I had to write to congratulate you on your wonderful handling of the Baby Fae story (PEOPLE, Dec. 3). Reading everything that Baby Fae's parents went through—all the emotions, decisions and events—hit so close to home for us. Four months ago my husband and I found ourselves in the conference room of a prominent cardiologist here in the Phoenix area, listening to a doctor whom we had never met before tell us that our third child, Seth, only two days old, had been born with hypoplastic left-heart syndrome, a condition that would take his life in six days. Seth was not a viable recipient for a new heart because there were other things wrong. Since he had no chance of recovery we decided to take him home, where he died in our arms. We applaud Baby Fae's parents for their courage and for the choice that they made for their baby. When a doctor tells you that your newborn beautiful baby is going to die, you would truly do anything to make it not so. We were pulling for Baby Fae and praying for her and felt such a loss when she died. We hope that those who were against the use of a baboon's heart will see when they read this article that her parents' decision was made out of love.
Sharon K. Keenhold
Williams AFB, Ariz.
I'd like to thank the parents of Baby Fae for having the courage to allow the implantation of a baboon heart. Someday this procedure will save many lives, possibly even those of the picketers' descendants, at which time I'm sure they will be singing another song. Cattle and chickens are raised for food; mink are raised for clothing; and I see no reason that animals shouldn't be used to save lives. I will continue to thank God for people who make sacrifices for the benefit of the rest of the human race.
Turena L. Clark-Pigman
Silent Night, Deadly Night
My 3-year-old son saw the television commercial for Silent Night, Deadly Night last week and now refuses to sit on Santa's lap for our annual Christmas picture this year. How dare producer Ira Barmak rob my child and others like him of their fantasy. Make the splatter films, if you must, about adult subjects and leave our holidays alone. What next? A marauding turkey at Thanksgiving?
Brooklyn Center, Minn.
I think that releasing Silent Night, Deadly Night during the holiday season was a good move strategically, and I certainly hope this controversy doesn't prevent Ira Barmak from producing another horror flick. Angry moms must realize that no one set out to hurt little children. That's why the movie is rated R—to protect kids.
The caption "baby beef" beneath Chad Lowe's picture humiliated him. We know because we are his fellow actors on Spencer. It's dehumanizing to treat women as mere sex objects—why start on a 16-year-old boy? Chad Lowe is just beginning his career. Let time and his own intentions mold his public image before branding him with such a degrading term.
I was distressed by your article on the skateboarders of San Francisco. Although I cannot dispute the validity of the report as I am not familiar with the San Francisco scene, I do protest that skateboarders come out sounding like a group of skinheads who enjoy pain and scaring pedestrians. At 17, I am a skater of three years, and I, as well as those with whom I skate, are very conscious of safety. This article does not represent the average skater, and an image such as the one presented can only hurt the sport.
Thank you for doing a story on actor Don Johnson after he got his life straightened out. I have been a fan of his for years, and it would have depressed me to know what kind of life he was leading. I'm glad he kicked his bad habits. A person as talented as he is should not spend his life ruining that talent.
I hope there are people more deserving of a story in your magazine than Don Johnson. The drug abuse, wild sex and first-hand knowledge of drug dealing that he boasts about are nothing to be proud of. Perhaps if he took a look at the suffering in the world around him instead of concentrating on himself, he might be a more interesting personality and actor.
Sherman Oaks, Calif.
Explain to me, please, why the female superhero played by Helen Slater is called Supergirl while the character played by Christopher Reeve was named Superman? I thought we'd traveled beyond that.
We are the parents of Dan Kiley, the author of The Wendy Dilemma, who was the subject of an article in your Oct. 1 issue. We were downright embarrassed to read that Dr. Dan Kiley had such an impoverished childhood. Dan's recollection sure isn't how it happened. It seems to us that Dan would have had to have been a pretty dumb kid to go outside to the toilet since we had two toilets inside the house. What's more, Dan was also wrong on the size of the farm, and the closest he got to slopping hogs was when he would polish off a half-pound of bacon before he went out to ride his pony. Thank you for the opportunity to get this off our chest.
Mr. and Mrs. W. Jerome Kiley
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