People Staff
May 20, 1974 12:00 PM

Charlie Finley

Charles Finley has been a pain to the players, the fans, the press and the management of the American League ever since he became an owner.

Finley has changed the lineup card, discontinued fireworks, got rid of ball girls, badgered his players about everything from salaries to what kind of shoes they wear, snubbed the mayor of Oakland, cut complimentary tickets for newspapers from 24 to four, got rid of the 25% discount on season tickets, dropped mini season tickets, cut family-night games to four and decreed there will be no television.

He won two championships, got colored uniforms, and the designated hitter, but do we want a man in the Hall of Fame because he made his team look like a circus? As for the designated hitter, you don’t put a man in the Hall of Fame for one good idea.

Gary Smith

Wurtsmith AFB, Mich.

Why waste space on a publicity-hungry man like Charlie Finley? He manipulates the people who work for him like a tyrant. The designated hitter has ruined strategy, and his idea for a designated runner would ruin it further. His stunts have not gotten baseball any more fans, they’ve just turned people away. Charlie Finley should realize that baseball is a sport and a business, not a stage for him to perform on.

Martha Esposito

Rego Park, N.Y.

Finley’s ownership of the Memphis Tams has set the basketball team back. How well can a club be expected to do when its owner is afraid to spend a penny? When he “rescued” the Tams, bumper stickers praising him began showing up on Memphis cars. Today they have disappeared.

Ellen Monaghan


Tatum O’Neal

Your article on Tatum and Ryan O’Neal haunts me because it isn’t quite complete. Ryan may ease his conscience by fighting for Tatum’s custody—and winning—but how about his son Griffin? Doesn’t he count?

Barbara Lange

Tacoma, Wash.

Griffin, 9, is living contentedly with his mother Joanna Moore and going to school in Los Angeles. Tatum sometimes visits them.—ED.

I’ve had my problems too (I’m only a year older than Tatum) but I really admire her for her strength and courage.

Cindy Strickland


Counter-Gridiron party

Dan Rather sold kisses for 50¢. How could one thin 50¢ piece help?

Edith M. Kehr

Chillicothe, Ill.

The half-dollars added up. Former Attorney-General Elliot Richardson, for example, sold his doodle (above) to GM heir Stewart Mott for $1,000. Martha Mitchell raised $260 making phone calls at buyers’ requests. The party took in $11,000, and after expenses, will donate $2,000 to the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.—ED.

If you had only let us in on the dinner sooner I would’ve had time to withdraw my life savings, wangle an invitation and buy out Dan Rather’s supply of kisses. PEOPLE is the only magazine thus far to have given us Rather ralliers something to feed on.

Marg Heitzeberg

Morristown, N.J.

The counter-gridiron gala appeared to be a success. However, it was rather unpolitical of Senator Percy, an ex-head of Bell & Howell, to be using a Polaroid camera!

Dee Allen

Troy, Mich.

Percy is unperturbed, explaining that although Bell & Howell specializes in motion picture equipment, it once made the cases for a line of Polaroid cameras.—ED.

Lin Bolen Interview

Hurray for Lin Bolen. She’s right on target when she says women can watch anything they want. For me it’s meant seeing reruns of classic movies, catching up on my chores or just enjoying reading—anything rather than watch her trite and banal “How to Survive a Marriage.” The premiere “drama” offered a lisping heroine, her rhinestone-studded levi-clad rival, neurotic mother, feminist hen doctor and assorted stars of commercials. As to the so-called nude “love” scene, let’s be honest there, Lin. Love it wasn’t, sex it wasn’t, gimmick it was.

H. Myers Ross

Redondo Beach, Calif.

Long live the TV soaps! I schedule my weekdays so that I can enjoy them each afternoon, am infuriated if they are preempted for any reason. (Last summer’s Watergate hearings were a horror.) Can’t Lin persuade our local WIS-TV to show “Somerset” instead of the umpteenth rerun of “Gomer Pyle?”

Duncan Wheat

Columbia, S.C.

There is one audience the game shows cater to which Lin Bolen omitted: my six-and seven-year-olds. But they say the games are too easy.

Rita Davis

Flushing, N.Y.


It appears that Screenwriter Arthur Laurents was suffering from a case of wounded pride when he criticized Robert Redford for refusing to speak the line “It’ll be better this time” about his lovemaking in The Way We Were. Did it not occur to Mr. Laurents that Mr. Redford, after evaluating the character of Hubbell Gardiner in the film, could have considered the line out of character?

Gardiner “was like the country he lived in: everything came too easily to him.” Any admission of failure could have weakened the character’s image.

Beth Holmes

Fayetteville, N.C.

The way we weren’t, indeed! I could not agree more with Mr. Redford. I wouldn’t have spoken the line either. It would have detracted both from the character and the movie.

Annie Bleich

Austin, Tex.

Hank Aaron

You have done a terrible injustice to a fantastic human being. It wasn’t bad enough that Henry Aaron did not make the cover, but the article you have in Up Front about him is the weakest I have ever read. He has reached a milestone in all Americans’ lives and you treat it too lightly.

Muriel Reznik

Decatur, Ga.


Would you consider putting a brief explanation of the answers when they appear in the following week’s edition? For instance, clue 20 in your issue of April 29, “George’s amazing world.” Answer: Kreskin. Who is George Kreskin? Since I’m addicted to the PEOPLE Puzzle please have pity and help me out.

S.D. Redmond

Greensboro, N.C.

Kreskin is a psychic entertainer who has written a book The Amazing World of Kreskin, lectured on campuses and performed on many TV shows, including more than 80 appearances with Mike Douglas.—ED.

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