05/21/1984 at 01:00 AM EDT
10 Great Faces
Obviously, great minds selected The 10 Great Faces (PEOPLE, April 30)—as manifested by your inclusion of Mel Gibson. However, if this great face reflects "ordinariness," by God, I'm booking on the next flight to Australia.
I totally agree with your choice of Meryl Streep as one of the 10 Great Faces. But you've got to be joking with Mick Jagger as one of the 10; although if you ever decide on the 10 Greatest Lips, Mick's got my vote!
Delores A. Wayland
Pauls Valley, Okla.
Your list should at least have included Bette Davis, Katharine Hepburn, William F. Buckley, Richard Nixon, Bill Cosby, Johnny Carson, Ella Fitzgerald and certainly Joan Rivers. Now there's an unforgettable face! Not to include Lucille Ball, the world's most famous face, is unforgivable!
Newport News, Va.
Glenn Close can show more beauty and emotion with only her face than most people can express with their whole body.
Sam Shepard! Let's have more Sam!
You forgot the fairest in the land: the ageless Ali MacGraw.
I applaud your inclusion of Eudora Welty and Millicent Fenwick. Finally a magazine has acknowledged the great and nontransitory beauty of an intelligent face. Faces like those of Jaclyn Smith and Linda Evans bore me to tears. Such mere pretty faces soon become commonplace and pedestrian.
Rosalynn Carter has again proved herself to be the tacky person many of us think her to be. Her comment about President Reagan ("Anybody would be better than what we have now") is a sad display of a bitter, sore loser. Mrs. Carter should keep her rude remarks to herself. Obviously the American voters don't share her opinion or her husband wouldn't have lost the election. Thank goodness they are back in Plains, where they belong.
Mrs. Carter seems to be a warm and friendly lady. I remember when she and the President visited my hometown for Easter 1977. My mother, my sister, a friend and I were standing just a few feet from the runway where the President's helicopter landed. When the President and First Lady got off the helicopter, they were immediately engulfed by local dignitaries and the press. Mrs. Carter seemed to walk right past these people and straight to us. She went to my mother, extended her hand and said, "Hello, I'm Rosalynn Carter." My mother, dressed in jeans and a T-shirt, was both surprised and impressed. I wonder if Nancy Reagan would do the same?
Deborah (Debbie) Autry
Your article about mass murderer and rapist Christopher Wilder was an alarming testimonial to the lenient treatment our judicial system gives sex offenders. It disgusts me that repeat sex offenders are allowed to roam the streets at will, and must commit murder before they are dealt with properly. I was raped last October while on vacation in Dallas, and though the rapist was caught, he was released shortly afterward on his own recognizance. The case has yet to be heard by a grand jury, but investigators offer extremely little hope of an indictment—the reason being that the rape committed against me would probably not be considered "violent enough" to waste time and money on a trial.
It is true that I was lucky enough to escape serious physical injury, but his next victim may not be so lucky. Must a rapist maim or kill before he is considered dangerous and an attempt is made to stop him? There is no such thing as a "nonviolent" rape. If the law dealt with rapists as the sick criminals they truly are, perhaps in the future there would be no need for your magazine to report on madmen like Christopher Wilder.
Just for the record—my rapist went free after one and a half years imprisonment, then he came back and raped me again!
If TV and the movie industry hope to capitalize on this gruesome incident and make some "weirdos" rich, I pray they don't have an audience.
Kristine A. Schmutte
Picks and Pans
Your review of Joe Jackson's new album, Body and Soul, was both inaccurate and unfair. Rather than presenting a lopsided view of the album by highlighting a few faults, overlooking many commendable selections and classifying the artist in categories like "new wave" and "street rapper," you should eliminate your biases and recognize the talent of an innovator like Joe Jackson.
Marcy L. Federbusch
In your article you stated that the 450 prisoners residing in the Oklahoma County Jail were charged with "everything from drunken driving to murder." Please do not imply that drunk driving is the lesser of these two evils. As any parent who has lost a child to a drunk driver can tell you, drunk driving is murder.