Connie Sellecca and John Tesh’s decision to have their honeymoon after the wedding (PEOPLE, April 20) was applauded by most correspondents, who found their restraint both “old-fashioned” and refreshing. Others questioned the values implied by the cost of Sellecca’s wedding dress.
JOHN TESH & CONNIE SELLECCA
My sincere congratulations to Connie Sellecca and John Tesh! In a country where hedonism and instant gratification are disturbingly rampant, it’s a real joy—and relief—to learn that there continue to be disciplined couples who respect each other. Teshes, thank you for sharing your love, values and maturity with us.
BARBARA GERVAIS HANSON, Mount Vernon, Wash.
What a delight to read about Connie and John’s courtship without sex. I’d wish them the best, but they’ve already got it—each other!
IONE E. BUELT, Maryland Heights, Mo.
Isn’t it a pathetic commentary on present-day morality that waiting is so unusual it merits media attention?
DORIS SIEBENTHAL, Knox, Ind.
I’d say Connie Sellecca’s priorities are messed up. A born-again Christian who delays sex till after marriage but spends $30,000 on a dress she’ll wear but once? How docs she justify her purchase when there are people everywhere hurting, living on our streets and doing without? If John Tesh has waited for a year to be intimate, he’ll think she looks great in Levis and a sweatshirt.
DENIS BENGTSON, Houston
Either the story of John Tesh and Connie Sellecca’s wedding was an elaborate joke, or it was an event where simply everything was in the worst possible taste. Where have these people been that they haven’t picked up a modicum of common sense? I am sure that her son, Gib, at age 10, will be thrilled to read about his mother and stepfather’s sexual decisions.
ESTELLE SMITH, Birmingham, Ala.
I was particularly taken with Connie Sellecca’s wedding gown. It was lovely. However, nowhere in the article was the designer mentioned. I presume there was a designer. Would you be kind enough to let me know who it was?
LENORE ARONSON, Culver City, Calif.
Gladly. The dress was done by Jerry Skeels and Randy McLaughlin of Jeran Design in Los Angeles.—ED.
It is a sad day in America when throngs of people rally for the legal right to abort the unborn. Except in the case of rape, women do have a choice—the choice not to get pregnant. I want my government to intervene when killing the unborn is justified by a woman’s right to “reproductive freedom.” The unborn are human and have a right to live.
PALMA S. HORSLEY, Lisle, Ill.
Like millions of Americans, I sympathize with the pro-choice cause and the march in Washington. But please! If I see one more picture of one more star spouting his or her views or mugging for the camera, I’ll throw up! Let’s have a story about a woman from the Midwest who spent her vacation time and money going to march for a belief—not for publicity. I want a story about the real stars—the ones in the back of the line, not in front of the cameras.
CHRIS JOHNSON, Temecula, Calif.
When a million people do anything in concert, it’s nice to know that PEOPLE will be there. The traditional news media, and our President, think that such a large rally conveys profound social meaning only if it happens in Red Square.
REBECCA NOEL, Watertown, Mass.
When are you going to do an article on pro-life Hollywood? It’s overdue.
BOB GARBARK, Pittsburgh
The crap that spews from Camille Paglia’s mouth is disgusting. Does she even see the correlation between pornography, date rape and other forms of sexual victimization of women and children? Does she think because she has a big mouth and a tough attitude that she is immune from sexual exploitation? I for one would like to drop-kick her bull onto a desert island with the likes of Mike Tyson and then have her tell me what reality is all about.
JEANNI A. BOLTE, Fargo, N.Dak.
I’ll tell you what Camille Paglia is. She is a breath of fresh air. Any feminist who recognizes that the women’s movement is chock-full of sanctimonious cryptofascists who squash any opinion but their own, and who has the guts to call them on it, is OK in this man-beast’s book. I respect Camille Paglia. I do not respect the Gloria Steinems, Susan Faludis, et al. who are blinded by their own sexism and thrive on the myth (and a simpleminded one it is) that all women are noble and all men are out to get them.
STEVEN WINEINGER, North Haven, Conn.