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Readers’ Poll

I chuckled my way through your second annual Readers’ Poll (PEOPLE, March 24) and enjoyed every line.

Nancy Olivier

Metairie, La.

You were unfair to make out that the stars who got the lower ratings on your suggestion lists were losers. The way I see it, they must be doing pretty well to make these lists at all.

Robert McDaniel

Boone, N.C.

Jimmy Carter

President Carter “the most trusted” politician? Did the Ayatollah get the “most benevolent clergyman” vote? Come on, America, let’s quit being so trusting and elect people who can handle the job.

Pat Crotty

Bismarck, N.Dak.

Rosalynn Carter

Women for President? I thought Rosalynn Carter was the President.

J. Dininger

Wooster, Ohio

Bo Derek

If a starlet’s popularity is determined by how undressed, overrated, overexposed and overhyped she is, then Bo Derek should be a has-been by sometime around Memorial Day.

S.E. McCrum

San Antonio

Neil Diamond

I could not agree with any poll that would rate Neil No. 5. He’s a No. 1.

Mary Ann Prellwitz

Arlington Heights, Ill.

Jane Fonda

“Would you like to be Jane Fonda?” By asking that instead of “Do you like…” you were implying that most women don’t like themselves and would rather be someone rich, famous or controversial. I’m glad that 83 percent were able to see through your stupid question and answered no. And why didn’t you ask males if they’d like to be Robert Redford and females if they’d like to marry Redford?

A. Hope


George Burns

As a member of the younger generation, I’d like to say we know we didn’t “discover” George Burns. We’re all tickled that an 84-year-old survivor discovered us.

Shasta Lee Hatter

Springfield, Oreg.

Bonnie Franklin

Boo, hiss, to the boring-women-on-TV findings. Bonnie Franklin has zest, enthusiasm and comes on the screen with an “alive” and bubbly personality. How about Anne Meara or Charlie’s Angels, who cannot act their way out of a wet paper bag?

Nancy Shutt

Mechanicsburg, Pa.

Sexiest Athlete

Leave Bruce Jenner to the Wheaties set. In this family there are two life-size posters of Dave Kingman, one for my 4-year-old son and one for me.

Carol Ovalle

Bloomington, Ind.

Evidently the only athletes your pollees know are the ones who do TV commercials. I have three names to add: Bert Jones, Ken Stabler and Dan Pastorini.

Beluie Underwood

Jewell Valley, Va.

It’s obvious your poll was taken before the Olympics and before goalie Jim Craig made his Coke commercial. Craig could also take over the “sexiest athlete” and “best-looking” categories, to say nothing of favorite TV personality. Who will ever forget him standing on the ice looking for his father in the crowd after that gold medal game?

Doreen Miller

Edmonton, Alta.

Test-tube Babies

I went to clinics for five years before giving birth to my son. Any breakthrough for couples who can’t have children is wonderful. What is “repulsive” and “immoral” is abortion.

Jean Blamquist

Harvey, Ill.

Streisand & Summer

Barbra Streisand and Donna Summer the top two singers? You mean Donna Summer and Barbra Streisand. I don’t give a hoot about the “t” coming before the “u.”

Shiel Epps

Petersburg, Va.

The Eagles

Hurrah! Finally, my favorite group has made it as the No. 1 group in the country. No blood, no fire, no gimmicks; just great music.

Ginny Welsh

Creedmoor, N.C.

Linda Ronstadt

You failed to mention that Linda Ronstadt came in third without a 79 release. That’s staying power.

Debby Maksymiw

Fairfield, Conn.


I really resent the statement: “At the bottom of the list were Chic, the Knack and of course, Kiss.” Just what do you mean, “and of course, Kiss”?

Eric Harrison

San Luis Obispo. Calif.

Sissy Spacek

May I add a resounding vote for America’s most accomplished lady of the silver screen, Sissy Spacek?

Barry Pack

Marietta, Ga.

She was not included because the sample was taken prior to her remarkable performance in Coal Miner’s Daughter.


Deborah Harry

One-third never heard of Blondie’s Deborah Harry? Next year poll some real readers.

S. Graham

Edmonton, Alta.