With dissent from a distinct minority, correspondents lamented the end of the Johnny Carson era (PEOPLE, May 25). They also mourned the passing of Robert Reed of The Brady Hunch, whose influence as family patriarch Mike Brady may have been greater than the late actor realized.
I feel like Johnny is divorcing me. He and I (and a million other people) spent practically every night together for 30 years, and I can’t bear the thought that he will be gone.
SANDRA P. MYERS, Sayreville, N.J.
So, who is this on the cover of PEOPLE? The young Carson? What did the editorial staff do—take a vote on that picture over the older, grayer version of today? Will this one appear on the stamp? Oh, well. We’ll all miss him—both the younger and the older of us!
REV. CHARLES A. BEVAN JR., Salisbury, Conn.
I stopped watching Johnny Carson after he treated Joan Rivers so badly. He may be King of Late Night, but he’s no Prince Charming.
ROBIN CHISWELL, Dallas
I was very sorry to hear about the death of Robert Reed, but I was even more upset when I heard he was embarrassed by his work on The Brady Bunch. The show was supposed to be corny; that was its charm. The Bradys continue to entertain because their problems—from dating woes to unfair groundings to botched dye jobs—are timeless. Many actors have played Lear and Macbeth, but Robert Reed was the only Mike Brady.
JOANN RADFORD WARE, Lexington, Va.
Upon hearing of Robert Reed’s death, I cried. People may wonder why I would grieve for the star of a silly, “inconsequential” sitcom. As a child growing up in a dysfunctional family (there wasn’t a name for it then), I immersed myself in every episode. Mike and Carol were my mom and dad. The Brady Bunch let me believe for a half hour once a week that houses were clean, food was plentiful and that discipline was carried out with love instead of violence. I am sorry Robert Reed fell he had to be embarrassed about his role. He may not have wanted the show noted on his headstone, but it will be noted forever in my heart and, I’ll bet, in a few others. Goodbye, Dad.
The Brady Bunch was light family entertainment that brought a few laughs every week to millions of people. What better legacy could anyone leave?
LINDA A. MCCULLOUGH, Riverside, Conn.
Thank you for the wonderful follow-up article on John Thompson. So often an article about a hero is printed, but we almost never know what happens after the initial triumph. I am so glad to see how well John is doing and wish him all the best for a speedy recovery.
LYNN ROSENWEIG, Roslyn, N.Y.
This letter is in reference to the $600,000 in donations sent to our son, John Thompson. The family medical insurance is covering his bills now, but it is figured he will max this out in a short time. He also has many expenses insurance doesn’t cover. Be assured that he has a long road ahead and this money will not be blown away. We are in deep gratitude for all the support, emotional as well as financial; the kindness of so many will never be forgotten.
KAREN THOMPSON, Hurdsfield, N. Dak.
Thank you for publishing the story about woman umpire Pam Postema. To me it is another tragic story of women still fighting for equal rights. How sad that most men still function as Neanderthals. But then again, in a sport that pays these Neanderthals millions of dollars for hitting a ball with a stick, grabbing their beloved crotches and seeing who can muster up the biggest wad of “chew” for their spectators. I wouldn’t expect them to treat a woman as a partner or an equal human being.
MAGGIE BECK, Escondido, Calif.
Pam Postema is a typical feminist. She calls her book You’ve Got to Have Balls to Make It in This League and sees nothing wrong with it. How would a feminist react if a man used a four-letter obscenity for the female anatomy in a book title?
ROBERT KEITH SMITH, Follansbee, W. Va.
Donald Trump’s letter refuting PEOPLE’S report that Katarina Witt claimed he was a spurned suitor proves him to be a cad who totally lacks class. But most of us were aware of this based on his past behavior. A gentleman would never humiliate a lady in this manner to protect his male ego. Despite his “abundance of witnesses,” I have trouble believing that she was the pursuer, as he would have us believe. Why would a beautiful, talented young woman such as Miss Witt consider this poor excuse for a man worth pursuing?
FAY HARGER, Maitland, Fla.
If Donald Trump put as much time and energy into running his business as he does worrying about what people say about him, I’m sure he’d be doing much better financially. Isn’t he over his mid-life crisis yet?
COLLEEN EHRHARDT, Suffield, Conn.