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I WAS IN THE MUSIC business and knew Jimm Altman very well and found him to be a wastrel (“Artifacts,” 2/17). If anyone was likely to fall victim to social diseases, he would be the one. He was so addled that he may have never thought to inform someone of a social disease he was carrying. There may be many out there who are subject to his carelessness.

Bethesda, Md.