National Geographic : 1987 Jan
It is time for people to recognize that their head ache, forgetfulness, and lack of concentration could be caused by chemical exposures. Marcia S. Fisher Berkeley, California Unless there has been a fairly large earthquake that I haven't heard about, Gilroy [home of the Garlic Festival] is in the Santa Clara Valley, not the San Joaquin Valley, which is on the other side of the Diablo Range. Marionette Tack Los Gatos, California My enjoyment of Boyd Gibbons's article came to a jarring halt on page 355. I never expected to find distorted, demeaning, and homophobic ma terial in NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC. Young people will see a human being set up for ridicule, accept as true the stereotype used to describe a homosex ual, and think there is nothing wrong in making fun of him. Maurice Leblanc Ottawa, Ontario We apologizefor the insensitivity.-TheEditor I feel for those who smoke-they miss so much that life has to offer. I'm looking forward to the results of your survey. J. Larry Grant Klamath Falls, Oregon More than 1.4 million readers had returned our survey by November 1, 1986. Now being ana lyzed, the data will be published later this year and should tell us, among other fascinatingin sights, if smokers are missing much. Meteorites History ignores small tragedies- consider the as sertion in "Invaders From Space" (September 1986) that an Alabama woman is the "only known victim of a meteorite." A 17th-century Franciscan friar was mortally wounded when struck by a chondrite on the streets of Milan, Ita ly. A medical description of the incident by a Mil anese physician and a drawing of the fatal "lightning stone" still exist in the Ambrosian Li brary of Milan. John J. Noble Louisville, Kentucky It is apparent to me as a professor of geology that plate-tectonic-induced changes in the distribu tion of continents, coupled with changes in ocean currents and climate, are the most plausi ble reasons for dinosaur extinction. Similar sig nificant changes occurred prior to the dinosaur extinction, when the former supercontinent Pan gaea broke up. A steady decline of the dinosaurs coincided with this breakup. A meteoritic impact could have been just one more factor for the last dinosaurs to contend with. Richard L. Squires Northridge, California Northridge, California £1987WhirlpoolCorp Until now, using a dishwasher was a trade off: Clean dishes for a noisy kitchen. But this Whirlpool® dishwasher with our exclusive Quiet Wash system keeps the cleaning power and reduces the noise. It's so quiet you can run your dishwasher and still enjoy your conversation. The secret of our Quiet Wash system. We found ways to reduce the sound coming from inside the tub. Designed a quieter motor. And then wrapped the dishwasher in an extra layer of sound-absorbing insulation. We think you'll be pleased when you hear the results. Remarkably clean dishes with less hot water. Don't let the quiet fool you. This Power Clean " Energy Saver dishwasher still has our patented washing system for remarkably clean dishes. And all our Power Clean models use 20% less hot water in the normal cycle than our previous washing system. Easier loading and unloading. Whirlpool dishwashers are available with upper racks that adjust up and down to fit that unusual-size item. We're also the only ones to give you the ease and convenience of a silverware basket in the door. A promise of quality we stand behind. Every Whirlpool dishwasher isbacked by our promise of good, honest quality. And we stand behind that promise with helpful programs like our toll-free, 24-hour Cool-Line®telephone service to help you with problems or questions. Just call 800-253-1301. It's one more way we can make your world a little easier. Whirllol Home Appliances Making your world a little easier.