D Letters

In Praise of Dallas Doctors

Although we’ve recently retired to Reno, top doctors are a major reason for maintaining ties to Dallas, and it was not a surprise to see our doctors listed in your article (“Top Doctors,” July).

Thanks to Dr. Zelig Lieberman’s and Dr. John Bradfield’s excellent care in 1975, I’ve survived cancer; more recently, Dr. Robert Mennel successfully treated my husband. In 1970, Dr. Wynne Snoots repaired a broken ankle, shattered in five pieces, putting it together like a jigsaw puzzle, and I’m still dancing as fast as I can. Dr. Jerald Feldman has been our ophthalmologist for years, and Dr. Byron Brown’s expertise did wonders.

All of the above excellent choices were made by our GP for 35 years, Dr. Perry Gross.



Congratulations on an astoundingly accurate and credible article. As members of the Dallas community for over 20 years and parents of 10 children, we have personally used doctors in almost every area-from neurosurgeon to allergist. Anyone in the world would be in good hands to choose any of the doctors on your lists.



Your list of outstanding physicians is a family keepsake and an indispensable gift to any newcomer. May I suggest another category: podiatrists. I would like to nominate a doctor who has given me 10 years of running, including 12,000 miles. He is Dr. Allen Sherman. Dr. Sherman has run over 80 marathons, and this runner thinks he is the best at what he does.



Several years ago, I made an appointment with a doctor in Dallas to examine a lump in my breast. Through surgery, he discerned the lump to be benign. Unfortunately, several weeks ago, I discovered another lump. I reluctantly made the necessary’ appointment.

After a thorough examination, the doctor pulled up a chair and advised me the chances of the lump being cancerous were extremely remote, but if I felt more comfortable with the removal of the lump we could schedule surgery.

I assumed my appointment was coming to an end, but I believe he perceived a slight depression in me. He very earnestly asked me how my job was going. I told him that I had lost my job. He then proceeded to boost my self-esteem and tell me where he thought my strengths lie. [When] I was ready to pay my bill, the nurse said, “This one is on the doctor.”

I couldn’t believe that with all the greediness and ugliness in the world today there still exists a person with so much compassion. We all are also aware of all the “bad press” doctors sometimes have to endure.



Black-and-White World

Concerning the article (“Back in the Swim,” July) on the (wo South African swimmers. Cliff Lyne and Craig Jackson: For years the white South African athletes gained from legalized discrimination, just as it is true that these two are living proof that they are still gaining from legalized discrimination. 1 am sure neither one has been too hungry to train, swam without the proper attire, gone without training equipment or coaches.

I personally cannot think of a more befitting place for them to train than SMU, a school that wallows in oppression and discrimination of its minority students.

The sweetness of it all is that black athletes will continue to dominate for years to come because the oppression, discrimination and strife only make for a much stronger athlete where it counts, in the heart.



D Magazine has a tendancy to point out skin color of individuals and neighborhoods. The descriptions of neighborhoods in the “Newcomer’s Guide” (July) finally prompted me to write. Must I assume that when no color is mentioned the neighborhood is white? Are you trying to tell new residents where large numbers of blacks and Hispanics or gays live and, if white, to avoid these areas?

D Magazine is also guilty of ethnic references in your articles when they are not needed. When no reference is made, the individual is white. Then when you have a photo and that person is of color, your writer will at some point describe the individual that way.



“Native Dallas” Lives On

Concerning “The Flying Red Horse” (May) and subsequent letters to the editor: By the time I was a little boy, the flying horse was not the awe-inspiring spectacle that it was to the writer of your story. I remember, rather, the breathtaking and exciting series of landmarks at night along Stemmons Freeway. 1 remember the Hertz sign on the School Book Depository. I remember the falling cascades of water on the Pearl beer sign, and Cobb Stadium.

I’m finding great satisfaction in the fact that our God-given human memories can still cause us to feel the wonder and awe [the images] first produced in us.



There was an error of fact in “Native Dallas” (May). Sound Warehouse was erroneously listed as a business which was Dallas-born.

Dan Moran and I opened the first Sound Warehouse in 1972 at the corner of N.W. 23rd Street and Western in Oaklahoma City, Okla. In 1974, Dan and I formed a separate partnership with Terry and Sharon Worrell to open the first Dallas Sound Warehouse. This Dallas company expanded into Austin, San Antonio, St. Louis, Memphis and other cities. All of the operations were combined in 1985 in Dallas when the company was taken public.



Cliff Notes

The 60-foot cliff in Bluffview is composed of limestone (Austin chalk formation) and shale (Eagle ford formation) and not of granite, as reported [in the “Newcomer’s Guide.” (July)].



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