There was something very American in Frank Deford's article. Winning and style are inseparable in our heroes and heroines. So it's doubly gratifying to see Chris Evert Lloyd emerge as a strong and human sportswoman.
As with Jack Nicklaus rising from Arnold Palmer's shadow, Evert Lloyd's early victories were tainted as much by the fact that she was replacing Billie Jean King as by her lack of emotion and style. To see her revealed as thoughtful, vulnerable and even stylish raises her to that champion's level where comparisons are pointless. And it makes cheering for her as easy as, well, saluting the flag.
WILLIAM E. GREFFIN
Thank heaven for John Lloyd, who was secure enough as a person to permit Chris Evert to emerge from her chrysalis and become a butterfly.
To tell you the truth, I always thought she was pretty spectacular—I respected her ability to "impose her own distinctive stardom"—but I admire the new, less rigid version even more and will continue to watch with fascination as she moves on. I hope she knows that there are some of us who will love her whether or not she ever rushes a single net.
THE REV. ROBERT E. SIMPSON
Is it too early to vote for Sportswoman of the Century?
Woodland Hills, Calif.
My first reaction to J.D. Reed's article on the drug DMSO (A Miracle! Or Is It a Mirage? April 20) was "Oh, no! Not again." I'm a veterinarian, who, like many others, will now be deluged with requests for DMSO for the next few weeks.
For your information, a veterinarian who knowingly supplies DMSO for human use violates laws regarding the drug itself, and he also violates veterinary practice laws forbidding the prescribing of drugs for humans. We're happy with dogs and horses and other furry things. Don't help send any more gimpy miracle-seekers to our doors!
CRAIG L. WARDRIP, D.V.M.
Your article on DMSO is informative and true. As a former college athlete and heavy user of DMSO, I can attest to the positive effects of this drug on everything from muscle strains to broken bones. Those who question the effectiveness of DMSO should read your article and talk with someone who uses it.
I think most athletes should have the common sense not to use an unproven drug such as DMSO. When it goes through your system so quickly that you can taste it moments after you apply it to your skin, you have to wonder about it. I don't think it should be legalized for sale to athletes until a lot more research is done.
Your article on the year's first major rowing regatta, the San Diego Crew Classic (The Biggest Were the Best, April 13), captured my attention. Dan Levin's descriptions of the winning University of Washington rowers and their inspiring coach, Dick Erickson, were immensely enjoyable. Year in and year out, Erickson's enthusiasm, dedication and sincerity bring out the best in his athletes.
ROBERT A. DICKINSON