The gracious behavior of Conner and the Stars & Stripes crew during the various celebrations added to the luster of their triumph. When destiny rewards the deserving, what a privilege it is to witness! Congratulations to Dennis and the Stars & Stripes team.
MARYANN F. WARUSZEWSKI
Big, bad Dennis Conner redeemed himself, and he did it in stunning fashion, sweeping the Aussies 4-0 and bringing yachting to the forefront of American sport. Unbelievable! My hat's off to him.
Texas City, Texas
In your story Mission Accomplished (Feb. 9) you neglected one thing. You described the selection process for the "starting" 12 members of that important crew, but you did not fully identify them.
BRIAN D. EMCH
New City, N.Y.
?They are: skipper and helmsman Dennis Conner, tactician Tom Whidden, navigator Peter Isler, mainsheet trimmer Jon Wright, jib trimmers Bill Trenkle and Adam Ostenfeld, pitman Jay Brown, mastman John Barnitt, grinders Kyle Smith, Henry Childers and Jim Kavle, and bowman Scott Vogel.—ED.
I thoroughly enjoyed Franz Lidz's article about college basketball's most exciting player, 5'3" Tyrone (Muggsy) Bogues (Biggest Little Man, Feb. 16). The diminutive Bogues, like his school, Wake Forest (undergraduate enrollment: 3,200), plays in the land of the giants and does so with skill and class. In a game on Feb. 14 against UNC-Charlotte, Muggsy played all 40 minutes, scored 23 points, handed out 14 assists, had four steals and six rebounds.
JAMES E. CROSS JR.
Being a student at Wake Forest, I realize how much Bogues means to both Wake Forest basketball and people fighting seemingly insurmountable odds. There is little doubt that "The Human Assist" will be successful in the NBA.
Forked River, N.J.
My congratulations to Jaime Diaz on a fine article about the continuing rivalry between the LPGA's two finest golfers, my sister, Pat Bradley, and Nancy Lopez (Time for the Pat and Nancy Show, Feb. 9). However, in response to the ridiculous comment by Lopez's husband and "biggest supporter," Ray Knight, that "obviously if Nancy had been out there, Pat wouldn't have had as great a year as she had," I would like to ask Knight if he ever thinks before he speaks.
Thanks to a good friend, your Feb. 9 issue arrived here in Beijing on Valentine's Day. As students so far from home, we have learned to appreciate those of life's pleasures that are not readily available in the People's Republie of China. Many of these were featured in this year's swimsuit issue, for which we remain most grateful.
I'm convinced that I have discovered a medical benefit for the swimsuit issue. Every year, about a week or two after the issue arrives, I have the same dream. It begins on a white sandy beach with a beautiful sunrise. Gorgeous women in swimsuits are walking this beach. Then it happens. I see myself parading on the beach, too.
Eech! Auush! I awaken screaming and sweating. Seeing myself on the beach carrying the extra 10 to 15 pounds I've put on since Thanksgiving is a frightening sight. So I go on my Swimsuit Issue Diet, which helps me get down to my desired weight and keeps me there through the spring, summer and fall, until I bulk up again for the winter.