THE BICENTENNIAL year brought lots of stars, stripes and hideous commemorative collectibles, but it also brought lots and lots of letters—the good, the bad, and the fugly. Here's what filled the SI Swimsuit mailbag from the years 1976, '77 and '78.
THERE ARE TWO SIDES...
Kindly cancel our subscription.
SISTER MARY FRANCES
Trumbull Catholic Regional School
TO EVERY STORY
I do not wish to cancel my subscription.
YOU ARE A GENTLEMAN...
As an elementary school principal, I would like to say I do not believe Cheryl Tiegs represents a threat to the morals of American youth. I am a transplanted Buckeye in this land of the maize and blue, and somehow she even makes Ohio State's Rose Bowl defeat seem inconsequential.
AND A SCHOLAR
Do you people have any conception at all of what pictures like those of Yvette and Yvonne Sylvander do to male college students stuck studying in January in Lewiston, Maine? I mean, do you?
HE GETS IT
Sun, sand, surf, swimsuits and sirens are all well and good, but yours is, after all, a sports magazine and I feel you have failed to answer some vital questions:
- Yvette is beautiful, but can she go to her left?
- Yvonne is super, but can she hit major league pitching?
- Cheryl is lovely, but can she audible the blitz?
- Christie is a doll, but can she consistently sink seven-footers?
Thanks. I needed that issue.
East Lansing, Mich.
Damn the irate subscribers; full speed ahead.
Kindly extend my subscription through the year 2000. I needed that.
WHUTCHU SAYIN' ABOUT LENA'S SWIMMING SKILLS?
Your Maui cover girl sure is zowie, but what place do she and her cohorts have in a sports magazine? She surely wasn't put there because of her extraordinary swimming ability. Pictures of this type detract greatly from the quality of SI.
University Park, Pa.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MIKEY
Your Jan. 24 issue came as a tremendous shock. When I bought my son Mike a birthday subscription, I had no inkling that your magazine should be kept in a brown paper bag, to be unseen by innocent eyes. If you really think these photographs represent a sport, you are in the wrong business.
MRS. R. A. SULLIVAN
SO WE TAKE IT YOU'RE NOT INTERESTED IN OUR 1982 AND '83 COVERS?
Cancel my subscription at once. Imagine, only one picture of Cheryl Tiegs.
Who says Friday the 13th is unlucky? That's the day we received
your annual swimsuit issue. It's the best thing that's happened
since night baseball. The mailman was surrounded by admirers of
Cheryl Tiegs and Christie Brinkley, anxious for a glimpse of this
year's beauties. The pictures were a welcome diversion for a
houseful of guys trapped at school during semester break.
THE MEN OF LAMBDA CHI ALPHA
William Jewell College
Thank you for making a cold Wisconsin winter "bareable."
Allow us to be among the first to vote for Sportswoman of the Year
1978: intrepid Cheryl Tiegs. Amen! And awoman!
AND SHOULD YOU PICK DIVORCE...WHO KEEPS THE ISSUE?
My wife is not only threatening divorce, but to cancel my SI
WHAT'S THAT ABOUT A VERY GOOD SPORTS MAGAZINE?
I was disgusted. No decent person would be caught wearing a few of
the suits you pictured. I can't understand why a very good sports
magazine feels it has to compete with trashy magazines and to stoop
to their level.
Chicago Heights. Ill.
IS THIS THE GUY FROM THAT EPISODE OF SEINFELD? MAYBE
Your First Amendment right to publish? Certainly. Illustrated? I'll
say! Sports? Sure couldn't find any. A sports magazine with girlie
spreads in our home? No, thank you. Cancel.
JAMES A. BUCKLEY