04/20/1981 at 01:00 AM EST
Loved your story on Victoria Principal, especially the cover (PEOPLE, March 30). God, what a beautiful lady! Andy Gibb is a lucky guy!
As an avid Dallas fan I was surprised to find out from your article how different Victoria Principal is from the character she portrays. Pam Ewing would have far too much class to be involved with the likes of Andy Gibb.
Thanks for the article on Victoria Principal. Finally there is peace around our house since my 27-year-old husband has realized that he's too old for her.
Granite City, Ill.
I was so pleased to see your article about Dr. Arthur Shapiro and his campaign against Tourette Syndrome. I became a victim of Tourette at the age of 16. After many doctors, I was told I had had a slight nervous breakdown. I am now 23 and I believed this until recently. If your article helps just one person, it would be worth all the effort and more.
Lisa Anne Jennette
New York City
Magic Johnson turns me on to basketball whether he's playing in the next county or way out West. Thanks for the article.
In your article on the wedding of Michael Kennedy and Vicki Gifford, Father Creedon's hope that "together they will search and seek out that pure world that Michael's father sought" immediately touched me. It also abruptly reminded me that we have not yet fulfilled the ideals that Robert Kennedy gave his life striving to achieve.
Oklahoma City, Okla.
Your story on the gutsy guerrilla Ana Martinez may titillate your readers without causing them too much alarm. The story implies that the main problem in El Salvador is a battle between the extreme right and the extreme left in which President Duarte, buttressed by U.S. aid, is trying to keep the peace. I hope people will go on to read more penetrating accounts of the situation and realize that the Duarte government is far from having the popular support of the Salvadorean people and that continued U.S. military aid is sending us down a very dangerous and potentially bloody road.
New York City
Who cares about Victoria Principal's spiced-up single life! I think you missed the boat with your March 30 cover. Amanda Blake's courage is what people are all about.
Frank E. Kajfes
Phyllis and Fred Schlafly
Fred Schlafly says of his wife, the infamous Phyllis, that "at first she did not see ERA as a threat. But I convinced her of its dangers." The inequality of the sexes is a myth that has long been perpetuated by men, to their own advantage, and fed to women in large doses for years.
Julie E. Host
Oak Lawn, Ill.
Thank God that there are women like Phyllis Schlafly! What a knockout. She is the most liberated lady I know. She's got it all and is trying to help others get it too, through education, love, marriage, kids, jobs and an "up" outlook on life.
Janie Kelly, M.D.
Mrs. Schlafly declares that feminists are "Typhoid Marys carrying a germ called lost identity"—a truly ironic statement from a woman whose opinions are carefully formed by her husband. How dare she accuse me of having an identity problem while she dutifully obeys and honors her husband's every whim: "If Dad thinks she is doing too much—or away too much—she cancels her engagements and stays home." I do not deny that my identity is often shaky and fragile, but at least I have one! You, my poor dear, are a mere extension of your insecure husband; as you say, "A man wants the security of knowing he doesn't have to compete against his wife." It is a sad situation.
Lawyer Phyllis Schlafly unblushingly enjoys the fruits of her foremothers' labor without acknowledging their contributions to her personal opportunities in life. For instance, I would compare her with an illustrious woman, Belva Lockwood (1830-1917). Lock-wood fought for the right of women to practice law and eventually won the right to argue cases before the Supreme Court. She was the first woman to do so, in 1879. Lockwood's efforts also led to equal pay for female government employees and an amendment to a statehood bill which gave the vote to women in Oklahoma, Arizona and New Mexico.
Had Schlafly been a contemporary of Lockwood, I envision her stumping the country shrilling, "Begone with Belva."
The attitude of Phyllis Schlafly and her husband toward the women's movement reflects total ignorance of reality and of the fact that the movement has helped women. As a recent victim of the inhuman crime of rape, I say, "Thank God for the women's movement." If it had not been for what feminists have done to change people's ideas and attitudes about the crime of rape, I would not have had the courage to talk about my experience or to face a jury trial. The movement helped to start rape crisis centers and to change laws and opinions that made the woman feel more like a criminal than a victim. I am a woman, not a girl, Mr. Schlafly, who is very proud and thankful for the women's movement.