updated 06/20/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/20/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Correspondents were sympathetic—to a degree—with tennis star Jennifer Capriati's troubled young life, but most felt the blame should be laid at the feet of her father, whom one reader likened to "Macaulay Culkin's dad in disguise" (PEOPLE, May 30). Author Anne Rice's letter criticizing the casting of Tom Cruise in Interview with the Vampire drew fire from readers who think she should stop her attacks on Cruise and use her writing talents to produce another Vampire book.

Unfortunately, Jennifer Capriati's story is not a new one: too much pressure for such a young girl from someone who is very domineering. I hope that some other young people in the tennis world will contact her and lend their support.

Rich or poor, role model or not, Jennifer Capriati comrnilied a crime. Everyday people have problematic childhoods. Does that give them reason to drop out and do drugs?
KIMBERLY LEES, Philadelphia

I agree with CBS commentator Mary Carillo—children should not be allowed to play professional lennis before age 18. Maybe by then the athlete will realize the advantages and disadvantages as well as the sacrifices one faces with tennis expertise. This should apply to other professional sports as well.
MICKI COLE, Orinda, Calif.

Had Jennifer Capriati been in a motel room in the Netherlands, Germany or Italy, her pot possession would have been legal. She certainly would not have been placed in drug rehabilitation for an embarrassing youthful fling.

Am I the only fan of Anne Rice's who is yearning for her to return to her fiction and put an end to her obnoxious letter-writing and interview-giving vendetta against the casting of Torn Cruise in the role of her beloved Lestat? Ms. Rice, your displeasure has been duly noted (ad nauseam), so let it rest! If anyone is deserving of your criticism, it is you for soiling your book for big bucks without retaining some form of control over casting. You may not see Tom Cruise as your alter ego, but you gave up the right to gripe when you sold out.
DIANA M. MARTIN, Valparaiso, Ind.

Not since Donald Trump's childish refutation of your article on his business dealings with Merv Griffin have I seen such a temper tantrum thrown by a public figure. What Anne Rice lacks in maturity and tact, she certainly makes up in arrogance and a delusional sense of grandeur. If her intent was to make herself look bad, then she is truly as gifted at writing as she thinks she is.

In all fairness to Lestat, I must absolutely agree with Ms. Rice. Tom Cruise is going to be a tough act to swallow. Mr. Cruise is a wonderful actor and that's the problem. Lestat is many things, but wonderful is not a word I would use to describe him.
CIE PATTERSON, Superior, Colo.

Hooray for Cassie Clark! The heck with boys and their puny egos if they're afraid to date her. I'm also 15, work out with weights and love being strong. My older brother always teased me and called me Mighty Mile until I challenged him to arm wrestle. I won two matches in a row. Now he leaves me alone. I told him if he teases me again, I'll challenge him again—in front of his girlfriend!
AMANDA KRAMER, Annandale, Va.

I am a 24-year-old who grew up with no interest in our history. I never understood why we had to learn about things that happened so long ago. Well, after reading your 11-page tribute to those who fought in World War II, I have new respect for the men who lived and those who died. I will now make a trip to the library to read what I missed years ago.

Readers who were moved by the oral histories of D Day veterans will be interested to know that the first American museum dedicated to the memory of the men and women who made the great invasion possible is currently in development. The National D-Day Museum will open in early 1997 in New Orleans, near the site where Andrew Higgins designed and tested the landing crafts used on D Day. General Eisenhower called Higgins "the man who won the war for us," meaning that without Higgins's efforts, an invasion could never have occurred. Like your fine article, the museum will help a new generation learn about the dramatic events that moved the 20th century toward freedom and peace.
The National D-Day Museum
New Orleans

You pictured Billy Idol giving the Vulcan sign, which means "Live long and prosper," with the caption "May the force be with you." We die-hard Trekkies are insulted that you would confuse a phrase from Star Wars with Star Trek. R2D2 and C3PO would be amused.
BECKY KOOPIKKA, Fond du Lac, Wis.

Sorry. We had trouble with Tribbles in our computer that day.—ED.

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