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Eyebrows were raised over Michelle Phillips’s style of mothering (PEOPLE, May 20), but readers generally approve of the result: her daughter, Chynna. Several expressed sympathy for Vice President Dan Quayle and suggested that their hearts wouldn’t skip even a beat if he were somehow elevated to the Presidency.


As a parent of a young adult, I envy Michelle Phillips’s closeness to her very successful, popular and seemingly stable daughter, Chynna. I am somewhat shocked at her openness and permissive ideas of mothering, but her honesty is to be admired.

BETH SHANKS, Little Rock, Ark.

Legalize drugs? It is very obvious that when Michelle Phillips was dropping acid in the ’60s, she dropped quite a few brain cells as well. It’s amazing that Chynna turned out so normal.

RONA BOLEY, Lynchburg, Va.

Thank God there are not many mothers out there like Michelle Phillips! Whatever happened to “Say no to drugs” and trying to abstain from sex until you’re married? It’s society today that has said, “If it feels good, do it.” Maybe that’s why my generation—ages 26-32—is so screwed up. Let’s get back to traditional values.

SHARON BERRY, Anza, Calif.


C’mon, America, give Dan Quayle a break. I’m sure President Bush knew what he was doing when he picked Mr. Quayle as a running mate. This tongue-in-cheek attitude that the media has about Mr. Quayle is a shame. He might surprise a lot of people if he ever takes over the reins.

NANCY CAMPBELL, Newport, Tenn.

I loved your article about Dan Quayle. I laughed until tears streamed down my face at some of his gaffes. As another person who “has it upstairs” but sometimes can’t get it to come out right, I can really relate. Frankly, I don’t have a qualm about Mr. Quayle becoming President. The ones who scare me are the smooth-talking politicians who are very persuasive but would sell their own souls for money, power or recognition. Give me someone real and honest and hardworking any day—even if he does stick his foot in his mouth once in a while.



In your recent obituary you chose to depict my late father, Richard Thorpe, age 95, as a director of “undistinguished” movies. While citing two Elvis Presley pictures, you failed to note that he directed some of the more financially successful and critically acclaimed movies of his day. Among them—Ivanhoe, Knights of the Round Table and The Great Caruso. He was also nominated to receive an Academy Award for a mystery classic entitled Night Must Fall. By the way, he died on May 1, not April 1.

JERRY THORPE, Palm Springs, Calif.

We regret our error in reporting the date of Mr. Thorpe’s death.—ED.


I dine out frequently, shop more often than I should and live in the Northeast—according to Mr. Saade, a hotbed of rudeness. Yet I have very few unsatisfactory customer-service experiences and, in fact, quite a few exceptionally positive ones. Perhaps people who seem to have several bad experiences should critique their own performances. Customer-service workers are not robots but people, and they have a tough job; they deserve as much respect as any other human being.


As a salesperson, I found George Saade’s job-performance cards quite amusing. Yes, it is definitely a rude world, but it goes both ways. Does he have any of those cards for rude and unappreciative customers? I’ll take a thousand!



I think it’s a shame that Garth Brooks’s Thunder Rolls video has received so much negative publicity, while Madonna is blatantly exposing, flinging and rubbing her body parts all over TV, movies, videos and magazines, and nobody says a word. Garth Brooks has more talent and principles in his little finger than Madonna can ever hope to have. Hang in there, Garth!



Linda Gladych praises Nancy Reagan for her “pizzazz” and suggests she was Kitty Kelley’s target because she was “spectacular,” unlike the “lackluster” Rosalynn Carter. Perhaps Mrs. Carter is “lackluster” because she realizes how foolish she would appear wrapped in a borrowed Adolpho and dripping with borrowed jewelry while standing shoulder-to-shoulder with other volunteers building houses for the homeless. The dirt that clings to Mrs. Carter is earned as a result of honest toil. Given the qualities of these two First Ladies, I’ll choose “lackluster” over “pizzazz” any day!

THOMAS C. RIZZO JR., San Francisco