I thoroughly enjoyed the feature article on Kimberly Camp, "Artifacts of Life," in the June 1996 issue.
Being an ardent jazz lover, I noticed the portrait of jazz musician John Coltrane painted on glass by Samuel Hodges, on page 22.
Even though the portrait appears to be an impressionistic style of art, it is too bad that his hands are on the wrong part of the saxophone. The left hand should be at the top part near the neck, and the right hand should be at the bottom.
I am quite surprised that a person of Mr. Hodges' reputation and stature would overlook this important detail.
Ronald T. Heiman
[Editor's Note: We have to hand it to you, Mr. Heiman. You have good eyes. John Coltrane's hands are reversed. The blame, however, rests not with the artist, but with us. We inadvertently flipped the slide and consequently printed its mirror image. Our apologies to Samuel Hodges.]
I read with fond memories and amusement Tommy Ehrbar's "Rub of the Green" (The 42nd Floor, June 1996) about his exploits as a golf course caddie.
Like Mr. Ehrbar, I also began my quest for college money as a caddie. It was at Churchill Valley Country Club (Penn Hills, Pennsylvania) when I got my big chance to carry a double (two golf bags) and assist the two other golfers who were riding in a cart. This meant I got all the money from the foursome (my two golfers and the two in the cart).
At the age of 13, I was already spending the tip money in my mind when one of the golfers asked me to move the cart around the green.
With my mind still on the tip money, I drove the cart up and over the embankment, turning the entire cart over with their clubs and special refreshments.
I never had the guts to tell them that my dad owned a driver training school.
Lance J. Lavrinc-Ewing
Graduate School of Public and International Affairs '93
I enjoy receiving your magazine, but I particularly wanted you to know that I admire the photography you insert in every issue. Your portraits and your landscape backgrounds are of exceptional quality.
Keep up the good work.
Arts and Sciences '68
Regarding John B. Schnapp's letter in the December 1995 issue of Pitt Magazine: As a former Pitt football player and current Pitt Varsity Club member, let me add a loud "Hear! Hear!" and "Amen" to John's letter.
As I have said to many people many times before: Pitt must, and should, decrease the athletic scholarships, increase the academic standing, and join the Ivy League. And none too soon, either.
David E. Jones Jr.