05/12/1980 at 01:00 AM EDT
That phrase "peachy-clean charisma" in the first sentence of your article led me to believe it would be nothing more than another portrayal of Andy Gibb as cutesy pop idol (PEOPLE, April 21). I almost stopped right there, but my respect for your magazine urged me on. How refreshing to find out that Andy is a real person with real dreams, fears and desires.
Saint Catharines, Ont.
The Andy Gibb I met at the Ohio State Fair in 1978 preceding an Osmond concert (he was there to see Marie, of course) showed no signs of the porno-flick, drug-experimenting guy you depicted. He had no ego trip going then and appeared to be more "settled down" than he claims to be today. Oh, the price of fame!
It's great to know that a real person lurks behind that gorgeous face. But After Dark appealing to adults? Come off it, Andy. Those mellowed-out songs will put you right back with the same old audience, the eternally shrieking preteens.
Great Neck, N.Y.
I am glad you decided to publish the excerpts form Susan Strasberg's book, Bittersweet. The first installment was honest, open and alive. I can't wait to read the other parts.
Charles David Haskell
New York City
I detect the "bitter," but where is the "sweet"?
Ruth K. Chester
Why does Susan think her pangs of love for Burton were any more painful than anybody else's just because they involved a known personality? Irritating!
Fabulous article on Chaka Khan. I interpreted it as saying, "Hey, I'm scared like anyone else, but I have to keep pushing on so I can find my space." I've had the utmost respect and admiration for this lady since 1973, when she and Rufus came out with Whoever's Thrilling You (Is Killing Me).
Harold J. Pelan
As a member of the so-called liberated and/or young generation, I find the idea of a surrogate mother hard to accept. I feel for the couple who want a child so bad they would pay for one, but I don't see how "Mrs. Kane" could carry a child for nine months, help bring it into the world and then give it up.
I have had two troublesome pregnancies and, finally, a tubal ligation. We now have a 2½-year-old adopted daughter who is our greatest treasure. My husband and I have recently been debating whether to adopt again, and many times we have jokingly said all we need is a woman to carry our child. Now to see our "joke" become a reality! I think it's a wonderful idea.
Mrs. Maureen DiGiacomo
Ten thousand dollars for nine months isn't bad. But how could any sane loving mother go ahead with this? Black market is the right word for it. There are too many homeless, unwanted children in this country who desperately need a mother and father.
After being totally captivated by the magnetic performance of Boothe as Jim Jones in Guyana Tragedy, I was thrilled to read your timely article. More Powers to us, please.
Dr. Saul Gusberg
Finally! A chance to vent the anger and frustration I've felt since first hearing the American Cancer Society's revised guidelines. I was 19 when I had my first Pap smear. It showed a slight abnormality. Two months later I had surgery for cancer of the cervix. I was not high-risk and not "sexually promiscuous at an early age." Had I waited until I was 20 or taken the lax attitude that ACS is recommending, I might not be here to write this letter. Exceptions to the norm are far too common. Doctors see them every day. That is why many of them are amazed and appalled at the misinformation being dispensed by ACS.
Joel & Guidry
My thanks to Billy Joel for his complimentary words. We have a mutual admiration society. As an avid drummer and former member of my own band, one of my fantasies is to perform with him. In return, I would even let him pitch against George Brett, Rod Carew, Jim Rice, Fred Lynn...
West Point Women
Being a former member of the class of 1980 at the Air Force Academy and the first woman to enroll in a major service academy in that fateful summer of 1976,I applaud all the women who have managed to make it to graduation. I don't think anyone but a cadet can ever understand what it was like.
Joan Olsen Adams
Panama City, Fla.
As a parent of a U.S. Naval Academy 1980 male graduate, I've just about had it with newspaper, magazine and TV stories on the academy women. Knowing that our son had to pass all his strength tests without having his time and distances cut and that he is eligible for combat, it's going to make me furious when I have to hear about the 60 women graduates again in May. Oh well, maybe someone will say, "By the way, 900 males also graduated."
Mrs. Joan Kosinski