Your article about Joan Rivers (PEOPLE, Dec. 10) and her husband's heart attack really hit home. I know what it is to be standing in the kitchen at 6 p.m. and to find yourself sitting in an ambulance at 6:10. Fourteen months ago my father underwent a quadruple bypass operation and recovered. There is comfort in numbers, Joan, and in knowing that others have survived.
Joan Rivers is the most acid-tongued person on the face of the globe and she doesn't care whom she hurts. So why should we have to hear about her troubles?
Thank you, Joan Rivers! You have always made me laugh by telling it like it is, but this time your account of Edgar's heart attack brought me to tears for the same reason. Edgar is a lucky man to have such a loving wife.
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
Sen. Joseph McCarthy
Roy Cohn told your reporter that the McCarthy hearings "put me on the map—totally—because what was I before that?" I wonder how Mr. Cohn sleeps at night knowing that his success rests on his having aided a politician who ruined the lives of many innocent and worthy human beings.
Royal Oak, Mich.
I think the late Sen. Joseph McCarthy was one of our greatest Americans and was performing a real service to this nation when he was bombed down by those same "liberals" and "commies" that he so often referred to. I'm sure he would find a fertile field of "communists and queers" and "egg-sucking liberals" in today's motion picture and television industries that influence so much of our thinking. God, do we need Joseph McCarthy!
Charles E. Ray
Loved your article about Bill Cosby. Every time we watch his new show we see something in it that we can relate to our family life. Our kids enjoy the series and the chance it gives them to laugh at themselves. When we watch this program we don't see black actors; we see a family and a quality TV show at last.
I just finished reading the story of Baby Fae's mother, and I would simply like to thank her. Baby Fae's experience raised questions that no one can answer, but the only thing that really matters is the love that prompted her mother to act as she did. I admire the woman's courage.
I take extreme exception to your story on Baby Fae and her parents. This poor child gave her life to the world, and I really don't care to know that her mother is unwed and forgot to refill her birth control pills or that her parents' big thrill was driving around in their truck, hopping into the back for a little "privacy." Millions of us loved her and were pulling for her, hoping she would live long enough to enjoy the love we offered; we did not need PEOPLE'S inside scoop.
The controversy over Baby Fae receiving a baboon's heart amazes me. Why do these animal lovers—no, make that worshippers—continue to equate the life of an animal with that of a human being? I have four cats and love them dearly; however, while I'd step in front of a truck to save one of my kids, I'm afraid a cat would be on his own.
The kindest thing that can be said for Stranger Than Paradise, Jim Jarmusch's ridiculously self-indulgent exercise in overwhelming tedium, is that it is incredibly awful. As a lifelong film devotee who was suckered into seeing Paradise by the immensely puzzling and completely unwarranted avalanche of critical praise it has received, I find myself wondering if, indeed, I saw the same film as the reviewers. I sincerely wish that I had remained a stranger to Paradise.
Steven M. Moore
PEOPLE claims that it's the readers of Connie Francis' memoir, Who's Sorry Now?, who are sorry. You couldn't be more incorrect. She may have left some things out, but how many people would pull all the skeletons out of their closets? In fact, her fans are happy that she got it out of her system, that we could share the good and the bad with her and that now she can go on with her life and her career.
Bridge City, La.
It's good to know that there are rockers around like Sting, Duran Duran and Paul Young who will take time to make people aware of a tragedy like the Ethiopian famine. The song they recorded, Do They Know It's Christmas?, is a powerful statement; perhaps it will help to change people's false idea that there's plenty to go around.
I want to take the opportunity to thank the many, many people who wrote in response to the article about me in PEOPLE (Nov. 12). The concern and love that you expressed were overwhelming. I intend to answer you all personally as soon as possible, but in the meantime I thought you would be pleased to know that I have been granted a new trial. My spirit has been lifted by your wonderful wishes and encouragement. God bless you.
At the time of our story, Bud Cort, the co-star of Harold and Maude, had lost his lawsuit against the woman whose stalled car he crashed into on a Los Angeles freeway.—ED.