Correspondents were mixed in their assessments of whom in TV land they consider "fascinating," but they were head-over-hooves in love with the cow-shaped couches created by Helga Tacreiter (PEOPLE, Sept. 2).
TV'S 40 MOST FASCINATING
What? No Anthony Edwards, Michael Richards or Tim Allen? What's a 40 Most Fascinating Stars article without the ever-popular Must See TV stars and Mr. Tool Time?
DANIELLE A. BOYLE, Arroyo Grande, Calif.
Kudos for recognizing Conan O'Brien as a fascinating star. I had begun to think that your writers go to sleep before Late Night comes on.
TIFFANY HUGHES, Chandler, Ariz.
Why did you include such inane choices as Greg Giraldo and Molly Ringwald, who are basically empty-heads with nothing to say, and skip E!'s Howard Stern? He may not be well-liked, but he is definitely fascinating.
KARL CRAMER JR., Red Bank, N.J.
As a former classmate of Rhea Perl-man's (at Seth Low Junior High School in Brooklyn, circa 1959), I remember that she was a pretty good science student. However, if she wants to return to those glory days, I can give her the seventh-grade biology textbook we used. And I thought I was the only one to stay home to watch December Bride.
HARRY SHAW, Owings Mills, Md.
I can't help thinking you chose the wrong star of the X-Files for your list. David Duchovny is interesting. Gillian Anderson is the fascinating one.
ROBERT DEL VALLE, Troy, Mich.
Having been a vegetarian for five years because of my love for animals, I applaud Ms. Tacreiter's efforts at saving cows from the slaughterhouse. Having acres of sanctuary for them is something I would love to do myself. I can't think of anything more rewarding and peaceful.
MICHELLE L. FELLER Hilton Head Island, S.C.
I was totally moo-ved by your article on the "cowches" made by Helga Tacreiter. How do I get in touch with her to order one of the herd?
SUSANNE VAN HORSEN
Long Beach, Calif.
Helga can be reached at P.O. Box 227, Shiloh, N.J. 08353 Telephone: 609-455-6637—ED.
Imagine my elation, and heartfelt sorrow, to see the article about Air Force Capt. John William Kennedy and to see the picture I have looked at on my wall every day. You see, I am wearing an MIA/POW bracelet with Captain Kennedy's name on it and have been honored to do so. After 25 years, I'm glad he's home at last. TAMMY KUBECKA, Caldwell, Texas
GERRY CUMMINS & BARBARA WILLIAMS
I want to commend Gerry Cummins for being willing to reunite with the child she reluctantly gave up so many years ago. It takes a very special person to look beyond the rape that occurred in 1961 and be able to open her heart to the child that was created. Both Gerry and her daughter Barbara Williams are remarkable women for their ability to love despite all odds.
LILI MELLINGER, Englewood, Colo.
As an adoptee, I discovered and met my birth mother by happenstance. Unlike Barbara Williams, I was dismayed and hurt by the ongoing attitude of my "mother" and half siblings who, from the onset, would continue our relationship only if it were clandestine, never to be divulged to their friends or associates. In an era of frequent adoptee reunions, I wonder how many are fraught with pain and frustration.
Having known Binti, and over 20 other gorillas, for the past several years, I am not surprised by her heroics at the Brookfield Zoo. To dispel the King Kong myth, and stereotypes of ferocity or stupidity, sometimes a gorilla's gotta go to extremes to show people how gentle, intelligent and magnificent members of her species really are.
JANE T.R. DEWAR The Dewar Wildlife Trust Burr Ridge, Ill.
Thanks so much for the wonderful story on the Leonardo da Vinci horse project and Charlie Dent's dream to complete it after 500 years. I was lucky enough to spend a summer volunteering in Charlie's studio the year he completed his 8-foot clay model. While Charlie has passed away, his contagious enthusiasm for the horse lives on. A combined effort of volunteers and donors will ensure that the horse reaches its final stop in Italy.
KATHLEEN PARICHY DENT Allentown, Pa.