updated 04/20/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 04/20/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT
Harry Hamlin (PEOPLE, March 30) is relatively good-looking and, I'm sure, attractive to many women besides Laura Johnson and Ursula Andress. But the Sexiest Man Alive? Give me a break! Michael Tucker (Stuart Markowitz on L.A. Law) could put his shoes under my bed any day. To this 40-year-old lady he's a lot sexier than Hamlin. To your editors, apparently no non-pretty boy over 35 is sexy.
Candace R. Marr
Wait a minute. Back up. In 1985 you declared Mel Gibson to be the Sexiest Man—the correct choice, although my mother was in the wings yelling, "Paul Newman! Paul Newman!" Imagine my distress when I discovered the following year that the Sexiest Man Alive must have died in the Outback as Mark Harmon, a man known chiefly for beer commercials, had been named in his stead. I couldn't believe you were serious. I thought it would end there—especially after Mel came out of hiding. But no, you persist in the charade by claiming Harry Hamlin as this year's winner. Cute, maybe. Stuffy, possibly. Sexiest? Get a grip. When you put Mel on the cover, there really was nowhere to go but down. Why don't you quit while you are only two behind?
Thank you for putting Harry Hamlin on your cover. I've never been able to tear my eyes off Jimmy Smits, who plays Victor Sifuentes on the show, long enough to get a good look at Hamlin before.
Sugar Ray Leonard
Thank you for the interesting article on Leonard. Although much maligned, he epitomizes the words of President Theodore Roosevelt: "Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat."
Clarence B. Santos
I was pleasantly surprised to read the name of my eye doctor in the Sugar Ray Leonard article. Dr. Angioletti has treated quite a number of celebrities, including the Queen of Thailand. He specialized in macular degeneration, which is one of the leading causes of blindness in the elderly, and his laser surgery has saved me from becoming totally blind. Dr. Angioletti is "one in a million" to us ordinary folks.
For Charles and Di to pay their professionally trained new nanny only $7,500 a year for a six-day week is outrageous. When will parents who can afford to pay more stop exploiting the women who care for their children? How much do the royal couple pay their butler, their gardener and their horse trainer?
New York City
Noel Keane callously says it's none of his business what sort of home a child will be raised in. His astonishing lack of concern for these children and his any-thing-for-a-buck mentality are obscene. He justly deserves all the criticism, and more, that he receives. As for his claim that women become surrogate mothers for "altruistic" reasons, I wonder how "altruistic" they would be if they didn't get paid $10,000 for selling their own babies.
I don't understand why Mr. Keane is so happy about what he is doing except that he is making money from selling babies. If he's so worried about childless couples why doesn't he fight against abortion? If so many women weren't so reluctant to have children there wouldn't be a baby shortage, and we wouldn't be seeing "baby factories." What are they going to do next—make clones?
Thank you for your article on Baby M and more recently the story about Noel Keane. His non-Christian-like attitude toward the evaluation of the couples receiving the children is terrible. If everyone had this attitude about the homes children are being brought into today, this world would be far worse off than it already is!
Noel Keane will be putting the sunshine in people's lives by giving them the gift of a child long after the Baby M controversy has been forgotten. Three cheers for a man who delivers!
What a thrill it was to see Dr. Drake's happy face in your magazine. My association with Dr. Drake goes back to Landmark's fledgling years in 1970 when I first learned through my son's diagnosis that I, too, was dyslexic. Since then I have gotten a Masters in Learning Disabilities. Landmark has turned around the lives of so many students. There are at least 30 young adults in my town who, because of the Landmark experience, are now productive, happy people. The dictum Dr. Drake gives to teachers is, "If a child can't learn the way you teach, then teach him the way he can learn." Simple, isn't it?
Barbara Shay Curran