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Hugh Hefner

The U.S.A. is permeated with decadence, degeneracy, depravity, debauchery, defilement, demoralization, deterioration and disintegration. Hugh Hefner is doing more than his share to maintain these dirty, disgraceful, deplorable, disreputable, despicable, degrading conditions. My! Isn’t the sunshine bright?

R.W. Applegate

Spokane, Wash.

Gee. Poor Hef, down to his last 200 million. Has to get a zoo permit for keeping pets on the estate (bunnies, too?)—and now a mean person writes an unflattering, non-Hefsidized book about him. It’s enough to make a grown man cry. Me.

Thomas B. Streissguth

Culver City, Calif.

The Issue

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, ITT and Perrine, Tiny Tim, Hefner and Frankenstein. Ugh! Stop the world, I wanna get off.

Barbara Black

Los Angeles

I have purchased your magazine every week since it came out—it’s the first thing I pick up at the supermarket each week. But when I count six distasteful photos in one issue, this is not the kind of thing I want around the house with three children.

Mrs. Dan De Gamo

Winter Haven, Fla.

Lloyd Bucher

Thank God for men like Commander Bucher. He makes me proud to be an American.

Mrs. Henry Ball

Princeton, N.J.

I never really had a hero until I read Bucher’s book about the Pueblo incident. I believed his story completely and am sorry the Navy didn’t. I think that Mustang captains (up from the ranks like Commander Bucher) have much more insight into the work they do and know how to cope with the feelings of their crews better than other commissioned officers. When my husband was in the Navy, his commanding officer was also a Mustang and he really went out of his way to help anyone on his ship.

Mrs. Nancy M. Anderson


Valerie Perrine

Since sexy actress Valerie Perrine of Lenny fame seems to fall in love with someone involved in the making of every movie she is in, I would appreciate it if she would consider being a guest star in the student film I am now lensing. I am most hopeful that she will become enamored of someone on my set, since I am the director, the producer, the scriptwriter, the male lead and the stunt man.

Brian McGrath


Perrine rhymes with “swine,” which in my opinion characterizes this woman much more succinctly than does “divine.” Trying to pass herself off as a star with her bust and long legs, she only strikes me as a chick looking for some fast money to pay for the fast life she prefers to “live and brag about.” She is not my idea of a star on the screen or off.

Ms. Carole Nelson

Granada Hills, Calif.

Bernie Cornfeld

In your Nov. 25 issue you refer to Mr. Bernard Cornfeld as a “convicted stock frauder.” Mr. Cornfeld has never been convicted of stock fraud. The confusion may have grown out of the fact that Mr. Cornfeld spent many months in St. Antoine prison in Geneva, Switzerland, but this incarceration was for investigatory purposes only. Under the Napoleonic Code, which governs in Switzerland, a writ of habeus corpus is not available and innocent persons are imprisoned for indefinite periods of time for the sole purpose of investigation. In fact, after a lengthy investigation Mr. Cornfeld was released and to date the Swiss government has not come up with any charges which would constitute the equivalent of even an indictment, let alone a conviction under American or English law.

Phyllis B. Gangel

Attorney at Law

New York

We are glad to set the record straight.—ED.

Boss of Bill, Wyo.

All of us are aware of the needless expenses in government today. The list is a mile long. But when a salary of $7,500 is paid to a man for being postmaster of a town whose population is between 1 and 3 people—this is going too far. It’s an ideal place to start budget cutting.

Anne B. Silbernagel

West Palm Beach

Nixon Doctors

In your article on the physicians appointed to examine Mr. Nixon you mention that Dr. Charles A. Hufnagel invented the heart-lung machine. This is incorrect. It was invented by the late John H. Gibbon Jr., M.D., of the Jefferson Medical College of Philadelphia, and the first successful open-heart surgery utilizing this machine was also performed by Dr. Gibbon in 1953.

Deborah Miller


Dr. Gibbon was an early pioneer in developing a heart-lung machine but it was rarely used in surgery. Dr. Hufnagel (and others) perfected the machine now in wide use.—ED.

Mel Brooks

Your laudatory Bio of Mel Brooks would have been far more convincing if you had refrained from giving examples of his alleged wit.

Alan Maver

Southbury, Conn.