I've grown accustomed to your fine coverage of major sporting events: however, I feel that you deserve special accolades for your story on the Larry Holmes-Gerry Cooney fight (The Class of His Class. June 21). I especially appreciated the fabulous photographs taken from ringside.
Jersey City, N.J.
A Joe DiMaggio cover! That man can still cover a lot of ground.
•It's a nice thought, but the Joe DiMaggio who took our June 21 cover picture isn't the Yankee Clipper. Photographer DiMaggio, no relation to Joltin' Joe, is a free-lancer from Centerport, N.Y. whose pictures have appeared in the magazine on a number of occasions, including our pre-Gerry Cooney-Ken Norton-fight article on Cooney (Gerry Cooney Can't Beat His Old English Teacher, but He Could Become Heavyweight Champion of the World, May 4, 1981). One of four Joe, or Jo, DiMaggios in his family, counting his dad, a 15-year-old son and wife Jo Anne Kalish, whose photographs have also appeared in SI, Joe reports that he has met the more famous Joe D several times but has never photographed him. He has been mistaken for him, too, and, as a result, been the recipient of some unsought and, most often, declined red-carpet treatment, such as "an $800-a-day suite" in an exclusive New York hotel, complete with a bouquet of roses and a bottle of Dom Perignon. When they checked in and discovered the error, Joe and Jo explained that they just wanted "a plain old $125-a-day room."—ED.
Thanks to SI and William Nack for an excellent article on the fight. It was so thorough, and the photography was so good, it made me feel as though I had been at ringside for all 13 rounds. I was pulling for Gerry Cooney, but Larry Holmes proved to everyone how great a boxer he really is. He's by far the best of the heavyweight class at this time.
TED L. MOORE JR.
Our hats should be off to Larry Holmes. On June 11 he beat not only Gerry Cooney and two near-sighted judges but also the System. I mean the System that gives a hard-working, honorable, black heavyweight champion second billing to an untested, unpolished and unglamorous white heavyweight contender. Holmes is a proud, dignified and, finally, respected champion who deserves better treatment than he receives from the System. This is his finest hour.
DANIEL T. PLACER
New York City
Larry Holmes has done it again. He has successfully defended his crown with a show of style. It's too bad he has no class, though. A sore loser is one thing, but a sore winner is another, and it gets a little sickening, not to mention boring. Holmes's biggest enemy is himself. Where's the Holmes of not so long ago, the one who was nice and humble? Everyone knows you're the champ, Larry. Come on, let's see now if you can knock that chip off your shoulder.
GUY M. JOHNSON
Even though Gerry Cooney lost to a great champion, Larry Holmes, I think the boxing world has just begun to see the real Cooney. Anybody can step into a boxing ring and fight for a title and lose, but it takes a man to say to his followers that he's sorry he lost. Gerry Cooney will be back.
I'm writing in regard to the article by Don Reese on his bitter struggle with cocaine ("I'm Not Worth a Damn," June 14). It was an excellent article, but I am afraid I received it a day late.
I'm a junior at a very small private school and over the past three years I've risen to the top of the ladder there. I've worked long and hard to be a part of two varsity teams and I've never failed to make the honor roll. The last few months have been some of my life's best. I was even elected president of the student council. Sounds like everything is going great, doesn't it? Not for long, though.
One recent morning a friend and I decided to experiment with cocaine before an exam. We'd heard a lot about it and were willing to try it, but we were seen by a teacher and the rest is history.