People Staff
January 10, 1983 12:00 PM


I must be one of the few not fully lobotomized TV addicts because I cannot understand the fuss about Dallas and J.R. (PEOPLE, Dec. 6). I find them a supreme bore, and why the remarriage to Sue Ellen merited so much coverage is even more baffling. It ruined my weekly date with PEOPLE.

Darlene C. Estrada

Glendale Heights, Ill.

Dee Wallace

I can’t agree with Ms. Wallace that the character she played in E.T. was a “hip mother who’s got a terrific relationship with her kids.” Her toleration of vulgar expressions and back talk showed that the kids were in charge. What distresses me is that this very popular movie provided us with an undesirable role model who will, no doubt, be emulated.

Catherine Mason

Murphys, Calif.

Senate Office Building

When I read your article on the extravagant Philip A. Hart Office Building, I was shocked, then reminded of Marie Antoinette’s Petit Trianon, the opulent cottage where she played peasant.

John R. Holgate

Kansas City, Mo.

Neil Diamond

A few days after I read your pan of Neil Diamond’s album Heartlight, I heard Neil in concert in Tulsa. The crowd was on its feet for much of the performance. Everyone would have stayed to listen to him sing all night. Not bad for someone who sings “numbingly dumb lyrics.”

Nancy Bagby

Dewey, Okla.

Patti Linebaugh

I agree with Patti Linebaugh about the need for reforming the laws that govern child molesters. Could you give me an address for her group, SLAM?

Lisa Schickedanz

Gage, Okla.

Patti Linebaugh, SLAM, P.O. Box 102, Camarillo, Calif. 93010.—ED.

Karen Brooks

I have been accused in your magazine of removing a garter from the leg of Warner Bros, recording artist Karen Brooks, whose age is given as 37.1 take great umbrage at the suggestion that I would remove a garter from the leg of a 37-year-old woman. I am, however, in the practice of removing garters from the legs of 28-year-old girls—which is the correct age of Miss Brooks.

Andrew Wickham

Warner Bros. Records

Burbank, Calif.

Susan Lucci

As an avid All My Children fan, I hope that Susan Lucci renews her contract. Who but Erica could possibly advertise Sensuelle cosmetics properly? Who could belittle and chastise poor, scheming Silver? Who else could tell Opal Gardner and all the rest of Pine Valley a thing or two? The real question is: Could we Erica admirers do without our daily fix of egomania? I think not.

Linda A. Baldwin

Butler, N.J.

Yoko and Sean

John’s fans rejected Yoko (PEOPLE, Dec. 13). We misunderstood her and may have been cruel at times. Perhaps we were envious that someone could be so close and complete to a genius like Lennon. I wish that we could have loved her as we do now while John was alive.

Susan Elrod

Little Rock

As a longtime follower of John Lennon, I had been worried about how Yoko and Sean were doing. Now I see that Yoko is coping and that Sean is already a human being full of understanding and insight. Thank you, Yoko, for making a beautiful child as well as beautiful music.

Rose Gaglio

Keystone Heights, Fla.

Hastings Keith

The case of Hastings Keith is not typical of civil service retirement. He was a Congressman and so among the highest-paid civil servants. He contributed at a higher rate and receives a higher return. As a retired military reservist, he is in a minority that can claim multiple credit for military service. Also, the period of his retirement corresponds with a period of sustained inflation. In contrast to his reported income of more than $60,000, the average civil service retiree receives $962 per month, before deductions for income tax and health insurance.

L.J. Andolsek

National Association of Retired Federal Employees

Washington, D.C.

Chocolate Cake

Thank you for the articles on chocolate and the terrific recipe for Chocolate Gateau Finley. Just one question: Are you supposed to serve the butter on the side, or does it belong in the cake?

Donna E. Ruggiero

Alexandria, Va.

Sorry for the oversight. Melt the butter in the double boiler along with the chocolate chips.—ED.

Allan A. Ryan Jr.

Your article about me leaves the impression that I try all OSI’s cases myself. The staff of the Office of Special Investigations, of whom I am one, is a skilled and successful team of 50 people—attorneys, historians, investigators, researchers, paralegals and secretaries. They deserve the credit for the painstaking work that goes into building and prosecuting the cases against Nazi war criminals.

Allan A. Ryan Jr.

U.S. Dept. of Justice

Washington, D.C.

With a budget of $2.5 million a year, the OSI has managed to win only 11 cases against Nazi war collaborators. With its very strained economy, this country can ill afford such a waste of the taxpayers’ money.

C.A. Barnes


I commend Mr. Ryan on a job well done. There is no room in this country for Nazi war criminals. To allow them to live here in comfort when they have brought death and anguish to so many is an outrage.

Kathleen Diaz

North Hollywood, Calif.

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