Each year in September the editorial staff of the magazine retires to a room with a very large table and begins, with much shouting, the process of anointing the year's 25 Most Intriguing People. In December that list goes to press in our annual year-end issue (PEOPLE, Dec. 30-Jan.6). Now it's the readers turn to shout.
THE 25 MOST INTRIGUING
While the word intriguing may mean "to arouse curiosity and interest," I was appalled by your inclusion of Milwaukee's alleged serial killer, Jeffrey Dahmer, as one of 1991's Most Intriguing People. I, for one, am neither curious nor interested in a recap of this man's gruesome habits. Including Dahmer in your list was an affront to the truly respected and intriguing people on your list, such as Robert Bly. Dahmer's story may be grotesquely intriguing to others, but for Milwaukeeans, it is far too real and frightening.
SHARON KORBACK, Milwaukee
Please tell me I either read it wrong or your interviewers misquoted President Bush during their interview with Mrs. Bush and him. Did the President actually say that "young daughters have a right to be protected against sexually explicit material..."? Did he say that he hates the thought of his "14-year-old grand-daughter listening to the news and picking up these graphic sexual discussions"? What about young sons? What about his 15-year-old grandson? It's okay for them to hear these things? Such dark-age notions about boys and girls and men and women are degrading and dangerous. If Mrs. Bush did not later chastise the President for his appalling remarks, she is just as bad as he is.
MARY ANN PUGIN, Mitchellville, Md.
What is it about British royalty that is so fascinating to Americans and, more specifically, to PEOPLE? Princess Di has done absolutely nothing intriguing this war to warrant mention on your list. As Regis Philbin suggested. even he would have been a more appropriate selection.
ANTHONY THOMPSON, Wind Lake, Wis.
I was appalled to find William Smith among your 25. That you find it necessary (for sales, undoubtedly) to profile scum like him is beyond me. Of course, the previous week's PEOPLE also profiled his accuser in great detail, which is equally shameful. This is what the American media is all about. Parading the personal degradation of a victim and the perversity of the assailant before the public as a form of entertainment.
ALISA McLAUGHLIN, Eugene, Oreg.
William Kennedy Smith's friend Mark Mirkin says he thinks William could move to New Hampshire and probably win the presidential primary. Think again, Mr. Mirkin. Although Judge Mary Lupo prevented the jury from learning that three very credible women have come forward to accuse Smith of sexually assaulting them, the rest of America has heard about it. Personally, I wouldn't vote for him for dog catcher!
BARBARA GORDON COHEN, Clark, N.J.
What? A Most Intriguing People issue without the icon herself, Madonna
? I want a refund! Madonna
is the most intriguing person on the face of this earth.
KEVIN THRAILKILL, Jackson, Miss.
Booooo Magic Johnson! I'm sick and tired of hearing him praised for stepping forward and announcing, "I have AIDS, and if I can get it, so can you." Well, I don't think so. After all, I don't sleep around, which is (let's be honest) how Magic got his.
MISHELLE HILLS, Fort Ord, Calif.
PICKS & PANS
I can't believe that performing with passion provides ample reason to place a performer with the sensitivity and soul of Michael Bolton on your Worst of Song list. Of all the popular artists today, I can't think of one whose lyrics are more touching and meaningful than Mr. Bolton's. I think it's a shame that smug, clench-jawed, anal-retentive, self-important, parasitic critics who wouldn't know passion if it knocked down their doors are permitted to take shots at truly talented artists. Perhaps it's time they seek real jobs.
TERRI DELCAMPO, New Castle, Del.
I see the Thomas-Hill hearings made the Best of Tube. What about the Gulf War? Was David Hiltbrand's TV broken for a few months, or was it too small a war for him?
DON ACOMB, Tucson
In your Farewell list, how could you forget Bert Convy?
ELWIN SILVERSTEIN, Los Angeles
SCOTT CRAWFORD, New York City
JOE MEYERS, Bridgeport, Conn.
...Tennessee Ernie Ford?
PHYLLIS BROWN, Flint, Mich.
WALT BARNEY, Suffern, N.Y.