Here's to Paul Newman (PEOPLE, Mar. 19)! He takes his work, his play, his politics—everything but himself—seriously. I admire him.
Marie A. Price
Mr. Newman claims that he doesn't like ladies who ask for a peek at his baby blues? Awhile back I was flying from Los Angeles to Newark on the same flight with him. He told a young boy that he didn't do autographs, but when an attractive lady came and asked the same question, he raised his dark glasses—to give her a better look I guess—and signed away. "Fine wine," indeed. More like Ripple to me.
It's time for the critics to pack their bags and take a little R&R. When bad reviews appear, people read them, don't go and the film dies. We've finally learned not to read reviews; instead, we went to see Harry & Son and were moved. These were real people, people who might live next door. You felt Harry's anger, Howard's frustration. In short, a great film.
S. Lake Tahoe, Calif.
Jack and JoAnn Hinckley
The Hinckleys will always face the question: Was it nature or nurture? Sometimes the best, most effective parents cannot remedy what is wrong inside their child. But they can stand by the child's side during tragedy and offer all the love, faith and support they are capable of giving. This is the stuff of which good parents are made, and Mr. and Mrs. Hinckley seem to have it in abundance.
When I read the article about Michael's famous mitt, I was stunned to read that he pays thousands of dollars for them. Recently, as a gag, I made one for my husband to wear at a dance. Although my mitt only took about six hours, not 40, to make, and I used sequins imported from K Mart, not rhinestones from Austria, I'd venture to say that it's every bit as fancy and flashy, if not neater, than the one in your closeup shot. I'm ashamed to say it only cost me about $5.
Kim L.W. Ayars
Picks & Pans
Your critic Ralph Novak said that "It's hard to get very emotional" about Alabama's album Roll On. I wept for joy while listening to the title cut when the missing trucker called his family to let them know he was safe; I laughed when I heard I'm Not That Way Anymore because, after all, none of us is; and The Boy reaffirmed my love for my son and made me aware of that sadness I will feel when he leaves home. Sorry Mr. Novak didn't experience any of this.
Colorado Springs, Colo.
Dan Rather may aspire to the journalistic heights achieved by Edward R. Murrow, but his close association with leaders of the Democratic Party has dumped him into a crevasse of credibility. Question: Is Rather an objective journalist or merely a political propagandist with a pretty face? Answer: Your article showed him to be the media guru of the gaggle of Democratic candidates. Viewers know he'll lay into the Administration and build up the opposition. It is a shame that the audience's goodwill and the excellent news team that he inherited are being used for such purposes.
John R. Olsen
Please run a current picture of Carole Pappas, the missing wife of former pitcher Milt Pappas. The picture in your magazine was 17 years old; a more recent picture might help to locate her.
Doris K. Whitehead
Bowling Green, Ky.
Marithé and François Girbaud
You were kind to label the Girbaud look "scruffy." Their prewashed, crushed denims make the Chinese peasant uniform seem almost chic. Our bodies get baggy and wrinkled all too soon without our adorning them in baggy and wrinkled clothing as well.
Your recent article on the Vermont knitters trivialized the problems which necessitated the homework regulations. The rules were not aimed at quaint Vermont knitters. Their target was the large number of sweatshops in major garment industry centers where thousands of workers are denied decent wages, safe working conditions and other rights under federal labor laws.
Rep. George Miller
For many craftspersons, work in the home saves clothing, transportation, meal and child-care costs. And it provides these workers with the flexibility to meet their family responsibilities while earning needed income in a clean, comfortable environment. There are probably thousands of craftspersons throughout the country who are working in their homes illegally and don't even know it. Many homeworkers depend on the income they earn. It is time to update the law to reflect the realities of today's labor market.
Sen. Robert W. Kasten Jr.