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updated 08/28/2000 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/28/2000 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Harrison Ford
Be still my beating heart! When I first laid eyes on your cover graced with Harrison Ford, I almost ran into another fan in my haste to get a copy. We both agreed: "Isn't he gorgeous."
Julie Atwood, Seattle

That awesome photo of Harrison Ford holding that stuffed toy bear says it all!
Ginger Cross, Orlando

When women discuss Harrison Ford's latest movie, I love to tell them, "Oh, I've been in his arms, and he is special." I'll share my story: In the 1970s there was a popular exhibit at a Los Angeles museum. As I entered a crowded room to get a closer look, throngs of people were shoving. I fell backwards, only to be rescued by a man's strong arms. I looked up and saw that face and that scar, and all I could think was, "It's Han Solo!" Recognition must have been apparent on my face—in a flash he was gone.
Wendy Robinson, Saugus, Calif.

Katie and Emily Couric
Sen. Emily Couric is an accomplished woman fighting cancer. Her photo should have graced the cover of PEOPLE—not her sister Katie's! Alan Dershowitz thinks Katie, whom he compares to the biblical Job, does not deserve the tests inflicted upon her. Well, what about Emily, who actually has the cancer? This is really not a story about Katie.
E. Renae Hillman, Washington, D.C.

My family knows firsthand what pancreatic cancer is about, having recently lost my father-in-law to this disease. Nine out of every 10 patients die within a year. And although it has claimed the lives of Jack Benny, Cardinal Joseph Bernardin, Dizzy Gillespie, Donna Reed, Michael Landon, Henry Mancini and Juliet Prowse, to name a few, it does not receive the exposure and funding necessary for finding a cure. Thank you for placing the words "pancreatic cancer" on your cover.
Carolyn Denice, Fort Wayne, Ind.

Harrison Ford is proof that what lies beneath makes him truly the Sexiest Man Alive—ever!
Susan Hibbert, Mission Viejo, Calif.

Mary Guthrie
My hat is off to Mary Guthrie for providing a safe and loving environment for children with special needs. As a former daycare provider, I know how challenging it is to care for kids who don't have special needs, so I can imagine what she does every day. "We need more people like her to give quality care to these special kids.
Janet Smith, La Porte City, Iowa

George W. Bush
Thank you for your fascinating story on George W. Bush. Your story did what so few others have done—concentrated on George W. as a man and visionary instead of as the son of a President.
Heather Carlyle, New York City

I get so sick of your liberal talking points being shoved down our throats. In your story on George W., one paragraph followed another highlighting his shortcomings and not one word about his accomplishments as governor of Texas. Could you find nothing good to say aside from his being committed to his family?
Susan Warshow, Westlake, Calif.

Constitutionally, Texas has a weak governor system, and the role of the governor has historically been that of a figurehead. The real governing in Texas is done by the lieutenant governor and the legislature. Why is this seldom mentioned in stories about George W. Bush?
Cherril Scarth, Belvedere, Calif.

Jerry Orbach
Chris who? Benjamin who? Jesse who? Law & Order is all about Jerry Orbach!
Sarah Rij, Fresno, Calif.

How could you talk about Jerry Orbach's talents without mentioning that he provided the voice of Lumiere—the candelabrum in one of my daughter's much loved movies, Disney's Beauty and the Beast? It's obvious that his fan base includes even 4-year-olds, and he can "Be Our Guest" anytime!
Lorie Vincent, Stratford, Texas

Star Tracks
Recently you printed a photo of Kristin Davis being wed in Sex and the City, ruining the surprise for legions of devoted fans. And now you have seen fit to publish a photo of Sarah Jessica Parker and Chris Noth taking a dive in a Central Park lake. Why do you insist on wrecking the viewers' surprise and pleasure in such unexpected moments? What will be next—complete scripts printed before airtime?
Jack Allen Foster, El Paso

Gisele Bündchen
If Gisele Bündchen is considered "voluptuous," it is no wonder that girls and women have such a problem with their body image. She looks just as waifish as the rest of those models. The "pale, wan look" will not be over until some realistic-size women end up on the runway.
Kelly Kapp, Louisville, Ky.

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