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Bette Midler

Don’t let Midler fool you. Beneath all the “flash and trash” is one of the most sensitive, warm and talented performers we have (PEOPLE, Jan. 7).

Linda B. Adkins

Richmond, Va.

If Rex Reed is right, that Streisand’s a has-been, and if your cover subject is the replacement, I’ll slash my wrists. From the male point of view (heterosexual, that is) it just don’t go. Come on, Bette Midler, take off the wig and show us that you’re really Craig Russell.

Stephen Davies

New York City

Norman Mailer

I note that a certain José Torres insists that Mailer is no palooka. “There isn’t another 56-year-old writer who could beat Norman.” Heck, I’m 68 and I can beat him. Norman has been a sort of besotted bully in American literature and I’m getting tired of hearing about his prowess as a boxer or as a sneering commentator on other writers. He is a fair writer; he would be even better if he’d have bellied up a little more faithfully to his typewriter instead of preening himself as the all-American literary stud.

Frederick Manfred

Luverne, Minn.

Manfred is a 6’9″ author of 24 books, among them Green Earth.


Ted Bundy

Surely Ted Bundy kept a fake arm cast in his apartment and crowbar, handcuffs and pantyhose mask in his car because as a former Boy Scout he’d learned to always be prepared. Seattle TV reporter Walsh failed to convince me that the U.S. is filled with “Teds” who, like Bundy, can be proven to be in certain areas of the country on specific days, who can be identified by eyewitnesses in more than one case, and against whom there is a plethora of circumstantial evidence.

Maureen O’Toole

Park Forest, Ill.

Even a prelaw student like myself can realize that there was more solid evidence in a Salem witch trial than there was to convict Ted Bundy in Miami. Justice does not rely on innuendo or flimsy evidence.

Jim Germer


Picks & Pans

The feeling of euphoria I got seeing Kirk, Scott, McCoy, Spock and the rest of the Star Trek gang together again was sadly diminished when the movie plot evolved into a poor excuse for even one episode of the former TV show. Your review was right on the nose—as was the Enterprise on its.

Jean T. Routen, USN

Coronado, Calif.

Ann Dewar

A word of caution about the “Edinburgh Masker.” People have stuttered for centuries, and for almost as long distracting devices have been used to provide immediate fluency for them. From Demosthenes, who talked with pebbles in his mouth and walked along a beach where his speech was masked by breakers, to rhythmic pacers resembling hearing aids, to delayed auditory feedback, remarkable results have been achieved. The sad part is, none of the “cures” works consistently over extended periods of time. As soon as one of the “gimmicks” loses its distracting character, the stuttering reemerges.

N.J. Rombalski, B.S.,

Communicative Disorders

Stevens Point, Wis.

Ted Goss

Hooray for Kenya, the World Bank and antipoaching chief Ted Goss! Finally, a few people are beginning to realize that it is up to us human beings to get tough on behalf of our vanishing fellow creatures that can’t fight for themselves. This is one war I have no trouble at all in justifying.

Julie Collier

New York City

Darryl Stingley

Darryl Stingley is a well-known name in this town. We had a young man who was injured in the same manner and paralyzed just as Stingley is. Darryl took the time to call Art Helland while Art was still in the hospital. As Stingley has shown, he is going to fight his paralysis and he gave some of that spirit to Helland as well. On January 4, Art Helland walked back through the doors of Ennis High School under his own power.

Vurnie Kaye Barnett

Ennis, Mont.

Darryl Stingley is handling his life. Not so Jack Tatum who tackled him. Surely, there must be remorse, and like any other human sentiment, remorse needs to be acknowledged.

Barbara E. Spell

Avon, Conn.

“I like to believe my best hits border on felonious assault,” boasts NFL defensive back Tatum in his new book, They Call Me Assassin, which details the punishment he inflicts on other NFL players. “The guy is really lost,” comments Stingley. “What he needs more than anything is for people to pray for him like they prayed for me.”