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Joan Collins

Thank you for your cover story on Joan Collins (PEOPLE, Dec. 20), who is the sexiest and most talented lady on television. I enjoyed the article except for your writer’s tasteless speculations about how old she is—the woman is a knockout at any age.

Patrick Giordano

Rio Rancho, N.Mex.

E.T. rip-offs

It amazes me that a nonexistent creature can touch the hearts of so many people and yet not leave its mark on those directly involved with it. I’m referring to the photograph of MCA lawyer Barry Reiss sweeping up “a pile of illegal aliens,” which is captioned, “When we’re through with litigation we’ll give them to an incineration company.” Why can’t the creators of E.T. share their good fortune? I’m sure that there were lots of orphans and needy children who would have loved to receive an “illegal alien” for Christmas rather than no present at all. I’m also sure that the gesture wouldn’t have put too big a dent in MCA/ Universal’s bank account.

Margaret Jaskowiak

West Seneca, N.Y.

Pascal Kamar, the licensed designer and producer of E.T. dolls, has “60 plants working solely on E.T. in Korea, Taiwan and the Philippines.” Doesn’t he know that there are millions of people out of work in this country? Why couldn’t these products be manufactured here? After all, it is the American people who buy these toys. I’ll tell you why. The dolls are made overseas because cheaper labor yields a bigger profit. This was a good chance to create jobs for our failing economy, and Spielberg, et al. blew it. Where are their heartlights?

Susan Bathurst

Bothell, Wash.

Jean Marsh

Jean Marsh is an attractive lady, but why was she photographed inside a refrigerator? We’ve all heard horror stories about children who shut themselves inside these appliances and die of suffocation. Why must we remind them that these “toy boxes” are available for playtime?

David Tanner

Russellville, Ark.

Todd Blackledge

I admire Penn State’s quarterback, Todd Blackledge, for all he has done. I’m a Christian, too, and think it’s nice to have a 6’4″ 220-pounder on my side. I’d like to see someone call him a sissy, as we’re so often stereotyped, for being Christian.

Sheryl Lee

Flushing, Mich.

Teri McKown

I appreciated the story about Teri McKown’s brave work as an undercover drug agent because it presented such a wonderful role model. It was refreshing to see what our side is doing in this horrible drug war. She should not, however, feel guilty about betraying pushers. Tell her to think of the lives she has saved and of the parents who will be spared the living hell of having a child hooked on drugs.

Leslie Diane Roby

Louisville, Ky.

After reading your article about Teri McKown and her fellow undercover narcotics agents in the LAPD, I can see why she feels guilt about her deception of these young victims. Yes, victims—of a society that has, for whatever reasons, turned them into abusers of drugs. We and God can help them. The LAPD certainly isn’t doing so. How anybody can commend or even rationalize this program is beyond me. First, the money spent on drugs and on the salaries of the undercover agents who are planted in high schools could be far better spent on programs that are based on prevention, counseling and rehabilitation of young people. Second, psychological damage may be done when a child is arrested and realizes that the young lady he had trusted has turned against him. This undertaking is a sad waste of the taxpayers’ money.

Kim Paulson

El Cajon, Calif.

Ruth Duskin Feldman

The last statement Ruth Duskin Feldman made in her interview, “Even a gifted child can take out the garbage,” really hit home. Ah, but were it true! My gifted 12-year-old son, who can argue, offer opinions and contradict with the best of them, has hands that have yet to touch dishwater. His ability to dirty glasses is matched only by his repulsion at the prospect of cleaning them. To make matters worse, he offers cogent reasons why he is unable, physically or intellectually, to complete this simple task. I am reduced to statements like, “You will wash them because I am bigger than you, therefore I can beat you up!” So much for genius.

Diana A. Brodscholl

Waldwick, N.J.


I would like to comment on Joan Ryan’s letter about Cristina De Lorean’s article on her husband. We “prison widows” wish people like Ms. Ryan would quit suggesting that we should question our relationships with the people we love simply because they have committed public crimes. The guilty party is not the only one who becomes imprisoned. The trauma that relatives experience, from the initial arrest to the publicity, the court appearances and finally walking through the prison gates to visit, can only be understood if you’ve been there caring what happens to your husband or mother or brother or sister. Society punishes the criminal, but it cannot break up a good marriage. I admire Mrs. De Lorean for her strength and courage.

Lynette G. Schmirald

Salt Lake City