I have been a fan of Michael Landon since I was a very young teen and he was a very cute young cowboy on Bonanza. I felt about him the way most girls felt about Elvis and the Beatles. When I learned about his illness, I can't express how sad I felt. Through your article, I know that the admiration I felt for him all these years was not wasted. His strength and courage are heartwarming. My thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.
ANDREA M. KASE, Spotswood, N.J.
Though he's been an "angel," I'm sure Michael Landon makes no claim to perfection and would be exceedingly uncomfortable with sainthood. But compare his legacy to the youngsters of America (and the world) with that Arnold Schwarzenegger will leave at his passing.
JUDY PURSER, Grand Junction, Colo.
In the summer of 1988, I worked at EPCOT Center, and Michael Landon was in the park one day with his family. At dusk I began to sell glow-it-the-dark jewelry for $1 each. He came up to me, asked about it and handed me a $20 bill. After his family had claimed some, he proceeded to give out glow jewelry to awestruck children hovering nearby until we had reached a 20-count total. When other stars I saw later that summer were standoffish, I never forgot how nice Mr. Landon was to the children and to me. If strength of character and a generous, positive nature can help win his fight, I have all the faith in the world that he'll be victorious.
JO-ELLE BROWN, Wadwallow Island, S.C.
A month before I gave birth to my son, my brother-in-law was diagnosed with cancer of the pancreas. Rather than merely rely on conventional methods of treatment, he leapt into holistic and natural methods of fighting cancer. I am happy to report that my son recently celebrated his eighth birthday with his uncle at his side.
JAYNE M. ALIOTA, Milwaukee
Maybe I didn't always have a date for Friday night, but J.R. was always there. For years, he was more loyal, dependable and consistently entertaining than any boyfriend I've ever known! Larry, thanks for the memories. That's something even cancellation can't take away from me.
MICHELLE RIO, Hollywood, Fla.
Hey, Larry/J.R., I'm going to miss you, you scoundrel. My Fridays will never be the same, no matter what my husband has promised!
MARGARET WAUGH, Chico, Calif.
Did we really need another takeoff on It's a Wonderful Life? It's been done to death already. Surely the creative minds of Dallas could have come up with a better way to end the series.
RICHARD FRIED, New York City
I am very disappointed in Larry Hag-man's gutter talk. He doesn't need four-and seven-letter words to get his point across. Shame on you, Larry.
MURIEL MECKSTROTH, Houston
It was downright unpatriotic to cancel Dallas. Without the Ewings, my divorce from prime-time television will be final. Unless, of course, another network picks up the show. How about the Ewings and the Simpsons combining forces on the Fox network?
JOSEPH J. CLARK, Lackawanna, N.Y.
In defining "Hispanic," Webster's makes no reference to color but to the people, language or culture of Latin America, Spain and Portugal. Captain Roybal's proposal to classify European Hispanics as Caucasian and Latin-American Hispanics as nonwhite is not only a denial of his own racial heritage but an obvious stereotyping of Latin Americans, specifically Mexicans. California government policy has, by definition, described Hispanics as nonwhite—on state employment forms, "Caucasian" and "Hispanic" are separate. Yet not all Mexicans are dark-skinned. The San Francisco Fire Department and other government agencies would eliminate these problems if they eradicated stereotyping and racial politics.
SUSAN ROSAS, Oxnard, Calif.
To claim European Hispanics are not Hispanic is absurd. Just where does Pete Roybal think Mexican Hispanics originated? I have to agree with John Cercós: Roybal is a whining opportunist trying to advance his own career.
E.L. LEWIS, San Angelo, Texas
For years I watched neighbors and associates from Latin America and the Caribbean deny their African and Native-American ancestry and insist that they were being discriminated against because they were "Spanish." Some were reluctant to teach their children English, so fearful were they that the real issue of color would surface. It is simultaneously amusing and tragic that European Spaniards competing with New World Latinos for affirmative-action benefits are bringing the latter home to embrace their non-European origins. At last!
B.P. GEORGE, Highland Springs, Va.
Once again correspondents wrote to express their love and admiration for Michael Landon and to offer him their prayers and encouragement in his battle against cancer (PEOPLE, May 6).