updated 10/15/1984 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 10/15/1984 AT 01:00 AM EDT
I have never seen a more poorly groomed, mismatched, wrinkly group of people in my life (PEOPLE, Sept. 24). As I leafed through the magazine I kept waiting to get to the "best dressed"; then I realized I had seen them. You must have been kidding! All of them should take a course in how to dress, and I suggest the teachers be Jane Wyman, Anne Baxter and others of the older generation who understand glamour. These people look like they dress in the dark, throwing on items grabbed from the Goodwill box.
Anne M. Shouler
Omar Sharif is gorgeous. Simon Le Bon is not. If I saw him walking down the street toward me, I'd move over to avoid him. He looks like a regular hood.
I don't know where you people get off thinking you have the right to dictate how other people should dress. Who gave you the right to criticize anyone's choice of clothing? If you want to see a severe lack of style, look in the mirror. If you ever published a worst manners list, you'd find yourselves at the top.
For heaven's sake, you fault Geraldine Ferraro for wearing a simple dress and a raincoat. Did you ever notice that she was shopping in a supermarket? What would have been more appropriate by your standards? An Adolfo? You'd never find Nancy in a Safeway. I may be a Republican, but I can see that Ferraro has style, grace and charm. She doesn't need to be a fashion plate.
Sherman Oaks, Calif.
As an est graduate, I was interested in your story about Werner Erhard. Yes, Werner's human. He gets divorced, and he gets audited. I scarcely know anyone who doesn't. Regarding your premise that he apparently doesn't practice what he preaches, he does preach confronting the barriers that keep you stuck in life and prevent you thinking for yourself, living your life so that it makes a difference that you lived at all and taking full responsibility for your thoughts, words and deeds. My experience of Werner is that he does just that. It was unfortunate your article did not note the contributions that Werner and his staff have made to the world through their work: the Breakthrough Foundation and the Hunger Project, to name a couple. To say nothing of the half million people who have found the est training valuable. By communicating this you might have inspired and informed people. My sense is that this was not your intention.
The statement of est spokeswoman Nancy Foushée that 500,000 est graduates illustrate the "validity of the program and how much it serves people" is misleading. Five years later how many graduates feel their lives did not change? How many still feel positive about their training? How many, like me, would dissuade others from wasting their time and money? P.T. Barnum was right.
I took the est training only because my husband was taking it, and I didn't want to miss out. When we finished I came away angry that I had spent the money, but four years later I am still being transformed—and amazed at all the barriers I've passed through.
I had to laugh at Doreen Cole's letter complaining that Bruce Springsteen suffers from a "droning voice." His voice can inspire, it can make you want to dance, it can send a chill right through you. I'm a 25-year-old working wife who doesn't race in the streets and has never been to Asbury Park, but what Springsteen's songs tell me is that life is worth fighting for, despite the everyday obstacles, and that there is always a reason to believe.
West Hartford, Conn.
Your interview with Orville Schell, the rancher who is concerned with the use of antibiotics and hormones to increase meat production, was commendable. Many civilized countries have listened to the veterinary experts who have studied these practices, but in America the chemical, drug and meat producers have made every effort to ignore, minimize and circumvent this very small but highly specialized group, with no thought of the consequences for the future. As a veterinarian for almost 30 years, I have devoted my life to animal food production with the ultimate hope of helping to feed some of the nearly 500 million undernourished people on this planet. I sincerely hope that a halt will soon be called to the use of unnatural and unnecessary substances in food animals before everyone in America decides that they have no choice but to become vegetarians. There are natural methods of increasing our food supply. I know many farmers and ranchers who would not dream of adding any foreign substance to the meat that they raise for themselves.
Michael D. Foley, D.V.M.
As a Japanese-American Buddhist quietly practicing a respected religion 2,500 years old, I read about Buddha-Grams and just held my head and groaned. After reading your article the general Christian public will probably believe that we rub Buddha's belly and dance at worship services. I can only shake my head in resignation and mutter, "They'll know what it feels like when the Jesus-Gram and the Virgin Mary-Gram arrive."
Picks & Pans
While watching Bolero I suddenly thought, "What is the worst film I ever saw?" Having seen thousands of films over the last 50 years, I have to say, "Thank you, John Derek, for the turkey of the century."
Charles J. Weckworth