March 18, 2000
Chris Dufresne's March 13 NCAA tournament profiles contained the interesting "Tidbit" that Gonzaga University was "founded in 1887 by Jesuit Saint Aloysius Gonzaga . . . " This is indeed a rather startling observation in view of the fact that the boy Saint Aloysius Gonzaga died in 1591. Perhaps the university's founding was by way of some remarkable apparition. But, as many know, the truth is that Gonzaga was founded in 1887 by Bing Crosby. CARLO WEBER Camarillo Editor's note: According to the school's media guide: "Gonzaga University was founded in 1887 upon urging from Spokane's city leaders who sought a major university in their town."
February 19, 2000
Nice of you to find space for a small picture of Phil Mickelson (the guy who actually won) in your all-Tiger-all-the-time format! Enough already. D.S ADAM Newhall Byron Nelson's string of 11 tournament victories is indeed an accomplishment, but it is overblown when you consider that a great many of the top pros at that time were in the armed forces--Sam Snead and Ben Hogan, to mention a couple. AL MEYERS Los Angeles Editor's note: Snead and Hogan did serve in the military during World War II but both played tour events in 1945, the year of Nelson's streak.
December 11, 1999
That was indeed a day to remember as the Dec. 2 Countdown to 2000 article about Anthony Davis relates. Six touchdowns in one game. Outstanding! However, I am having a little problem with the fact that he returned both "the opening and second-half kickoffs for touchdowns." I've been refereeing high school football for 29 years now, and unless they had a different rule back then, the receiver of the opening kickoff would kick off in the second half. How did Davis return both kickoffs?
September 11, 1999
Does Jennifer Capriati have to become another Greta Garbo to maintain her private life, or will the Bill Dwyres of the world [Sept. 7] ever learn that athletes are people, and that some things aren't meant to be reported on in newspapers? KEVIN NIEMAN Newbury Park Patrick McEnroe, retired player and CBS commentator, summed it up best: "They [press] will just keep pecking away until they get the story." Naturally, Bill Dwyre instinctively leaped for Patrick's throat because Patrick had the temerity to display characteristics totally foreign to Bill Dwyre and most newsmen today: sensitivity, compassion, kindness, and a respect for the wishes of others.
April 11, 1999
In regard to the Traveler's Note on the British Tourist Authority closing offices, leaving only Los Angeles, Chicago and New York City (News, Tips & Bargains, March 28): I believe you will find that the Los Angeles office has been closed for some years, and the sole U.S. telephone contact is New York City. The BTA lists the Chicago office as "open to personal callers only, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday." This reminds me of the days when the railroad, trying to discourage passenger travel, "hid" its offices on upper floors in the central city.
March 28, 1999
I've been a happy reader of The Times since 1957, and I look forward to each Sunday's issue; but the Spring Fashion issue (Feb. 28) was for the "birds"--and I mean "birds" with big money. All those expensive clothes may interest my teenage granddaughters, who cannot afford them, but all I could get into was the restaurant page and the puzzle. Although I know the magazine has to appeal to a wide variety of people and that it is difficult to please everybody, I just had to get this off my chest.
November 15, 1998
So where was the duck yesterday? (Letters, Nov. 1) Having finally reconciled myself to a pointless duck and, in fact, beginning to like him (her?), I was devastated to find the duck had disappeared. How are we to maintain stability in our lives when the duck comes and goes without warning? It's worse than having a Cheshire cat! MAGGIE LOATES Los Angeles Editor's note--OK, you be the judge. Write or e-mail to let us know: Do we bring back the duck . . . or not?
November 14, 1998
I was, frankly, amazed to see Father Gregory Coiro described in recent news reports (Morning Report, Nov. 6) concerning the "Ally McBeal" controversy as having served as a "script consultant" on "Nothing Sacred." Given that Father Coiro was the West Coast mouthpiece for the Catholic League and a hostile, public critic of the series who spent a good deal of time working toward its demise, it is positively surreal to see him now apparently appending it to his resume. To clarify, at no time did he work for the "Nothing Sacred" company nor did he partake in any substantive conversations with us, ever.
June 13, 1998
Mike Penner left out the most important item on his WSCMIITUS list (Why Soccer Can't Make It In The United States, June 10). Not enough commercial breaks. Wake up, Mike! Don't you know WRRSITUS (Who Really Runs Sports In The United States)? STU HARRIS, San Diego This morning [June 9] I was excited to find that The Times had devoted an entire section to the World Cup. However, in the forecast of Iran's team, you wrote "Three games and back to sand soccer." As an editor of the hometown paper of the largest Iranian community outside of Iran, you should be a little more tactful in your humor.