I am touched by the vulnerability and courage of Joan Rivers (PEOPLE, Oct. 27). Although Joan may at first look like an aggressive workaholic, she still comes through as a woman who has all the qualities of femininity. Too tasteless? Too polite? Maybe, and who cares? Thanks, Joan, for being so real.
Carolyn M. Lowrey
Cedar Ridge, Calif.
It's great going off to dreamland now, laughing rather than being bored to sleep or feeling depressed about the world situation by watching the late news. Too bad Joan Rivers can't also have a morning show to entertain us while the other show hosts are "solving" the world's problems. Keep us smiling in D.C., Joan, we need you.
Barbara E. McConaghy
Joan Rivers rarely uses any new material and does not act like herself during the program. Either she gets some new material or I switch back to Johnny and Ed.
Enough already about the talk show "wars." Let's sit back and enjoy hearing Joan talk. Having a live show every night is like going to a party. You never know what's going to happen.
New York City
Since that first night, my husband and I kiss the news goodbye and say hello to Joan. When her show is over, I look at my husband and say, "Johnny who?" Keep up the great work, Joan!
As a police officer and a former nurse, I have received only admiration and cooperation from the men in blue and from citizens. This once macho profession is indeed a secret society, a brave brotherhood whose feelings for each other rival those of any club. Thanks to Mark Baker and to PEOPLE for showing our lives in words.
In 1976 I was 18 years old and wild, and I ended up in jail. But the most important thing is the words the cop who arrested me said: "Stop now, or this is what you can look forward to for the rest of your life." Let me tell you, I grew up in a matter of seconds. All I can say is thank God for these men and women who risk their lives for us. And to that street cop who gave me back my future, thank you.
Everyone criticizes the police, but if it weren't for police, just think how much worse this world would be. Policemen and policewomen are human beings just like everyone else. Let's stop thinking of them as the bad guys and start to give them the credit that's long overdue.
Great Peace March
The pictures and captions of the Great Peace March for Global Nuclear Disarmament left me in awe. I praise these strong and courageous people for "planting seeds of peace all along the way." Bless these remarkable people on their journey.
Leslie A. Smith
The 11-page photo essay was one of your most outstanding stories. It is a perfect example of the statement "A picture is worth a thousand words." One does not have to agree with the marchers' cause to have enjoyed the story, but they must indeed be praised for their tenacity and courage. Thanks to Jeff Share for his exceptional photos and to you for making me more aware of what the peace marchers have endured.
Beverly Hills, Calif.
While the Peace March had its triumphs and despairs, it has also had its tragedies. My daughter, Cynthia, 24, who was with the march from the beginning, died from an automobile accident April 25, while they were walking through southern Utah. Her sacrifice to the march and to world peace has been little noted; however, I hope it will be found to have significance in some way.
Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.
Mrs. Reagan once said, "Drugs ruin the hopes and dreams of all children." True. Her husband's nuclear arms race ruins the hopes and dreams of everyone. May God bless everyone who has supported, walked and helped the Peace March.
Congratulations on your article. What touched me most was Rick Nelson's children. It was so refreshing to have a story that didn't slam Rick. Instead it gave insight into what life was like for his children and how they've stuck together through tragedy. I'll look forward to seeing the Nelsons on TV, in movies and listening to their records. They are carrying on with the great Nelson tradition: warm, family entertainment.
Say it isn't so! Tell me that isn't Olivia de Havilland baring her ample vintage bosom in the Jacuzzi article. I haven't been so offended since you forced me to gaze at Rodney Dangerfield's rump. I can't understand why such a genteel actress would pose for that picture, much less allow it to be used in a national magazine. Has Ms. de Havilland lost her marbles as well as her bathing suit? What would Ashley say, my dear?
Joyce R. Slater
If I read another word about Jane Pauley, I think I'll scream! Big deal—she's got three children. My mother had six, worked, entertained...and could leap tall buildings in a single bound!