That sure was cute of you to put a rear view of Billy Martin on your cover and bill it "Billy's Back!" You did the same thing last spring with "Yogi's Back!" (April 2, 1984). I'm starting to suspect, however, that most people, especially in New York, would rather see a cover photo of George Steinbrenner's back as he walks slowly off into the sunset.
MICHAEL P. FISHKIN
O.K. AS A LEFTY, TOO
Senator Bill Bradley, a recent inductee into the Lefthanders Hall of Fame even though he's righthanded (SCORECARD, April 29), did have some success as a lefthanded basketball player. As a fellow camper at Ed Macauley's Basketball Camp for Boys in 1958, I can vouch that Bradley, then a high school sophomore-to-be, played the entire week lefthanded because of an injury suffered before he arrived. He was still voted MVP.
Corte Madera, Calif.
Thank you for William Oscar Johnson's excellent story about his visit to Murmansk (Trip To The Edge Of The World, April 29) and also for Jerry Cooke's fine photographs. How many of us can journey to a Soviet port north of the Arctic Circle, via Moscow? Thanks for being my eyes in a remote part of the world.
BRONSON T. SWANSON
In the course of some 20 years, I have become well acquainted with many Soviet citizens and have found much to admire in these people. William Oscar Johnson has presented the most accurate description of the Russian personality I can recall.
Sam Moses's story (Up Where The Air Is Rare, May 6) on Robby Naish was a great description of a sport I hope SI will continue to cover. Sailboarding has reached epidemic proportions in Europe and has also caught on quite well in the U.S. Please give us more!
MAT MANIA (CONT.)
My thanks to Bruce Newman for his fine article on pro wrestling (Who's Kidding Whom? April 29). I was especially pleased by his mention of Wharton graduates as an example of successful people now attending wrestling matches. Just recently, some of my fellow Wharton students and I took in some championship wrestling at the Spectrum and enjoyed it immensely. We at Wharton applaud what Vince McMahon has done with the sport, just as we applaud all successful capitalistic ventures.
Yes, Hulkamania is running wild. I take offense, though, at being grouped with Wharton graduates. We at Cornell's Johnson Graduate School of Management are quite happy and proud to be recognized as wrestling fans in our own right.
Anyone who complains about your annual swimsuit issue should be locked in an unpadded cell with your cover photo of Hulk Hogan.
Rasslin'? Aw, come on!
Bruce Newman's article gave me a fascinating look inside a sport that I have only recently come to know. However, although the story was informative, it was not what attracted me to that issue. It was your cover billing MAT MANIA! that caught my eye.