updated 07/09/1984 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 07/09/1984 AT 01:00 AM EDT
How delightful to see your cover graced by a picture of Mrs. Onassis (PEOPLE, June 18). I couldn't help feel an enormous wave of nostalgia as I read about her. This gracious woman remains unsurpassed as a First Lady.
East Haven, Conn.
If Princess Margaret called Boy George "an over-made-up tart," she hit the bull's-eye. Boy George dismisses both British royalty and culture as "eccentric." What on earth is he?
As a British citizen I have an appreciation for the Royal Family, but I'm sure that Boy George is right when he says that he brings considerably more money to Great Britain than Princess Margaret does. He also brings a lot more enjoyment.
Winter Park, Fla.
Boy George is not correct in saying that no one has "ever" mistaken him for a woman. Before Culture Club was popular, I saw the group on TV and thought that the lead singer was a very poorly dressed, ugly, large woman.
Your editor may find Rosalynn and Jimmy Carter unpretentious in their style of living, but the fact that they don't own a car is not proof enough for me. I would gladly sell my car if the Secret Service were willing to drive me "everywhere." We are not impressed.
Fort Ord, Calif.
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As a proud father, I want to thank you for the excellent review of my daughter Toni Tennille's album More Than You Know. Toni was exposed at an early age to the styles of Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Joe Williams and the Hi-Lo's. Now she is projecting her own talent so that the rest of the world can find out what I always knew.
Yorba Linda, Calif.
I was disgusted after reading your article on Grace Jacques. No expense should be spared in saving a human life. I wonder if the executives at these insurance companies would be so quick to deny payment if the life of a member of one of their families were at stake.
Your article about Grace Jacques' heart transplant touched me. Although I may not be able to donate any money, I plan to make arrangements to sign an organ donor card. This deed takes just a few minutes, but after I'm gone it may mean a lifetime for another human being.
To obtain a registration form and a uniform donor card honored in all 50 states, phone 800-528-2971 (in Texas call 713-528-2971) or send a self-addressed envelope stamped with 37 cents in postage to the Living Bank, P.O. Box 6725, Houston, Texas 77265. The donor card has a 24-hour emergency phone number to be called at the time of death. The Living Bank will then contact the nearest organ donor agency and coordinate retrieval of useful organs.—ED.
I was one of those people who thought it could never happen to them. But after two heart transplants and five months in the intensive care unit at Stanford University Medical Center, I have already lived eight months longer than I was told I would before the transplants. I thank the Lord and my insurance company every morning when I wake to the smiles of my beautiful wife and 2-year-old son. All insurance companies have a responsibility to help prolong life whenever possible.
Patrick J. Reynolds Sr.
Hanover Park, Ill.
As a close friend of Tom Mitchell, who now awaits a liver transplant at Presbyterian-University Hospital of Pittsburgh, I want to thank you for the excellent article on Grace Jacques. Burlington and Hampshire, Ill. are small rural communities, and we are trying to raise $200,000 to pay for Tom's transplant—a difficult task to say the least. Community members, friends, acquaintances, organizations and local churches have united to support Tom's critical needs. I urge your readers to support legislation that would require insurance companies to cover transplants. Should the wealthy live because they can afford transplants, and the less fortunate die because no money is available?
Readers who would like to contribute can send checks to: Together for Tom, Larkin Bank, 1600 Larkin Ave., Elgin, Ill. 60120. Tom Mitchell, a 43-year-old sporting goods salesman, is one of 130 patients waiting for liver transplants at Presbyterian-University and Children's Hospitals in Pittsburgh. The hospital agreed to do the transplant after Mitchell's insurance company agreed to pay a portion of his claim, but funds are still urgently needed.—ED.