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UPDATED 02/22/1993 at 01:00 AM EST Originally published 02/22/1993 at 01:00 AM EST

In death, as in life, Audrey Hepburn (PEOPLE, Feb. 1) inspired admiration and affection. Correspondents, in their own tributes to her, made clear that they regarded her as an ideal, not merely an actress.

AUDREY HEPBURN
Charm. Elegance. Radiance. Simplicity. Humanity. Your cover said it all with two words—Audrey Hepburn.
STEVEN 0. PERSON, Des Moines

Sadly, it took Audrey Hepburn's passing for you to finally put a real princess on your cover.
PETER COLE, Zephyr Cove, Nev.

When I was a teenager, Audrey Hepburn was my role model. When I served in Vietnam, I took her picture and taped it up on the wall of the women's hooch. Every day, when we women dragged in from duty covered with mud or dust, hair limp from rain and heat, there she'd be, a beautiful and soothing reminder that somewhere, under the ravages of war, we too still harbored some femininity.
PATRICIA RAVN HEYER, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

UP FRONT
With the economic problems our country faces, doesn't anyone else think it's obscene that $30 million was spent on an Inauguration party? Where in the world are our priorities? And where is Robin Hood when you need him?
KATHLEEN BERGERON, Albany, N.Y.

KATIE BEERS
As a foster mom going on 10 years, I want to remind people of all the other potential Katie Beerses still desperately needing a stable home life. Our home is filled with six children, yet I still receive two to three calls a month asking if I have room for one or two more. Sadly, I must reply, "No." Sure, there are days I would rather be childless, but the satisfaction of seeing one of my kids blossom outweighs any thoughts of quitting. I have a saying on my refrigerator: "A hundred years from now it will not matter the sort of house I lived in, what my bank account was, or the kind of car I drove, but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child."
KAREN HAWKINS, Bridgton, Maine

It is very moving to see the incredible strength and courage of Katie Beers. It is outrageous to read of her mother's irresponsibility. Neither Katie's mother nor godmother should be granted custody of her! I his girl deserves only the best.
KRISTEN A. FERRARO, Springfield, Mass.

PICKS & PANS
Ralph Novak's review of the movie Leprechauns begins: "First they had the potato famine..." This is, I presume, meant to be funny and clever. It is unfortunately neither. In the five years of the potato famine, nearly 1 million Irish died of starvation and disease. The potato famine was a devastating tragedy.
THOMAS FALCONER, South Salem, N.Y.

FEAR ON THE ICE
I object to the picture of me kissing figure skater James Hulick in your story about AIDS in the skating world, with the caption indicating that James died in 1989 (PEOPLE, Jan. 25). While I did skate with James Hulick 22 years ago, the picture you ran was a "victory kiss." There was no romantic link between us at any time. Your article did not mention either of us, but placed the picture among other skaters who died from complications of AIDS. Currently I coach figure skating on the national and international levels.
CYNTHIA VAN VALKENBURG, Beverly Hills

We regret that the appearance of the photograph, taken after the 1971 Junior Pairs championships, caused Ms. Van Valkenburg embarrassment, but we did not imply any romantic relationship between her and James Hulick.—ED.

STAR TRACKS
You say the group from 90210 was on a ski trip in Vancouver, but I believe this event was held in Lake Louise, Alta. That mountain scene behind them is unmistakable.
DENYSE MACUMBER, Okotoks, Alta.

You're right. Our apologies to you and Louise.—ED.

CHATTER
Marlee Matlin said Garth Brooks sent her a practice tape of the national anthem for their appearance at the Super Bowl and that she played it while driving. How does she listen to a cassette if she is hearing-impaired?
LE AYER COLLINS, Henderson, Nev.

Matlin has 20 percent hearing in one ear and can hear musical patterns.—ED.

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