After reading your article on Don Johnson (PEOPLE, Oct. 7), I was relieved to finally read an honest story about him. Johnson proves that you really can change your life. Keep up the good work, Don, you're a fine actor and your real fans never believe everything they read.
I'm a happily married 35-year-old mother of two and I haven't felt this way about anyone since I fell in love with Paul McCartney back in 1964. Those eyes and that smile make me crazy!
I was angered by the cover photograph of Don Johnson; he is pictured holding a cigarette in hand. Mr. Johnson is the latest heartthrob of many young American women and an idol for many young men, easily influenced by those whom they seek to emulate. I would hope you would be more thoughtful in your portrayal of an American idol.
E. Owen Jones
Martha's Vineyard, Mass.
Put it in perspective! Cigarettes have killed millions more than AIDS; yet your cover of Oct. 7 romanticizes that Don Johnson triad: high fashion, sex and cigarettes. At least make the tobacco companies pay for their advertising space.
Hannah C. Clark, M.D.
Enough already! Every magazine I pick up has a piece on Don Johnson. Yes, he is attractive in an unkempt, unfinished sort of way, but the sexiest guy on TV, no. James Edward Olmos won an Emmy for playing the intelligent, mysterious, tightly wound Lieutenant Costello on Miami Vice
. When he is in a scene I never see anyone else.
Atalie F. Andressen
I would like to thank Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas for being the best Friday night dates I ever had.
I want to commend you for your coverage of the Farm Aid Concert, but those of us in Champaign-Urbana and the University of Illinois who hosted the more than 50 performers, at least 1,200 media representatives and the 78,000 ticket holders feel a bit slighted. Philadelphia and London received credit for Live Aid—what about us?
Champaign-Urbana Convention & Visitors Bureau
As the sister of a New York City fire fighter who was burned last year, I am especially aware of how traumatic a situation like Sam Lasco's can be. But, unfortunately, I can never know the tremendous amount of courage and sheer guts it must take to run into buildings that other people are running out of. I am very proud of my brother. He didn't do anything exceptional in that fire, he didn't save a life, was only "doing his job," as he says. Tonight I'll say a special prayer for Sam, that he can go back one day and "do his job." And those people who stare at him and his mask should get off their butts and shake his hand. There are too few heroes left.
I cannot begin to imagine the hellish experiences that are part of the lives of firemen like Sam Lasco and his companions. The fragility of human life and the power of the human spirit are rarely expressed with such candor or strength as they were in your story. My gratitude is extended to Lasco for reminding me what life is all about.
Anne M. Rice
Why does the press insist on destroying Miss America? Susan Akin's past is clean. What happened 20 years ago had nothing to do with her: she was just an infant. Can't you people forgive and forget? Let this beautiful girl enjoy something that she earned through hard work and courage.
I would like to thank Bill Honig for standing up and rejecting science textbooks that try to dilute or ignore controversial subjects. As a sophomore in high school, I find it hard to believe that I had never before been exposed to the theory of evolution. If the students of today are subjected to only one side of the story, won't that make us very disillusioned adults?
I say three cheers for Bill Honig and the California State Board of Education. How wonderful it is to know that these educators are not willing to settle for anything less than the best for our schoolchildren.
Sister Boom Boom
What did you do, pick that @!!*$# story about Sister Boom Boom and his future bride out of a grab bag and then print it without reading it first? I just finished it and afterward had to look at the cover just to make sure I hadn't picked up another magazine by mistake. Come on, PEOPLE, you can do better than articles about drag queens...can't you?
Lori Lee Ronis Dirkx
Long Beach, Calif.
I have three kids who grew up on Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones and Mothers of Invention. One is a 30-year-old police officer and a graduate of two colleges; another is a housewife and mother of two children; my youngest is in college and will graduate next year. All three still listen to this music. Could it be that music has nothing to do with the way a child grows up? Could it be the home environment?