12/25/1995 at 01:00 AM EST
Princess Diana's televised tale of her tortured life as a Windsor drew plenty of sympathy from correspondents, who blamed the royal marital mess on Prince Charles (PEOPLE, Dec. 4). As always, some unsympathetic souls thought they had seen the last of Diana and were dismayed to discover they hadn't.
The Windsors approved the marriage between a naive young virgin and their experienced but unwise son, then didn't support her in her role, leaving her floundering while she dealt with mothering, publicity and a philandering husband. Now they're upset because she revealed their mistreatment of her. Get wise, Windsors. Diana is by far the best thing that has happened to you in centuries. Welcome to the '90s, where women—even royal ones—don't have to take abuse silently.
LYNDA BARNES, Fairfax, Va.
If, after her calculating but impeccable performance on the BBC and on Turning Point, Diana still finds her future uncertain, surely there must be soap opera casting directors who watched her formidable audition.
GLORIA HOFFMAN, Kansas City, Mo.
As a loyal fan of the Princess of Wales since childhood, I am glad she has proven her detractors wrong. Diana hardly came across in the BBC interview as the "mentally ill," "paranoid," "thick-as-a-plank" woman her husband's friends would have us believe.
JOANNA DREIFUS, New York City
I disagree with the headline "Diana's Revenge." Her interview didn't seem vengeful at all. If anything, she merely set the record straight on many issues, all the while remaining the woman of class and dignity that she is.
RHONDA COHN, Monroe, Wash.
Just curious as to what year Diana had her affair with James Hewitt. Am I the only one that noticed a strong resemblance between Harry and "the other man"?
BRENDA CANE, Encino, Calif.
Prince Charles is neither a "prince" nor "princely." How in the world can anyone deem him worthy of becoming King? His behaviors are no better than those lowlifes on daytime talk shows. Advice to the Queen: groom William and skip on Chuckles.
CANDICE GROW, Omaha
If we have to look at the same face on your cover every other week, can't it be Pierce Brosnan's?
CINDY SHELTMIRE, Columbia, Mo.
Unlike people who write to you bashing your cover stories about the royal family, I applaud your efforts. I have a never-ending interest in Princess Diana and Prince Charles and could read a cover story on them every week. Keep'em coming!
JULIE SPRUTTE, Garden City, Mich.
I am shocked that you devoted so little space in your magazine to the sudden and tragic death of pairs figure skater Sergei Grinkov. He and his Katia were sheer perfection both on the ice and in their love for each other. They are the stuff from which legends are born. JOSEPHINE MAHON, Mickleton, N.J.
We hope you saw our six-page story on the Grinkovs in the Dec. 11 issue.—ED.
Courtney and Chris Salthouse
While the perfect SAT scores of Courtney Salthouse and her brother Chris are impressive, when Courtney comments that she is "not as competitive as him," she breaks a basic rule of pronoun usage. She should have said "not as competitive as he." This proves conclusively that although SAT lightning might strike twice, nobody's perfect!
PAIGE WILSON, Pasadena, Calif.
The holiday season is a time of hope, renewal and goodwill toward men. PEOPLE delivered just the right kind of message when you portrayed the dedication and kindness of Jim Bullins. He's not a movie star, multimillionaire or a wayward English prince; he's just an American with a big heart and a message for us all.
MICHAEL G. MOISES, Vancouver, Wash.
PEOPLE delivered the right kind of holiday message with your wonderful story about truck driver Jim Bullins and his volunteers. His organization, Jim's Kids, goes to show that there truly are angels on earth. How does one go about contacting his organization?
CAROLYN BAUER, Albertville, Minn.
You may write to jim and his wife, Mary, at: Jim's Kids, 2262-4 Race Track Road, Sophia, N.C. 27350-8900—ED.
We greatly appreciate the article about our daughter's fight against leukemia. As a followup, it is very important to us that readers know how they can help Michelle and the many other cancer patients who need matching marrow transplants to survive. The phone number for the National Marrow Donor Program is 1-800-MARROW-2. Readers can call this number and find out how to become part of the national registry of potential marrow donors. Perhaps one of your readers might be that compatible donor for whom we are still searching.
ROD and MARILYNN CAREW Anaheim, Calif.
The Golden Girls
The photograph of Ursula Andress in a wet bathing suit doesn't belong in a family magazine. No wonder I catch my husband looking at PEOPLE all the time now! VALERIE LINDNER, Lynchburg, Va.
John Perry Barlow
As an alumnus of Fountain Valley School in Colorado Springs, I couldn't help notice the school referred to in your article on John Barlow as Fountain Valley Military School. Actually, FVS is a progressive boarding and day school, leaning more toward the liberal arts. We alumni are quite proud of John Barlow and Bob Weir, word- and tunesmiths spawned in the shadow of Pike's Peak. ROGER BOURNIQUE, Santa Cruz, Calif.
I am in shock! To read about John Tesh's current activities has definitely made me step back as a fan. I thought he was a Christian. I also thought he was a family man. To find out that Mr. Tesh is now doing New Age concerts and spends much of his time away from his family to seek fame and fortune makes me think he has selected quite another path entirely. I hope Mr. Tesh takes some time to reevaluate his priorities.
JANE PARKS-MCKAY Santa Cruz, Calif.