05/24/1982 at 01:00 AM EDT
I congratulate you on the fine, informative May 3 issue of PEOPLE, featuring Tom Selleck on location in Yugoslavia for the filming of High Road to China. Your cover story gave readers a good insight into the problems involved in moviemaking, especially in remote parts of the world.
Tom Selleck again? He was on the cover just a couple of months ago! What's next? Tom Selleck goes on a date?
In reference to the Barney Miller story and your mention of "the late Abe Vigoda"—giving a nod to Mark Twain, I can assure you that the reports of Mr. Vigoda's death have been greatly exaggerated. He is in the best of health, jogs daily and is now playing to capacity crowds in The Fifth Season at Stage West Theater in Calgary, Alberta.
Michael B. Druxman
I want to comment on the insanity of Mr. Mealy's hope that nuclear war casualties could be limited to 45 million and Reverend Ford's statement that "it would be immoral for us to be unable to defend ourselves." To me it is immoral to consider 45 million deaths in America acceptable under any conditions. Perhaps these men and others like them who place nuclear preparation above nuclear prevention should take long looks at their families and friends, and for one instant put faces on the horror they accept.
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
I was a fan when most people in this part of the country thought Alabama was only a great college football team. Whenever they can, the group's members make time for their fans after a concert, signing autographs, posing for pictures and just chatting, sometimes for two or three hours after a two-hour concert. I have found them to be not only excellent musicians but also refreshing country gentlemen.
Port Jefferson Station, N.Y.
I had the pleasure, or should I say what I thought would be the pleasure, of meeting Alabama after a Labor Day concert. All they could talk about was how much money they made and how much their boots cost. They may have reached the top, but with this attitude they won't stay there.
Although it is somewhat sensationalized, your interview with George Mair makes the valid point that many bridges are old and in need of repair. However, Mair is way off base in listing New York City's Queensboro Bridge as one of the 10 worst in the nation. This bridge is in the initial stages of a 10-year, $100 million rehabilitation program that will add another 50 years to its life. Construction work necessitates the lane closings that sound so ominous in your story. There is no need for motorists in New York to approach bridges with fear and trembling.
Mair mentions the 1967 West Virginia bridge collapse that killed 46 people. That disaster led the federal government to require, as a condition for receiving federal highway and bridge funds, that every state must inspect every bridge at least every two years.
John A. Marino
N.Y.C. Regional Director
Dept. of Transportation, New York State
Mr. Mair replies: "Transportation professionals like Mr. Marino are struggling with too many bad bridges and too few dollars, and some are irritated by my criticism of the situation. And yet if the very old and overloaded Queensboro Bridge is okay, why have the authorities launched a massive program to repair it?"
I'm glad to read that Edie Adams is finally out of debt and happy. About 20 years ago she was playing in the Persian Room of the Plaza Hotel, where I ran into her husband, Ernie Kovacs, and told him how great I thought she was. "Yeah," he agreed, "if I wasn't married to her, I'd sure ask her for a date." I always wanted to tell her that, and perhaps now I have.
Jack P. Gabriel
The Hinckley Family
John Hinckley Sr. considers a newspaper commentary on his son "a cowardly, cheap shot." What does he call the shots his child pumped into the bodies of four innocent human beings?
Fort Worth, Texas
Every time I read an article about John Hinckley Jr., I wonder if maybe it could have turned out differently. Can we imagine the pain of living life unnoticed, of feeling as though we have made no impact whatsoever? It seems that everywhere Mr. Hinckley spent time, people barely remember he'd ever been there. Such people are all around us. God help us to notice.
Thank you for the amazingly perceptive article by Shelley Bruce. My daughter understudied Shelley during her last week as Annie when she had the worst viral infection that ever hit the cast. We stood at the back of the theater with her mother, Marge Bruce, awed by the way that child ignored her physical discomfort to fulfill her professional obligations. I know that her article will inspire young Americans.
Canoga Park, Calif.
It seems as if we only read tales in which the brave hero slips into death from leukemia. My sister was discovered to have the disease when she was 5. Now she is 25, has been off medication for six years and just gave birth to a beautiful, healthy baby girl. Good luck to Shelley.