I saw Splash and loved it! Your article (PEOPLE, April 9) claimed that Walt Disney would have been shocked by such nudity, but I have to ask, what nudity? Miss Hannah's long yellow hair was almost always decently covering her; at most one caught a glimpse of bosom from the side. I'm glad that I didn't read your story before I saw the movie because I would have assumed that it was just another cheap movie exploiting women, and I would have missed a delightful experience.
Mary Jane Wink
Walt Disney was able to make money and make millions of people happy without nudity. The company should reverse their direction and make Walt proud.
My grandmother nicknamed me Splash when I was 6 months old. The reason was never quite clear. I am still called Splash and I'm 52. Even my license tags say SPLASH. But today I received the piece de resistance—my very own monogrammed copy of PEOPLE. Thanks.
Florence "Splash" Kluger
As an overtaxed, undertransported, unsafe New Yorker, I beg to differ concerning the effect of the Big Ego on the Big Apple. Mr. Koch wouldn't have time to be gay or straight; he's too busy climbing into bed with the landlords and big business, a strange place for an avowed liberal. (Of course, how an avowed liberal ran as a Democrat and a Republican at the same time is beyond me.) He is effectively strangling the middle class in this city—more and more businesses are succumbing to landlords who have been allowed to triple and quadruple commercial rents. Marie Antoinette said of the people she was starving out: "Let them eat cake." Ed Koch says, "Let them read my book." I wonder what fate awaits him at the hands of his victims.
Bryn C. Chandler
New York City
Those of us who grew up during the '60s and '70s will long remember Marvin Gaye. We can forgive his imperfections because he gave us a great gift, his own musical style. May you rest in peace, Marvin.
The photographer Walter looss' description of marksman Eric Buljung as a "mad assassin" or a "quintessential mercenary" must have gotten quite a laugh from Eric and all his friends. I always remember Eric as the most soft-spoken, sincere and truly professional soldier with whom it was my privilege to serve. I'm sure I can speak for all the members of the 109th MP platoon (class of 1974) in Frankfurt when I say: Good luck this summer, Pappy!
Susan Sarandon may be another Hanoi Jane to some, but to me her journey to Nicaragua was an act of decency and courage. I am grateful when celebrities use their fame to raise consciousness about inhumanity and injustice. I believe that because of their special standing such people have an obligation to speak out.
Emmanuel made it on his own without Michael Jackson's help, so why the hype now? Why did you wait to do a story on Lewis until after he became Jackson's friend?
Mike and Edie Hale
As the parent of a short-statured child, I was appalled by the article on Emmanuel Lewis. Having seen him on the Grammy Awards, I assumed he was a rather immature 6-year-old. To discover that he's really 13 years old and still acting so young is disturbing. One of the most important things in raising a short child is treating him by his chronological age, not by size. Doctors have told us that short children sometimes act their size instead of their age to go along with the way people around them treat them. One day Emmanuel will be a man, and he will need to know much more than just how to be little and cute. If Michael Jackson wants to carry a doll around, let him go buy one. Emmanuel Lewis is a teenager.
Barbara Collier Zmuda
Your photographs of Billy Idol autographing a female fan's breast were in very poor taste. For a moment I thought I was looking at Playboy.
My friends and I would like to thank you for your coverage of punk rocker Billy Idol, which shows that you know it is not just adults who read PEOPLE.
Elizabeth A. Byers
I think it's terrific that nobody can find out who the father of Nastassja Kin-ski's baby is. Part of her mystery is that she keeps everyone guessing. Why spoil it?
Linda J. Covello
Cliffside Park, N.J.
Picks & Pans
Greystoke, the new version of Tarzan, is so much more believable and romantic than the old "Me Tarzan, you Jane" films. Christopher Lambert was wonderful in a difficult role. It was nice for a change to see someone who didn't look like he'd been pumping iron out there in the jungle. And, contrary to what your reviewer feels, I don't think the director meant to convey any particular "message" but just wanted to offer a different interpretation of a great old love story.
Teresa L. Smith