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Edited by Gay Flood
February 25, 1980
OLYMPIANSSir:I was immediately taken by the cover of your Winter Olympic Preview Issue (Feb. 11). Heinz Kluetmeier's shot of Eric Heiden is superb! It is the complete embodiment of what the Olympic athlete represents: graceful determination, flawless form and active physical power. I have never before seen a photograph that so smoothly captures the golden essence of an Olympic athlete.CHERYL A. KEPNER Altoona, Pa.
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February 25, 1980

19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

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Trailhounds and German shepherds don't simply lack glamour, as E. M. Swift suggests in his fine piece on the annual Westminster Kennel Club show (Zounds! No Hounds!, Feb. 4). They also happen to be useful, which probably accounts for their chronic failure in the WKC's best-in-show judging. The artificial standards of the WKC have produced an ideal of a mindless ornament that is good for little else but show.

Trailhound and shepherd breeders can take heart that their dogs still bear the dread taint of utility. The longer they are snubbed by the WKC elite, the better. I can't think of a single breed that didn't suffer when it caught the fancy of the WKC's fancy folks.
Portland, Ore.

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