As the parent of a 19-year-old autistic son I would like to applaud Sylvester and Sasha Stallone for "coming out of the closet" with their autistic son Seargeoh (PEOPLE, June 3). Too often parents of an autistic child are embarrassed by their child's disability. It is no disgrace to have an autistic child just as it is no disgrace to have one who is afflicted with leukemia, heart disease or deafness. All of these illnesses' origins are beyond human control. Rather it is a heartache, one that can happen to any family, in any walk of life.
Mrs. Edith L. Ellenbogen
North Merrick, N.Y.
Who would ever think that we would have something in common with a man who's going to make $56 million! But we, too, have an autistic son, and though we've always admired Sly Stallone's talent in the movies, we are more impressed with his talent as a father. We are grateful to both Sly and Sasha for their work and their money toward the research for autism. "Optimism" was the key word of the whole article.
Don and Jackie Niver
Battle Creek, Mich.
Your cover story must have been mistitled. Shouldn't it have read "The Fight of Sasha Stallone's Life"? It is unfortunate and sad that their son has autism, but even sadder that Dad can't afford to pass up a dinner date with his mail-order girlfriend or pass up the opportunity to make another Rocky or Rambo sequel so that he would have more time to spend with his son.
Cindy L. McDonald
My heart goes out to those who lost loved ones as a result of Vietnam. But what about those of us who cannot mourn—whose loved ones are alive and tormented? We sent our young men to fight a mindless war. They took their adolescent problems, had them compounded by anger and frustration and then they returned to a hostile "home" where we were unable to comprehend the scope of their painful experiences. We gave our hearts and souls to these men. I have no grave to visit, only empty dreams of what might have been. My pain is intense, my heart is broken and my tears are real.
Nancy E. Woolley
I read your article on Margaret Hamilton to my 4-year-old, explaining that she had been the Wicked Witch in the Wizard of Oz and that she had died in real life. My daughter looked up at me and said, "But Mom, I have her taped on the VCR so she will live forever." How right she is.
Foul ball, gentlemen! Although I was seated next to my dear friend Stockard Channing at the opening day of the Broadway Show League, you mistakenly identified me as her husband. Actresses in the same play may share many things, but as far as I know, husbands are not included. However much I may appreciate Stockard as a fine actress and friend, my love and marital status is with my wife, actress Joanna Gleason. Joanna received a Tony nomination for her terrific performance alongside Stockard in Joe Egg.
New York City
We regret the error. Stockard and Mr. Right are pictured above.—ED.
Bravo to Ms. Bennett and her prestigious position at West Point. After four years active duty in the U.S. Navy and living with 6,000 conceited men, your article was a breath of fresh air. The military needs women like Bennett for training us egotistical males—to reassure that regardless of sex, the defense and readiness of the nation is a group effort.
Robert J. Grant, USNR
Picks & Pans
Geez! Your reviewer Scot Haller certainly has the potential to become a great psychiatrist. With all that analysis of what I thought was purely an action-packed, entertainment-type movie, I began wondering if I had slept through my college psych courses. I found the movie Rambo intentionally humorous, and the violence depicted was campy for the most part. Mr. Haller is a prolific writer, but I think it's his imagination and not the Rambo character that has run amok.
Cherry Hill, N.J.
I was extremely upset to see your article on LifeCard in this issue. The following error should never have occurred. The half-page photograph was not of me or of anyone associated with our project. Your photographer asked us to do a similar picture, but we declined because we felt it would not portray our product in a serious manner. Obviously someone set that picture up with models and then attached a caption which inaccurately identifies the person holding the card as myself.
I would also like to mention two other individuals who have contributed significantly to our efforts, Dr. Frederik Hansen and Jim Thornton, Vice President of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Maryland.
Eric D. Becker
We regret the mix-up.—ED.