updated 05/03/2004 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/03/2004 AT 01:00 AM EDT

What a great issue. Jessica Simpson is such a lovely ray of light.
Brenda Torney
San Antonio, Texas

Your 30th-anniversary edition surpassed my expectations. I found myself smiling and saying, "I remember that."
N. O'Connor
via e-mail

This PEOPLE is my favorite ever. Your magazine and I were born in the same year. My mother and I enjoyed poring through this issue, and I learned some things I never knew before.
Kristin Wiggall
Rochester, N.Y.

Great pictures! Kelly Preston with George Clooney. Sarah Jessica Parker with Robert Downey Jr. It's nice to see Hollywood is into recycling.
David and Bijou Lester
Blackwood, N.J.

My motto has always been, "If it's not in PEOPLE, it's just not important enough."
Francine Rosen
Brooklyn, N.Y.

Who needs another magazine? Continue your zest for excellence!
Martha Orr Miller
San Antonio, Texas

You shot my Saturday and my to-do list. I couldn't resist reading this issue from cover to cover.
Marilyn Angelo
Claremont, Calif.

Thanks for the memories. Please take a bow!
Lisa Perry
Byfield, Mass.

Having just turned 27, reading this issue brought back some memories—from Princess Diana's wedding to learning the unfathomable courage of Ryan White and the horrors of AIDS. This issue made me realize that I've lived through some amazing and horrific times. And it also proves once and for all that PEOPLE is not just about celebrities, it's about all of us.
Sarah M. Brown
Orillia, Ont.

Your anniversary issue was well done except for one detail: the cover. Nothing against Jessica Simpson, but why is she fit to commemorate such an event? Maybe the honor should have gone to someone you covered for all 30 years or at least an individual who made a difference in the world.
Heather Nance
Atlanta, Ga.

I enjoyed your "American Dreams" feature. Seeing the major contrasts between the haves and have-nots was a real eye-opener. It was a nice break from the celebrity news.
Willa Walker
Albuquerque, N.Mex.

I'm an avid PEOPLE reader and love your magazine. However, after reading "American Dreams" I was disappointed to see you perpetuate the stereotype that African-American families are either poor or fatherless. I'm a married, educated African-American teacher and mother of two girls. My husband is also African-American and a lawyer. Our combined income puts us at about $200,000 a year. So now you have proof that middle-class African-Americans do exist. We didn't get canceled with The Cosby Show.
Erin Woods
Las Vegas, Nev.

When Cissy Houston, mother of Whitney Houston, says her daughter is just "like anybody else" and "this is happening in everybody's family," I pray she's dead wrong. I find it hard to believe the rest of us have ongoing drug problems. I'd hope most of us are hardworking, trying to teach good family values and abiding by the laws.
Paul Thistle
Haymarket, Va.


Fred Medill, "America's youngest A-list celebrity journalist," should be inspiring not only to young people but to parents as well. His story is the perfect example of how crucial parental support is in enhancing kids' self-esteem. With the help of his father, Fred was able to fulfill his dream.
Robert Hargrave
Los Angeles, Calif.

Happy 30th anniversary, PEOPLE magazine! Thank you for giving readers years of celebrities we sigh for, fashion we'd die for and victims we cry for.
Laura Emerson
Biloxi, Miss.

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