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‘Mork & Mindy’

You have made me one happy person! Thank you for putting the talented Robin Williams on your cover (PEOPLE, Oct. 30). Out of the 234 PEOPLE covers on my wall, this one beats them all.

Michelle Del Llano

Elmhurst, Ill.

It is really touching to see Robin Williams in the Lookout section one week and a few issues later on the cover. Superstar? What other word can I use?

Jill Hershman

Reidsville, N.C.

How disappointing it is that Robin Williams considers Mork & Mindy (and I regret to have to quote) “kiddie crap,” and to find a picture of his bare bottom published when children all over the country (my 13-year-old son adores him) are imitating Mork’s mannerisms, as you yourself say. We are sorry that this talented man has such a low regard for both his program and the people who watch it, adults and children alike.

Ellen Johnson

Racine, Wis.

We go berserk over Robin Williams, but please tell Pam Dawber she is half the reason we watch Mork & Mindy.

Katherine and Susan Henderson

Halifax, N.S.

John Paul II

I am amazed that you would devote six pages to Muhammad Ali making a movie, four pages to someone named Robin Williams and only two pages to the history-making Polish Pope! Where is your sense of values?

Bonnie Dobosz

Griffith, Ind.

The news of the Pope’s election came too close to our editorial deadline for us to expand the story. However, we published a three-page article the following week.


Joe Cocker

I admire anyone who follows his heart and dream to success as singer Joe Cocker has done. He’s faced almost insurmountable odds and yet he continues to pour his soul into his songs. I can’t help but think he’s trying to explain himself, as though he wants his fans to understand why he keeps on going. I’ll keep on listening.

Barbara Taylor

Cahokia, Ill.

Anna Sandhu

I’m curious. If this “private” person who married James Earl Ray turned down $15,000 from another publication for her exclusive story, what enticement did she get from PEOPLE?

Diana L. Green

Oxon Hill, Md.



Alan Bell

I am writing to express my sincere gratitude for your interview with Alan Bell about the new report on gays. It’s high time the general public faced up to a startling fact that people are people—and being gay or nongay really doesn’t change that.

Andrew Currie


Your headline on the latest Kinsey report story wrongly identified its author as Arthur Bell.

Timothy P. Cwiek


Our apologies to both men. Arthur Bell sometimes writes about the homosexual scene for the Village Voice in New York. He recently published Kings Don’t Mean a Thing, a book about the celebrated John Knight murder case in Philadelphia.


Gilbert Leveille

Nutritionist Gilbert Leveille maintains that the “American diet is the best in the world today.” If so, why do millions of Americans suffer from obesity, heart disease, hypertension, anemia, low blood sugar, vitamin deficiency and dental caries? These problems do not exist in the few parts of the world where processed foods are not used.

Vivian Mower


Leveille replies: “Because Americans don’t die of infectious illness, they live long enough to die of heart disease. Obesity is a reflection of affluence, a result of high-energy foods and lessened physical activity. Dental health in the U.S. is better than that in the rest of the world. Basically, though, to compare the U.S. diet with those of less developed countries is like comparing apples and oranges.”


Bun Richardson

Bun Richardson a Burt Reynolds lookalike? You’ve got to be kidding! He looks more like Dom DeLuise trying to play Burt Reynolds.

Rhonda Plugis

Pinehurst, Mass.

Actually, Burt Reynolds is lucky. I heard they held a Frankie Valli lookalike contest in New York and 40,000 people showed up.

Bob Hill