Chris Evert Lloyd has convinced me, a 19-year-old college student, that eveything is possible if you work hard and want it badly enough. Unfortunately, sometimes in this day and age it's hard for kids my age to believe in that. Thanks to Chris for putting things back into perspective. Now I realize why I am such a big fan of hers.
East Brunswick, N.J.
THE LAKERS' TITLE
Wow! What a championship series, and what a great article by Alexander Wolff (Finally, A Happy Laker Landing, June 17). I am a Laker fan, so I was quite excited when the Best of the West beat the Beast of the East. Who says Kareem is too old? He played with the verve of a rookie and the experience of a veteran. Kareem, the Magic Man, Worthy, Rambo Rambis and Byron (three-pointer) Scott really deserved the title, along with Cooper, Kupchak, Spriggs and McAdoo.
You Easterners can talk all you want about the Celtics and the Sixers, but as the Lakers clearly demonstrated for the third time in six years, you would only be talking about Nos. 2 and 3.
And how about an early nomination for Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for 1985 Sportsman of the Year—finally.
MICHAEL G. HERMAN
FLORIDA A&M'S PRODUCTS
I was thrilled to read Craig Neff's story (In-Vince-able Man Of Steal, June 17) on Vincent Coleman, the St. Louis Cardinals' rookie phenom, mainly because just three springs ago he was playing baseball here in Tallahassee at Florida A&M.
Coleman joins two other Rattlers in the majors—Montreal's Andre Dawson and Kansas City's Hal McRae—both of whom are (or were, in the case of McRae) outfielders, like Coleman. Incidentally, all three of them took a little less than three full seasons to go from college ball to the majors.
FAMU's major league connection doesn't end there. The late William (Bill) Lucas, first black executive in the major leagues (with Atlanta), was a Florida A&M graduate and is credited with laying the groundwork in the Braves' minor league farm system for the development of the 1982 Braves club, which won the National League West title.
Florida A&M has a reputation as a football school, what with Bob Hayes, Henry Lawrence, Greg Coleman, Ken Riley, Hewritt Dixon, Glen Edwards and Hubert Ginn, among others of our alltime stars who went on to pro careers. But we're also proud that our baseball alumni have distinguished themselves as well.
ALVIN HOLLINS JR.
Men's Sports Information Director
Florida A&M University
Robert F. Jones's article The Sixth Great Lake (June 10) on Lake Champlain's history and folklore was very informative. I am a fishing nut and ecology conscious, and it gives me a lift to know that one of our beautiful lakes is not being spoiled by man's hand or by the evergrowing problem of acid rain. I hope mankind learns to be more careful.
ROBERT F. VITALE
It may be true that a picture is worth a thousand words, but hail to Robert F. Jones, whose beautifully detailed and descriptive words about Lake Champlain touched off a thousand pictures in my mind. Well done.