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updated 01/24/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/24/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST

Each December we choose the 25 Most Intriguing People of the previous year (PEOPLE, Dec. 27-Jan. 3), condemning some 260 million Americans—including, this year. Madonna, Ross Perot and Danny Bonaduce—to relative obscurity. Naturally, readers complain. Last year we left out Rush Limbaugh and received many angry letters. This year we included Rush Limbaugh and received many angry letters. Correspondents also expressed irritation over our inclusion of cut woman Lorena Bobbitt, whom they considered notorious rather than intriguing.

THE 25 MOST INTRIGUING
Bravo! The 25 Most Intriguing People is truly the best of the best. Your year in review is second to none. I'm just sorry it only comes once a year.
TREVOR RAVEN, Westerville, Ohio

To use the word "intriguing" to describe Shannen Doherty, Lyle Lovell, Jerry Seinfeld, Eddie Vedder, Susan Powter and the Bobbitts is absurd. Some of your editors must be very shallow.
R. BROWNER. Metairie, La.

I once canceled my subscription, stating I wanted a magazine that lasted longer than lunch. Wow! The 25 Most Intriguing People lasted past lunch, past dinner and into the night.
C.B. WELCH, Cathedral City, Calif.

Once again your 25 Most Intriguing People of the year—with the exceptions of Princess Diana, the Clintons and Oprah Winfrey—needs to be renamed the 25 Wackiest People of the Year!
T.J. RHEA, Church Hill, Tenn.

I would rather have bamboo slicks shoved under my fingernails and fire ants dropped down my pants than to read about Princess Diana again in your magazine.

TRACYLYNN JOHNSON, Spokane, Wash.

We have referred your request to reader services.—ED.

The time has come to change the title of your year-end issue from the 25 Most Intriguing People to the 24 Most Intriguing People and the President. After all, he is chosen every year.
DIANE SABOL, Sacramento

I absolutely cannot believe that Lorena Bobbitt was included in the list of the 25 Most Intriguing. If I remember correctly, Jeffrey Dahmer was included in the past.
HEIDI E. REEDER, Dublin, Ohio

A fantasy inspired by your year-end issue: Lorena Bobbitt meets the Spur Posse.
STEVE OMLID, San Francisco

Rush Limbaugh an intriguing person? His chances of long-term prominence rank up there with Morton Downey's, Tiny Tim's and Andrew Dice Clay's.
BRUCE STEELE, Sunrise, Fla.

Thank God for Rush Limbaugh and Howard Stern. They make me appreciate Larry King even more.
RENEE NEWBOLD, Newport News, Va.

Susan Powter lives with her children in a duplex upstairs from her "philandering" ex-husband, pays his rent and "likes it that way"? And she's telling us to stop the insanity?
JOANNA EVANS, Baltimore

Despite the "unexpectedly good" adjustment of Baby Jessica to her new life, it is one she should never have been forced to make. Nothing could ever justify the selfish and cruel act of tearing her away from the only family she had ever known.
ELLEN WILLIAMS, Detroit

It's nice to hear that Baby Jessica (now Anna Lee Schmidt) is adjusting so well with her new parents, but did you have to add "and she has started to call Dan Schmidt 'Daddy' "? If it made my heart sink, what do you think it did to Jan DeBoer's? Some things are just better left unsaid.
LISA NANETTE DONALDSON, Honolulu

PICKS & PANS
I totally disagree with your opinion of Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman. Why is it that when a show comes along with no violence, no cursing, no fighting, no racial hatred and no sex that people have to put the showdown and classify it in the same Worst category as Beavis and Butt-head?
CHRISTINE LUNDGREN
Upper Nyack, N.Y.

THE BAD NEWS BIOSPHERE
Regarding the illustration that accompanied the Bad News Biosphere—how sexist! Thomas A. Gieseke's depiction of Sharon Stone, Naomi Campbell and Heidi Fleiss with low-cut shirts and large breasts may not be way off, but he was much nicer to the men. Gieseke should have drawn Joey Buttafuoco, Sen. Bob Packwood and Marky Mark with their pants down! It would have made for a more unbiased depiction.
RACHELLE KNIFFEN. Warren. Mich.

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