Each winter I eagerly await the arrival of your swimsuit preview issue, not so much for the article itself but for the entertaining letters that inevitably follow from outraged defenders of our national morals. Unfortunately the fine line of good taste you have drawn in the past has been blurred or, rather, obliterated by the totally unnecessary inclusion of that photograph of a "nubile nude" in the article on Evel Knievel ("We Shoulda Run One More Test," Sept. 16). Good reporting presumes a measure of discretion that was sadly lacking on your part this time.
MICHAEL T. CHRISTY
Disgusting! I really don't see that your picture of the naked girl added anything to the article. Was it supposed to? Why not try ignoring people such as these for a while and maybe—just maybe—they'll grow up.
Fort Smith, Ark.
I was very disappointed that SI printed a picture of the "nubile nude" being "launched" by spectators at Evel Knievel's show. The description of it was enough. No more, please.
ROBERT G. CUNDIFF
If we wanted a picture of some stupid woman being handled by some equally stupid men, we would have subscribed to an altogether different type of magazine.
MRS. B. GLATTING
Before you are inundated by letters from nonthinking, though well-meaning, parents excoriating you for the nudity displayed with the Evel Knievel article, let me—as a parent—say thanks for the picture of that naked young chick. She epitomized the whole farcical atmosphere surrounding the whole ridiculous circus.
LANNY R. MIDDINGS
San Ramon, Calif.
Although I do not always agree with your viewpoints, I have enjoyed reading your magazine for the past few years. In my opinion, however, your publication lost some stature by allotting so much space to the coverage of the insane activities surrounding Evel Knievel. Such mania belongs on the pages of psychological journals and sensationalistic weeklies. Please don't confuse sport with psychopathy.
New York City
PICKS AND PICKERS
Well, Tex Maule has done it again (LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER, Sept. 16). He just won't break down and choose Miami as the Super Bowl winner. Maybe this is a good sign, though, because the last couple of years Maule hasn't picked the Dolphins to win the Super Bowl and they are two-time world champions—going on three.
When will Tex Maule come to admit that the American Conference now has complete superiority in the NFL, with better players, better coaches and better front-office personnel than the "more established" National Conference teams? May George Foreman use him as a sparring partner on his new boxing assignment.
I'll miss ol' Tex Maule on the pro football beat. Without him and Nixon to kick around anymore, life might be dull. At least Tex left Miami a parting gift; he picked the Dolphins to lose.
Dan Jenkins picked the Baltimore Colts as one of the dullest teams of the season. All I can say about that is don't let Joe Thomas find out.