updated 03/22/1982 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 03/22/1982 AT 01:00 AM EST
Your eye-catching cover of Suzanne Somers (PEOPLE, Mar. 1) caught my breath, but your inside story captured my heart. Just when I thought it was safe to categorize Somers as another leggy, statuesque and not-too-bright blonde, she turned out to be an intelligent and compassionate human being.
Marina Del Rey, Calif.
It may be true that Alan Hamel deserves credit for Suzanne Somers' "comeback efforts," but if he had not been so greedy in the first place, she would still be playing Chrissy and sitting pretty at $35,000 per episode. Heck, there are millions of people who don't get that much a year!
Los Gatos, Calif.
In the case of the Suzanne Somers issue, I wasn't sure if I was picking up PEOPLE or a Frederick's of Hollywood catalog.
Candace A. Crannell
Ted Kennedy's 50th
On occasions like this, knowing that John Kennedy would have been 65 this year and Bobby would have been 57, we begin to realize how much we have actually lost. Thank you, PEOPLE, and happy birthday, Senator.
El Paso, Texas
I'm a little upset to see you feature a Senator just because he has his 50th birthday. It was just an excuse to let Teddy pass on his opinion of President Reagan. Please spare me any more of your political ploys or be fair and give equal time to all Senators on their 50th birthdays.
How does Ted Kennedy have the audacity to say that he speaks "for the middle-income family, for the working man and woman" when his wealth places him in the top 5 percent of the population, when he and his children have always attended private schools, and when he lives on an estate overlooking the Potomac River? As Lincoln said, "You can fool some of the people all the time..."
Night of 100 Stars
Why do Princess Grace, who could loot her country's treasury, Liz Taylor, who could easily buy the same country, and all of these stars need complimentary hotel suites, plane tickets and limos in order to make an appearance for the Actors' Fund benefit? It seems as if they should be glad to pay their own freight to help build a nursing home for old actors—especially when they might some day be residents.
When Ted Graber calls his $730,000 re-decoration of the Reagans' living quarters in the White House "a nip and a tuck," that's very much like calling a mountain a molehill. As far as I'm concerned, what was good enough for the Carters is good enough for the Reagans. This extreme, ostentatious display confirms my feeling that the Reagans are not setting an example for the average American but are trying to impress the rich.
Picks & Pans
As a Steinbeck fan, I was appalled by your attack on the film Cannery Row. For me this movie was like stepping into that wonderful piece of literature: The film has the same whimsical perfection the novel had. Nick Nolte's performance as Doc was particularly noteworthy—a pure joy.
Port Washington, N.Y.
I realize it's all just opinion, but having seen and appreciated Robert Towne's Personal Best, I'm wondering if your reviewer saw the film. I saw a fairly compelling story with a sense of humor and characters who talk like people. And if you didn't notice that Patrice Donnelly acts almost as well as she runs and looks, you may have been in the lobby. Take a lap.
Does the "Picks & Pans" reviewer really think lyrics like Susan Lynch's "With my rack and pinions, baby/I won't steer you wrong" constitute wit? If so, Noel Coward died in vain.
The movie Missing brought back memories of the last telephone talk I had with my son, Sgt. B. Kirk Dye, in August 1973. He was an Airborne Ranger at Fort Benning, Ga. He said that he had a 30-day leave coming up and that he was going to Chile to be a mercenary and make $30,000. I told him, "Don't say things like that, even kidding. Someone might think you're serious and get you in trouble with the officers." He said, "Mom, who do you think is sending us? It's the government. Don't worry. I'll be okay." He was in an accident in Georgia on Sept. 7, 1973 and died Sept. 23. I've often wondered about that call and whether our government would really do that. My son was very proud of his country and of being an Airborne Ranger.
Mrs. D. Dye Morris
A spokesman at the Pentagon says: "The Dept. of Defense is not a brokerage for soldiers of fortune."