Your article was a pleasant surprise. However, as a self-proclaimed "Mariaholic," I have one complaint. Re your cover billing: "...is her secret in her pipes or her dream marriage to the most powerful man in music?" Give me a break! The girl has enormous God-given talent. If Tommy Mottola didn't discover her, then somebody else surely would have.
ANNETTE JASZKO, Basom, N.Y.
How incredibly sexist of you to hint that Mariah's success is tied to her husband. How demeaning to compare the meteoric rise of her career to the childlike fantasy of Cinderella. Ms. Carey is a talented singer in her own right, not some child-woman plucked from poverty by her prince.
JANE HANSEN, Decatur, Ga.
KEITH & BECKI DILLEY
Who did you say was PEOPLE'S Sexiest Man of 1993? Is it too late to nominate Keith Dilley? I have a difficult time persuading my husband to give our son a bath or change a diaper: Keith Dilley spends his days single-handedly lending to the needs of six babies while his wife pursues a career outside the home. Forget Mel Gibson and Sean Connery! To me (and many other exhausted mothers), Mr. Dilley is the ideal man.
DANA J. LUBRANO, Toms River, N.J.
Are there words to describe the praise this husband and father deserves? It made me feel guilty about my moans and groans while working and raising a 1-year-old and a 4-year-old. His sense of humor, good nature and obvious patience and love are rare in this fast-paced, materialistic world. I personally nominate Keith Dilley for sainthood; he already has fatherhood down pat.
KELLEY JACO, Marble Falls, Texas
I am a 26-year-old retail businesswoman who had never observed Veterans Day as a holiday, only as a day for declaring a sale. However, after reading your article on Rory Bailey, I have changed my outlook completely. I now realize there are veterans who, like Rory, must live with their physical and emotional scars in a world where some of us healthy people fret about material worries. I have a deeper understanding of the men and women who sacrificed more than just their time for their country. I look forward to next Veterans Day, when I will stand with those who honor these special people.
MARYBETH COCUZZO, Wrentham, Mass.
I remember Rory Bailey from my childhood because for years he walked past our house in LaGrange, Ill., with cane and mask. The kids in the neighborhood were always curious about what had happened to him. Sometimes we would yell "hello" to him, but we were always hesitant to approach him because we didn't want to offend him. Over the years I've wondered what had happened to him and if he was still alive. I'm so glad to know he is well.
KARRIE FISHER LAMAY, Northfield, Ill.
I was outraged to see the pictures of those poor starving horses who suffered at the hands of Paolo Gucci. I can see by the photograph of Mr. Gucci that he certainly has not missed a meal. Maybe someone should chain him up and forget to feed him. I would happily volunteer.
PATTY HUTT, Bridgeport, Pa.
DR. PETER KRAMER
I must dispute Dr. Peter Kramer's attempt to downplay the serious side effects of Prozac (PEOPLE, Nov. 15). Contrary to his speculation that only "a few" lives have been destroyed by Prozac, I believe the figures are much higher. If my husband, rock and roll performer Del Shannon, had been given full information about Prozac, he would not have taken it. I witnessed him deteriorate rapidly on Prozac, and I am convinced that Prozac brought about his suicide. My lawsuit against Eli Lilly is now moving toward trial, and if I can save one life by getting more information into the hands of others, it will have been worth it.
LEANNE WESTOVER, Los Angeles
Dr. Kramer responds: "I wrote Listening to Prozac because I find the medicine fascinating, a lens through which we see the self and society afresh, not because I believe this drug or any drug to be harmless. While I do not know the details of every lawsuit involving Prozac—and in particular I do not know the details of Ms. Westover's suit—it is my impression that the effect of these suits has been to give the impression that the medicine is highly dangerous. My belief is that while Prozac infrequently causes serious harm, on the whole it is safer than previous antidepressants." —ED.
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