taken by David E. Klutho of the Pittsburgh-Boston College football game shows a Pitt player sitting on the BC ballcarrier's head. The caption reads, "Pitt strong safety Bobby Boykin performed a chiropractic crack on Boston College tailback Mike Sanders."
Chiropractic care saved mc from a wheelchair. It helped me so much that I was inspired to become a chiropractor myself. Chiropractic care is not even close to the barbaric situation shown in the picture. The caption demeans the profession, and it may discourage people who need help from seeking such help.
WALTER R. DUNCAN, D.C.
As the father of two sons, ages two and three, who are beginning to discover the pleasures of athletic activity, I was touched by E.M. Swift's essay The Heart of a Kid. This article is one I would like to read over and over again as my children grow older, and I am hoping to frame—from separate copies—the front and back of the page in order to better preserve it. Please convey my thanks and congratulations to Swift.
KENT E. DAIBER
Swift's article reminded me of an experience I had a few years ago when the eight-year-old son of a friend invited me to watch him play in a midget lacrosse game. The telling moment came afterward as we all drove together for ice cream, and Kevin said, "By the way, Dad, who won?"
The Queen City
Naming Cincinnati your city of the year was right on the money (City of the Year: Cincinnati, Dec. 31-Jan. 7). I'm proud to live in a town where common decency is expected, freedoms are protected, justice (eventually) prevails and people wear their hearts on their sleeves. My only objection is to the subtitle of your illustration: "Sex, Lies and Baseball." It's true, we do have a healthy enthusiasm for two of these subjects, but in Cincinnati it's not very nice to tell lies.
MARK O. HUBBARD
As a sophomore at Xavier University, I was disappointed that you didn't acknowledge our basketball team, the Musketeers. Coach Peter Gillen led the Muskies to exciting last-second victories over Loyola Marymount and the University of Cincinnati on the way to a Top 25 ranking and their third straight Midwestern Collegiate Conference title. The team also gave an impressive performance in the NCAA tournament, upsetting Georgetown and advancing to the Sweet 16. What's more, power forward Tyrone Hill was selected 11th overall in the NBA draft by the Golden State Warriors.