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|Monterey man in Sports Illustrated|
What are the chances of the small community of Monterey, La., being mentioned in Sports Illustrated?
Probably about the same chance that Billy Wallace of Monterey thought he had of having his letter to the editor printed in the prestigious magazine.
Wallace sent a letter to the magazine concerning a picture of two Chinese children playing table tennis at a refugee camp following the horrific earthquake.
"I had actually forgotten all about it," Wallace said. "That's amazing."
The letter states:
"The next time a professional athlete complains about a cramped visitors' clubhouse or locker room, he should think of the two Chinese children playing table tennis at a refugee camp for earthquake victims. The picture of the children playing a game, and actually enjoying it, in the worst of conditions should make us feel grateful for the wonderful life we live in this country."
Wallace said it was the first time he has ever written a letter to Sports Illustrated.
"I never expected it to get printed," he said. "I guess I struck a nerve. When I saw that picture it just hit me and I felt I had to write a letter after I saw those kids playing ping-pong and hearing guys complaining about 40,000-square foot clubhouses."
Wallace said he spent a lot of time on the phone after finding out about the letter.
"That's the only way I'll get in Sports Illustrated," he said. "It certainly would not be because of my atheletic accomplishments."
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