updated 01/05/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 01/05/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST
I enjoyed your cover story on the Boss and his E Street Band (PEOPLE, Dec. 8). Bruce has struck a chord in all of us, no matter what our age. I remember the night I first heard him. At that moment I fell in love with rock 'n' roll. His words speak familiar truths about hardships and the insatiable thirst to feel and grow.
David Gahr's cover photo of Bruce is one of the best ever and Eric Levin's tag, "The '57 Chevy of Rock 'n' Roll" will surely stick. Far from asking, "What's left?" I can hardly wait to see what's next.
Janice C. Sweeney
Marco Island, Fla.
After mulling over the list of "The Desert Island Top 10," I could not help but wonder if critics like Jay Cocks, Jim Miller and, yes, even your own Ralph Novak are still licensed to review current music. With the exception of an occasional recent pick, almost the entire list consisted of albums older than many of your readers. Could there be... gasp!...bias against the new music they review? If so, it's time to put them out to pasture.
Kansas City, Mo.
Having spent a lifetime correcting those who mispronounce my first name, my heart went out to Frank Zappa's kids. But after watching Dweezil display his "fabulous" repartee on MTV and hearing his lickety-split guitar licks on record, I can see that he needs no sympathy. Thumbs up to you, Dweezil, for making a real name for yourself.
Marlise K. Hanson
Your article about the murder of Patrick Duffy's parents made me sick—to see Ron Labrecque show so much compassion for Sean Wentz and Kenneth Miller. Patrick Duffy is trying to deal with the most devastating trauma I can imagine, and we are supposed to consider Wentz's "unresolved feelings over the death of his mother." Sorry, but I'm not willing to do that. I just pray that Mr. Duffy and all those who were close to his parents will find peace of mind some day and overcome at least part of the hurt they must be feeling. As for the murderers, I hope they overcome their emotional problems while in jail, but my first concern is for the victims.
It is inconceivable to me that I would stand by any family member or friend that had taken the lives of two innocent people in cold blood. Compassion is a privilege that should not be allowed to such individuals. My deepest sympathy to Patrick Duffy and his family.
What a repellent story about repellent people! Your article appeared to be nothing more than a cutesy tongue-in-cheek portrayal of the local eccentric. Drug pushers are the scum of the earth and should not be glamorized. The horrendous problems we face with the drug epidemic will not be helped by stories such as this. For shame.
In regard to your article about the good buys in higher education, we would like to make one correction. Miami University is a public university, not private as you indicated. We just thought the Ohio taxpayers should receive some of the credit for making it the good buy and the excellent institution that it is.
Miami University Oxford, Ohio
We apologize for the mix-up.—ED.
I agree with Mr. Fiske that there are many colleges that provide quality education for a reasonable price. One important thing to keep in mind, however, is that no parent should "find" a college for his-her children. The search must be mutual if a teen is going to feel good about going to college. Another word of caution for those about to choose a college: Don't let your parents choose your area of study. I was influenced by one of my high school math teachers to study any form of engineering. After a year of disliking the field, I made a change to what I really wanted to study and am now much happier. As long as your heart is in it, it doesn't matter what you major in. Besides, the most important things you learn at college are not taught in the classrooms.
Kurt J. M. Austin
U. of Calif., Davis
Michele Sealy is such an inspiration to us all. It makes me take a second look at my so-called problems and appreciate the things in life that I so often take for granted. True, we all have our tragedies and hardships, but it's how we react to our problems that labels us a survivor. Thanks Michele!
Gary Trudeau has mistakenly flattered himself in believing that Berke Breathed's Bloom County is a child of his Doonesbury. Trudeau, it seems, has not noticed that there is one major difference between the two comic strips; Bloom County is funny.
I represent Carmine Persico, and I am writing with regard to the article that appeared concerning him (PEOPLE, Nov. 3). That article mentions that Mr. Persico's father, Carmine Sr., was said to be a soldier in the Genovese family. That is untrue. The late Mr. Persico Sr. was an honored member of society and, in fact, was a legal stenographer.
Stanley M. Meyer
New York City
We regret the error.—ED.