11/16/1981 at 01:00 AM EST
Lindsay (PEOPLE, Oct. 26) needn't tell us that a good part is more important to her than money—it shows in her work. Wagner fans have come to expect quality from her, both in the roles she chooses and in the performances she gives.
Obviously the "cold human being" that writer Thomas Thompson encountered was merely a persona that Lindsay Wagner assumes in her never-ending battle for quality. I am quite sure that Thompson never aided in the prevention of a suicide from the roof of the Sheraton-Universal Hotel in Hollywood, nor did he fly to the side of a paraplegic rape victim at her request. He was also not the one who sent me get-well wishes during an appearance on the Tonight show in 1978 when I was hospitalized with cancer. Ms. Wagner did all of these things.
Ken Alan Ray
As the old cliché goes, "There are two sides to every story." I would like to tell you what one of Disney's "lovable" characters did to me. As I was watching the Disney character parade, a cute, cuddly bear named Winnie the Pooh skipped over to me. The bear punched me in the face, knocking off and breaking my glasses.
Karen L. Warner
La Mirada, Calif.
In 1979 I worked at Marriott's Great America in Santa Clara as Sylvester the Cat, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Wile E. Coyote and Foghorn Leghorn. I was paid minimum wage, was not union and worked in 100-degree weather. Our costumes weighed up to 50 pounds. One of my fellow employees received a sprained neck from a guest who had had one too many beers and I was beat up several times by overenthusiastic teenagers. But, all in all, I would still say it was the best job I have ever had.
Do you know what the characters at Marriott's used to dream of being? A Disney character!
Santa Clara, Calif.
When Eddie Fisher said that "the husband is always the last to know," I couldn't help but wonder if Debbie Reynolds might just have a different opinion.
Once you think about all that Miss Taylor has gone through in her lifetime, there are only two words left for Mr. Fisher: Big deal.
Joanne De Orto
New York City
Arne Cheyenne Johnson
I can see it coming: robbers, rapists and child molesters getting off by claiming "the devil made me do it." Cheyenne Johnson is just another cold-blooded, joy-riding killer, but the same old pattern of media exposure will turn him into another hero for us to imitate. By the time our atrocious judicial system puts him back on the street, there'll be dozens more just like him.
Picks & Pans
Give me a break. Did you have to implore the "saints" to "preserve us from the Sheldon Kurland Strings"? In Nashville, that's like saying we're child molesters. Now people lock their doors when I go by.
The Shelly Kurland Strings are probably the best all-around studio string group in country music. We do not write the arrangements, choose the songs, decide the size of the section or choose the singer. We try to give any producer the style and sound he wants to hear. So have a heart. All we want to do is make the payments on our Mercedes.
Jimmy the Greek
I just finished reading your article on cystic fibrosis, and I hope the public learns something from it—they desperately need the education. While doing my internship in therapeutic recreation at Children's Hospital at Stanford a few years ago, I went to a movie with some of the CF kids at a local theater, where one of the kids began coughing. Being familiar with the disease and the sounds of coughing associated with it, I thought nothing of it, until the man sitting in front of me turned around and said angrily, "If your kid is sick, leave him home."
It was great to see Jamie Snyder (what a body!) not sitting at home with his disease like some cystics did who were not fortunate enough to have parents like Joan and Jimmy Snyder to work at keeping their kids alive.
Nancy J. Moore
Fort Meade, S.Dak.
Help and understanding for families like Jimmy the Greek's are available through the work of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. For 26 years, through education, research and delivery of specialized care, this foundation has helped people like Jamie to be more productive as they deal with the daily reality of living with a life-threatening disease.
Doris Tulcin is the current president of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 6000 Executive Boulevard, Rockville, Md. 20852.—ED.
I went to high school with Jimmy Jr. and never realized the battle that he fought every day. I didn't understand the strength he had to gather to face the pressures of high school or the drive he had to succeed. I think now that if his classmates had only known of his struggle we could have offered our support. But I also wonder if we would have been able to match his courage. He is lucky to have a family as supportive and as giving as he has. They are a model of the "love" we all speak of. Congratulations for a victory—not a victory over death, but a victory in living life to the fullest.
Mountain View, Calif.