updated 11/22/1982 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 11/22/1982 AT 01:00 AM EST
I have loved that fabulous feline Garfield ever since I first saw him pig down a lasagna. His casual easy come, easy go attitude toward life is admirable to those of us who sometimes take life too seriously. Thank you, Jim Davis, for making us laugh and thank you, PEOPLE (Nov. 1), for showing us the man behind the mouser.
Wrong again! Garfield is not everybody's favorite cat. He's really a stupid, lazy creature and definitely not funny. On the other hand, George Gately's Heathcliff is smarter than anyone, two-legged or four-legged. So, while Garfield may be enjoying a brief notoriety, Heathcliff will endure.
Mrs. G.L. Draus
Calumet City, Ill.
I am in my 41st year in motion pictures. I have just made my 207th film, Best Friends, with Burt Reynolds and Goldie Hawn. I have also appeared in more than 250 TV shows, and in those years I have participated in my share of stunts. Rule No. 1: Always do what the ramrod (stunt coordinator) says. Don't improvise! Rule No. 2: Always remember that the stuntman is better than you. I am an honorary member of the Stuntman's Association and wear the belt buckle with pride.
My husband and I are both stuntpersons in Hollywood, and, contrary to the headline on your article, we don't "charge Hollywood" with "risking lives." Our job Is to risk our lives so that television shows and motion pictures can be made in a safe and controlled way. We do all the things that look so dangerous and scary, and, considering the number of stunts performed daily in Hollywood, the percentage of accidents is low. No one ever talks about all the preparation we put into planning a stunt that goes off safely. We take pride in our work, and we do it for ourselves and for you all to enjoy. Please give us some credit. We deserve it.
Debbi and David Ellis
Why should our prison system welcome the ideas of a convicted murderer? Most murderers obviously do not care about human life, so what makes Mr. Sousa think that forcing them to attend the funerals of their victims will make them suffer? And, if Mr. Sousa had killed my father, I certainly would not want him to take over as "head of the household." There are no excuses for taking a life.
I was saddened to read your article about Jerry Sousa in which you portrayed him as a "classic fifth wheel, the square peg who has never fit into life's round holes." Jerry realized his mistakes long ago, and he has sufficiently repented for them. In fact, he deserves much credit for surviving the hardships he endured in prison. Nor is he "rotten" as the article suggests; instead, he is a human being who is not only my teacher but also my friend—and I respect him for who he is. He is not bitter toward the system. He only wishes to reform it.
Jerry Sousa's rehabilitation is commendable and worthy of mention. However, I do not feel sorry for him nor for the conditions of his prison tenure. He put himself in prison. More of the article was devoted to Jerry Sousa's feeling sorry for himself than to the sorrow of the family of his victim. Today sympathy is extended to the criminal rather than the victim all too often.
Helen Gurley Brown
Helen Gurley Brown's motto should be: "Don't do as I do; do as I say." While she kept her readers busy trying to become liberated, she was cutting out the competition so that she could catch a good man herself by being what a good man wants—an old-fashioned, dependent female. I underestimated her cleverness.
Me eating dolphin? No way. The fish I was eating during my interview was of the fish species, not the mammal I am fighting to protect with the Greenpeace organization. Dolphin fish, known as mahi mahi in Hawaii—okay; dorado in Mexico—fine, but I would never feast on Flipper.
New York City
Is smoking a cigarette before exercise, as Christie Brinkley does, a part of her beauty regimen that will be revealed in her forthcoming book Beauty and the Beach?
Your interview with Steven Spielberg and your profile of JoBeth Williams provided fascinating insight into what went on behind the scenes to create the magic of Poltergeist. This movie was a roller coaster ride of spooky pop-outs, but it was also a portrait of strong family ties. It was encouraging to see a woman play the mother-and-housewife role as a tower of strength rather than the more familiar fragile, subdued type.
In your story "Steven Spielberg's Musings About Poltergeist," you accurately wrote that Steven had never seen a UFO but "would love to see something that can't be explained by science or logic." We believe we've now seen our first—your article. It contains a curious time warp. The interview took place in June 1982, not last week as you imply, and some of the questions bear no resemblance to what Steven was asked four months ago.
PEOPLE regrets any misunderstanding. We believe the questions were faithful to the original interview.—ED.