SO APPARENTLY 1982 was a rough winter for much of the country. A high percentage of the letters received in response to that year's SI Swimsuit Issue, shot by John G. Zimmerman in Kenya, thanked us for melting the snow and/or blasted us for dangling the carrot of warmer weather (and women in meager layers) just out of reach.
Here in Indiana the snow is a foot deep and more is on the way. The Bengals lost to the 49ers; George Foster is leaving the Reds; income taxes and license plate fees are due; and last night the Hoosiers were hammered by Iowa in basketball. Is there any hope? Yes! I opened my mailbox today and found Carol Alt (above) on your cover. Wow! I think I can make it until spring now.
YOUR HONOR IS SOMETHING OF A MASOCHIST
You did it again with Kenya Top This? (Feb. 8). Do you realize it's 20° below zero here in Colorado, and we have a foot of snow on the ground with more coming, and our skies are gray, and we can't even tell women from men because of the multilayers of clothing we're wearing, and it has been so long since we've seen any kind of skin that isn't frostbitten, and, oh well, I guess we're doomed.
Talk about cruel and unusual punishment, but I love it!
KEITH F. DUNBAR
Rio Blanco County Court
That swimsuit issue melted the snow here in Pennsylvania. Excellent job by Photographer John G. Zimmerman. The swimsuits weren't bad, either.
Your sunshine issue provided a lift for all of us Kansans digging out of two feet of snow. All we need now is the baseball preview and spring will be here.
GARY L. BIRNEY
RUBBERBAND BIKINI...THANKS FOR THE IDEA!
My, my, are winter sports so dull that the editors of SI have to throw in some girlie stuff to leave our sports-loving men with their tongues hanging out? I thought there were other magazines for that. What is your reason for this annual porno issue? And don't you dare say it's just a special winter resort edition. We know better. If that were so, we wouldn't have to see Kim's topless number (above), would we? I don't think my husband really cares about the price of that little rubberband of a bikini, either. So snap out of it and get back to serious sports.
West Islip, N.Y.
PERHAPS WE OVERDID IT WITH THE 49ERS COVERS THAT YEAR
John G. Zimmerman's photographs, especially those of Kim Alexis (wow!), have helped this angry Dallas Cowboy fan forgive SI for the seemingly endless run of pictures and print on Joe Montana and the Super Bowl champion San Francisco 49ers.
DAVID B. WARSTLER II
Judging by the three preceding covers, I half expected cover girl Carol Alt's swimsuit to be adorned with a 49er insignia. Actually, the color of the suit came close to 49er red.
Carol Alt is finer than a 49er.
FRANK A. PEÑA
New York City
THEN AGAIN, MAYBE NOT
Question: What do Carol Alt and 49er Coach Bill Walsh have in common? Answer: They are models of perfection.
HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY, MRS. MATTHEWS!
Gee, SI. I went out to the mailbox yesterday in my old sweater, displaying a winter pallor, a neck like crepe paper and chapped lips and hands. I was just thrilled to see the bathing suit issue. Since the end of the football season, there hasn't been a glimmer in my husband's eye. I was hoping the next one would be for me. Now that hope is dashed.
Have a heart. Carol Alt I'm not, but can't you run the article in July or August when we girls at least have a fighting chance?
THAT TIME WE NEGLECTED TO PROPERLY ACKNOWLEDGE THE 31ST ANNIVERSARY OF THE FIRST-EVER NBA ALL-STAR GAME
How in the world could you put a lady in a bathing suit on the cover when, during that same week, the best players in the NBA appeared in the All-Star Game? I hope your playoff coverage is a lot better!
WELL, THAT'S A FIRST
After seeing your stunning cover with Carol Alt, we were terribly disappointed with the inside portfolio. SI, you are too conservative!
JEFFERY S. ANDERSON
JEFFREY T. NELSON
WE TAKE IT YOU AREN'T A STUDENT AT BYU
I would like my subscription re-nude.
BRETT K. MATHESON