I just read your story on the Brat Pack. It sounds to me like they are a bunch of Survivors—all clean and sober, and working steadily. They turned out pretty cool.
Alice Lennox, Kihei, Hawaii
I guess Mare Winningham really wasn't a "brat." But to exclude only her when writing the Brat Pack article seems a little rude. And she isn't on the cover either! What do you have against her? I heard she got married and has a lovely family.
Alice McDowell, Belmont, Mich.
Obviously, Hollywood made a huge mistake in assuming Rob Lowe's career was finished because of his "youthful indiscretions." As far as I am concerned, his sins are forgiven. It will be a shrewd person who next casts Lowe in a big-budget, starring role. We women want him back on the big screen—now!
Janet Kampouris, Sacramento
My 7-year-old daughter saw your cover and immediately recognized Emilio Estevez. She said, "I know where he is now. He's a Mighty Duck." Then she asked, "Who's that woman in the picture with him?" Emilio may not be the superstar that the woman in the photograph is, but he is recognized by a very important part of our population—our children. Sorry, Demi!
Amy Modlin, Jamesville, N.C.
This story brought back a lot of good memories. I felt like I was catching up with old friends.
Lisa Laures, Catlett, Va.
Tatiana Namath is kidding herself if she thinks that it is better for her children to see her "happy and fulfilled" than to be at home with them. How sad for Broadway Joe, Jessica and Olivia. I'm certain that someday Tatiana will sorely regret her decision to seek what she deems a more "stimulating" lifestyle.
Lauren Cody, Mount Prospect, Ill.
I could have choked when I read Tatiana Namath's lame excuses for breaking up her family and moving across the country. She should just admit that she is selfish and her needs come before everyone else's. I feel sorry for her kids. She's a terrible role model.
Karen Eazell, Corona, Calif.
I cannot imagine any woman in her right mind leaving Joe Namath. He is still one of the sexiest men I have ever seen. Head back to Mobile, Joe. The women here like you!
Rita Thompson, Mobile, Ala.
Kathleen Ford should be ashamed of herself. It was bad enough that she offered a reward for the return of her gems and has failed to pay it, but I think it is a much greater shame that she has not even thanked the men responsible for their return. It seems that a $1 million reward would not make a dent in her finances. It is sad to see someone who could have made others' dreams come true be so thankless and selfish.
Chris Roth, Eureka, Mo.
It appears to me, after reading this story, that the real thief is Kathleen Ford herself. First she stole Henry Ford II from his wife, and now she is stealing from the very men who got her stolen jewels back. She's a real "two-timer" and should be ashamed. I wish those three gentlemen success in their lawsuit and hope there will be a $3 million settlement.
Barbara Burrell, Ralston, Neb.
Kudos to Wendy Shalit for standing up for propriety despite her generation's cultural norm.
Lisa Tebeau Carvin, Tallahassee, Fla.
As a chaste 29-year-old woman in an intensely sexual climate, I'm grateful to have a voice. Somewhere along the way, women's libbers have convinced everyone that femininity is a dirty word and that we have to be "uninhibited", and "in-your-face" to have power. How wrong! If we respect ourselves by keeping sacred what is sacred, then men will also be respectful. Thank you, Miss Shalit, for being a light for women like me. There are more of us than people think.
Michelle Green, Atlanta
I agree with Ms. Shalit whole-heartedly. Situation ethics and our preoccupation with sex are at the bottom of many of our problems as a society today. Some old-fashioned modesty and manners are sorely needed.
Barry Gentry, Indianapolis
Wendy Shalit, at the age of 23, has a lot more to learn. Throughout history, women have been victims at the hands of men. Perhaps she wants to walk around in long skirts, cooing and batting her eyes to get respect from men, but I'll demand respect and fight for it, no matter how unladylike. She simplifies societal problems, especially date rape, and puts the blame on women. Perhaps she should get off her privileged pedestal and find out how difficult it would be in the real world if women had to go back to being seen and not heard.
Ellen Mauro, Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.
Gardner McKay began appearing on Adventures in Paradise when I was all of 7 years old, and it's a measure of his appeal that even as a girl of that young age, I had a mad crush on him and never missed a show. It's hard to believe that one man could be so perfect—gorgeous, intelligent, athletic, rich—a true Renaissance man. If someone is smart in Hollywood, they'll bring back reruns of Adventures, so we old McKay fans can get our fix.
Judy Miller, Reading, Pa.
Give that man his money! I play the Connecticut lottery and I would like to assure State Sen. Alvin Penn that I would in no way feel cheated by such an act of compassion. Judging by your story, if ever a man deserved a windfall it is Mr. Jackson. And Rep. Chris DePino has my support in his effort to see that Jackson gets it. Why can't more people think with their hearts, as well as their heads, and just do the right thing? I will certainly be writing both these legislators to let them know how I feel.
Nancy Giddings, Easton, Conn.
Johnathan Lee Iverson
As a spokesman for PETA's campaign to protect elephants, I read with sadness your profile of Johnathan Lee Iverson, the first African-American ringmaster of the Ringling Bros, and Barnum & Bailey Circus. While I am always happy to see members of the black community make an honest living, I urge Mr. Iverson to ask himself just how honorable it is to preside over the abuse and suffering of animals.
Richard Pryor, Encino, Calif.
I've always believed there were angels in heaven. After reading about Dr. Peggy Rummel, I now believe there are angels here on earth, and she is one of them.
Anne Bielucke, Long Beach, Calif.
Dr. Rummel's dedication to human service exemplifies the kind of doctoring many of us entering medical school hope to practice. However, in times when it is common to rack up more than $100,000 in school debt, it is easy to get sidetracked into job searches based on monetary compensation. Angels like Dr. Rummel help to remind us of life's priorities. I plan to follow in her footsteps as a small-town doctor.
Gina Montion, M.D., Ventura, Calif.
Judge Paul Sacco
In Fort Lupton, Colo., the punishment for violating the ordinance against loud music is having to listen to Barry Manilow for an hour? Sorry, I'm afraid that punishment would have no effect on me. Chances are, the loud music I'd be blasting from my car would be Barry Manilow.
Liz Flahavan, Hicksville, N.Y.
Hang in there, Walter! I was diagnosed with PSC [primary sclerosing cholangitis] in 1981 and had a liver transplant in 1988. I just celebrated my 11th "new birthday," and life could not be better.
Annette Markowitz, Nashville
I salute Nick Nolte, Amy Madigan and Ed Harris. Choosing not to applaud Elia Kazan was their right. This is what America is about.
Randi Granger, Post Falls, Idaho