updated 04/04/1983 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 04/04/1983 AT 01:00 AM EST
I enjoyed your Readers' Poll (PEOPLE, March 14) immensely, and I give a rousing hurrah to the women readers who chose the classic beauty of Linda Evans over Bo Derek and Victoria Principal. Evans knows beauty has nothing to do with jiggle and bounce. I wish American men would get the message.
Take a poll to decide who looked best in the identical sequined dress—Jill St. John or Dustin (Tootsie) Hoffman.
As a fan of both Kenny Rogers and Barbra Streisand, I was annoyed by the snide editorial comments you made regarding their victories in your survey. By voting for Rogers and Streisand year after year, your readers have shown respect for quality rather than for flash-in-the-pan stars. Don't ask your readership to patiently respond and then hold their choices in contempt.
Much of what Rita Kramer said in support of full-time motherhood was welcome to the ears of this "career mother" of two who enjoys her profession as a nurturer. But what about the woman who never expected to be a single mother and now has young children to take care of as well as support financially? For a woman on this kind of treadmill, creative solutions, not recriminations, are desperately needed.
Three cheers for Rita Kramer. I have attended college, worked several jobs before and after having children, and am now a housewife and mother. My children are walking testimonies to what works and what doesn't. Those who had a 24-hour mom don't have the same battle with insecurities and fears the others have. I regret daily that I opted to pursue my needs and pushed them on someone who could not love them the way I could and should have.
Glen Park, Ind.
The Bee Gees have been in the music business for 20 years and have established themselves as fine musicians and gifted songwriters. I can't see why they would risk their reputation for just one song. Why would they need to steal from an "unknown Illinois tune-smith" named Ronald Selle?
In regard to the repeated "punk" references in your article about me, as Johnny Slash would say, it's not punk, it's New Wave. Totally different head.
Producer, Square Pegs
Universal City, Calif.
Thanks for the terrific article on Toto. I've been a big fan since their very first album, and, despite what some critics say, I think they deserve every Grammy they've won! Not only are they excellent on vinyl, they're a dynamic band in concert, too.
Please note that we have never been married nor do we have any children.
We regret the error.—ED.
Phil Ramone's remark that the release of Karen Carpenter's solo album would be "destructive" to "the image of the Carpenters" struck me as throwing out the baby with the bath water. First, many group artists cut solo albums without harming the group. Second, the voice of Karen alone is what most of her fans will remember about the Carpenters. Depriving the world of these songs would be a gross injustice.
Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.
A letter from Virginia Ketchum asserts that anorectics "choose to starve themselves to death." On the contrary, starving is the only way that anorectics know to strive for a better life. Until we realize that diseases such as anorexia and alcoholism are as uncontrollable and unintentional as cancer is to the person whose body is ravaged by that dread disease, the struggle for recovery from such diseases will be all the tougher, as the burden of guilt is dumped on the sufferers by those who ignorantly allude to the choice.
Picks & Pans
I think your movie critic is downright mean. If a movie is rotten and the actors give a terrible performance, fire away. But comparing Paul Newman's "sly and sparkling blue" eyes to Jackie Gleason's "tired and bloodshot" ones is a cheap shot! To movie viewers who look for something more than great bodies, Jackie Gleason is an experienced comedian and one of the great talents of old Hollywood. As recompense, I would like to see a picture of your critic printed in PEOPLE. Then let your readers rate his or her appearance against Tom Selleck or Victoria Principal.
Mount Clemens, Mich.