THIS WEEK'S installment includes the usual cheers and jeers, but the batch of mail provoked by the 1981 issue did contain some noteworthy firsts: it was the first time the ever-arousing topic of monetary policy entered the conversation, as well as the first time a model has been threatened with a citizen's arrest. (To the best of my knowledge, our incidence of citizen's arrests remains at zero.)
FUTURE COLLEGE DROPOUTS OF AMERICA
When I got home today I found two pieces of mail on the table. One
was a letter from the college I most want to attend, concerning my
admission. The other was the SI swimsuit issue (Here's to the Soft
Life. Feb. 9). Guess which one I looked at first?
Luckily, Christie Brinkley's annual photographic arrival at our
office occurred at the precise time we became despondent over this
doleful financing period and another doleful winter. Christie, an
old friend, is like the single-digit interest rate--both evoke
images of paradise and are worth waiting for.
CLASH OF THE ALLITERATISTS
"Flights of Fancy in Florida" freed me from my frigid February
Your swimsuit edition was disgusting, despicable, diabolical,
demoniac pornography--to say the least. There's trouble in America!
THE REV. PHILODORE H. LEMAY, M.S.
A SUIT FOR THE BIRDS
I'm not one to look forward to your yearly bathing-suit
illustrations, yet I've always been pleased by them. However, I
question your choice of words on the last page of your layout. You
say, "Her suit...." What suit?
RICHARD JUDE REMIS
NO DOUBT THE 'COOL MOM' ON THE BLOCK
As the mother of six children, including three boys, I would like
to express my opinion concerning your annual bathing-suit issue. I
have subscribed to SI since 1965 and have yet to find anything lewd
or distasteful. I have also read with amusement the annual
rebuttals and outcries against pornography, godlessness and SI's
contribution to the sexual depravity of our youth, etc. These pious
protesters would probably be surprised to find out just how many of
their children are hiding in a closet, flashlight in hand, scanning
the pages of Hustler or Penthouse.
The young women in your swimsuit issue have consistently been
healthy specimens of nature's astute handiwork, so who can
complain? The jealous? As usual, we enjoyed it.
GAYLE TOY DEARIEN
SOWING HER WILD SEA OATS
Being concerned Florida citizens and aware of the "Trouble in
Paradise" reported in your Feb. 9 issue by Robert H. Boyle and Rose
Mary Mechem, we found it a devastating experience to see Carol Alt
lying among the sea oats on Shell Island. And to see the seeds of
this important vegetation in her mouth was equally appalling. This
simple fruit is vital to the ecology of the sand dunes in our
beautiful state. Picking sea oats or trampling them (by lying on
them) is in fact a violation of state law. Had any of us been
present during this action, a citizen's arrest would certainly have
been our response.
The next time SI decides to bring this crew to Florida, we will
gladly escort it to ensure that further devastation of our state's
beauty is forestalled.
--Fear not. SI's crew was aware of the vital role played by sea
oats in stabilizing sand dunes and took pains not to disturb their
delicate root system. A second look at the picture will reveal that
Carol is posed not on the grass, but on a clear patch of sand.--ED.