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As a 33-year-old academician who is concerned with and, to a certain extent, dismayed by the proliferation of sex as a marketing tool, I have monitored the development of the swimsuit issue. The real value of this year's 25th anniversary edition was, in my opinion, the magazine's analysis of itself in various articles. These pieces certainly enhanced my understanding of the evolution of this annual media splash. The SPORTS ILLUSTRATED swimsuit issue has become a significant social phenomenon and one that has a high degree of class and style.
Jule Campbell should be commended for her dedication to excellence. The stories on past swimsuit cover models prove that she and SI always choose the finest all-around models. This is further evidenced by the former models' enduring beauty and grace.
As for this year's cover girl, I can only say one thing: Kathy Ireland, will you marry me?
As my superiors would say: "Outstanding!" However, I hope my superiors don't find out about my viewing the issue. They are drill sergeants in the U.S. Army, and we were in a period of training during which we were supposed to be reading only army manuals. I had to read the magazine in bed with a flashlight. I hope most of your readers read it in more relaxed circumstances. I like to think that we in the armed forces are defending American values, especially those that allow beautiful women to grace the pages of your publication.
Last year my son, Rob, was entrusted to pick up his high school's mail every day during second-hour study hall. On the day the SI swimsuit issue arrived, the assistant principal chastised him for snitching it from the mail and smuggling it into third-hour history class. For several years before that he was chastised by me for smuggling the issue into his room before I could censor it. But this year he is suffering the ultimate punishment: He's a freshman at Manchester College, 80 miles away, and cannot get his grubby hands on our copy of the biggest and best swimsuit issue yet—at least not for a few weeks. By that time my favorite photos of Cheryl Tiegs, Christie Brinkley, Elle Macpherson et al. will be dutifully hung in my garage gallery.
Eat your heart out, Rob. Love, Dad.
?Rob replies: "Sorry, Dad, while you were busy writing to SI, Mom swiped your issue and sent it to me. Love, Rob."—ED.
It's Sunday evening, and my wife and I have spent part of our weekend taking turns with your swimsuit issue. And, yes, we read the articles. Our congratulations to Jule Campbell et al. My wife might disagree, but tell Rick Reilly (POINT AFTER) that Roman Gabriel will never match Cheryl Tiegs in fishnet. And that Ashley Richardson! Hubbahubba!