The female studio executive who said that Kevin Bacon was not sufficiently "embraceable" to star in Footloose (PEOPLE, April 2) needs to visit an optometrist. There are sexy young men in Hollywood and a handful of talented actors, but combining both qualities is rare and Bacon is just such a rarity.
Forget Footloose; give us back the original—John Travolta. He always makes my temperature rise, and he does his own dancing.
Lisa Anne McEveetz
Van Nuys, Calif.
Picks & Pans
To Mr. Novak: In your stylishly clever comments on Slim Whitman's Angeline, hopelessly engulfed in your own ego, you ask: "All of which leaves more or less unanswered the burning question of how he has managed to sell more than 50 million records." You should address the more burning question: How many people out there agree with your pseudo-elite taste in music? Someday somebody in the little, narrow world of New York journalism is going to cast off their blinders, climb a high mountain and look west. They'll find a whole big world on the other side of the Hudson, where there are normal, decent people who would sooner live in Siberia than go through the psycho-producing routine you poor people have to follow each day to live and work in Weirdsville.
Novak replies: "I spend a lot of time in Chicago, where I grew up, and when I'm there I still don't think much of Slim Whitman's music."
I was disappointed by the public-relations people for the fast-food chains who tried to "bite back" in response to your story on Michael Jacobson and the Center for Science in the Public Interest. One would think that if someone as intelligent as Dr. Jacobson found something wrong with a product, the makers would try to correct the flaw. Instead these people argue. Making fast food healthy might not improve sales, but it would improve taste and make us fast-food fans more at ease about eating our favorite foods.
Stephanie K. Yanik
Is Dr. Jacobson aware that food is for enjoyment as well as nutrition? As the assistant manager of a Hardee's, I know that we follow strict guidelines to prepare a fresh, nutritious product. If we did not, fast food would not be a prospering $41-billion business.
Martin C. Edwards
My husband and I stand ready with a plunger to try to fix the toilet after our son Andrew, 2, has managed to clog it up. When that fails, we can call Roto-Rooter, as we've done for the fourth time in less than a year. At least we now have the satisfaction of knowing Andrew has something in common with Prince William
, the future King of England.
Your article on the case of James Bowden, the man who was mistakenly shot by the police in Boston, didn't come as a great shock to me. As soon as you give some people a badge and a gun, they suddenly give themselves powers not actually awarded to them. Mrs. Bowden deserved all of the $843,498 award that the city of Boston had to pay her. Money may help, but nothing will take the place of her husband.
Mary A. Schuster
Now I fear that a policeman may mistake my license plates for those of a criminal.
Colonial Beach, Va.
It's sad when an article on a little boy's tragedy emphasizes the marital problems of his parents. Were it not for the dedicated efforts of bystanders, paramedics, doctors and nurses, Jimmy Tontlewicz would be either severely brain damaged or dead. As a teacher in an Emergency Medical Service program, I was disturbed that instead of informing the public about advances in treatment of cold-water drowning, you made the story a gossip item.
Patricia A. Erhardt
Terrence Tontlewicz nearly cost his son his life just so he could make him "my little man." Jimmy is not a "little man." He's a little boy who needs help learning to survive in this crazy world.
San Jose, Calif.
Where's the beef?
Who said you should retire at 65? Retirement should be for those who are tired. Clara Peller isn't. She's an inspiration for everyone who will someday reach her age and worries that senior citizens have nothing to look forward to. She is heavy into the beef and the bucks, and I love her for that.
New York City
Twenty lashes to the spoilsport who revealed the "double surprise" coming up this spring on All My Children. Have you no shame?
New York City
How ironic that with April 15 just around the corner, you ran an article about Nixon's lucrative television deal in this week's issue. It galls me to know that every year since his resignation part of my tax dollars have gone to support Richard Milhous Nixon. The moral of the story is: Get yourself elected to high office, commit some heinous act, resign in disgrace, then get rich by granting interviews and writing books that make you more famous. Sorry, but in my book the correct word for Mr. Nixon is infamous.
Charles M. Stone