02/06/1995 at 01:00 AM EST
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED may have its swimsuit issue, but we have JFK Jr. At least that's the way correspondents reacted to our story and photos—mostly the photos, we're guessing—on our cover subject with the heart-stopping smile, furry chest and very famous name (PEOPLE, Jan. 16). Nearly all correspondents, pro-choice or anti-abortion, condemned the murder of two abortion-clinic employees in Brookline, Mass.
To say the least, John F. Kennedy Jr. is a surefire cure for the January doldrums! Yum-yum!
VALERIE BARNES, Missouri City, Texas
As an educated, levelheaded, well-rounded woman of the '90s, I think that it is embarrassing how these females lose their reasoning when it comes to John Kennedy Jr. And, if he would like to know, I'm 29 (giggle), single (giggle), pretty (tee-hee) and would make him the most wonderful dinner companion ever (giggle giggle)!
GABRIELLE S. SCHUMACHER
Santa Ana, Calif,
"He has the looks of a minor Greek deity." Could we move it up to "major?"
ELLEN ASHLEY, Thousand Palms, Calif.
I know I'll enjoy the article on JFK Jr., but I haven't been able to stop looking at the cover and turn the page!
JOSETTE DOWNER, Haslett, Mich.
I have followed JFK Jr.'s life with special interest, as we share the same birth date. In our 34 years, he has seen more sorrow and endured more scrutiny than any person, privileged or otherwise, should have to bear. He's a gorgeous man I'd like to meet in my next life, but I wouldn't trade places with him in this one.
P. LYNN, Middleburg, Fla.
JFK Jr. has it all, except his own adulthood. Like the other Kennedy men, he seems to allow the family to choose his significant women and his career. John, do what you wish—follow your heart. Pleasing relatives and carrying on political legacies is no way to live.
SUSAN REED, Houston
Make the world happy—someone please introduce JFK Jr. to Di.
JUNE SMITH, St. Paul
As I recall, F. Scott Fitzgerald characterized Jay Gatsby as a man who lived his life as though there were a camera behind every tree. Ditto John F. Kennedy Jr., prince of poseurs.
PATRICIA PHENTX, Toronto
JOHN C. SALVI III
John Salvi's deadly rampage through two women's clinics is just another example that the so-called pro-life movement is less about "saving the lives of millions of innocent unborn babies" than it is about their desperate attempt to control women who are exercising their right to a safe, legal abortion. People who truly respect life are those who work hard to make the world a better place for every person who currently inhabits it. If you don't like abortion, it's really quite simple: don't have one.
SHELLEY L. BECKNELL, Chicago
I'm responding to Donald Spitz's comment, "Why is the life of a receptionist worth more than the lives of 50 innocent human babies?" The real question is, "Why was her life worth any less?"
DAWN QUIETT, Dallas
I would love to know how many of these preachy "pro-lifers" have ed any of the thousands upon thousands of unwanted children in this country—the children these fanatics are so happy were born. Instead of spending time protesting and quoting the Bible outside clinics, they should be concentrating on saving the children who are growing up without families to love or care for them.
ALLISON LOWERY, Washington
I am glad you took the time to do an article about the passing of Maureen Starkey Tigrett. Having grown up with the Beatles and their families, I felt as if I had lost an old friend. The Beatles had such an impact on the lives of my generation and so did their first wives, the ones we watched as young girls—envious, coping with the hairstyles, the clothes, the moves. They were the lucky ones. Only later did we find out they were mere mortals, with heartaches and problems like the rest of us.
CELESTE SIBBIO, Rumson, N.J.