STUBBORN COACH (CONT.)
William Nack's article on Butch van Breda Kolff was great. As a former opponent (Cornell '65), I can assure you his Princeton teams of the early '60s were among the best passing teams ever, and it was as much because of van Breda Kolff as Bill Bradley.
As a coach, van Breda Kolff surely has done it "his way," but a noted tactician, Bob Knight, has often referred to him as one of the best coaches ever.
Nevertheless, van Breda Kolff has done what many of us college coaches would like to do—leave the rat race behind and get back to coaching basketball.
Southern Methodist University
The article on Butch van Breda Kolff provided some excellent insights into the life of one of this generation's most colorful sports figures. However, William Nack wasn't entirely correct in saying that Princeton's 25-3 record and fifth-place ranking in 1967 was "unheard of—and still is—for an Ivy League team." The University of Pennsylvania's 1970-71 Ivy League champions were 28-1 and ranked No. 3 nationally, as was Penn's 25-3 team in 1971-72. Penn's 1978-79 Ivy titlists went to the Final Four. That should answer the question "Is there life in the Ivy League after Bill Bradley?"
JOHN T. MILLER
Red Lion, Pa.
As a college athlete and fan of SI, I look forward to the swimsuit edition each year. It is indeed refreshing to see your models in the latest summer fashions in the dead of winter.
I also enjoy the 19TH HOLE two weeks later (Feb. 27), when readers offer their opinions. It seems women lead the antiswimsuit faction, claiming that it corrupts children and degrades women.
At 22 years of age, I can attest that after viewing 10 swimsuit editions, I certainly haven't been corrupted, and the majority of my peers have a high regard for the women who grace your pages. In an age of transvestite rock stars, bisexuality, and drug abuse in sport, I find it wholesome to see that boys can still be boys, and girls can still be girls.
SI's swimsuit issue was once again a flawless display of photographic art, tastefully presented. I'm amazed, however, at some of the responses you get every year, for example, equating SI with smut. I've seen worse (better?) in the family magazines in a doctor's office. Everyone has a right to an opinion, but I'm glad your excellent work isn't compromised by adverse criticism.
DONALD L. YATES
Oak Harbor, Wash.
I cannot tell you how sickened I am by the self-righteous enthusiasm with which some librarians notify you of their refusal to permit middle school students to have access to your swimsuit issue. I refer them to the American Library Association's Library Bill of Rights, Article 5, which states that the rights of an individual to the use of a library shouldn't be denied or abridged because of age. I remind them that librarians are information gatekeepers, not arbiters of public morality.
It's sad enough when external pressures result in the censorship of library materials, but when such energies come from one whose responsibility it is to encourage the dissemination of information, it is a sad day indeed.
Patrick County Public Library