updated 12/08/1986 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 12/08/1986 AT 01:00 AM EST
How refreshing to read about a solid, onward and upward couple like David and Julie Eisenhower (PEOPLE, Nov. 17). Julie turned out to be all any parent could hope for: moral, intelligent, beautiful, loyal. If it is true that "by their fruits you shall know them," Richard Nixon has been misjudged.
June S. Hession
Ft. Washington, Md.
I see Julie Eisenhower is on her soapbox again. The same old tirade, "My daddy, Mr. Wonderful." We know about Watergate and how everyone went to jail except Nixon. Now Julie is telling us her father was really romantic and wrote love letters to Pat and called her pet names. I bet hundreds of suitors did likewise, then the pet name became "the little woman."
Maure Lee Talley
I was shocked by what Watergate did to Julie and David. To be reduced to how they're living now is nothing but a national scandal, and to stifle David's potentially brilliant law, political or whatever career he wished is a crime. Here are two talented people being forced to underachieve. Regardless of Watergate, they're descendants of two very historical and powerful families and should be treated with respect, not reduced to a middle-class existence. I hope their new books give them more economic and social opportunities, so they won't need to hide and can be free again to meet the public.
Mary Wilson is indeed a survivor in a tough business and her book Dream-girl proves it. She has simply told the facts with fairness to all involved.
I was a young girl when the Supremes performed a concert in my hometown. After the show my friends and I went for autographs and were snubbed so badly by Diana. Mary Wilson and Florence Ballard acknowledged us but not Diana. Until today you couldn't pay me to buy a record or watch anything with Diana Ross. Best of luck, Mary.
Thank you for the frightening and true account of the cocaine and crack epidemic. I hope your story will get some users terrified enough to seek the help available to kick this habit. As a former $100-a-day cocaine addict, I know that this addiction can be stopped and sanity can be restored.
I am pleased that attention is finally being brought to this terrible drug, but I wish more attention would be paid to these addicts' families. I was married at 17. The second year of our marriage my husband began smoking crack, but I didn't know it. A year passed and he started telling me he had deposited his $500 paycheck into our account, when he only put in $20. Finally he wouldn't even come home on Fridays when he got paid. He would stay out until early Sunday morning, and come home broke. I lost everything and I sat and watched my life being torn apart. In 1983, while I was in labor with our son, my husband left me to get a friend some cocaine. When he returned and saw our baby, he knew he couldn't continue living the way he was. It took a long time and a lot of self-control for him to stop. Today, he supports me and our son. Every Friday he hands me his paycheck. But there will always be the fear of him going to the store for milk and not coming back for three days. Please, let's help these people, but let's also help those who have loved ones doing drugs. Drugs don't just ruin the user's life; they ruin everyone who is around.
Tom & Angela
What do you mean, "Can Angela save Selleck?" As I see it, Selleck doesn't need saving. It is true, Angela Lansbury is a great lady and superb actress, and Murder, She Wrote is a tremendously good vehicle for her, but Tom Selleck as Magnum and his team do not need Jessica Fletcher on board to keep me watching. My advice to the networks is to forget about polls. They don't reflect what is happening in Viewerland. Trust me.
P. Blake Dishmon
Angela and I get along great, I know what really went on on the set. We've been doing just fine in the ratings all season long. Work is going great for me. Shame on you!
Denise de Garmo
Denise de Garmo's strength, in gaining control over bulimarexia, is admirable. For sharing this frequently unpublicized illness, both Ms. de Garmo and PEOPLE are to be commended. You have provided readers (bulimic or not) with a beginning—the understanding needed to prevent and overcome this disorder. In a nation where too often we pay for appearances with our health, such "food for thought" is not only vital, it's priceless.
Lauren Y. Raizin
I was outraged with the last statement of Denise de Garmo, "once a bulimic always a bulimic." Like de Garmo I was addicted to binging, purging and starving. At 28, I was near death. At the time I was an award-winning television news reporter. After three months of hospitalization, I resigned from my career to write my story. I now lecture and counsel men and women dying from this "monster." But unlike de Garmo, I give hope. I have been cured for three years because I have dealt with my anger and sadness. I am sick and tired of doctors, therapists and "eating disorder" clinics ripping bulimics off by saying they can never overcome. I, a former 100-a-day laxative abuser, am living proof you can overcome if you find the right professionals.