updated 07/27/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 07/27/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT
Thank you. What a lovely tribute your cover was to Mr. Astaire (PEOPLE, July 6). He brought pleasure to millions of people all around the world. I will never cease to be delighted with the style and grace of his magic footwork.
A few years ago, while visiting San Francisco, a friend and I met a delightful man on a bus. A free-lance writer, he had just completed an article on Fred Astaire. He claimed he was "the greatest Fred Astaire fan who ever lived." We spent the rest of the ride arguing with him that he couldn't be because we were. Fans felt Astaire was dancing just for them. There are millions like us who feel they are Fred's greatest fans, and we're all sharing the personal feeling of loss at his passing. Although we never saw the writer again, we have been been thinking of him a lot these past few days, sharing his most certain sadness and knowing we'll never forget how Fred touched all our lives in a way no one ever has or ever will again.
Along with other longtime Ray Davies fans, I offer thanks for the bio of our elusive idol. I wish him stability in his personal life and hope he leads a long and happy one. I wish him continued chaos in his professional life so he will continue to write the most interesting rock music we hear.
Lynn Haven, Fla.
Congratulations to PEOPLE! You've finally done what no rock magazine (and heaven knows I read them all) has done—a five-page interview with Ray Davies of the Kinks. I was totally amazed at the coverage you gave this underrated musical genius. Thanks.
Buena Park, Calif.
I think Ray Davies can stop thinking of a way to tick off Chrissie Hynde. His public remarks about her in your story ought to do the trick.
Edie Winski Barker
As a responsible owner of a well-trained, loyal and loving bullterrier, I must protest the outrageous discrimination directed against this breed instead of against the owners. When I first read about the Morgan Hill tragedy, my immediate response was that the parents should be charged with neglect and child endangerment and that the press was unjustly "hanging" the pet and its owner. Now that I know more about the owner, my opinion has changed. The parents should still be charged, but the owner should be hanged. Although I contend my pet would never bite a human, I know she will fight another aggressive dog. I know this and accept the responsibility. Do not destroy a breed—regulate the ownership and the inbreeding.
Pacific Grove, Calif.
Earlier this year my 8-year-old son was attacked, unprovoked, by a pit bull. The dog had to be beaten off my son with a board. It took 13 stitches in his face and a week of fever and painful swelling for him to recover. The scars that remain on his face are a constant reminder that there is no place in our society for pit bullterriers. Come to think of it, there's not much room for the asinine owners who think pit bulls are not dangerous.
Your article about the breeding of pit bullterriers should prove to be a powerful catalyst for political action in communities across the United States where this barbarism is rampant. How ironic that in one of the most technologically advanced and culturally sophisticated countries of the world such debauched treatment of animals as described in the article—in the name of "sport"—and the concomitant disregard for human welfare are tolerated.
Judith Ann Fabian
New York City
I am a pit bull owner and I am furious. I am not, as your article so ineptly portrays pit bull enthusiasts to be, a "back-alley type" or a "drug dealer or other lowlife." To state that pit bulls are "less popular among ordinary dog lovers" is completely absurd. Now, thanks to an unjust portrayal of the breed as hair-trigger killers, pit bull owners and their dogs are being eschewed by an evergrowing number of communities. That kind of biased journalism does nothing but stir public hysteria. I own a pit bull because she's a loving companion and my best friend. Isn't that what "ordinary dog owners" own dogs for?
Well, it seems as though the pit bull isn't the only uncontrollable animal in court these days. Good for Commissioner Cathey for finally putting Sean Penn behind bars. Somehow 60 days doesn't seem long enough. For the sake of the community, perhaps Madonna should think about installing a fenced run at their home.
Lake Stevens, Wash.
In a Take One item you mention that Bill Murray hasn't been seen onscreen since 1984's Razor's Edge and imply that its poor reviews put old Bill into a professional decline. Ever hear of a little movie called Ghostbusters?
New York City
Actually, Ghostbusters opened four months before Razor's Edge. We did, however, overlook his cameo in Little Shop of Horrors last year.—ED.
Picks & Pans
I think it's time to get a new movie reviewer. Tom Cunneff says of Harry and the Hendersons, "It's another limp rip-off of E.T." I saw Harry twice. It's a heart-touching story about love, friendship and understanding. Cunneff was not giving it a fair chance when he said, "Even children for whom this film was obviously intended are likely to lose their patience." Well, PEOPLE, I'm beginning to lose my patience with Mr. Cunneff.
Laura Jeanne McCutchan
Lake St. Louis, Mo.