Best and Worst Dressed
After looking at the photographs of your choices for the "Best and Worst Dressed" (PEOPLE, Oct. 28), I'm confused—which were supposed to be the best dressed?
Susan M. Petersen
Someone should tell Liberace, Jacqueline Bisset and Prince about all the animals who died just so they can flaunt their callous greed. Don't they know it takes 40 dumb animals to make a fur coat but only one to wear it?
Louis A. Peluso
How dare you put Madonna
on the worst dressed list! Mrs. Penn is one of the most stylish dressers in the rock scene today. Teenyboppers (which I am not) to top models try to imitate her. She is an original and an outstanding one at that.
New York City
I am 19 years old, young and healthy. I am everything Leon Klinghoffer was not, yet he was more courageous than I could ever hope to be. Mr. Klinghoffer, with tears in my eyes and sorrow in my heart, I salute you.
I was moved by your tribute to Leon Klinghoffer. Paying such a fine tribute to the victim of the Achille Lauro sea-jack gives true meaning to your magazine...PEOPLE.
Frank Deford's use of the words "boobs," "jugs," "bazooms," etc. was insulting and denigrating to Jane Russell and to all women. His repeated reference to Miss Russell as the "full-figured woman" was narrow-minded and sexist. It was just this kind of sophomoric thinking that thwarted her attempts to achieve respectability in the movie industry. But Miss Russell's courage and faith shone through despite your chauvinistic journalism.
M. Patricia Van Dyk
The point of the article was that Jane Russell had been treated so degradingly shabby by Hollywood, that she was no more than the sum of her parts. Yet your writer, Frank Deford, sounded every bit as offensive to me as the Hollywood moguls who typed her in the first place. He seemed to be having a grand time trying to think of ways to put in more chauvinistic clichés. The point of the article was well taken, but lost some points with these stinging remarks.
Hacienda Heights, Calif.
DuSable High's Sex Clinic
I applaud DuSable's "radical response" to a desperate problem that is destroying the potential of too many youths. The school's efforts represent a stunning beginning. Unfortunately, the Moral Majority and the right-to-life organizations continue to play on all sides of the issue. They don't want poor women on welfare, they don't want women to have abortions and they don't want young girls to have contraceptives.
Gail D. Shookoff
I was amazed at the ignorance of board member Betty Bonow's statement. Does she actually believe teens are going to refrain from having sex simply because adults tell them to? It's ignorance like yours that is part of the teen pregnancy problem. The best thing we could do for our teenagers is to educate them, and that includes sex education and birth control.
When will this country ever learn that birth control is not the complete answer. There is one word in the human language that could cure a lot of girls' problems, and that is "No!" I'm not so old that I don't remember the pressures on you as a teenager, but the biggest pressures are the ones you put on yourself. I don't think times have changed, it's the people who have. The morals of some of our population have gone to hell in a handbasket and nobody seems to care. I pray our kids will wake up and start being responsible.
As humans we are wishy-washy. We publicize, congratulate and beam with pleasure when famous couples live together and create babies without the sanctity of marriage, saying, "They're in love." Yet, we shake our heads in despair and bemoan the fact our teenagers are becoming parents using the same words, "We are in love." Seems as if our young are resorting to the old saying "Monkey see, monkey do."
Baton Rouge, La.
Dr. Lyle Breitkopf
I was diagnosed as having endometriosis in 1969. After 10 years of suffering and trying every "cure"—oral contraceptives, three operations, childbirth (I was lucky), even homeopathic medicine, the disease was finally diagnosed as chronic. As bad as the physical pain of endometriosis is, the mental anguish without a doubt is just as painful. You feel so alone and alienated. I used to think maybe it was all in my head as one doctor suggested! Thank you, Dr. Breitkopf for bringing the facts out. Although we don't seem to know much more about the disease than we did 10 years ago, at least women have more access to the facts as well as much needed support groups.
As I was reading your article on endometriosis, I saw my own medical history in print. I now know why I'm "making things up and having imaginary pains," as I was told by a doctor. Recently I was diagnosed as having ovarian tumors and in the past for pelvic inflammatory disease—twice! Where may I write for further information and the name of a doctor in my area?
Athena Ann Elrod
For information about endometriosis and support groups available throughout the U.S. and Canada, contact Endometriosis Association, P.O. Box 92817, Milwaukee, Wis. 53202.