Also. I emphatically disagree with the suggestion that the World Series be relocated out of Akron. What Jenkins fails to understand is that Akron has a first-rate golf course. Firestone is not quite as exotic as Augusta National or Pebble Beach, but in my opinion it is more challenging than the former and at least equal to the latter. Another factor in Akron's and Firestone's favor is the care given to organizing this event. There probably isn't a golf tournament anywhere that is better run.
JOHN P. WUNDERLE JR.
Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
I'll leave the format of the World Series of Golf to the experts. However, Dan Jenkins' reference to the opening ceremonies as "hilarious" was a cheap shot. The youngsters in the band played admirably, considering they were in full uniform and standing at attention for nearly an hour in blazing 90� weather. Several collapsed from heat exhaustion. And those flags that Jenkins so disrespectfully referred to as "strange" just happened to represent the countries of the contestants in this international field, including, of course, the Stars and Stripes. As for the water tower at Firestone Country Club, I suggest that Jenkins climb it and take a flying leap!
HARVEY MARTIN'S TROUBLES
I was touched by Gary Smith's story on Harvey Martin (A Shining Knight No More, Sept. 12). I admire Martin for his ability to come back after the bad press and the financial problems he has faced. I am one of millions who feel the Cowboys will always be America's Team. Martin does his job for Dallas; his record speaks for itself. As for the drug accusations, no formal charges were ever made. Considering all Martin has survived, he is bound to end up on top once again.
The feature on Harvey Martin was a well-written account of a person who has succeeded, thanks to talent and opportunity, to a degree achieved by few other men. Yet Martin has handled his success like a loser, or a fool. Are we supposed to feel sorry for him?
The behavioral-science journals are loaded with tearjerkers about overgrown babies who cannot properly manage their personal matters. I, for one, would rather read about true success when I pick up my SI.
PAUL A. ORT
PAN AM AFTERMATH
Judging by your coverage of the anabolic steroid issue, one is forced to conclude that the only point of view that is legitimate is that steroids are bad, on the ground that they have potentially harmful side effects and on moral grounds. I do not wish to be an evangelist for the value of anabolic steroid use in sports, but you must recognize that there is another side to the story. In fact, as a world-class power-lifter, as well as a trained sports psychologist, I can tell you flatly that the most prevalent view among steroid users is that the benefits far outweigh the risks.
Drugs are not inherently evil—misuse and abuse by people give them that connotation. I believe that drugs have been, are and will continue to be an important source of man's salvation. I also believe that there can be no nobler use for drugs than improving man's performance capabilities. Society demands bigger, faster and stronger athletes. The sacrosanctity of the sports arena, however, has been a hindrance to meeting this demand. Athletes are forced into the closet or toward ever more dangerous alternatives when it comes to doing things that society may frown on. I suggest that educating society at large, as well as steroid-using athletes, is the most prudent and efficient means of controlling drug abuse. Legislation and prohibition have never solved any of society's problems. Instead, they have exacerbated them.
FREDERICK C. HATFIELD, PH.D.
Muscle & Fitness
Woodland Hills, Calif.