04/04/1994 at 01:00 AM EDT
Apparently we can please some of the people all of the time. Our 20th Anniversary Issue (PEOPLE, March 7-14) brought unqualified praise from correspondents who have treasured our magazine from the very beginning—in a few cases even saving every one of our 1,038 issues, from Mia harrow to Mia Farrow. Despite our longevity, we still have our critics. Some were dismayed by the absence of their favorite stars over the past 20 years; others were put out by the amount of advertising in the issue.
First, let me congratulate you on a super 20th Anniversary Issue. I bought the first issue back in 1974 and have never—and I mean never—missed one since. Through the years I have kept each issue, and eventually it became a collection of sorts. This past summer I moved and made up my mind to no longer keep them all. That's when a friend pointed out that they were filled with the events that made up my daughters' lives, plus the years I spent becoming the person I am now. I even give you some credit in my choice of a college degree. In my 30s, I chose to complete my education and obtained a degree in journalism. Thanks to each of you who contributed to informing me, entertaining me and encouraging me every week.
LINDA L. STOTTS, Kansas City, Mo.
Who would have known that 20 years ago, when I purchased my first copy with Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward on the cover, that you would still be producing such a fine product? Keep up the good work. It has been nice growing up with you!
ANTHONY J. BRUNO JR., Chicago
I have every one of the 1,038 issues of your magazine. I was married in August 1974 and pledged that as long as I was married, I would collect and save PEOPLE so that my three children could someday have a quick reference to what was going on in the world when their parents were young. I never thought it would lead to this. My wife has considered divorce just to free up the storage room, but your recent celebration has caused her to simmer down a bit, especially when she heard Mia Farrow's original cover was worth $400!
C. BRADFORD KELLEY, Lima, Ohio
Actually, according to a local resale store, it's closer to $25.—ED.
Your 20th Anniversary Issue was good, but did you have to print all the ads for the last 20 years? It was tough trying to find any of the features.
TOM HORVITZ, Woodland Hills, Calif.
What a joke! The double issue (for which you charged me more than your regular issues) was nearly half full of advertising—around 153 pages out of 318. It was difficult to tell what was PEOPLE and what was an ad. Advertising is your lifeblood, I suppose. But I, the consumer, feel ripped off.
JULIANA KLINE, Los Altos, Calif.
How refreshing to see a magazine cover of Mia Farrow without Woody, Soon-Yi, the nanny and the judge. Thank you, Steve Schapiro, for reminding us what a lovely woman she is.
MIRIAM B. SALAZAR, Miami
It is a sad commentary on our society that this issue had no dancers, poets, painters, nor any mention of plays, operas or musicals. Where were Mikhail Baryshnikov, Twyla Tharp and Mark Morris? Where were Joseph Brodsky and Maya Angelou? Bob Fosse and Michael Bennett?
JANET WHITE, Fresno, Calif.
I realize that PEOPLE had a lot to cover in its first 20 years, but to leave out the TV show M*A*S*H was a great oversight.
LAURIE GRABENSTEIN, San Antonio
You guys are so un-hip it hurts! Your 20th Anniversary Issue was redeemed by the Charlie's Angels poster, but where's Madonna
MATTHEW RETTENMUND, New York City
Your exclusive reunion of Charlie's Angels was splendid. This was and still is my favorite show. These women are as fascinating today as they were 17 years ago.
O.L. McKINNEY, Dallas
Next time it would be great if you included Cheryl Ladd.
OLIVIA CLEMENT, Santa Monica
I noted that Larry Hagman said, "I've never met anybody who hasn't seen Dallas." Well, here I am—and I can't believe I'm alone!
SAM ARMSTRONG, Phoenix
I noticed from the "spread" on Anita Bryant that her hips are a lot broader these days, yet somehow her mind remains as narrow as it was 17 years ago.
PATRICK DORAN, Jacksonville, Fla.
How appropriate that Gennifer Flowers is shown in a field with a bunch of bulls.
MARJORIE FORD, Cleveland