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ALZADO AND THE DISABLED
I don't know if you did this intentionally, but in the same issue you had a story about Lyle Alzado ( Lyle Alzado: The Sequel), in which he made light of his practice of parking his black Mercedes in a handicapped parking space. It's great to know that those young Little Leaguers are already learning something that the 41-year-old Alzado still hasn't. Shelley Smith's story states that Alzado's body fat is 9%. It sounds as though it's all between his ears.
Your Alzado article began inauspiciously, with a healthy man, trying to make a comeback to play pro football, feeling it is his right to park in a space reserved for the handicapped. As a former college football player ( University of Pittsburgh, 1963 to '67) and a physician who has been permanently disabled as a result of an automobile accident, I find Alzado's actions repugnant. Many a time I have had to go home unable to attend a lecture, shop or eat at a restaurant because able-bodied people have parked in the spaces reserved for the handicapped.
I would like Alzado to look me in the eyes—me, a former athlete a few years older than he who would be happy just to be able to walk again without pain—and tell me that he needs to park in a spot for the handicapped.
OLDIES BUT GOODIES
Not only does Ryan's success at 43 serve as an example to those over the age of 40, but also, perhaps more important, his demeanor serves as an example for all generations, young and old.
The photograph of Irwin high-fiving spectators (Hail, Irwin, June 25) captures the ultimate difference between golf and other spectator sports. In golf everyone is overjoyed by a spectacular performance. There are no downcast faces because the "other team" succeeded.
In the 20th century the quality of our environment has declined because we have burned energy (fossil fuels) at a faster rate than the earth has been able to create it. The quality—that is, the health—of the human body has also declined in this century, but for the opposite reason. The human body has suffered from creating more potential energy (read "fat") than it has burned, resulting in an increase in a variety of so-called life-style illnesses.