Most readers eagerly took the prescribed dose of the sexy men of the NBC hit ER (PEOPLE, May 20), finding that Noah Wyle, George Clooney
, Anthony Edwards and Eriq La Salle had considerable restorative powers. A few, though, would rather take their medicine from Chicago Hope on CBS. Judge Harold Rothwax's views on judicial reform touched a nerve with many correspondents who wholeheartedly endorsed his theories.
SEXY MEN OF ER
It was certainly a refreshing change to see four such gifted, not to mention attractive, actors on your cover. I was getting a little sick of murder, hate, racism and Princess Diana. Thanks.
Traverse City, Mich.
Thank you for your story on the real seven wonders of the world: Noah, Anthony, Eriq, George, George, George and George!
DAWN RANDALL, Seattle
Anthony Edwards not a heartthrob? You guys have been living in plastic-surgery land way too long. Look again. Anthony is gorgeous!
URSULA DANNER, Thunder Bay, Ont.
Peter Berg of Chicago Hope could kick all their wimpy, whiny butts.
NANCEE TRIP-SMITH, Warren, Ohio
I am offended that you think ER's success is fueled by hormonally crazed women. My husband watches the show every week, as do my parents, who are in their 60s. We watch for one reason: It is the best show on television.
TRACY PRAESTHOLM, Plano, Texas
I'd like to thank you for confusing me in a caption with the handsome Dante DiPaola, extraordinary dancer from the heyday of the Hollywood musical (Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, etc.). It was he, not I, playing the piano as my sister Rosemary, my son George and others sang along. Dante has been a family friend for 40 years. I should look so good.
NICK CLOONEY, Augusta, Ky.
Our apologies to Mr. Clooney.—ED.
Yes, yes, yes! Finally, there is an insider who recognizes and speaks out regarding what we outsiders have always known: The criminal justice system, in its current form, protects the guilty. Judge Harold Rothwax is not "moving away from the presumption of innocence" but away from the inane, unworkable system that consistently allows criminals to go free on technicalities. A judge for justice—what a great idea!
HELEN MURRAY, Alexandria, Va.
Like Judge Rothwax, many of us are enraged by a justice system that rewards lawyers for their self-aggrandizement. We are sick and tired of these legal thespians whose goal is to confuse jurors—even if it means that their guilty and perhaps dangerous clients go free. The problem with today's legal system is that those who practice the law are permitted to behave as if they are above it.
NANCY COHEN KRAM, Malibu, Calif.
Thank you for the update on Mission: Impossible cast members, who I feel have been my friends for the past 30 years. I remember when the program debuted in 1966. It was a true standout for its challenging "missions," fascinating disguises, sophisticated gadgetry and remarkable characters. To Tom Cruise
and his fellow castmates I say this: Your mission, should you decide to accept it, will be to create characters who are even half as endearing and enduring as the originals, who have earned a place of honor in television history.
KAREN E. GRAEF, Fresno, Calif.
Your article implies that Mission's creator and executive producer, Bruce Geller, explained certain casting decisions to me. Alas, I never met him; Geller died in a 1978 plane crash before I wrote my book (The Complete Mission: Impossible Dossier). One wonders what that imaginative man would have done with the $64 million budget and state-of-the-art special effects of the new movie.
PATRICK WHITE, New York City
Those obnoxious, arrogant, loudmouthed punks better than the Beatles? Not bloody likely!
SUSIE HARPER, El Paso
Liam Gallagher's words, "We're bigger than the Beatles," were similar to those once used by Milli Vanilli—and we all know what happened to them.
M. RUSSILLO, Miami