Three cheers for John Skow's very informative article on L.L. Bean (Using The Old Bean, Dec. 2). I'm only 15, yet I love Bean's as if it were my best friend. Whenever I am in need of clothes, I first head to the Bean catalog. L.L. Bean is the most reliable mail-order corporation and should receive praise. So should Skow for his wonderful story.
Thank you for a great article on L.L. Bean. Being a resident of a town about 30 miles north of Freeport, I often visit Bean's. In fact, for as long as I can remember, my family and I have visited Bean's on Christmas at about 1:00 a.m. It's kind of like a tradition. So I can relate to the magic that John Skow spoke of.
LINSEMAN AND COACH
I especially enjoyed Bob Kravitz's article on Ken Linseman (The Rat That Roared, Scored And Prospered, Nov. 25). Along with the story, you show four game or locker-room shots of Linseman, one as an Oiler, one as a Flyer and two as a Bruin. I noticed that Bruin coach Butch Goring is in the lower picture on page 47. Could that also be Goring wearing No. 21 as an Islander on page 53?
MARK R. DOHERTY
Is that Butch Goring wearing the No. 21 jersey? I thought he wore No. 91 when he played for the Isles.
STEVE M. ANDERSEN
December 23, 1985
•Yes, it is Goring. Before he got No. 91, he wore No. 21 briefly after he was traded to the Islanders from Los Angeles, where he wore No. 19.—ED.
STREET SCENE (CONT.)
Earlier this year you published several items concerning the naming of streets after Pete Rose and other noted sports figures (SCORECARD, Sept. 30, 19TH HOLE, Oct. 7 et seq.). I would like to add that in anticipation of Rose's 4,192nd hit, the city of Covington, Ky. (situated right across the Ohio River from the Reds' Riverfront Stadium) named a road being built to a new waterfront restaurant Pete Rose Drive. Rose's accomplishments have helped our city, too.
IRVIN T. (BUTCH) CALLERY
Mayor, Pro Tern
I'm sure your list was not designed to be all-inclusive, but, as a Minnesota sports fan, I noticed a glaring omission. Metropolitan Stadium is now gone, but countless memories of our beloved Twins live on in a street located at the south end of the old stadium site—(Harmon) Killebrew Drive. The Twins hit baseballs indoors now, but not with quite the same "drive" with which Killebrew hit them!
You forgot Triandos Drive in Timonium, Md., named after Gus Triandos, who was the first to use the oversize catcher's mitt designed by Paul Richards to handle Hoyt Wilhelm's knucklers.
Let me add another street named after a boxer: Cincinnati's Ezzard Charles Drive.
One more: Shug Jordan Parkway in Auburn, Ala. And speaking of great, immortal and much-loved coaches, I hope Grambling's Eddie Robinson gets a real pretty street.
Perhaps the ideal street is Jess Neely Drive in Nashville, site of Vanderbilt's athletic department and stadium. Neely is the sixth-winningest college football coach in history, but he once told me he took the most pride in the fact that in his 27 years at Rice the great majority of his players went on to graduate from that excellent academic institution. Neely certainly had his values concerning the student-athlete in the proper order. When he retired from Rice, he returned to Vanderbilt, his alma mater, where he served as athletic director emeritus and golf coach.
ARNOLD E. GARDNER
BEAN'S DECOY MAN
On page 96 in the article on L.L. Bean you show a picture of three hunters and identify them as "End, Soule and Gorman." End and Gorman were described in the story, but who is Soule? I could not find any other reference to him.
PAUL L. GUSTAFSON
•George Soule, 71, a fishing and hunting partner of L.L.'s with a penchant for tying flies and carving decoys, set up for Bean a department devoted to those pursuits and also produced Bean's first cork-bodied toller, a decoy, before branching out into his own decoy-carving business in the late '30s. Now retired, Soule can still be seen in Bean catalogs posing with his popular decoys, some of which are shown above.—ED.
Drake Wood Duck(Fixed Head)
Hen Wood Duck
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