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Edited by Gay Flood
March 03, 1980
MARYSir:I could not fail to compare your Feb. 4 swimsuit cover of Christie Brinkley with your Feb. 18 cover of track star Mary Decker. Brinkley's smile is for the camera, not from the heart, but Decker's smile is one of pure joy, from real athletic achievement and from the genuine respect of those fortunate enough to have witnessed her remarkable run. I suspect that most of your readers would rather see the latter than the former.ROBERT CULBERTSON Bartlesville, Okla.
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March 03, 1980

19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

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Being from the Detroit area, I have the opportunity to see many professional teams. When it comes to sports entertainment, I go to Detroit Express indoor soccer games because they are exciting and unpredictable, and I'm guaranteed a good time. Your article was excellently done. But don't stop there. The NASL playoffs are under way.
Troy, Mich.

The Memphis Rogues aren't just "close to the lead in their division," they are now the NASL Western Division champions! My thanks to J. D. Reed for his excellent piece on the most exciting sport around.

I don't see how J. D: Reed could have left out the sensational reigning champions of the MISL, the New York Arrows. They have the incredible human scoring machine, Steve Zungul, and the best American goalie around, Shep Messing. Otherwise, the article was great.
Irvington, N.Y.

Sure, some people get excited about indoor soccer. They also get excited about The Superstars and The World's Strongest Men competitions. And, when you get right down to it, indoor soccer, like Superstars, is Trash-sport. Why does the leader in sports journalism devote more space to silly athletic aberrations like indoor soccer and truck racing than it does to pure Olympic sports such as wrestling and bicycle racing?
New York City

I thought my week had been made complete when I received my custom-made frame set from Merz Manufacturing Co. After all, custom bikes can take anywhere from six months to two years to reach the customer. Then imagine how my eyes popped when I saw your article on Tullio Campagnolo (La Crema delta Crema, Feb. 18). My three bicycles are knee deep in Campy parts.

It was also refreshing to see Keith King-bay mentioned in your article. He is a cyclist's cyclist if ever there was one, and his opinions are to the point.

The only thing I wish your article had conveyed is that serious cyclists are burdened with an unfair label: grownups on children's toys. Touring cyclists in the States are treated like second-class citizens, and they don't deserve it.
Batavia, N.Y.

As a "100% Campy" cyclist, I truly enjoyed Coles Phinizy's article on Tullio Campagnolo and his bicycle-components company. I own two Campagnolo-equipped bicycles and have enjoyed Campagnolo products for more than seven years. I had often wondered who the man was behind the famous name.
Montgomery, Ala.

Wearily pedaling my bicycle up the Appalachian, Ozark and Rocky mountains on a recent cross-country trip, I seriously questioned the "most efficient means of transportation" theory. Many times I would have traded my "six pieces of gas pipe" for any dog, cow or horse that trotted by, if only I could have caught one. Maybe I should have eaten some more oatmeal, as opposed to my standard peanut butter-and-jelly sandwich.

But then again, maybe all I needed was a few more quality components. A Campy rear derailleur was the only expensive piece of equipment to grace an otherwise undistinguished bicycle. I admit with considerable embarrassment that it doesn't even have quick-release wheels. I doubt if "full Campy" would have aided my progress, but the bike sure would have looked a lot more impressive!
Carlisle, Pa.

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