About seven or eight years ago I went from my home in Massachusetts to my parents' house in Rye, N.Y. for a visit. I arrived about midnight to find them asleep, and a stranger in the living room watching TV. Knowing that the Westchester Classic was in progress, and that my parents often put up young pros, I assumed that this stranger was just another pro golfer. He was watching The Tonight Show. We introduced ourselves, and I sat down to join him, but within five minutes he was up doing his Johnny Carson imitation. I was in hysterics and thinking, "Who is this guy?" He was Peter Jacobsen (His Career Is Taking Off, May 27).
Since that time, my family and I have followed Peter's career enthusiastically. Thanks for recognizing him as the great golfer and terrific human being he is. He is a character, but by no means a flake. He is also an entertainer, but first and foremost a "golf purist." What a terrific combination!
DAVID S. PINKHAM
Just when sports seem to be falling apart, what with escalating salaries, drugs, etc., along comes a Pied Piper of sorts, in the form of Peter Jacobsen! Eve never really been a golf fan: I think the game is boring, and it lacks team play, which I believe in. But I'll take a shining light, no matter what the source. God bless Jacobsen and all the other athletes who know that life is too serious to take too seriously. I pray that the darkness that now surrounds pro sports is actually the sign that dawn is upon us. I hope this dawn spreads the light of all those brave enough to be like Jacobsen.
EWING—SANS T SHIRT
Your May 20 cover has to be the first time Patrick Ewing has appeared in public without his T shirt—certainly the first time on a national magazine cover. Forget the swimsuit issue—this was worth the wait.
?Actually, Ewing has appeared a number of times without a T shirt, e.g., as a precollege player in the National Sports Festival (Aug. 10, 1981), as a Georgetown freshman (Dec. 28, 1981) and as a member of the U.S. Olympic team (July 23, 1984 and above). Ewing started wearing his trademark shirt during his junior year at Cambridge (Mass.) Rindge and Latin High. He was suffering from a slight cold, and he and his teammates were playing a January 1980 away game on a court that had been installed over an ice rink. Thereafter, it became the custom for Rindge and Latin players to don T shirts whenever a gym was chilly. Ewing resumed the practice during his freshman year at Georgetown.—ED.