I just don't understand all the booing being heard in Pittsburgh. At least you can still sit out in the sunshine and watch major league baseball. So enjoy it and leave the nail biting and ulcers to those poor division-leading fans.
On the cover of your July 1 issue, which bears Larry Holmes's photo, you ask "WHO'S THE GREATEST?" I thought there was never a question—it has to be Wayne Gretzky!
Was there ever any doubt?
THOMAS A. LANNAN
Port Colborne, Ontario
RETURN TO MACKER
Alexander Wolff's article on the Gus Macker Basketball Tournament (The Only Game In Town, July 8) reminds many of us about some of the nice things in life and some of the things that sports are supposed to be about. As Mary Ann Gwatkin said in the story, the bounce of a basketball on a playground is a reassuring sound. Thank you.
GERARD J. O'BRIEN JR.
No more professional wrestling for me. I've got MackerMania! Thanks for a great article, SI.
South Williamsport, Pa.
Congratulations to Armen Keteyian for an excellent article about Tommy Curren (Riding The Wave Of The Future, July 8). Curren should be admired not only for his superhuman 180s and incredible bottom turns but also for breaking the stereotype that all surfers party heavily and have no direction in life. As a surfer, I have been a fan of Tommy's for quite a while. Having moved east away from the big waves, I really enjoyed reading about surfing. Thanks again.
I like the action photo of surfer Tommy Curren on page 38, but can you tell me where the photographer was when he shot this picture?
?To get his shot of Curren, photographer Vince Cavataio was treading water, camera with 35-mm lens held aloft, 10 to 15 feet from the surfer. The picture above, of another photographer shooting another surfer, conveys the idea. Says Jeff Divine, photo editor of Surfer magazine, "This shot shows a surf photographer using a camera encased in a fiber glass water housing. When shooting with a wide-angle lens or when you are shooting a surfer on waves that are not breaking at a consistent point on a reef, the photographer swims out [to the action]. When you are shooting a surfer and the waves are breaking predictably on a reef, you can sit on a raft in the channel area.
"Either way, the photographer has to have a lot of experience with swimming, waves, riptides and gauging the surfer's ride and maneuvers. Often you are diving under mountains of exploding waves and avoiding out-of-control surfers and surfboards."—ED.