Mel Gibson (PEOPLE, Feb. 4), the sexiest man alive? Probably. Most gorgeous creature on earth? Definitely. But the true beauty lies in his devotion to wife and family. Of all his leading ladies, wife Robyn has the best deal.
Jill N. Brouillard
North Scituate, R.I.
The sexiest man alive is Springsteen.
...Howard Rollins Jr.
Rose L. Coleman
Fort Campbell, Ky.
...49er quarterback Joe Montana.
Wrong! The sexiest man alive lives with me. It may take my husband a lifetime to earn what Mel Gibson makes from one movie, but I'll take consideration and humility over money any day.
Vicki Walker Parks
I was appalled by Mel Gibson's remark that if a woman reporter "discredited a 5-year-old mongoloid, it wouldn't mean a lot. But if she discredits me and I have an image with the public, that's real underhanded." As the mother of a young son with Down's syndrome—mongoloid is a negative term—I find his image ruthless and underhanded. I feel sorry for his five children if this is the attitude he is instilling in them. What kind of people will they grow up to be? You can tell a lot about a man by the way he treats those who are less fortunate than himself. As much as Mel Gibson strives for privacy, I think he just let his public know a hell of a lot about himself.
League City, Texas
The moment I saw your picture of Nancy Reagan gasping in shock, I was instantly reminded of Edvard Munch's famous painting The Cry.
Kathleen M. Oehl
North White Plains, N.Y.
In your interview with the President, he said that he faced the abortion question "for the first time" when legislation came to him while he was the governor of California. He went on to say, "I came to the conclusion that you are taking a human life, and the only way we could justify that is in self-defense." Yet the facts are that he did sign the California Therapeutic Abortion Act of 1967 into law.
Henry L. Palmer
Your interview with President Reagan stirred my patriotism once again. Our President has the ability to bring out our pride, perseverance and respect for ourselves, our country and Ronald himself.
Your article finally sent me over the edge. As a resident of the Detroit area I've been subjected to this ridiculous story for weeks. Your giving it national attention makes my blood boil. Does a man or woman on death row get as much public concern as this dog? I think it is a disgrace that precious court time and money were wasted on the "trial" of King Boots. Furthermore, if this dog were the mongrel pet of an inner-city, less fortunate family, would he have received the same courteous treatment—gourmet meals in jail and, ultimately, his own life?
Maybe you should have put a picture of poor old doddering Grandma alongside of cutesy Bootsie. He might not have appeared so cute after all. We love our dog dearly, but I wouldn't think twice about blowing his brains out if he ever did that to my mother!
Paula M. Murphy
Picks & Pans
Although I was happy to see my book of photographs Springsteen positively reviewed, I was frustrated that PEOPLE did not explain that this book was created to bring attention to and make money for Save the Children. Bruce is the subject because he has drawn attention to the problems of those on the lower end of America's economic ladder. Half of all proceeds from the book goes to Save the Children.
New York City
I was overjoyed to see a fair review of Dune. Peter Travers clearly did not love the movie or the book, but he realized the limitations that the book placed on the film. He found the true value of the film in Kyle MacLachlan. It's nice to see a critic who forms his opinions after he sees the film.
Thomas Scott Tow