I have to admit I always thought Luke Perry was just another handsome face. My feelings have changed after reading your article. He is in a class of his own, and I admire him for being so honest about his past and for keeping his family ties strong. But most of all I was glad to see that he is an average person and just as down-home as the rest of us.
RACHEL HERNANDEZ, Houston
I was thrilled to read the article on Luke Perry, the coolest guy ever to set foot in high school. I know firsthand, because I went to high school with Luke. The talent he possesses now was always waiting to emerge. Congrats, Luke. You said you'd do it—I believed in you.
TRACI TRAXLER, Columbus, Ohio
Luke Perry is an inspiration. His transition from laying asphalt to TV stardom demonstrates that some dreams do come true. This girl would love to see the desert in the backseat of his truck and light off some fireworks. We would have a blast!
DAWN WICKERSHAM, Warren, Mich.
I'm 13 and just crazy over Luke. Keep putting in more stories about young actors, and you'll get a lot more younger readers.
SARAH RICHEY, Greenfield, Ill.
Your story on Earl Campbell really hit home. At one point I couldn't leave the house without experiencing terrifying anxiety attacks. Like many others with panic disorder, I developed a severe alcohol dependency. Employment was impossible, and simple trips to the store were a nightmare. Finally I found a support group that turned my life around. Meeting with those who have shared and overcome the same experience has enabled me to lead a normal life.
WILLIAM A. BOUWMAN, Owosso, Mich.
I also have been diagnosed with panic disorder and experienced the immense fear of dying or going crazy during attacks. There were many times I drove myself to emergency rooms convinced I was having a heart attack or stroke, only to be told to go home and "relax." After seeing many doctors, having numerous tests and undergoing psychiatric counseling, I finally found a doctor with experience in this disorder. I was immediately put on medication, which has kept everything under control for the past seven years. I look forward to the day when medicine learns a quicker method of diagnosis, in addition to finding a cure.
KATHY STYLES, Danville, Calif.
Panic disorder will affect more than 3 million Americans at some point during their lifetimes. The Anxiety Disorders Association of America is a resource for them if they have questions about panic disorder and treatment. ADAA is a nonprofit partnership of researchers, health-care practitioners, people coping with an anxiety disorder and oilier interested individuals. Please write: ADAA, 6000 Executive Boulevard, Rockville, Md. 20852-3801. Include $3 for postage and handling.
JERILYN ROSS, Rockville, Md. President, ADAA