The four principals of 60 Minutes (PEOPLE, May 28) have looks, intelligence, wit, charm, talent and, of equal significance, they are part of a TV show that has substance and credibility (quite a rarity these days).
If, as you say, executive producer Don Hewitt is "the real star," you should have put him on the cover too.
60 Minutes does not need some nasal female commentator boring the public and ruining the show. Shana Alexander is more than enough to represent the female gender. We enjoy 60 Minutes just the way it is. Perfect!
Ray Stevens vs. Barry Manilow
With someone as multitalented and successful as Barry Manilow, it is understandable that Mr. Stevens would be green with envy.
Stephanie E. Ames
Ray Stevens is virtually the uncontested king of novelty songs. But it is his serious music, to which he devotes the better part of his time and artistry, that makes him the greatest overall creative talent in Nashville. It's really a waste of time for Ray to mock Barry Manilow. He could do Manilow a tremendous favor by showing him how truly fine music is made.
Realizing the rarity of abdominal pregnancies, I find it uncanny that the United States had two such births within two weeks—Miracle in Colorado and Baby Jett at the Southeast Alabama Medical Center.
Mrs. Robert L. Wheeler
Shemika Hope Jett was born May 4, weighing 5 pounds 3 ounces. "Both she and her mother are doing extremely well," reports Dr. James Holland. In Colorado, Miracle Stacy Sickels has grown from 32 ounces to 3 pounds 7 ounces and has been transferred from an isolette to a crib.—ED.
You didn't bother to mention that James Fallows concludes his critique of the Administration by saying that Carter is still the best choice for the White House in 1980, even with his possible shortcomings.
Scott S. Smith
Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Lynda Bird Robb
I am shocked and disappointed to find Lynda Bird Robb advising the President on issues concerning myself and the rest of America's women. With millions of serious feminists toiling for women's rights in this country, President Carter flies in Mary Poppins.
Michael & Melissa Sands
The sheer excitement of a new lover is oftentimes the one compelling force behind an irrational end to a good marriage (I speak from experience). I will not buy Sands' Mistress' Survival Manual. But if she ever writes a sequel after the discovery of her ex-lover, current husband's next affair, I'll stand in line to buy it.
"Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned," and there are a good many of us wives out here who have a lot of fury and not an ounce of sympathy for any woman who gets involved with a married man. PEOPLE, you opened a hornet's nest this time.
Forked River, N.J.
A "rival" to Le Cordon Bleu? Ms. Willan couldn't have spelled "La Varenne" without her education from Le Cordon Bleu. Now she has decided to adopt "trend" instead of acquiring class or style. Incidentally, a Cuisinart is not awarded upon graduation from La Varenne, so up their tuition by $300...or learn to master a knife at Le Cordon Bleu!
Kent A. Trebilcox
The Oak Ridge Boys
The greatest contribution the Oaks ever made to gospel music was to leave it. They are far more believable singing their "saloon"-type songs.
Her performance in A Man Called Intrepid had us tuned in every night. It was the best on TV this year.
Gayle V. Arana