I've watched Martina a hundred times, and invariably thought of her as petulant, moody, arrogant, self-pitying—a cold fish who was fabulously talented but unable to cope with the inevitable shocks of bad luck.
It must have been a temptation for Pileggi to gush and weep for this gifted gal, but I think she kept it all in steady balance. Next time I see Martina, I'm sure I'll understand her better and appreciate her more.
New York City
Tracy may have the form and Chris may have the temperament, but Martina has the guts to be the world's foremost player over the course of time. A truly fantastic article!
MIKE SCHMIDT'S ADMIRERS
I've been an avid baseball fan for 10 years or so and have followed Mike Schmidt from his rookie season. I commend Ron Fimrite on a superb article (An Image in Sharper Focus, May 31). He captured the style of Schmidt. In these times when many athletes are not the kind youngsters can really look up to, it's refreshing to see a quality athlete with the values and sincerity of Schmidt. He said he doesn't look at himself as a hero, but those who do couldn't find anyone more deserving.
When Mike Schmidt was a student at Ohio University, I had the privilege of serving as president of that school. One of the great rewards of being a teacher or an academic administrator is to watch-fine young people continue to mature and contribute to the happiness of other people. Mike was outstanding at Ohio. My respect and admiration for him have grown over the years.
VERNON R. ALDEN
This letter is a rebuttal to the statements concerning Lufkin tape measures found in the article on the TAC indoor championships (A Meeting of the Brilliant and the Bizarre, March 8).
The notion that Lufkin tapes are difficult to read or interpret is negated by their widespread use at international sporting events, including the Olympic and Commonwealth Games. Since 1869, Lufkin measuring tools have developed a reputation for quality of workmanship and accuracy.
A more plausible explanation for any erroneous reading of the tape is the official's unfamiliarity with the metric system of measurement.
ROBERT T. MARKOVSKY
Director of Merchandising
The Cooper Group