The cover shot of Linda Evans (PEOPLE, Dec. 17) was the most beautiful photo I've seen of this lovely woman. The joy she showed holding one of the twins who plays Krystina actually gave her that new-mother glow.
Holly Hill, Fla.
Am I the only person who is tired of reading about Linda Evans' supposed desire for motherhood? This particular subject has been milked for all the publicity it's worth. Let's be realistic for a moment. At age 42 and as yet unmarried, Linda Evans is about as likely to have a baby as Gloria Steinem—or my mother-in-law!
Mary Lou Teague
North Olmsted, Ohio
You have no idea how disappointed I was when I read that Phyllis George was going to be the new co-anchor on the CBS Morning News. I have been a fan of Bill Kurtis and Jane Wallace since my favorite, Diane Sawyer, left. The fact that CBS hired George just shows me that CBS is no better than ABC or NBC: All they want is show business, not good reporting. I'm sorry for Bill Kurtis, who will have to sit next to her every morning for three years. I wish Phyllis George would go back to Kentucky; as a co-anchor, she stinks.
Phyllis George is not only beautiful, she has class—which Jane Wallace and Meredith Vieira did not. I tired of seeing their plain suits and blah hairstyles. However, I hope that Phyllis George does not attempt to steal the show from Bill Kurtis. It was his presentation of the news that made me switch from Good Morning America.
Palm Desert, Calif.
Who is Phyllis George kidding when she says "women who watch morning newscasts share my concerns about motherhood, work and family issues." Anyone making $750,000 a year can't have the same "concerns" the average housewife and mother has.
According to Penthouse publisher Bob Guccione, Hugh Hefner has turned his home "into a circus tent" where he is "surrounded by parasites and phonies and cronies." Watch your analogies, buster. As circus performers, we may be in mud to our knees and eat dust till we choke sometimes, but it's a far more healthy environment than the one you've created for yourself. If you want to pull your holier-than-thou garbage with Mr. Hefner and others you come in contact with, suit yourself, but leave the circus out of your slime.
Your article on Bob Guccione was fascinating and informative. He is a true American success story. Unfortunately, I did find some of your writer's remarks a bit condescending.
Jane Fonda's comments that she expects menopause to be an "adventure" and is "actually looking forward to my first hot flash" are insults to the intelligence of all women who are in menopause. I'd like to be there when Miss Fonda works all day, then comes home, throws a load of wash in the machine and starts dinner, all the while enjoying the adventure of hot flashes.
Patricia F. Crowell
Long Branch, N.J.
The fact that Jane Fonda hasn't made a feature film in four years and isn't being offered romantic leads is only a reflection of the film industry, which is run by and for men who lack the maturity and savvy to try to give us, the audience, what we want. They give us what they want, which is more often than not movies starring Barbie dolls. We all know Barbie dolls have long legs, smooth skin and great figures. Their heads are filled with plastic. They think no thoughts that will disturb the male establishment, and they stay young, young, young forever.
Evelyn M. Parke
I commend Rosemary Furman for offering her low-cost legal assistance to those who cannot afford the high price of obtaining a lawyer. As a legal secretary myself, I can tell you that 90 percent of routine legal matters are handled by the secretary, not by the lawyer. In view of this, why shouldn't an intelligent, knowledgeable person like Ms. Furman offer sound legal advice to those who could not otherwise afford a lawyer? In a country that is filled with discount stores, medical and dental clinics, I see no reason why there cannot be a discount legal service run by a competent individual.
As a legal secretary, I feel compelled to respond to your article. Rosemary Furman's comments that "the practice of law is an extortion racket" and "all those who take part in it are liars and thieves" are as outrageous as saying that all people of one particular race are bums or criminals. She probably has been exposed to attorneys who are not true professionals and who did not appreciate her efforts. There are many things a good legal secretary can do without the supervision of an attorney. My efforts and ability allow my employer to devote more time to the actual practice of law, and he truly appreciates this. Instead of fighting the system, Ms. Furman should become associated with attorneys who are willing to work with her. I hope Ms. Furman knows where to draw the line—that she understands the difference between filling out forms and giving legal advice.
We need more people like Rosemary Furman and fewer lawyers. Her $50 fee seems very fair. Why wouldn't the lawyers howl—you can't talk to one of them for less than $50 an hour. Stick to your guns, Rosemary, and maybe the lawyers will get the message and clean up their act.