I truly enjoyed reading about how various celebrities have spent their memorable Christmases (PEOPLE, Dec. 21), but when it came to Wendy O. Williams I'm surprised you took the time to print such trash. How anyone can take the most loving and giving time of the year and make a mockery out of it is beyond me. Maybe if Christmas were more stimulating sexually, Wendy would enjoy it.
As a retailer, it bothered me to read the statement Sen. Robert Dole, Finance Committee Chairman, made about giving money for Christmas and waiting to buy merchandise at half price afterward. It seems to me that with all the unemployment in the U.S., more retail sales would increase retailers' ability to buy, which would increase demand for production and, in the end, lower unemployment. It is my hope that sincere thought will be given to a problem as major as this one and that no more asinine, off-the-cuff remarks will be made in this vein.
Rod Stewart's perspective seems a little skewed. He says that he finds it hard to spend more than half an hour at a time with his kids, and yet he feels sorry for his two Irish setters because "they just don't get enough" of him.
So many stars have heavy guilt and seem to feel obliged to tell the public that success means nothing. I was pleased with Rod Stewart for coming out and saying that he likes being famous. It's obvious that some people are better off than others. The least they can do is to appreciate it, stop being self-centered and say, "I like it!" It's a way of saying thanks.
Because it was billed as the Wizard of Oz of the 1980s, I took my son to see Terry Gilliam's Time Bandits. It was unbelievably repugnant—meant only for the eyes of the perverted.
I loved Time Bandits. Critics don't know anything, but audiences do. Bandits is the type of movie I wish I had seen more of as a kid: This is adventure in the truest sense.
Egon von Furstenberg
In these hard times my husband often has to work 16-hour days as a mechanic to provide for a wife and three children. His health has been affected by the long hours he spends on his feet—which is why I had tears in my eyes as I read your article on Prince von Furstenberg. He is a man so bored with marriage that he turns to affairs, so bored with sex that he dabbles in homosexuality, and evidently so loaded with money that he doesn't even have to think about it. His smug face contrasts sharply with that of my exhausted husband. Life just isn't fair.
St. Petersburg, Fla.
Dr. David Herzog
As a sufferer from bulimia since age 12, I know the whole story. I am 17 now and have been receiving treatment for over a year. Dr. Herzog is to be commended for his work with bulimic patients. Maybe now that this little "secret" is being publicized, others will find that this ritual isn't necessary for living.
I have been a bulimic for 13 years, and I'm healthy, active and successful in my career—but I have also felt for all these years that something was drastically wrong and that I should be able to control this disorder. Until I read your article, I thought that I was the only one in existence who binged and purged. Finding out that it is controllable gives me hope. Please give me a source for more information.
Readers who want to learn more about bulimia can write to: Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, Box 271, Highland Park, Ill. 60035.
Picks & Pans
Who put the sour grapes in your movie critic's Yuletide fruit basket? It was bad enough to hear criticism of Reds, Whose Life Is It Anyway? and Absence of Malice, but you pushed your luck with your unthoughtful review of On Golden Pond. You may consider this movie "full of stilted characters," but in fact the characters were well thought out and written with a great deal of emotion.
Fred C. Mound
I was astounded by Prince Philip's remark that "clubbing young seals to death" has "from a conservation point of view...little significance because the cull is monitored and limited." It is difficult to accept his airy contention that "the [seal] population is in no danger" while, in his role as president of the World Wildlife Fund, he condones these grisly clubbings.
Kathryn S. Callaghan
If Prince Philip believes that overpopulation is the greatest threat to our survival, may I respectfully note that he has fathered four children. Overpopulation starts at home, as it were.
Cameron K. Wehringer
New York City
As an active hunter and outdoorsman who is tired of being labeled a sexually repressed, murderous and barbaric slob, I found it refreshing to hear an internationally prominent figure like Prince Philip speak out on the constructive role that sport hunting plays in sound conservation practices. It's nice to see that His Royal Highness has not jumped on the fashionable anti-hunting bandwagon and that he realizes "conservation" and "protection" are not always synonymous terms.
Rick Van Etten