Tiger Woods did something notable, and you didn't put him on the
cover! Thank God.
--PHIL WILKE, Lawrence, Kans.
This is an article from the Sept. 11, 2000 issue
Thanks for the Memories
As sport is primarily the collection of memories, your Where Are
They Now? edition (July 31) was the most enjoyable issue I have
read since I started with SI 30 years ago.
JONATHAN GAFFNEY, Arlington, Va.
After reading about Sidd Finch (Where Are You, Sidd Finch?), I
tried his method. I used your photos to analyze his stance. I
then went outside to test myself. The results? My fastball jumped
10 mph, and my football throw went 20 yards farther. Siddney,
here I come!
ROBERT HUTCHINGS, Anchorage
My teenage son read the Finch story. "Dad, you've got to read
this," he said. "It sounds just like a movie." After I explained
the history of Finch, a look came over his face that I hadn't
seen since he learned at a very young age that the animals on the
Jungle Cruise at Disney World were not real.
MARK MORET, Arden Hills, Minn.
Please don't scare us as you did in your July 31 issue. Your
story about a chap gallivanting around the U.K. with a beautiful
American girlfriend, accomplishing feats heretofore thought
impossible, makes fans fearful of losing a beautiful sport to
someone who makes the term competitor obsolete. Surely, the story
of Tiger Woods is a ruse concocted by SI to stimulate our
imaginations. By the way, is there any chance this Finch kid will
decide to play for the Braves?
JASON CRAWFORD, Columbus, Ga.
Who is this Mark Hofmann who wrote the Sidd Finch article? Maybe
this Finch stuff makes me paranoid, but the only Mark Hofmann
I've ever heard of is the notorious forger of literary documents.
Last I heard, he was in the clink, serving a life sentence for
double murder! Something's fishy here.
MAX GULKER, New York City
Thanks to Richard Hoffer and Steve Rushin for their stories on
two of football's storied players, Don Meredith (Fine and Dandy)
and Alan Page (Thanks, Your Honor). It's nice to see Dandy Don is
doing well, and I got goose bumps when Rushin recounted the tale
of the eight-year-old boy by the stairwell.
JEREMY JOHNSON, Huntsville, Ark.
From your article I learned what William Perry has not been doing
with his life (Chillin' With the Fridge). He has not been getting
caught driving drunk, having altercations with police or
begetting children all over the country. What he has been doing
is making an honest, hardworking living, staying in love with his
childhood sweetheart and keeping his wonderful sense of humor to
go with that great gap-toothed smile.
BILLY WEAVER, Rock Hill, S.C.
As a member of the 1975 Cincinnati Reds, I found it refreshing to
see our team picture resurface (The Champs of '75). However, it
was perplexing to see the phrase "whereabouts unknown" attached
to my name. For the past 25 years I've received several autograph
requests per month from kids around the country. They have no
problem finding me. I work as a member of the technical staff at
the MITRE Corporation, a federally funded research and
TOM CARROLL, McLean, Va.
You printed that I'm an orthopedic surgery fellow (Lost and
Found). I'm doing a research fellowship, but that doesn't make me
a fellow. There's a huge difference. I'm still trying to get into
an orthopedic surgery residency.
DEBI THOMAS, Little Rock
Where Are They Now, Part II
We've received mail about omitting people like Lorenzo Charles
(above, left), who made the winning basket for North Carolina
State in the 1983 NCAA title game against Houston. After a career
playing overseas, Charles, 36, is weighing an offer to coach.
When Baltimore Colts rookie Jim O'Brien kicked the winning
32-yard field goal in Super Bowl V against the Dallas Cowboys,
his place in football was secure. Now 53, he's a business
consultant living in Thousand Oaks, Calif.