To the editors:

In the article “Extended Care” by Paul Pekin [April 19], the author states, in reference to his father: “He was about as good a piano player as I am a writer, which is to say not quite good enough.” Far from being not good enough, I felt the writing was superb. With profound sensitivity he portrayed the feelings of people and a by-gone time that we know, as we grow older, are still very much a part of our lives today.

Norman Meir

N. State

Paul Pekin replies:

Actually, my father was a better piano player than I am a writer. He once turned in such a spirited performance of the “Tiger Rag” that two goldfish–we kept their bowl on top of the old upright–rolled over and died. I doubt if I’ll ever equal that.