updated 09/04/1989 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 09/04/1989 AT 01:00 AM EDT
Thank you for your tribute to Lucille Ball (PEOPLE, Aug. 14). Miss Ball transcended all performers as eminently funny, physically appealing and universally beloved. May God grant infinite peace to her uniquely radiant spirit.
Back in the '50s and '60s, when many stars seemed bigger than life on a giant movie screen, Lucille Ball was one of the few who carried off the same illusion on a tiny black-and-white television. Lucy, thanks for the magic.
Lucy was, and still is, the most endearing person ever to grace the television screen. What she gave us is not only a timeless legacy of laughs but also the truest example of American-style optimism, passion and enthusiasm for life, both in the characters she created and in her own life as well.
Andrew Charles Untener III
What Miles Davis did for the horn and Charlie Parker did for the sax, Anita O'Day did for the voice. She brought it into the modern jazz era. Miss O'Day has long stood as tall as Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald in jazz histories.
Mark C. Schwotzer
WILLIAM PETER BLATTY
Thank you for your article about The Exorcist 1990, but whatever possessed your reporter to believe that I was "somewhat disappointed" with Billy Friedkin's direction of the original? I have made a career of praising Billy's work on that film, and my opinion as to its brilliance has not changed to this day.
William Peter Blatty
MARK WELLMAN AND MIKE CORBETT
It was a pleasure to read the article on Mark Wellman and Mike Corbett at the summit of El Capitan. The triumph of man over great odds is always a good story, but the real inspiration to us all was the display of high regard these two men have for each other. Their friendship is a celebration of the best part of human nature. It was a nice reminder.
Clarence B. Santos
As far as I'm concerned, the picture of Mark Wellman and Mike Corbett coming up to the top of the mountain together is worth a year's subscription to your magazine. I framed it and look at it every day. It's one of those pictures that say a thousand words.
Washington Redskins quarterback Doug Williams's comments were in a perfect place: the Chatter section. Men need to wake up and realize that women will no longer tolerate the Dark Ages behavior of the almighty male in relationships—no matter how rich he may be, how accurately he throws a football or how good he is—or thinks he is—in bed. As for me, I would give my right arm to stay out of Lisa Williams's position.
Janice P. Ellis