Jill St. John and Robert Wagner
Your cover story (PEOPLE, Aug. 30) on Jill St. John and Robert Wagner was heartwarming and compassionate. These two celebrities have managed to live private lives and to pursue their careers with ambition and integrity. To say that Robert Wagner and Jill St. John can find happiness together does not mean that Natalie was loved any less. She will live in the memory of those who loved her.
Mrs. R.P. Miller
I enjoyed the article on Frank Perdue, our local chicken king. Perdue has helped the Eastern Shore grow by providing thousands of jobs. He may look like a chicken, but he’s a good egg.
After reading the article about Frank Perdue, I have decided to become a vegetarian. Thank you for helping me to make that decision.
New York City
Beverly Hills Real Estate
Beverly Hills Realtors and homeowners are finally getting what they deserve now that the bottom is falling out of their market. They were the first to inflate prices, and their practice spread to the rest of L.A., where a nice two-bedroom house now sells for as much as $200,000. Several years ago brokers, who are supposed to be intermediaries between buyers and sellers, began to speculate, buying up reasonably priced houses before we common folk even knew they were on the market, slapping on a coat of cheap paint, paneling the den, planting a few daisies and putting them back on the market at ridiculous prices. Between these shenanigans and high interest rates, virtually no one can afford to purchase a decent home anymore. In Los Angeles, the American Dream has turned into a real estate nightmare.
The Susedik Family
I read your story about the Susediks’ four child geniuses. I agree that a high IQ can be programmed into a child. The Susediks have proved this point, but the question is—why did they want to? By parading their children before the public, they convey the message I’ve gotten from so many parents of gifted children: “Look at me. My children are bright.” These people should stop using bright children as pawns. Let them have a chance to be children first and geniuses second. Teach them as much as they want to know but don’t force-feed them.
Phylis Campbell Dryden
It is true that some Alaskans splurged on luxuries with the $1,000 checks they received from the state, but our family used the money to make a payment on outstanding medical bills for open-heart surgery. You presented a distorted, glamorizing view of the subject—most of us used the checks to pay for necessities and to lessen the financial strain of monthly bills. To us, this gift was an answer to a prayer.
Designer Betsey Johnson’s desire to resurrect the mini is an unfortunate attempt to keep the ’60s alive, and that’s sad. However, only the jet-setting beautiful people and their ilk are likely to hop on this three-wheeled bandwagon. I suspect most women are too intelligent to follow suit.
Bravo to the return of the miniskirt. Your article must have had some effect. As you pointed out, there is a theory that the stock market rises and falls with skirt length. Just as you did a pictorial review of the skirt situation, the Dow-Jones average headed skyward. As a longtime girl-watcher and investor, I can only say keep up the good work.
Kurt W. Frank
Rock Island, Ill.
Your piece on the rock group Survivor claims that their Jim Peterik and Frankie Sullivan wrote the Top 40 hit Hold On Loosely for the band 38 Special. If you look at the publishing credits on the LP, you’ll see clearly that 38 Special’s Jeff Carlisi and Don Barnes collaborated on the song with Jim Peterik. The music was composed primarily by Carlisi, and Barnes added the chorus. Peterik was helpful in that he wrote the bridge and collaborated on the lyrics. The band enjoys collaborating occasionally with Jim Peterik on songs; however, 38 Special has never asked Survivor to compose a song for it and writes the vast majority of its music itself.
Manager, 38 Special
New York City
What are the people at Disney doing? Seeing TRON is like falling into a black hole. Walt Disney must be turning over in his grave.
Deleon Springs, Fla.
In your story about TRON, you call Disney’s Love Bug “dismally out-of-touch.” In fact, it has made more than $21 million in rentals, which makes it one of the top-grossing films of 1969, second only to Butch Cassidy. On top of that, it inspired not one but three sequels. Someone is dismally out-of-touch, and it’s clearly not Disney.