FLO HYMAN'S LEGACY
The article (Marfan Syndrome: A Silent Killer, Feb. 17) by Richard Demak on Flo Hyman's death was a significant piece of journalism. I respect the Hyman family for requesting an autopsy and for being so willing to share what they have learned with your magazine and, thereby, mankind. In their grief they have taught us all a lesson in love and caring. Certainly lives will be saved.
RICHARD M. STUBBS
Thank you for the excellent article. It occurred to me that some of your readers might be interested to know that there is a foundation that distributes information on Marfan syndrome, written in layman's terms.
National Marfan Foundation
Port Washington, N.Y.
What an insult to the Old Dominion! In less than 40 hours, Virginia's basketball team beat 21-0 and No. 1-ranked North Carolina, and Virginia Tech beat 20-0 and No. 2-ranked Memphis State (BASKETBALL'S WEEK, Feb. 10). Without a shadow of doubt. Wahoos and Hokies should have graced your Feb. 10 cover instead of that atypical-looking athlete with the funny-shaped pectorals.
Definitely not yours,
PS. My wife made me do it, but for health's sake—mine—please don't snitch.
P.P.S. Don't cancel my prescription [sic], no matter what she says. Send future copies of the swimsuit issues disguised as the Ladies' Home Companion.
I just discovered something. In my haste to look at this year's swimsuits and models, I dropped the magazine and it fell open to an article on the Syracuse men's basketball team (Juicy Days For The Orange, Feb. 10). This is the first time in the 10 years I've been reading SI that I realized you actually put sports articles in your swimsuit issue. What a great idea!
Both good and bad news accompanied the arrival of your '86 swimsuit issue at my home. The good news is obvious. The bad news is that my wife and I were going to Tahiti this summer, but that won't happen now unless you can assure my wife that Elle, Kathy, Paulina, Kelly, Coco and Jenna have left the Society Islands.
Anthony, N. Mex.
I asked my wife if Elle Macpherson could come and stay with us, and she said no.
KENNETH W. SHERRILL
I'm thankful our subscription ran out at the same time your good taste did.
SHIRLEY MULDOWNEY'S COMEBACK
I find it ironic that you chose to present an article concerning Shirley Muldowney (Fiery Return Of A Lead foot Lady, Feb. 10)—a real and dedicated female athlete—immediately preceding your annual salute to swimwear. "Ornaments of Society" indeed! SI should spend more time writing about gutsy women at the racetrack.
New York City
I am probably one of the few to write about the annual bathing suit issue and not mention the bathing suits. However, Sam Moses's article about Shirley Muldowney was a treat to read. I have never been one for drag racing, but her courage and comeback should be an inspiration to everyone.
JOHN L. FEININGER JR.
P.S. I can't resist—the swimsuits are fantastic!
MAN OF PRINCIPLE
Sure, I looked at the swimsuits, but the story in your Feb. 10 issue that thrilled me most was the UPDATE on former basketball star Bill Green. His performance as a junior high school principal in New York City's South Bronx is the educational equivalent of taking a team of sixth-round draft picks and reaching the NBA finals. Best of all, his victories benefit not just his students but all of us.
What a trip it was reading about Libby Riddles's exciting victory in the 1985 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race (Valiant Lady, Feb. 17). For armchair athletes like me, there is nothing more thrilling than having witnessed, even if vicariously through television, an exciting finish like Riddles's and then being able to read about it in her own words, with the help of Anita Verschoth. There are not many athletes who can do what she did.
LYDIA M. WOODS
Libby Riddles—what a combination of toughness, courage and kindness! I can't wait for her book.
What does Libby Riddles really look like? All you showed us were glimpses of her face under her hat.
JIMMY L. SEXTON
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