Too often, Pitt is underrated at the national level, by writers and fans alike. In SI's Top 20 for this week, after a stunning victory over Florida State, Pitt is still ranked behind North Carolina. This has to be the greatest mistake since Johnny Majors went to Tennessee!
FRANCIS M. McCOOL
Patrick AFB, Fla.
Bob Arnot is truly a one-of-a-kind athlete (What's Up? Doc., Oct. 19). However, the way you describe his flying, it's a wonder he's still around.
As a professional pilot, I, like the pilot whose letter appeared in last week's 19TH HOLE, find his antics in the skies not daring but downright dangerous. Buzzing houses in the fog, joining the Mile High club at one of the nation's busiest airports and practicing his trumpet—it's a wonder he has logged as many hours as he has. With that type of flying, he's an accident waiting to happen.
Also, if his Beechcraft isn't pressurized or he isn't wearing an oxygen mask, he won't have his license much longer. Flying above 14,000 feet without supplemental oxygen is a direct violation of regulations.
Please, Dr. Arnot, clean up your flying act. Not only for your sake, but for mine and other pilots who share the skies with you.
Dr. Robert Arnot is certainly an active, fun-loving guy, great at parties and maybe even a good physician. However, I do object to the Ivy League dilettante image he conveys about my specialty of emergency medicine.
Emergency medicine has had a reputation of being a haven for itinerant, gypsy, vagabond physicians who are in it only for the money and without any long-term investment in either their community or the specialty. Other career emergency physicians and I are working to change this image. I regret that my profession was portrayed by Dr. Arnot.
I wish Dr. Arnot success in his future athletic endeavors, but hope he leaves the practice of emergency medicine to trained, career-oriented physicians.
J.S. STAPCZYNSKI, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Department of Emergency Medicine
Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
Thanks so much for making sweat (The Story of Sweat, Oct. 26) socially acceptable. Now America has only two worries left: panty line and whether to use a fluoride or a gel toothpaste.
St. Benedict, Ore.
It is with great interest that I read your article on the Caesars Palace Grand Prix (Gears and Loathing in Las Vegas, Oct. 26).