Nancy Reagan—what a wonderful bonus for America (PEOPLE, Nov. 17)! After a decade of anti-heroes, crudity and "do your own thing," we luck into a national example of personal commitment, loyalty and grace. Who says good taste has to be out of date?
What a thrill these next four years are going to be! We will be blessed with a First Lady who deals with contemporary problems by simply refusing to acknowledge their existence. While Nancy waits patiently in the White House, listening for Ronnie's returning footsteps, the rest of us women, including her own daughter, will be marching to a different beat. Gimme Jimmy and Rosalynn any day!
Here I've been carrying that passage around in my purse for at least 10 years, giving Clark Gable credit. "The most important thing a man can know is that as he approaches his own door, someone on the other side is listening for the sound of his footsteps." Perhaps it was something Clark whispered to Nancy on one of their dates and she related it to Ronnie.
Lorraine L. Koeppen
Elegance, liquor and Hollywood in the White House is all we need at this time of high cost of living, high interest rates and high taxes. God help us all!
Jerry F. Georgesen
Long Beach, Calif.
As a native of Cincinnati, I resent your reference to the "fetid Ohio River." Other bodies of water in the U.S. are suffering from more serious abuse—the Great Lakes, for instance.
I grew up in Superior, Wis. and still find the water from Lake Superior to be the purest and sweetest I have ever tasted. I'll wager it would come out a perfect 20!
Nancy R. Fostoff
Facing an apparently long-lasting drought in New Jersey, we would be glad and most appreciative for even a few gallons of lowly Omaha's water.
Monmouth Junction, N.J.
Hey, if you want a sip of the "nectar of the gods," this is the place. Delish!
Mrs. H. Stevens
Why was Omaha so low? I think it's pretty good! Next time be more careful!
Amy Keplinger (age 10)
I hoped Chicago Heights, Ill. would make the big time as having the worst drinking water in the nation. Your next survey should include a taste of this most pungent liquid.
It's obvious your connoisseurs of water should stick to wine. The Rocky Mountain spring runoff that flows into Denver is better tasting and clearer than the water of cities like New York and Boston, which got higher ratings. All is well, though. You may have discouraged Easterners from moving out here to God's country.
I am sure that horses are unhappy to hear that riding has replaced painting as Pavarotti's favorite pastime. No wonder the horse he appears to be consoling is near tears.
Charles G. Gessner
I am going to start working on drawings in which a scraggly, woebegone Skip (I Hate Cats) Morrow hovers on the brink of extermination at the hands of malevolent cats.
After having admired several of John Hurt's performances, I feel he is one of the most diverse actors on the scene today, and after seeing his sensitive portrayal of John Merrick in The Elephant Man, I must add that he succeeded in making me believe he was John Merrick. This performance must certainly be Oscar material.
Jeanne M. Duke
Artist Dustin Shuler
How much energy was required to stage this episode? It took three months to forge "Two Ton," not to mention the operation of the equipment. That's a lot of wasted energy. At least the 1959 Cadillac in its lifetime performed a useful act.
Host Michael McCarty
Anyone who would spend $25,000 on a catered "dinner" for friends deserves to regurgitate such senseless indulgence.
This is a red-letter day for me! I have been reading PEOPLE since Vol. 1, No. 1 was issued March 4, 1974 and doing the Puzzle every week—always unsuccessfully. Many times I found all but one answer. Then Vol. 14, No. 20 arrived today, and I circled the calendar because I finally made 100%.
Karnes City, Texas
Because Steve's treatment in Mexico received worldwide publicity (PEOPLE, Oct. 20), I think it would be irresponsible to leave people with any false impression. Steve was offered a glimmer of hope. Under the circumstances, I might have made the same decision if it had been mine to make. Nevertheless, I feel it would be a tragedy if people who are being medically treated under a doctor's care and who have average resources were to flock to similar programs without carefully considering all of the alternatives.
Neile McQueen Toffel
Mrs. Toffel was the late actor's first wife and mother of his two children.