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Dr. Ruth Westheimer

I would like to congratulate you on your article on Dr. Ruth Westheimer (PEOPLE, April 15). I know everyone thinks it is really strange to have this cute little lady telling everyone how to improve their sex lives, but I think it is great. I watch her show on cable TV and I listen to her on the radio. It was about time someone took the time and interest to do an appealing story about her.

Lori Campbell

Fort Lee, N.J.

I realize her shows are just a lucrative gimmick for Dr. Ruth Westheimer. My real objection, though, is to the surfeit of sex, good and bad, in books, movies and TV, and the possible undesirable effect on impressionable minds. I also wish Dr. Westheimer would do something about that irritating voice.

M. Brown

Liberty, N.Y.

Good Lord, you guys—I thought you were picturing Robert Blake on your cover for a remake of Tootsie! You made my year with this photo. No offense, Dr. Ruth!”

Morgan Saunders

Gardena, Calif.

Hall and Oates

I would like Daryl Hall and John Oates to know they have at least one screaming fan who is well past her teenage years. I’ve watched them grow and their music style change with the times. I’m still as impressed with them as when I first heard them 10 years ago. In fact, I played one of their tapes in the labor room before giving birth to my son four months ago.

Karen Casey O’Neill

Jacksonville, Fla.

After reading your article on Hall and Oates, I practically lost my lunch. Is Michael Ryan serious when he compares the pop duo to Sappho, the great poetess of ancient Greece? Such comparisons are pretentious and insulting. Next you’ll be comparing Dynasty to the plays of William Shakespeare.

Pete Sturman

Livingston, N.J.

Julia and Joseph Quinlan

It was with particular interest that I read the tragic story about the Quinlans and their comatose daughter, Karen Ann. In the last two years I’ve faced this kind of life-or-death dilemma with both my husband and my mother. In neither case would it have occurred to me to maintain my loved ones artificially just so I might continue to “visit” them. Though I would never be presumptuous enough to question another family’s decision in this delicate matter, I do resent the article’s implication that the preservation of a lifeless life is necessarily a heroic act.

Joyce R. Slater

Kennesaw, Ga.

Picks and Pans

As one of the 200 witnesses to the taping session that yielded the video of John Fogerty’s Rock and Roll Girls, I must take issue with Ralph Novak’s contention that this production was nothing more than a ho-hum lip-synched, sax-synched, drum-synched etc. affair. If you compare the video version to the record single and Centerfield album version, with all parts performed by Fogerty, you’ll immediately hear the difference. The band, one of the best ever assembled on a soundstage, includes the great Steve Douglas, Booker T. Jones, Albert Lee, Don “Duck” Dunn and Prairie Prince. America doesn’t need a “truth-in-video law,” as Novak suggests, as much as video reviewers who take the time to do their homework.

Bob Merlis

Warner Bros. Records

Burbank, Calif.

We regret the error.—ED.

Dr. King Holmes

For the past four years Teen-Aid organizations have been counseling young adults and their parents about sexuality and the benefits of sexual abstinence outside of marriage. While we were aware of the disease chlamydia, Dr. Holmes’ study has given us the numbers to substantiate the appalling odds against teenage girls who are sexually active—a 30 percent chance of getting chlamydia with the possible results of infertility and even death. Abstinence is not just 100 percent effective birth control; it is also 100 percent effective disease control.

Madeline Hombert

Teen-Aid of Calgary Assn.

Calgary, Alberta

Princess Stephanie

May I take a moment to thank you for the article on Princess Stephanie and her model’s portfolio of pictures. Working for the City of Los Angeles Police Department, payroll section, can be a really hectic job, especially on paydays, which today was. I took PEOPLE to work with me this morning and passed it around before the daily grind began. Well, we all roared with laughter over the text and photos, particularly the one where she is wearing a long dress and beads, looking every bit like a certain male rock star in drag. How beautiful Princess Grace and dashing Prince Rainier could produce something looking like this is truly amazing.

Anita Work

Sylmar, Calif.

You call it “The selling of Princess Stephanie.” It will have to be a very hard sell. I pity the fools who buy it. In fact I have a hard time believing she could command such outrageous fees were it not for her status. If this look is “in,” count me out.

Heidi Caudill

Jacksonville, Fla.


Many thanks for your series of articles concerning Vietnam and most especially the one on “Doc” Bob Ingram. Bob was one of the corpsmen with the company I was in. He was one hell of a good corpsman and, as I recall, risked his life more than once to save a fellow Marine.

Heber Willmott

Danville, Ill.

Bob Ingram was delighted to hear that Heber Willmott, whom he remembers, had written to PEOPLE. Since our story, he has also received a letter from another former 3rd Platoon buddy, Harvey Kappeler, now living in Pittsburgh. “I was just tickled to death to find out Harvey was alive,” says Ingram. “So few of us made it back.” The two plan a reunion soon.—ED.