updated 04/13/1981 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 04/13/1981 AT 01:00 AM EST
The warmth and the glow from PEOPLE's March 23 issue really cheered a windy and chilly Carolina day. Jackie brings back pleasant memories. Thanks!
You don't need a degree in psychology to realize that Aristotle Onassis was a very disturbed man. His hopes of acquiring "dignity" were diminished shortly after the marriage when he realized Jackie would not grovel at his feet the way Maria Callas and assorted other Greek women had done. Jackie survived, as usual, with her positive self-image intact.
Arianna Stassinopoulos' story on the life and times of Jackie and Ari is a violation of one's privacy. I do hope that Jackie Onassis has the strength and courage to withstand the obvious pain and embarrassment that have so unjustly been inflicted on her. Above all, Jackie is a human being whose life should be her own.
Three Mile Island
So Gale Hovey, in charge of the Three Mile Island cleanup, is "committed to nuclear power." It's going to take 750 people, five years and $1 billion to clean up after the "incident," and he admits another "incident" could occur. Thank goodness we have the Nuclear Regulatory Commission monitoring the progress for us. Maybe Gale Hovey can come up with a solution to the hazardous waste "problem."
At last the public is beginning to realize the great potential that REO Speedwagon has. I bought their tape Hi Infidelity last month and have listened to it every day since.
So Kevin Cronin of REO Speedwagon decided to keep on loving his wife after he found out about an affair she had before they were married. How big of him!
If Loni Anderson wanted "to be Helen Hayes with beautiful, small roles" and dislikes her "kind of gaudy success," why did she bleach her brown hair blond and pose for all the bathing suit posters to promote her sexy image? Did she think this was the way Miss Hayes got all those beautiful, small roles?
Lake Tahoe, Nev.
It's a shame that Ms. Anderson's marriage was sacrificed for her career. But it seems that her husband has a lot of growing up to do if he can't accept his wife's popularity and success. I think he's the one who needs to "cope"—with jealousy.
I enjoy watching Loni Anderson on WKRP. What if she should decide that "superstardom" is not worth the sacrifice of her family and her private life? People in the entertainment field have a right to enjoy some time for themselves and their families. Being a fan is one thing, intruding on someone's private life is another.
For a first shot at acting, Cathy Moriarty sure hit the bull's-eye! She played Vickie LaMotta with stunning brilliance equal to that of her co-star Robert DeNiro and far outstripping the performances of her fellow Oscar contenders. I may be only 13, but I know a hot prospect when I see one.
Imagine my surprise at coming home after a party at George Newcom's Tavern and opening my new PEOPLE magazine only to see Newcom's and the single lifestyle featured. As a single woman who had spent the better part of the day there, I can tell you the real discovery I made at that tavern. If singles are more depressed than marrieds, why was the place overwhelmingly populated by marrieds sans mates, pretending to be single? I guess the grass is always greener...
Atlanta's Child Killers
I am the mother of a little boy, and like many other black mothers, I fear for his life if something like the Atlanta murders occurs here in New York state. My heart goes out to the mothers who have lost their children, but I pray to God this occurrence does not cause any racial upheaval in this country. I pray that all Americans will realize that this should bring us together and not tear us apart. This could happen to any child, no matter what his color.
Picks & Pans
I thoroughly disagree with your criticism of Styx' album, Paradise Theater. Everyone I know loves Snowblind and Best of Times. If your reviewer thinks the album is so bad, I'd like to see him put together 10 awful songs and have them sell as well as Paradise Theater. When dogs can fly!
San Jose, Calif.
Dr. Lawrence Gartner
After reading your article on Dr. Lawrence Gartner and neonatology, I felt I had to add my heartfelt thanks to this new field. On St. Patrick's Day 1979, I gave birth to Samantha, a beautiful, screaming baby girl who weighed all of two pounds three ounces! She was slightly longer than a ruler: 13¾" long. She stayed in the hospital two months, primarily to gain weight. My husband and I visited her whenever we could: midnight, 2 a.m., 8 p.m. The doctors and nurses were fantastic, informative, loving, caring. Today my daughter is two years old, weighs 27 pounds and is 35" high.
Charlene S. Kravitz