Three cheers for your article (PEOPLE, Aug. 31) on my favorite actor, Mark Hamill. As a 30-year-old myself, I have found that life at any age is what you make it, and Mark seems to have all the enthusiasm and ability to achieve anything he wants. My children love him for Luke Skywalker, but let's hope producers will give him the chance he needs to prove what a fine actor he really is.
I have to wonder what anyone sees in Mark Hamill. He sure comes across as self-centered and shallow. His statement "I haven't earned celebrity" is more true than he thinks.
San Jose, Calif.
My first impression of Mark Hamill was that he had as much talent as a Luke Skywalker doll. I couldn't have been more wrong. While in New York recently, I had the privilege of seeing his performance in The Elephant Man
. He was superb. If there is any justice in Hollywood, Hamill will find his life rosy after Star Wars and its various clones.
Steven C. Nelson
How disheartening to read that even as he robbed Elvis of his artistic integrity, Colonel Parker may have robbed him of his financial rewards too. Either through naiveté or blind loyalty, Elvis put up with him 15 years too long.
St. Paul, Minn.
Without Colonel Parker, Elvis might very well have been just another unknown singer working in honky-tonks the rest of his life. Personally I would welcome anyone who wants to mismanage my career and still make me millions of dollars in the process.
Dr. Jenkins on Stress
I was one of millions yelling "Give 'em hell, Ronnie!" in the air traffic controllers' dispute. But I have come to understand that these people had legitimate job grievances. It would appear that President Reagan broke his campaign pledge to find solutions to their problems long before they broke their oath to the federal government not to strike. Nothing is to be gained by two years of uncertainty about air safety, a costly tax-paid rebuilding effort and the continued jeopardizing of innocent lives. It is time for reason and compromise on both sides, before a tragedy occurs.
Mrs. Susan Moeller
Kansas City, Mo.
Many schoolteachers wouldn't mind changing places with the air controllers. Teachers with master's degrees and 20 years' experience do not earn half as much. What sort of degrees are air controllers required to have? If anyone wants to talk about stress, they should try the classroom.
Michael O'Keeffe's recipe includes Cape Cod oysters "from Wellfleet or Chatham." Every oyster fancier knows there's no oyster like a Cotuit oyster.
Ellen S. Allen
I am a mother of a 10-year-old boy who has dyslexia along with a learning disability. People, including some teachers, find it very hard to cope with or even understand a child with this problem. My son's fifth-grade teacher took time to call me on her summer vacation to inform me of your article. Susan Hampshire's story has given me hope that in the future my son will be able to find something he can do well.
Thank you, PEOPLE and Susan Hampshire. Where can I write-for information on dyslexia?
Mrs. Pat Hammond
Readers may contact the Orton Dyslexia Society, 8415 Bellona Lane, Towson, Md. 21204.
When I write a letter about the Moodies, it is usually in their defense. After reading your article, I can write a different type of letter. I've been a follower from the start and their music makes me damned glad to be alive.
It is good to see someone is searching for the guys still missing in Vietnam. Too bad we Americans can't show the same concern and sympathy for the MIAs and their families that we showed the hostages in Iran and their families.
I admire Debby—not only is she beautiful physically, but also mentally. If more women were raised the way she and her sisters were, this old world would be a better place to live in. Men would respect us women again, which would really be a blessing.
I am amazed at the audacity of 24-year-old Debby Boone! I can't believe that anyone would write her autobiography at such an early age. Famous parents and a hit song don't make a book.
I was surprised to read that Gabriel Ferrer was raised a Catholic but went on to "become a Christian." Since when were Catholics not Christians?
It may be true as your readers suggest that Brooke Shields
hasn't been affected by the roles she plays or the sexy image she puts across. But there are millions of not so mature, not so intelligent, not so together young girls who want to emulate this sexy image at an age when they can't handle the consequences. That is what Teri and Brooke Shields
must answer for.
Simi Valley, Calif.