It was super to see the Chicago Bears featured on three consecutive covers (Jan. 20, Jan. 27 and Feb. 3). And now, oh my, there's another bare on the cover (Feb. 10).
I wondered what had melted the snow and ice around my mailbox.
What an extraordinary piece of work by Jule Campbell and photographer Brian Lanker (Ornaments Of Society, Feb. 10)! I didn't think you could ever top last year's swimsuit issue, but, thank God, you did. Each model is simply magnificent. Don't ever abandon this feature. It ranks right up there with mom, apple pie and baseball.
Please renew my subscription. And by the way, I think I'm related to Elle Macpherson, so please get me her address and home phone number.
February 24, 1986
Elle Macpherson in Bora Bora is definitely not boring boring.
One look at Paradise Found, and my heart was Heaven Bound. Mercy!
Fairmont, W. Va.
Help! My heart just stopped. Could Kathy Ireland administer CPR? Please?
JACK A. GRAVES
If Ahmad Rashad can do it on television, I guess I can do it in a letter: Paulina Porizkova, will you marry me?
Send reply c/o SPORTS ILLUSTRATED.
P.S. If Paulina can't decide, please ask Kathy Ireland for me.
"God's art, with a little bit of ours added in" was my thought on Coco Mitchell, the rainbow, the mountains, the lagoon, the palm trees, the smile, the suit. All in all, an ecumenical balance.
ANTHONY E. PICKERT
Kansas City, Kans.
Last year a reader who disapproved of your swimsuit issue said, "You might as well have included a wet T shirt...." I liked your response in the form of Jenna de Rosnay.
After almost four years of marriage, it's nice to know that my wife and I still enjoy the same things, even if for different reasons. Her critique of the swimsuit edition: "What a nice bathing suit.... Such a cute picture.... Beautiful islands." Mine: "Wow!"
KEN DEARSTYNE JR.
My wife beat me to the mailbox this year and absconded with the swimsuit issue. Send me another or cancel my subscription!
An internationally renowned sports publication devoting 36 pages to photographs of scantily clad young women? Overly revealing, provocative full-color pictures that hint at sexism? Beautiful models displaying suggestive swimwear in favor of Pro Bowl highlights? I love it.
West Haven, Conn.
The only thing I found wrong with your swimsuit issue was its size. Next year, would you please expand it to equal your 540-page special preview of the '84 Olympic Games (The 1984 Olympics, July 18, 1984).
Mountlake Terrace, Wash.
My son just received your swimsuit issue. He, like any other young man, won't complain, but his mother sure will. If I wanted him to have a girlie magazine, that is what I would buy him.
Let's clean up your act by stopping these issues and get back to illustrating sports, not looking for paradise.
MRS. RUTH LUBBERS
Your Feb. 10 issue has brought your publication to a new low! I am a charter subscriber and am disappointed. If I had any young boys in the family, I would cancel. All of the pictures burned very well.
JAMES P. LOIZEAUX
The depiction of scantily clad females accentuates and promotes indulgence in sexual fantasy and skin-deep beauty to the exclusion of more sublime expressions of a woman's body and psyche. As such it is mere subservience to the prurient mind and another example of the gross exploitation of women.
Please continue to enlighten us and to ennoble our youth with the high level of, articles and illustrations that befit sports journalism.
PETER G. RIZOS
Do you really think that the swimsuit issue, though somewhat charming, will lessen my love for Katarina Witt (Behold The Shining Star Of The G.D.R., Jan. 20)? No way! Katarina would look great in a pair of sweats and three winter coats!
Will you people never learn? Women read your magazine, too, and we deserve a little consideration in your swimsuit issue. You don't have to go far to find gorgeous guys, either.
There's Joe Montana, Jim McMahon, Dwight Clark, Doug Cosbie, Craig James, Howie Long, Walter Payton, Gary Fencik....
Come on, you male chauvinists, let's bring SPORTS ILLUSTRATED into the '80s! (But please, no Refrigerator.)
I just received your 1986 swimsuit issue and I would like to know what kind of film and camera Brian Lanker used to produce those great pictures.
•Lanker used both Kodachrome and Fujichrome in Nikon and, in some cases, Hasselblad cameras.—ED.
Although we enjoyed your annual swimsuit issue immensely, we do realize that it is not for everyone. In anticipation of demands for equal time, we are offering a solution to your dilemma. Enclosed is a snapshot of nine members of our men's varsity water polo team.
P.S. Sorry it isn't Bora Bora, but Providence will have to do.
Letters should include the name, address and home telephone number of the writer and be addressed to The Editor, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, Time & Life Building, Rockefeller Center, New York, N.Y. 10020.