Body Conscious

I am appalled to see your Names & Faces column recycling sensational stories from the New York Post focusing on weight difficulties of female celebrities -- namely, Monica Lewinsky and Sarah Ferguson [Style, July 17]. What is this, the 1950s?

Given the constant pressure our society places on young women (and men) to fit a certain physical mold and all that we have learned about anorexia and bulimia in recent years, this report was insensitive and irresponsible.

-- Brian Manuel

ID Interpretation

In all the years that I have been reading your paper's op-ed page, I have usually appreciated (and often read first) the short bio that identified the author at the end of the column. But I found the bio for E. Fuller Torrey and Mary Zdanowicz ["Institutionalization Hasn't Worked," July 9] highly irregular. It describes their organization, the Treatment Advocacy Center, as working to "eliminate barriers to treatment of severe mental illness."

Torrey and Zdanowicz may call it "eliminate barriers to treatment" but many others might call it "eliminate laws that protect them from forced institutionalization and forced drugging." When the language is open to such wide interpretation, your paper has no business using it in the bio, which should simply be a factual identification of the authors.

-- Robert Legge

Flying Marine

Thomas Boswell's moving account of a magic night in Fenway Park ["Baseball's Midsummer Night's Dream," Sports, July 14] contains one significant error.

While Ted Williams was a patriotic volunteer for service in World War II and became a superb naval aviator, he was not "a Navy ace in two wars." First, in World War II and Korea he was a Marine. Second, the Marine Corps assigned him, much against his will, to duty as a flight instructor in Pensacola, Fla., where I flew with him one time. He was not a happy camper. Then, when he was at his peak as a baseball star, the Marine Corps recalled him, this time involuntarily, for service in Korea. Sen. John Glenn, who served with Ted Williams, could provide details of his actions there -- but they did not include shooting down five enemy aircraft.

A great American and a magnificent hitter -- but not twice a "Navy ace."

-- Eugene J. Carroll Jr.

Storied Toreadors

As an avid Hemingway fan, I greatly enjoyed Leonard Shapiro's recent "Letter From Spain," concerning Pamplona's annual Fiesta of San Fermin, which features the "running of the bulls." However, Shapiro may have confused a couple of Hemingway's works. He noted that bullfighter Rivera Ordonez is "the grandson of the great Ordonez immortalized by his friend Hemingway in `The Sun Also Rises.' " Although much of "The Sun Also Rises" (which Shapiro earlier referred to by its original title, "Fiesta") takes place in Pamplona, Pedro Romero was the bullfighting character of that novel. It was in the 1960 book "The Dangerous Summer" that Hemingway wrote of the dramatic rivalry of Antonio Ordonez and his brother-in-law Luis Miguel Dominguin, during the bullfighting season of 1959.

-- Philip Greene

Big Band Boo-Boo

Your July 14 obituary on Helen Forrest was a nice piece, but it contained an error. While Forrest had many great hits, "Any Old Time" was not one of them. That number was sung by Billie Holiday on a record with Artie Shaw cut in July 1938. It was the only recording Holiday ever made with the Shaw band.

Incidentally, many music buffs -- including this one -- consider Forrest's "All the Things You Are," recorded on Oct. 26, 1939, with Artie Shaw, to be one of the best vocal performances of the big band era.

-- Malcolm Lawrence

Mississippi's Riches

While Sue Anne Pressley's article about Mississippi Gov. Kirk Fordice's affair [Style, July 13] was accurate about Fordice's arrogance in this matter, her attribution of Mississippi's economic improvement during his term is off the mark. The major difference between then and now is that the casino industry has exploded in Mississippi, especially in Tunica (40 miles from Memphis) and the Gulf Coast. This has brought untold billions of dollars in tax revenue to the state, and Fordice, had little, if anything, to do with this windfall.

-- Steve Steffens