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updated 10/03/1988 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/03/1988 AT 01:00 AM EDT

The Sexiest Man Alive (1988)
How do I feel about your choice of John F. Kennedy Jr. for your Sexiest Man Alive for 1988 (PEOPLE, Sept. 12)? I like to think of myself as a woman who places more emphasis on the inner qualities a person has. Then, as I found myself gazing more intently at his photographs, I came to an important conclusion—the man makes my pulse race.
Liz DeLaRossa
Lakewood, Colo.

Okay, I'll admit it. He's good looking, he's on his way to success, and he drags around a very famous name. So, if he's so perfect, why can't he find a wife? He's 27 years old and has had only two girlfriends? I had that many boyfriends my first year in grade school.
Darla J. Polen
Portland, Ore.

Nobody is a bigger defender of the media than I. But I found your JFK Jr. cover story to be beyond defense. It was sexist. It was insulting. And it was demeaning. If you had written that kind of story about a sexy woman, you would be strung up by your word processors. Sure, he is sexy, but your preoccupation with his shorts, his brass bed and his love life was demeaning to a guy whose only eccentricity seems to be a desire not to have his pocket picked.
Maureen B. Crow
Los Angeles

John Kennedy Jr. the sexiest man alive? Let's get serious. I have but two words for you: Tom Cruise.
Carol Whelchel Fetty
Huntington Beach, Calif.

Sexiest man alive? You must have spent the better part of 1988 in a coma. How could you have possibly overlooked Patrick Swayze?
Glenda Kordich
Portage, Ind.

...David Letterman?
Kathy Katich
Mesa, Ariz.

...Ron (the Beast) Perlman?
Jeanne Hart
Los Angeles

...George Michael?
Julia Casey
Wharton, N.J.

...Dan Rather?
Patricia Goldman
Portland, Ore.

...my husband, Stephen?
Janet M. Davis
Rockville, Md.

Alice Hoffman
Our jaws almost dropped to the floor when we read your contents-page description of the Alice Hoffman story in which, according to you, "AIDS crosses the nice-people barrier to invade a golden American family." We were amazed to learn that of the tens of thousands of people with AIDS (gays and IV users presumably) whose lives differ from that of Ms. Hoffman's central character in At Risk, none have been "nice people." They may have founded their own service organizations in the face of callous government neglect, banded together to resist discrimination against their stricken brothers and sisters, fought to make appropriate treatments available, comforted their families, mourned their fallen friends and tended to their lovers while struggling against the ravages of illness, rage and despair—but still they are not "nice people." Your words seem to imply that because we are a gay couple, we couldn't possibly be members of any "golden American family"—neither the ones we were born into, nor the one we have created in our 10 years together. How deftly you employ prejudice to divide the human race between the "nice" people Ms. Hoffman has written about and the rest of us.
Howard Cruse
Ed Sedarbaum
New York City

The phrase "nice-people barrier" was used ironically, as a comment on society's sometimes intolerant view of AIDS victims. It was not meant to be taken as, nor is it, the view of this magazine.—ED.

Picks & Pans
Ralph Novak's review of Brian Wilson's solo album is way off the mark. The genius of Wilson's music has always had as its cornerstone vocal harmony. This album's crisp vocal leads and hauntingly beautiful background harmonies are performed by Wilson himself. Historically, Wilson's subject matter, be it cars, surfboards or the Rio Grande, has always been secondary to the music itself, and to suggest that his lyrics represent a loss of imagination is evidence of a complete lack of understanding of Wilson's music.
Gerald E. Weiss
Valley Forge, Pa.

Eddie Murphy
In your Eddie Murphy cover story (PEOPLE, Aug. 8), you referred to my client, Prince Johnny Osseni, as a son of a Nigerian chief. Mr. Osseni-Bello is a prince, a descendant of the King of Lagos. Furthermore, he does have an address in Los Angeles and was not last spotted at an L.A. disco doing the bunga-bunga.
Francis C. Pizzulli, Esq.
Santa Monica

We regret the errors.—ED.

Scene
Your statement (PEOPLE, May 9) that the Roney Pub is closed is in error. My family and I have eaten in this fabulous restaurant for the past 17 years and continue to do so. From families to conventioneers, the Roney Pub is truly a place for all.
Larry Karel
Miami Beach

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