As we laughed about the odds against making that shot, I retrieved the pen, and, after guaranteeing him an eight-scoop ice cream dish if the shot was ever made again, I flipped it to him. Still laughing, he flung the pen toward the bag. To our utter amazement it clipped to the bag exactly as it had before. We gave up on studying and headed for an ice cream parlor to celebrate.
Bill, whose last name is Frieder, has graduated from making shots to calling them as Michigan's head basketball coach.
WILLIAM D. BECK
East Brunswick, N.J.
I greatly enjoyed your article on Wayne Gretzky (Man with a Streak of Sheer Genius, Jan. 23). I'd like to add a statistic that highlights his accomplishments to an extraordinary degree. Gretzky could have won last year's scoring championship without making a single goal. His number of assists (125) alone exceeded anyone else's total of goals and assists ( Peter Stastny was second with 124 points on 47 goals and 77 assists).
JOEL M. SCHOCHET
Canoga Park, Calif.
I would like to clarify two statements attributed to me in Steve Wulf's article (He's Real Trouble on the Run, Jan. 9) about Brent Rushlaw, the U.S. bobsled driver.
Concerning the suturing of Jim Tyler, Rushlaw's brakeman, I merely assisted Merritt Spear, M.D. in his treatment. Dr. Spear oversaw the entire treatment and to imply otherwise would be erroneous.
As for the quote about my wishing Rushlaw was "more of an athlete," what I meant was that it was unfortunate he wasn't a better pushing driver and more dedicated to his athletic training. Rushlaw has proved time and again that he is the best U.S. two-man driver of all time. One has to be an outstanding athlete to accomplish that.
JOHN D. COGAR, D.V.M.
U.S. National Bobsled Team
PROOF IN POSTERS
I read with great jealousy the Jan. 9 SHOPWALK by Greg Myre about his poster of himself as a Yale defensive back. If only C.W. Pack Sports had been around when I was playing field hockey at College Misericordia. Wouldn't my nine children regard "Old Mom" with awe if I stood in 16" � 20" poster splendor, hockey stick in hand and resolve on my face as I put the ball past the goalie? They might even believe that I wasn't born age 50—and I might even believe it myself.
Compliments to you for your wonderful coverage of Christmas Island (Greetings from Christmas, Dec. 26-Jan. 2). Those of us who spent time there during World War II knew it would be a wonderful vacation spa.
Veterans who served on Christmas Island are self-dubbed "coconut heads," and we hold a reunion each year. We now have some 122 names on our mailing list but are always looking for more. Our next reunion will be held Sept. 7-9 this year in Pittsburgh.
Assn. of Christmas Island Task Force
THE GREAT ONE
There is one thing I can't understand. Why would you put Wayne Gretzky on the cover (Jan. 23) when the Super Bowl was just around the corner? Gretzky is good, but he isn't God.