It appears that Mel Gibson, like Robert Redford and Paul Newman before him, has dealt with his sex-symbol status without letting it go to his head. Along the way he has become a very fine actor and a thoroughly decent human being. He can bring his family, sheep, donkeys and even his fence and move next to me any time he wants.
Norma Robb, Columbia, Mo.
It is a relief to see someone as real as Mel Gibson. To be a dedicated family man and an involved father does make him one of the sexiest men alive (sorry, Mel). That's the measure of a man, at least in a woman's eyes.
Karen Gibson, Richmond, Va.
My 9-year-old daughter was an extra on Lethal Weapon 3. One day at the Warner Ranch she saw Mel Gibson walking across the lawn on his way to the catering wagon. She ran over, linked arms with him and shouted to me, "Look, Mom! Mel Gibson!" I was absolutely speechless, but managed to ask for a picture of him and me together, which he very graciously agreed to. Let me tell you, girls—he may be a lethal hunk in films, but he is devastating in person!
Marilyn Rivera, Bend, Ore.
I enjoy looking at Mel Gibson as much as the next girl, but somebody might want to tell him to get to a dentist fast! On both the cover and the picture on page 92 it looks as if "Lethal Cavity" will soon be showing at a dentist near Mel. I don't care who you are, there's nothing sexier than a good, clean set of teeth!
Kim Bell, Sellersville, Pa.
Mel Gibson is a great husband and father. It's amazing that a Hollywood actor of such popularity has been married to the same woman for so long and that all six of his children are legitimate.
Marion J. Rabb, via e-mail
Paula Pennypacker and Duane Abbajay
A million thanks for your article on the struggle we redheads have finding makeup that looks natural. Unless you're one of us, you have no idea what it's like at the makeup counter. Paula Pennypacker's company Just for Redheads is an idea long overdue!
Lisa E. Parker, Methuen, Mass.
I tried to locate Paula Pennypacker's mail-order company online, but came up with nothing but every pornographic site on the Web devoted to redheads. Not wishing to travel any further along those lines, I wonder if you could provide me with a phone number where I could call for a catalog.
Dana E. Courtney, via e-mail
Just for Redheads' toll-free number is 1-800-830-8240.—ED.
Amy Grossberg and Brian Peterson
What a pathetic photograph of Amy Grossberg. I almost lost my lunch as I read your article. Agony? Despair? What could her infant son have been feeling as his tiny skull was being fractured? Grossberg and Peterson are two rich kids who got off way too easy. I am disgusted with their punishment.
Ericka Gannon, Madison, Tenn.
If I hear Amy Grossberg and Brian Peterson portrayed as innocent victims who deserve pity and sympathy one more time, I will scream. While Grossberg's lawyer may consider her a "good and decent child," the truth is that Amy is an adult who murdered her newborn. I am the same age as Amy and, yes, an unplanned pregnancy would be frightening, but I am unable to feel an ounce of compassion for two irresponsible and selfish people. No tears should be shed for two people who will be out of jail and able to go on with their lives in just a few short years. Cry instead for a child who never got a chance to live and for the thousands of childless couples who would have jumped at the chance to adopt him.
Alicia C. Ridgway, North Canton, Ohio
Unless you were there, you will never know what Amy Grossberg and Brian Peterson went through the night she had the baby: the rejection of the infant because Amy was in complete denial of the situation, her terror that her parents would find out, the terror of going through a birth experience with no help or idea what was happening to her. For those who judged Amy harshly, I hope you never experience her pain.
Susan Beegle, Hershey, Pa.
When you live in a society that supports abortion rights and is tolerant of euthanasia, it is all the more possible for a couple of sick young people like Amy Grossberg and Brian Peterson to commit the heinous act of killing their baby. We are raising children in a society that doesn't value life. If we don't change our thinking, such acts will continue.
Kimberly Richmond, Homer, N.Y.
Camilla Parker Bowles
I find it disgusting that people would be so quick to forgive and forget where Charles and Camilla are concerned. Charles's treatment of Diana during their marriage was nothing short of cruel and humiliating. That England will embrace Camilla is an affront to Diana's memory. As for Charles "deserving a little happiness," it seems to me he has done a pretty good job of keeping himself happy all along.
Michele Heck, New Castle, Ind.
Judge Judy Sheindlin
Thanks for the great profile on Judge Judy. I've become addicted to her. How great to see a strong, smart (she'll tell you so), sassy woman as a role model on TV. All real women can stand up and cheer. And finally someone is saying what many of us want to hear: Get a job, be responsible, stop whining. Way to go, Judy!
Carla Rice, Sebring, Fla.
The picture of Judge Judy in the boat with her family was shocking. If she isn't careful, she may find herself on the other side of the bench for not putting life preservers on the children!
Michelle Wright, Halifax, N.S.
The "Love, Dad" story reminded me of my high school days, when my dad too used to send notes in my lunch. He, however, went beyond notes on napkins. If lunch included a hard boiled egg, you could be sure it had a face on its shell and a cute little saying. I knew to always check inside a sandwich before biting because there just might be a hidden note in there too. Those inspirational notes were the envy of my lunchmates and gave me one more reason to be really proud of being his little girl. No matter what, they were proof of how much he loved me.
Joanne Denis, Ottawa, Ont.
My father wrote poems on my lunch napkins when I was in grade school and continued until I was in high school. Now that I am a junior in college, he can't make my lunches for me, but he still sends me postcards once in a while with silly poems that only he can write. It is nice to know that my dad is not the only loving dad out there who takes the time to do the little things that make you smile.
Beth Biesiadecki, Rockford, Ill.
Jack Nicholson, Kate Moss
, Naomi Campbell
, Leonardo DiCaprio
, etc. are jet-setting morons. While staying at the Hotel Nacional, they have no idea of the suffering of the Cuban people. They have been conned by the master manipulator, Fidel Castro, and the dollars they are spending over there do not trickle down to the people; they are going directly to Castro's Swiss bank account.
Maria Eugenia Perez, Marietta, Ga.
I was born in Havana and came to the United States when I was 4. I am repulsed and insulted to hear people like Naomi Campbell
say that Fidel Castro is "inspirational." She should talk to some real Cubans so they can fill her in on how he has oppressed the Cuban people and how people in Cuba suffer every day to obtain items we take for granted. Cuba seems to be the latest playground for the stars, but they fail to see what life there is really like.
Rosa Gomez, Glendale, Calif.