I shouted for joy when I found gorgeous Loni Anderson with Howard Hesseman on the cover of PEOPLE (Nov. 12). Loni has a free spirit and sensibility which set her apart from the other poster queens. I cannot think of anyone more deserving to be the gem in the public eye.
Jersey City, N.J.
WKRP is so wonderful, I'm almost scared to watch it. It may be canceled, or each character will leave and do his/her own show. It happens every time. I hope they have brains enough to leave this one alone.
Ms. Anderson is undoubtedly a comedian. She had me laughing at her statement about not being "interested in playing dumb blondes." What kind of role is she playing now, may I ask?
Ronnie J. Williams
I deeply appreciated your sensitive portrayal of Marceline Jones' parents, Walter and Charlotte Baldwin, and their efforts to warn her of the madness of her husband, Jim Jones. As a cult researcher and lecturer, I have been asked by hundreds of parents, "How can I help my adult child who is being brainwashed and mind-controlled by a cult leader?" I advise them first to pray. They should explain their concerns to their child, and, most important, assure him/her that whatever their decision they are always welcome to come back home. This is what the Baldwins did. Marceline knew she had a place of refuge if she wanted to escape.
Jeannie and Al Mills and their five children lost many friends at Jonestown, including six youngsters who lived with them during their years as members of the Peoples Temple. Mrs. Mills' recently published book, Six Years with God, is a chilling account of life with Jim Jones.—ED.
Jim Jones was never a minister in the United Church of Christ. He was an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
Rev. Everett C. Parker
United Church of Christ
New York City
I appreciate your interest in the Gnostic gospels, but your story requires correction. The statement about the virgin and the whore was misquoted and sounds as if it refers to Mary. It comes from a Gnostic poem about a feminine divine power (perhaps the Egyptian goddess Isis). Also, my position at Barnard College is that of full professor and chairman of the religion department.
New York City
Discussion of the Gnostics is about as "healthy for Christianity" as allowing Madalyn Murray O'Hair to write a new translation of the Bible.
After that show Scared Straight, I never want anything to do with jail or prison EVER. Rick Rowe should get a lot of respect and credit for his Juvenile Awareness Program. I hope someone will realize what a great thing he is doing and give his life back to him.
That "freckle-faced" boy, the minor celebrity to whom you devote two pages of glory, was found guilty and convicted of committing violent crimes against no less than three innocent human beings. Yes, Rowe's definitely an expert at "scaring" people. I would be Scared Stiff knowing he was back on the streets again.
Eleanor & Lorena
The media is at its vilest when it stoops to slogging through personal relationships such as that of Eleanor Roosevelt with Lorena Hickok. The only thing we need to ever know about Mrs. Roosevelt is she was a great woman and humanitarian.
Hooray for Eleanor! Unfaithful husband, domineering mother-in-law—I'm glad she found Lorena and some happiness in life.
I think it's great that the 80-year-old sculptress is still actively pursuing her art. But please, don't look down on those 80-year-olds who are staying home "baking cookies for their grandchildren." That's an art, too. I'm grateful my grandmother was that kind of artist.
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