updated 03/09/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 03/09/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST
I just wanted to thank you for the very nice article about Liberace (PEOPLE, Feb. 16). It is a pleasure to read something nice about this great entertainer instead of the garbage that the news media are writing about him. I grew up watching Lee and his brother George in the afternoons, when I came home from school, and have followed him through my own growing up. This man, no matter what his personal life was, contributed so much warmth through the world with his talent.
Mona Lee Willey
Atlantic Beach, Fla.
I am disappointed that your article on Liberace dwelt mostly on his sexual preference. To this I ask, "Who cares?" As a sincere fan for many of my 33 years, I say, "What Liberace was means nothing; that he was means everything." Liberace will remain in my heart as a great performer, a talented pianist and a gentle soul.
White Salmon, Wash.
Liberace was kind to his mother, generous with his friends and loved his dogs. How then did he justify the slaughter of countless animals to furnish the furs and feathers used for his outrageous costumes?
I am very angry with those people who are more concerned with how Liberace died than with what he gave to all of us during his life. He was an exciting performer and a man whose talents filled many fans with joy. Who are we to judge anyone by the way they live their lives? May the name of Liberace rest in peace along with the man.
North Platte, Nebr.
I'd really like to commend you on the article on Liberace. While I was never really a fan of his, I enjoyed reading about his life, and I felt you respected him in his death.
The Mrs. Grenvilles
Without PEOPLE, I would never have known what a good mystery The Two Mrs. Grenvilles could have been on the tube. Thanks for filling in the gap between the possibilities and the presentation.
Jean Getchell Bush
I feel sorry for Linda Lovelace Marchiano. I've read a few of her books, seen her on TV shows and read about her crusade against pornography. The woman has been through enough and has suffered more than one person should in a lifetime. Please print an address where donations can be sent for her operation.
Thank you for publishing the article concerning my sister Linda "Lovelace" Marchiano's present ordeal. She is currently in need of a liver transplant to save her life. If the millions of people who viewed the movie Deep Throat would contribute even 25 cents each, it would certainly insure that she will reach the $200,000 necessary to perform this surgery. It is also important for people to realize that there is an urgent need for the donation of organs, which are critical for the saving of lives. Donations may be sent to: American Liver Foundation, for Linda B. Marchiano, 998 Pompton Ave., Cedar Grove, N.J. 07009. Thank you.
Ormond Beach, Fla.
While the pornography industry makes billions of dollars buying and selling women's bodies as "free speech," Linda Marchiano—whose particular body was, and still is, among them—cannot afford an operation to save her life. Is this what the framers of the Constitution intended by "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness"? Her courage for standing up to the pornographers is amazing. I hope she'll go on. I hope people who care will help her do that.
New York City
I felt compelled to write and say how moved I was reading of Beulah Lund's odyssey as a "bag lady." Her courage, determination and nonjudgmental acceptance of the street people points to the common thread we all share—our "humanness." Articles like this are PEOPLE at its best.
I was deeply touched by this strong and courageous woman. I actually felt as if I were in her shoes. Her experience has made me more aware of the things I take for granted every day. Thank you, Beulah, for making me remember that there is love in all of us regardless of our circumstances.
Tom Tizzard's "decorator" handgun telephone is just another bizarre, if not exploitative, marketing venture on the part of an individual with a fast-buck fantasy and little, if any, foresight. So he's a grandfather. The notion of ringing up Grandpa on the Colt is too casual an approach to a very serious issue. For once I agree with the NRA, however understated its objection. Tizzard's is "not the best idea." Indeed, one does not need a map and a flashlight to see the potential for abuse this toy represents. I think the buying public would be better served if Mr. Tizzard went back to driving his truck.
Picks & Pans
Bravo, bravo, Jeff Jarvis! Ever since the previews for Amerika have been showing, I wondered if anyone realized how harmful and, in your words, "irresponsible" this program looked to be. It scared me to think that a major network could show this to the mostly uneducated public. Thank you for at least showing me that there are a few of us left who know that this country does not need a program to put further distance between us and the "Commies." We need programs that will bring people closer.
Mammoth Lakes, Calif.