updated 08/07/1989 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/07/1989 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Hugh Hefner feels 26-year-old Kimberly Conrad was made for him because she is young, has no career ambitions and no desire to travel (PEOPLE, July 17). I wonder if it has occurred to him that the only interesting thing she has left to do is grow old?
Nancy Niemann
Muskego, Wis.

Your cover depicting Hugh Hefner and his new wife caught my eye as it lay in the waiting room of our office. Though I am no particular fan of Mr. Hefner's or of the Playboy philosophy, I would be willing to bet that he entered matrimony with the same hopes and expectations for success and fulfillment that any of us might have. Thus, I find the narrative remarks printed adjacent to the cover photograph to be biased, unworthy and inflammatory. I feel I must protest in the most meaningful manner and, hence, will not renew our subscription.
Stuart C. Spiegel, M.D.

Hef has finally shown some sense. He realizes that no mature woman in her right mind would be willing to take on the old wreck.
Shirley Hoglund
Elmwood Park, Ill.

I find it unfortunate and saddening that Mrs. Hefner feels secure in the presence of Hefner's ex-girlfriends not because she and Hef are "both very much in love" or because they "really, really like each other" but because she is "the young one." Does this mean she would feel threatened by women younger than 26? Good luck to both of them.
Susan Estrada
West Covina, Calif.

There is nothing holy about Hugh Hefner; certainly not matrimony.
Dolores Rider

Yeah, and with that smile she's thinking, "I want half."
Angie Stoltenberg
Orange, Calif.

As a friend and employee of Jim Backus's for 13 years, I was especially touched by your beautiful tribute to him. However, I do want to point out one small error in your article. While Jim was in semiretirement because of his battle with Parkinson's disease, he was in no way a recluse in the years before his death. In the last four months of his life alone, I personally accompanied him to four parties, charity events and Parkinson's fund-raisers. Jim felt that he needed to be in the public eye to show that one can battle his disease with dignity, grace and a sense of humor. Jim didn't believe in giving up—and he succeeded beyond his wildest dreams.
John Gose
Los Angeles

In your story about Stella Adler you quoted me as saying, "She scared me to death. I didn't want to be berated," which is only partially correct. When I originally auditioned for Ms. Adler, I was 18 and not quite prepared for the intensity of the experience. However, at 23 I returned to New York and enrolled in the conservatory as a full-time student. I studied with Ms. Adler for one year. She is one of the greatest teachers in the history of artistic expression. As an actress, I was and still am in awe of her ability. As a person, I find her a constant inspiration.
Melanie Griffith
Los Angeles

Is it not bad enough that animals are tortured day after day in medical labs? As an animal-rights activist, I find it hard to justify "freezing" them so a person like Dick Clair can take a chance at cheating the inevitable—death. If these selfish people want to conduct such a process, let them be chilled at 39°F for over four hours and come out of it "a little wobbly and deaf."
Julie Stewart
Lincoln Park, Mich.

Danny DeVito as the Riddler. Not bad, but we unanimously agree that Robin Williams would be perfect for the role. DeVito would make a better Penguin, and our choice for Catwoman is Sigourney Weaver. While we're at it, what about Michael J. Fox as Robin? Jon Peters, are you paying attention?
Patty Turnquist
Curt Gordon
San Jose, Calif.

Kathleen Turner should be Catwoman, and no one would make a better Penguin than Dustin Hoffman.
Pat Ames
El Toro, Calif.

I am writing to vent my anger over Cheech Marin's actions and words. It is beyond me why anyone in his obviously secure financial situation would panhandle in the first place. But then for him to brag that he kept the money he "worked" for is despicable. I am sure there are many organizations that would have gladly taken the money he begged for and used it to help those who are truly in need. Mr. Marin is in desperate need of a lesson in morals.
Phyllis Canosa
Centereach, N.Y.

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