As a race driver, I should like to clear up a few points in "The Last Race for Peter Revson" on behalf of the image of race drivers in general and the memory of Peter Revson in particular. Professional drivers do have a glamorous life, but none of us are "doomed heroes" who wind up "inevitably losing." No one, no matter how competitive, will drive a car that he feels will break.
We are not fools with death wishes. We are athletes, combining physical, mental and psychological attributes in a unique fashion. All of the "nine big-name racing drivers killed since 1970" died because of mechanical failure or through faulty track safety measures.
In the interest of accuracy it should be pointed out that when Dan Rather rose to ask his question of the President, the audience responded with applause and boos—in about equal measure. Therefore, President Nixon's remark, "Are you running for something?" was a not unsympathetic recognition of the mixed reaction accorded Rather. I am puzzled by the omission of this very important detail.
Like millions of others I too witnessed President Nixon's press conference. I saw and heard Dan Rather identify himself and receive a larger ovation than anyone present. When President Nixon asked, "Are you running for something?" Rather did not answer as you reported. He stated flatly and rudely, "No. Are you?"
I enjoy and appreciate Rather's gutsy reporting, but his lack of respect for the office of the President of the United States, regardless of who is in it, made me bristle.
G. R. Carey
No person becomes President of these United States without wanting it very badly. No President should subsequently act as though he wears an unearned crown of thorns woven by the news media. Dan Rather's rapierlike response to Richard Nixon's question was heartening. It was encouraging to see a lone newsman momentarily puncture the pontifical aura which now envelopes this nation's top office.
Betty J. Watson
We didn't notice any biased reporting in your first issues, but the article about Rather puts you right back in the familiar mold: report what you want and omit what you don't want.
We don't wish to put Mr. Rather down, but the fact remains that there were some loud and clear boos, and we thought this was one of the reasons he lost his cool momentarily. I am disappointed in you.
Mrs. D. E. Bryant
I was embarrassed by what I considered the unnecessarily shabby treatment by the President of a newsman who hadn't even asked his question yet. Dan Rather asks the questions I would like to ask.
Betty Lengyel Barclay
Ted Kennedy and Teddy Jr.
Superb cover story. Life cannot be so tough when you see the smiling faces of Teddy Jr. and Dad on the slopes of the mountains in Colorado. Salutes to Senator Kennedy's spirit to let Teddy Jr. accomplish his heart's desires in the face of any obstacle.
James J. Creighton, S.J.
What about other children and adults who suffer through the heartaches of cancer? The ones who are not wealthy must bear the agony of knowing their families may never know financial security and happiness again. The struggles and successes of common people are important too.
Rebecca C. Wallace
Kansas City, Mo.
My remarks as reported by your correspondent (PEOPLE, April 22) do not accurately reflect my overall opinions and attitude toward the President. I do not now nor have I ever had any personal animosity toward Mr. Nixon. Neither do I wish to prejudge the guilt or innocence of anyone accused of a crime prior to legal determination of guilt, based on evidence.
My offhand, personal comments about Mr. Nixon came during a general conversation which I incorrectly assumed was not for publication. They were intended to indicate a continuing political opposition to Mr. Nixon since 1950 when I was a resident of California and witnessed his first campaign for the Senate, and a belief that no previous President has ever been personally dishonest, even during the Grant and Harding administrations. However, it is my opinion that President Nixon will be impeached and that conservative members of Congress of both parties will vote on the basis of evidence, not political philosophy.
Governor Jimmy Carter
Your article on singer Cleo Laine and husband saxophonist John Dankworth was as refreshing as a full tank of gas.
Dennis R. Hendley
I must disagree with reviewer Leonard Feather's comment that Ms. Laine is nothing less than "the greatest all-around singer in the world." Granted her vocal range is wide, but her use of it is less captivating than the narrower range of Streisand, nor can her phrasing match Barbra's.
Walnut Creek, Calif.
Your article on Halston was excellent. I would like to hear more of his ideas on color combinations for summer.
Countessina Solito de Solis
Halston says, "The off-whites, beiges and pale tones of peach all work well together and are especially good in the sun country."—ED.
I've had thoughts about "Rodney's Disco" for days—the 13-year-old girl who looks a hard 26; your cutesycoy text; the unmentioned dope, sopors, speed and acid that presumably circulate on the edges of that scene. And I've wondered is there any sort of self-degeneracy that our sacred-cow "free press" won't slyly endorse as the latest, grooviest style?
If only there had been a Rodney Bingenheimer's English Disco when I was 14. Providence, Ky. was so unwild! A million thankyous for the hot spread on the glitter scene.
I did not supervise or in any way participate in the 1972 Nixon presidential election in any capacity whatsoever. The statement that I did (PEOPLE, April 15) is totally incorrect and may potentially embarrass Mr. Robert Kennedy Jr. and myself, especially in view of what we believe to be the poor taste exemplified by the heading.
We regret the error. Ailes is a television consultant and producer who supervised TV in Nixon's 1968 Presidential campaign but in 1972 was not involved in any national campaigns.—ED.
The story on Louise Nevelson really woke me up. If it wasn't for your magazine I probably would never have known of her.
Thank you for your article on a brilliant and magnificent black man. I am a young black journalist who truly admires Mr. Baldwin for the frankness and courage he has shown for years through his books.
Josa de Sammons
Dr. Mitchell did not coin the term "noetic." It was first used by Plato (which Mitchell notes in his forthcoming Psychic Exploration), and its use in English goes back to the 17th century. However, it was Dr. Charles Muses, editor of Journal for the Study of Consciousness, who first used it in the 1960s to mean "the science of the study of consciousness and its alterations."
Institute of Noetic Sciences
From the Past
The picture of Babe Ruth threatening "to launch a golf ball off Joe Bush's nose" actually shows the ball about to be launched from his chin.
Carroll W. Swank