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The touching story about Eddie Grant mentions other American athletes who made the "ultimate sacrifice" for their country, but it omitted Al Blozis. After a career at Georgetown University where he was a champion shot-putter, Blozis played tackle for the New York Giants for two outstanding seasons. At 6 feet 6 inches and 245 pounds, he was big for that era. While in the Army, he set a record for throwing a hand grenade more than 94 yards. Lieutenant Blozis died in the Vosges Mountains in France in January 1945 when he set out alone to find two lost members of his patrol.

Murray Farber
Fresno, California

Correction:  As we reported, Elmer Gedeon played for the Washington Senators in 1939 and was killed in World War II. But the photograph on page 80 is of Elmer Joseph "Joe" Gedeon, who played for the Senators in 1913 and 1914. We regret the error. —Ed.


 

Spitting Image

I couldn't help but chuckle at art conservators James Coddington and Michael Duffy's "mild enzymatic" cleaning solution—spit—in "Cleaning Picasso." In our family, the saying "spit works wonders" has long been applied to the cleaning of soiled cheeks and stained shirts. And as most painters know, spit is also a wondrous "solution" for keeping paintbrushes in shape. So it seems only fitting that a little spit is being spilt on Picasso.

Mary J. Lohnes
Bellingham, Washington

 

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