Regarding Mike Downey's article of Dec. 30 ("A Basketball Historian Makes USC History"):
In October, my 11-year-old son came home and told me that "some USC basketball player" was going to speak to the fifth-grade students at his school. Coming from a family of UCLA supporters, his reaction was about the same as when I tell him to clean his room so he will enjoy being in it more.
The basketball player spent nearly two hours at the school. He emphasized that reading could help the students learn a great deal about sports and other topics, and that it could be exciting entertainment. The students' interest was ignited, and my son came home that Friday afternoon and nearly finished a book.
My son later stated, "I guess there are some cool people at USC." In my opinion, that basketball player is in the front of that group. Thank you, Harold Miner, for sharing your interest in reading with those children.
JEANNE HAMILTON, Covina