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19TH HOLE: THE READERS TAKE OVER
Edited by Gay Flood
August 12, 1985
ELUSIVE CHESS CHAMPIONSir:Your July 29 article Bobby Fischer was a masterpiece. William Nack's account of his hunt for the reclusive Fischer read like an excerpt from a Robert Ludlum novel. But I still can't understand why Nack didn't approach Fischer after finding him in the Los Angeles Public Library.ANTHONY GARGIULO JR.River Forest, Ill.
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August 12, 1985

19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

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Sadly, every game unplayed by Bobby is a loss to chess history forever. I wish him peace and happiness.
BILL DODGEN
North Augusta, S.C.

Sir:
How dare SPORTS ILLUSTRATED publish an article that glorifies a seemingly rabid anti-Semite like Bobby Fischer. The story refers to Fischer as someone who hates lies, evasions and deceptions. Yet Fischer himself is guilty of one of the biggest lies possible if he says the Holocaust was a "myth."

SI, like every citizen, should strike out against anti-Semitism every chance it gets.
MATTHEW GORDON
Newburgh, N.Y.

Sir:
Real nice job on the Bobby Fischer piece, William Nack. Right. You track the guy and drone on about it for thousands of words, and then, when you finally spot Fischer, you don't have the guts to talk to him. That wasn't a story at all; it was a non-story.
DAVID THOMAS
Tarrytown, N.Y.

Sir:
I don't know who's more weird, Fischer or Nack.
DOUG MADISON
McLean, Va.

Sir:
Neither I nor any of my friends ever asked, "What ever happened to Bobby Fischer?" Who cares.
LOU ORNELAS
Portland, Ore.

Sir:
I can't believe you did it. Fourteen pages wasted on a boring game like chess. What's next? Fifteen pages on checkers?
CHUCK ALBIN
Flint, Mich.

EQUIPPED FOR SPEED
Sir:
As an avid bicyclist I was thrilled to see not one, but two cycling articles in your July 29 issue (A Good Turn At The Tour and Behold, The 150-mph Bicycle). I couldn't relate too well to the experiences of John Howard, Bernard Hinault and Greg LeMond because when I bicycled across the country I was timed by a calendar, not a stopwatch. But it was a pleasure reading about phenomenal feats by incredible individuals.
MICHAEL PREST
Arvada, Colo.

?Speaking of timing devices, for readers who may have wondered about the instrument on LeMond's handlebars (shown in the opening photograph of the article and above), it is a combination chronometer, speedometer and odometer.—ED.

CYCLING'S HEROES
Sir:
As a bicyclist, I really enjoyed reading E.M. Swift's exciting article on the Tour de France (A Good Turn At The Tour, July 29). Although four-time Tour champion Bernard Hinault took a gruesome face-first fall on hard pavement, he became a five-time Tour champion. His raw courage and determination are much to be admired.
LARRY CORNETT JR.
Virginia Beach, Va.

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