updated 08/18/1986 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 08/18/1986 AT 01:00 AM EDT
I couldn't believe my eyes when I turned to page 76 (PEOPLE, July 28). There it was, Rodney Dangerfield's derriere exposed for the world to see! Then I read the article. C'mon, let's get real. Rodney is not, never was and never will be a sex symbol. Please don't insult the intelligence of America's women. Get me Rob Lowe in the same pose, then we'll talk.
Dee Ann Querry
Pure double "D"-lite. Thanks to Danny DeVito and Rodney Dangerfield. In their new comedies I was thrilled to see Rodney as a caring father and DeVito giving the word "ruthless" a new meaning. But your stories gave me a great respect for them as people like us. Many of us look forward to their movies, and are thankful for their current ones.
New York City
Just a few "brief" words to Hot Hunk Rodney: Pull up those pants. It's no wonder you get no respect.
Cedar Falls, Iowa
Thanks for the article on Danny DeVito. He and his wife, Rhea Perlman, are so funny and talented. They always make me laugh. Besides, any couple who have the guts to have two babies after 35 are true comedians. As a mother of two (ages 2 and 8), I can relate to getting no sleep. I've had my turn.
Linda Ellerbee is a talented writer. There's no question about that. Linda Ellerbee is a talented broadcaster. Linda Ellerbee is one of many who have a lifelong weight problem. If you want to talk about prejudice, talk about the social and employment prejudices against people who are overweight. Think of all the talented people who are denied the opportunity to prove themselves because they are not a size 9.
NBC made two major blunders in the last few years—canceling NBC News Overnight and letting Ms. Ellerbee go. They may have taken her considerable talents for granted; I hope ABC doesn't make that mistake. Linda may not be as glamorous as the "twinkies" that make up too much of TV news, but she has more talent, intelligence and style in her finger than they have in all their admittedly well-formed bodies. And Ellerbee's more attractive than a lot of thin women I've known. Her ABC show, Our World, may be asked to do the impossible by going up against Bill Cosby, but I'll be pulling for it, especially if it's half as classy as its host.
I read of Catherine Lanza's plan to be mummified. How sad. While I have already lived too long and smoked too much for my heart and lungs to be of any use—except to me—when I die, I want the doctors to give any usable tissue, blood, organ to someone else to improve their quality of life. And if I can leave $7,700 (there's no chance of my estate being $50,000), there is the organization that grants the wishes of terminally ill children and hospitals that work to save their lives. Mummification keeps you dead. My way keeps me immortal.
Melva W. Barnett
Picks & Pans
You have finally written a Picks & Pans I can agree with. Ralph Novak's review of Rod Stewart's new album really tells it like it is. The new songs are great and Rod didn't let the fans down. Keep the good songs coming.
As a longtime fan of Rod Stewart's, seeing his picture next to Ralph Novak's review was like seeing an old friend. Fortyish or not, Rod still has what it takes, and if he is having a mid-life crisis, ask him if he wants to have it at my house.