A Cat's Life
Considering the now well-documented SI Jinx, how could you have put an innocent cat on the cover of the issue? Is the poor feline still alive? Were the cat and its agent aware of the risks?
BRIAN SMITH, Dearborn, Mich.
?Eight-year-old Mr. Ed (right) is leading a happy, healthy, normal life in Haddam, Conn. Before posing for SI, he sat for print ads and for covers of Sabrina the Teenage Witch books. Fully accustomed to the black cat's bad-luck typecasting, Mr. Ed had no qualms about posing for our cover. Unfortunately, this exposure hasn't led to an increase in his bookings, but business usually does pick up around Halloween.—ED.
Need further proof of the SI Jinx (That Old Black Magic, Jan. 21)? That unsuspecting feline on the cover of the Jinx issue endangered black cats everywhere. The Monday after I received my copy, my neighbor's black cat, Merlin, climbed under the hood of my son-in-law's truck to keep warm on a cold night. He was still there when my son-in-law started the truck to go home. The cat sustained serious injuries but, fortunately, is expected to recover. You guys gave Kurt Warner the opportunity to avoid the Jinx, but black cats everywhere never had a chance.
MIKE PROTOMASTRO, West Milford, N.J.
Shouldn't the Jinx extend to all of SI's covers, including those of the swimsuit editions? Where were the recollections of the various supermodels who fell victim to the Jinx? Perhaps there was a supermodel who appeared on the cover only to have a pimple develop a week later? Coincidence or the Jinx? I guess I'll have to wait for the movie version by Oliver Stone.
JULIE CHAPMAN, Assonet, Mass.
Jinx? Since 1982 a single NFL team—represented by player(s) or coach—has been on the cover of SI the week before the Super Bowl nine times. Eight of the nine teams have gone on to win the Lombardi Trophy. The only exception was Super Bowl XXXIV. Titans defensive end Jevon Kearse appeared on the cover, but a game-saving tackle by Rams linebacker Mike Jones snapped this SI cover streak.
MITCH BEIMS, Colby, Kans.
How about putting losers on the cover? It might reverse their fortunes. My first nominee—the Detroit Lions.
TOM KOHL, Holland, Mich.
My cousin Regan Dale was on the Aug. 1, 1977, cover running a rapids in the Grand Canyon. At the time, we—Grand Canyon Dories—had made more than 100 successful runs through Lava Falls, the grand-daddy of Colorado River rapids. On our next trip through we flipped eight boats in a two-day period. SI Jinx? I think so!
O'CONNOR DALE, Kanab, Utah
Todd Blackledge and Penn State did indeed lose to Alabama following his appearance on the cover. However, the Nittany Lions went unbeaten the rest of the way—including a 27-23 win over Heisman Trophy winner Herschel Walker and Georgia in the 1983 Sugar Bowl—and won their first national title.
TIM SCANLAN, Ebensburg, Pa.
From the photo of Jere Karalahti wallowing peacefully in smoke to the quote describing heroin use as orgasmically blissful (High Times, Jan. 21), SI has ensured that the masses of young, impressionable men and women who pay to be your readers will walk away with a positive, glossy, Madison Avenue view on drugs. Please do not hide behind the view that you were trying to give a positive message on rehabilitation. Nothing in the article warrants that defense. Shame.
STEPHEN HOLOWESKO, Nassau, Bahamas
Enough with Karalahti's thought process. What were you smoking?
TED BICKEL, Chanhassen, Minn.