People Staff
February 15, 1982 12:00 PM


Although I am a loyal Cher fan (PEOPLE, Jan. 25), I don’t believe that she “will always feel poor inside,” as she claims. People who know poverty don’t spend $4 million on a house, $7,000 a month on an apartment and buy 10 of everything in designer boutiques. People who know how poor feels save and spend wisely.

Carol Neuerman

Boulder, Colo.

Forget General Hospital. Cher is my favorite soap!

L.R. Davis

Bridgeton, Mo.

I’ve always liked Cher, and I wish her well with her Broadway play. However, her taste in men is as appalling as her taste in clothes, although Sonny Bono wasn’t bad. If she did something about those two problems, she might find personal happiness instead of that constant razzle-dazzle for which she is now too old.

Jack Gabriel

Carson, Calif.

Cher used to be sensitive, scared and lonely, and we loved her for it. Now she’s full of foul language and flip attitudes about living with a parade of men. Was she more deeply hurt by the loss of Sonny and Gregg than we imagined? Is this why we’re seeing a hollowed-out Cher?

Mickey January

Assonet, Mass.

Crisis in Poland

When I read your story on Poland, it brought on chills and bad memories of a small town in Czechoslovakia during the 1968 Russian invasion. I ducked bullets and saw people being shot at by soldiers who were not supposed to open fire either, just as they were not in Poland. But they did, and after each incident we read death notices posted on the town’s bulletin board. When you are 16 years old, you think you know everything, but this was unreal for a teenager. Thanks for a good story.

Name Withheld

Southampton, Pa.

The writer asked not to be identified because of her concern for her family in Czechoslovakia, where her brother is imprisoned.


General Jaruzelski blames Solidarity extremists for forcing his hand, claiming that he acted “with a broken heart.” Who is he kidding? He has no heart. He is just another inanimate puppet of the Russian Bear.

Russell F. Witon


John Madden

I was one of those kids at Orcutt Junior High that Coach Madden loved. I played football at Hancock Junior College where he was head coach, followed his career at San Diego State, and gloried with him during his reign at the Oakland Raiders. I continue to enjoy him as an astute sports commentator. Now my children are learning from that great big hunk of life. Thanks for the memories, John.

Dan Dowd

Auburn, Calif.

Picks & Pans

I wonder if your Picks & Pans reviewer sees the same movies I do. Sharky’s Machine, which he called a “little treasure,” was a long, boring, uneven disaster; on the other hand, he panned Pennies From Heaven, which was an original masterpiece. Steve Martin, who I never thought had a talented bone in his body, gave an exceptionally fine performance.

Ray L. Simpson

Pasadena, Calif.

The Amazing Kreskin

If you had to interview someone like Kreskin on hypnosis, I was happy to see you also had the insight to talk to someone credible like Dr. Charles Mutter. As a therapist who employs hypnosis regularly, I can state that it is of tremendous benefit to patients with problems like pain control, habit control and phobias. It is people like Kreskin who make it difficult to overcome the fears and misconceptions many still have about hypnosis.

Brian J. Strasnick, Ph.D.

Swampscott, Mass.

John Ehrlichman

I suppose we must tolerate more of Mr. Ehrlichman’s revelations of backstairs White House gossip, since his public handwashings seem to generate dollars. His tale sounds “waspish,” though, when it sneers at Helene Drown, a bright, articulate woman whose legion of friends can testify to her outstanding loyalty. She is also known for her frankness when encountering oversize egos, and she must have punctured Mr. Ehrlichman’s to have earned such enmity.

Betty Grosswendt


As God is my witness, one example of an absolute lie by John Ehrlichman is that he never called me about my wife, Helene.

Jack A. Drown

Westminster, Calif.

Ehrlichman is promoting his book on the road, says his notes are at home and declines to comment.


As Presiding Partner of the law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore, I write to correct the impression made in your article on the family of former President Nixon with respect to his son-in-law, Edward F. Cox. Ed is presently General Counsel and Secretary of the U.S. Synthetic Fuels Corporation with responsibility for all legal aspects of a $15 billion program designed to foster a synthetic fuels industry through government assistance. His legal talent, consistent and creative hard work and ability to manage large, complicated transactions were universally admired here. Ed was not “passed over for a partnership.” We were sorry to lose his services; however, he wanted to take on a new challenge in a new political environment.

Samuel C. Butler

New York City

The Nixon women have retained dignity and strength in the face of what may have been the worst public disgrace of our time. Too bad Ehrlichman did not do the same.

Barbara J. Kistinger

Upland, Calif.

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