You refer to the Kissingers as "man and wife." This terminology implies person and possession to me, and not a relationship of woman to man or wife to husband. I suggest you would never consider the use of "woman and husband" as a description of a married couple. I wonder if the editors could use a little consciousness-raising?
Morgantown, W. Va.
I deny ever going topless. Hell, who'd hire some flat-chested, skinny jock to jump out of a cake? I'm glad at least my daughter can't read 'cause a lot of cheap writers have sure created a terrible character out of her mother.
Lynn Haney, author of the book The Lady Is a Jock, says Mary Bacon told her last year she helped support herself by jumping topless out of cakes, but Mary subsequently denied it—a denial which was contained in our story.—ED.
Are you certain that the auto Wilbur Mills is shown riding home in belongs to a clerk, and is not a limousine furnished by our government?
Hearst Food Man
Your article on Ludlow Kramer and the People in Need Program made me furious. As one of those "dedicated volunteers," I wish to say Mr. Kramer has done exactly what I thought he would do the day he arrived: leave our various communities in shambles. It was his program, geared to a white, upper-middle-class population in Seattle, that he so arrogantly thought he could transpose to San Francisco. It was his total disorganization that led to the "constant yelling." It was he and his associates who have never dealt with poor and ethnic minorities that caused the total failure of this program. Come clean, Lud. Let's hear the truth or at least all sides. We in San Francisco are angry.
Could you identify the "Washington, D.C. clinic that specializes in treating nerve deafness?" I telephoned Washington directory assistance only to discover there are three acupuncture clinics now operating in that area.
It is the Nei Ching Acupuncture Center, 2311 M Street N. W., Washington, D.C. 20037—ED.
I've been interested in consulting a physician or even a nonphysician who is capable of administering acupuncture. Therefore, my letter has two purposes. One is to comment on the article, which I thought was cheap. By telling stories about the stars' situations you told nothing really. Second, I would like to know if you could recommend a qualified acupuncturist, or at least let me know where to inquire. My back is killing me.
West Milford, N.J.
The Acupuncture Information Center, 127 East 69th Street, New York, N.Y. 10021, compiles lists of authorized acupuncturists in various states, plus licensing requirements which vary from state to state.—ED.
As a person who is now undergoing acupuncture treatment, there is no doubt in my mind that I would be a hopeless cripple without it. I did want to clear up one thing—in Nevada a ruling was recently passed and, if things go as planned, acupuncturists will be able to practice on their own, without being under the direct supervision of a medical doctor.
New York City
In your March 4 issue you reported that Frank McGee of the Today show would frequently disappear during the show and also just not show up at the beginning of the show. A few days ago Frank McGee died of bone marrow cancer. Now maybe you know the reason that he had to occasionally leave during the show and why there were days he did not show up at all. Frank McGee cannot accept your apology. Maybe your readers should have the choice.
In the Money
You did a quick sketch on Mary Wells and Harding Lawrence, in which Mrs. Lawrence is subtly depicted as a woman who made it only after she married the boss. Am I wrong in thinking that Mary Wells was not only writing an advertising campaign for Braniff International Airways at the time she met her husband-to-be but was at that time one of the owners of the firm which bears her name? From articles over the years I certainly got the feeling that this extraordinary woman did not need help from anyone. I had certainly read about her before I ever heard about Mr. Lawrence.
New York City
Mary Wells began writing Braniff ads in 1965, founded her own agency, Wells, Rich & Greene in 1966, and married her best customer in 1967.—ED.
In a recent Mail column Father Richard Woods wrote that I "blithely misrepresented" his views on The Exorcist. My original comments about Father Woods, in an interview with PEOPLE (March 4), were based on a front-page article in the New York Times on January 28. Father Woods may have been misinterpreted. In any case, I offer my apologies.
William Peter Blatty