10/20/1986 at 01:00 AM EDT
I have been an avid Dallas fan for years and was among the many who wanted Bobby to return to the show (PEOPLE, Sept. 29). Kudos to Leonard Katzman for making his absence short and sweet. Last season is better forgotten!
The producers of Dallas have gone too far. They expect the viewers to believe that the 1985-86 season was a dream! What about the actors that worked hard to create a story for last season? What about Gary Ewing coming back from Knots Landing to mourn his dead brother? What about Val's baby being named after Bobby? It's time America woke up and turned Dallas off for good.
Mark F. Cancalosi
Ridgefield Park, N.J.
After watching the Dallas premiere, I was stunned. I couldn't believe the producers gave the audience so little credit. We all know Patrick Duffy came back because he flopped outside the hit series. But now we are expected to believe that all of last season was a dream? Even the daytime soaps aren't that insulting to the public's intelligence. After watching Dallas faithfully for five years, I am switching to a much more believable show—Miami Vice.
On Dallas last season everyone grew to actually like each other. Mark married Pam; J.R. grew to love Sue-Ellen; Ray and Donna found happiness with their adopted son; and Cliff stopped using—and started loving—his wife. Happiness on Dallas? No wonder last season was a dream. Now Bobby's back and everyone hates everyone again. Things are back to normal.
Peter L.G. Ventzek
Saint John, N.B.
Thank you for the article about Terry O'Kelley and his six brothers. In this day and age, when rape and murder are commonplace, their struggle has revived my faith in the American spirit. They have worked to take care of each other, stay together and survive. The qualities Terry and his brothers have demonstrated—perseverance, courage, determination and sheer guts—are those we hope to instill in our own children. Judy O'Kelley did what the rest of us parents hope to do, and I'm sure she'd be very proud.
Terry O'Kelley is to be commended for his short-lived childhood sacrificed to keep his family together. Truly, he knows the meaning of "brotherly love." Please publish the address of the fund started for the boys so I might contribute.
Chevy Chase, Md.
Donations should be sent and made out to First Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 2474, Gainesville, Ga. 30503. Indicate on checks or money orders, "Fund for 7 Brothers."—ED.
As an "aspiring" 15-year-old, I was really thrilled when I saw Stand by Me. Finally, I thought, there was an intelligent movie that realistically dealt with the fears of adolescence. But perhaps what impressed and affected me the most was the great acting of River Phoenix. In this world of "pretty girl-pretty boy" movies, at last, an actor who can do just a little bit better.
Neshanic Station, N.J.
Parents' Drug Use
It is so sad to think that our culture has come to the point when children feel it can be beneficial to turn their parents in for illegal drug use. Unless a parent's behavior is adversely affecting the children, children should not be interfering with their parent's private life. I grew up in a household where I knew my parents smoked pot. Whether or not they used any other illegal drugs, I don't know. It's none of my business. Yes, finding a joint in my mother's pocketbook and confronting her about it was a strange experience, but my mother and I had (and still have) an excellent relationship, so we worked it out together, and life went on. It would have been a terrible mistake and an unnecessary one to have gone to a public official about it. My parents doing drugs didn't turn me into a drug addict, but their talking to me about it is what saved me from ever becoming one.
I'm 15 years old. I don't do drugs or ever plan to, and I think other kids like me deserve better. It's bad enough that we have to go through all the peer pressure about using drugs. The fact that our own parents are doing what we're trying to do without is sickening. If my parents were doing illegal drugs, I'd turn them in, too. It's not right that a child would have to watch his or her own parents destroy their home and life. The bottom line to parents who use illegal drugs is, "Grow up. We're trying to."
Nancy L. Kalka
I can only wonder what Dian Parkinson and Janice Pennington would do if they had a "real" job. Oohing and aahing over refrigerators—work? What a laugh! They don't know the meaning of a real job. Come on girls, give us working women a break.
Little Mountain, S.C.
Do not worry, Dian, Janice and Holly. You girls have been around longer now than Vanna will be at all. Vanna's remarkable success is just that. Remarkable that she was paid attention to at all. If anyone deserves credit for a job well done, it is you three. Bob Barker is one lucky man to be able to work with ladies as charming and warm as you.