With Ann-Margret on your cover twice, it's no wonder 1978 was such a good year (PEOPLE, Dec. 18).
It's beyond me how you could make one of the world's most photogenic women look like she just woke up from a nap with Rip Van Winkle. But you did.
I've always admired Ann-Margret for her beauty and her talent. Now I know that she is one of the most respectable people in show business today.
New York City
I've never seen such a breathtaking diamond ring. The fact that Ann-Margret can afford the insurance is proof alone that she is a very successful lady.
The 19-carat ring was a gift from Ann's husband, Roger Smith, after her accident in Las Vegas. When she came to following surgery, he was in her hospital room with it. "Suddenly all the pain went away," Ann recalls. She wanted a diamond ankle bracelet for Christmas and Santa Claus obliged.—ED.
Though my family and I were delighted with your article, there was one misunderstanding I feel I must clarify. The theater enables enough rehearsal time for the kind of polished performance that is very meaningful to me. For that reason and others, especially for the enormously satisfying career it has afforded me, I have always loved the theater. It is the hard work, the grind and the sacrifice that I don't "love" sometimes.
New York City
After seeing Loggins with Messina in a terrific farewell concert in 1976 and then twice since he's gone solo, I think he's even better with his new image.
Robert Averill Jr.
Ormond Beach, Fla.
Last month I saw Kenny Loggins perform for the tenth time in six years. As a devout Loggins and Messina fan, I never thought I'd see the day when either of them would appear in a sequin shirt and play "to" the audience instead of "for" them. Kenny, unfortunately, lacks the versatility and artistic omniscience of his former partner.
Penny Lee Hallin
Father Jim Poole
Thank you so much for the story on Father Poole and radio station KNOM. From 1971 to 1973 I was a resident of Northeast Cape, Alaska and the volunteer voices of KNOM were my only link to what was happening in the outside world. They gave all of us music, laughter, information and friendship on those cold, stormy winter days.
Why in the name of heaven is Father James Poole trying to fund a swimming pool, their first, for the people of Nome? Wouldn't a nice sauna be more practical?
I can well relate to Midnight Express. I was caught up in the original "Flower Child" movement in its spawning. Every day Americans were getting popped in Turkey and many other "exotic" countries. I have talked to people who were incarcerated, but I was never as moved as I was by Brad Davis. A gut-wrenching performance.
Dana B. Egger
Brad Davis may have spent his entire life preparing for Midnight Express, but it is John Hurt's movie by a mile. Hurt's "Max," the junked-out relic of the '60s and a fellow prisoner, is devastating. Are you paying attention, Oscar?
Hurt is already the winner of a British TV "Oscar" for his portrayal of Quentin Crisp, the notorious homosexual in The Naked Civil Servant.—ED.
Boxer James Scott
On behalf of all the inmates, I would like to thank you for the article you did on me in your December 11 issue. Anyone interested in donating equipment to our boxing program should address it to: Mr. Keith Hill #55420, Rahway Boxing Association, Lock Bag "R," Rahway, N.J. 07065. We would be grateful for any help we can get. Yours in sports, the uncrowned champ,
James O. Scott #57735
Rahway State Prison