Three cheers for your cover of beautiful Suzanne Somers and her culinary delights (PEOPLE, Oct. 15)! At last I've got a magazine suitable for framing. Suzanne can cook for me any time.
I thought I had seen it all when you featured two puppets on your cover within a month (Farrah, Miss Piggy). But when you feature a bubble-headed no-talent like Suzanne Somers and overlook the stunning and most significant Jane Fonda, well, let's just say I have seen it all.
Fonda & Hayden
Jane Fonda didn't win over all her critics on her current tour. The 500 veterans who protested against her at the University of Massachusetts, plus the negative letters in local papers, indicate that many people will always feel her actions during the Vietnam war were both treasonable and despicable.
Wellesley Hills, Mass.
I am sick of people accusing Jane Fonda of a "guilt-ridden, rich-bitch mentality." No one has the right to ridicule her efforts because of her past or the fact that she is wealthy. Most actors keep their mouths shut on such issues because they don't care, or they don't want to hurt their images. I congratulate Fonda and Hayden for having the guts to speak out and for their concern about America.
By 1982, when the Democratic Senate primary comes up in California, the Haydens will be so over-exposed they'll have bored everyone to death.
I've often wondered about the man behind the most terrific books ever. Richard Scarry has been my favorite author since childhood (I'm now 26). For the past few years I've been collecting anything by him I can find for my 3½-year-old son, and my 8-month-old son also loves the pictures. With 177 works, 87 still in print, this will be my obsession for life.
Roselle Park, N.J.
Squiggy & Kathy
Kathy Field's cat Blondie obviously needs a better home and I volunteer mine. Any responsible cat owner knows that an adult cat should never be picked up by the scruff of the neck—unless you want an injured pet.
Susan B. Loesch
That hood, Arafat, emerges as a gentleman of honor, a 20th-century hero, in your interview. Mr. Begin, one of the world's gentlemen of honor, should have been interviewed in the same issue so your readers could see both sides—and decide for themselves.
Are you trying to cause problems? I know there's freedom of speech, but Arafat's bitter words are sheer blasphemy. He's a fine one to talk about his enemy being "barbaric, unhumanitarian," etc.
Bacharach and David "wouldn't have had a hit without me." Is she kidding? As a musician, I recorded with both Bacharach and Warwick. Without the clever and poignant lyrics of Hal David and the musical genius of Burt Bacharach, Miss Warwick never would have had to worry about adding an "e" to her last name. Nobody would have known the first seven letters.
Studio City, Calif.
Last July I drove three hours one way to see a Dionne concert in Cape Cod. If old Warwick fans scream sellout (at a touch of disco on some cuts), I'm here to tell them, Warwick is still "souledout." She will shine for years.
Dr. Arnold S. Dunn
What an interesting contrast between two human beings—Dionne Warwick and Dr. Dunn—and insight into humanity. While Ms. Warwick indulges herself in herself, Dr. Dunn opens his heart and home to Connie, a child with cystic fibrosis. Being an outstanding vocalist is indeed an achievement, but being secure enough in yourself to give warmth, love and compassion to another and not feel the need to bask in your own ego, that's a true blessing.
Sally Ann Eagle
What do alligators wear? Shirts with little people on them.