Several correspondents were dismayed by the marital breakup of John McEnroe and Tatum O’Neal (PEOPLE, Dec. 14), but even more were perturbed by our misidentification of the character played by Jay Thomas as the father of Murphy Brown’s baby.
TATUM O’NEALS JOHN McENROE
I was sorry to hoar about Tatum and John’s breakup. The two famous “brats” seemed to have created a healthy relationship with their children. Perhaps now it is time to dedicate some of that love and understanding to each other. After all, the most important ingredient for a successful marriage is the ability to compromise.
PAULA PAVLIDES, Manhasset, N.Y.
Hey, John, what decade are you living in? Sure, it’s fine for a woman to give up her peak career years to raise the children. Would time wait for you if you gave up tennis for 10 lucrative years and raised the kids? Tatum has a right to sharpen her talent and ease back into an industry that doesn’t wait for anyone. The guilt-trap syndrome that women experience today has got to end.
ELLIE JERAULD, Boston, N.Y.
Has PEOPLE been bitten by the Dan Quayle bug—talking about Murphy Brown without following the plot? Your article identifies Jay Thomas’s character, Jerry Gold, as the mystery father of Murphy’s baby. Not! Murphy’s ex-husband wanted to remarry her, and in a moment of weakness (Murphy’s) became a father. In another moment of weakness (his own), the ex-husband took off after hearing of his impending fatherhood. Jay Thomas’s character did offer her moral support during her pregnancy—they tried living together—but to set the birth record straight, he was not the father.
SUSAN MINTON, Fort Worth
We regret the error.—ED.
TONY & HUGH RODHAM
If Tony and Hugh Rodham’s good of’ boy lifestyles reflect those of the upcoming Administration, all of my nightmares seem about to become reality. Oh, my gosh—shades of peanuts and Billy Beer!
MARGY McMENNAMY, Lubbock, Tex.
Hillary’s younger brothers seem like fun guys to hang out with. I wouldn’t mind raiding any refrigerator with Tony. Can you get me a date with him?
JEAN DIEDRICH, Fargo, N. Dak.
Your article stated that Tony Rodham is 38 years old. That would mean he was born in 1954. Yet the caption on a picture of the three Rodham children says the photograph was taken in 1954—and Tony is walking. Either Tony’s age or the date of that photograph must be incorrect.
JEFFREY F. MILLS, Chicago
Tony’s age is correct. Mrs. Rodham believes the photo was taken around 1957 and that Tony was about 3 years old.—ED.
As Whitney Williams’s father, I must write to let you know how impressed I was with your coverage (PEOPLE, Nov. 23) of the terrible ordeal my daughter and family are going through. I am equally impressed and overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and concern from many of your readers. It has picked up our spirits, knowing how compassionate people can really be. I am also grateful to busy celebrities like Fred Savage and Reba McIntire for their personal visits, and to organizations like the Detroit Red Wings, MTM Entertainment and Waldenbooks for their extra effort.
BRUCE WILLIAMS, Morton Grove, Ill.
As an animal lover, I find it fascinating when a new species is found, especially one with unusual traits such as the pitohui. I do not see the reasoning, however, in killing so many of the pitohui (as illustrated by the picture of a drawerful of dead birds) for science. What good will come from killing off a newly discovered species just to see how or why they produce their own poison? The fact is, they do. Further, the last paragraph of the article was way off in stating, “The pitohui flies free in its native habitat…relativly safe from predators.” It should have said, “It was relatively safe until 1990.”
GINA MARIE ZWANZIGER, Aurora, Colo.
As a former female member of the Houston chapter of the Guardian Angels, I wouldn’t doubt any allegations against Mr. Sliwa. The first time I met the man, I thought he was campaigning for political office. He is charming and charismatic, yet has a deaf ear to constructive input on making his organization more effective in cities (like Houston) where there are no subways and few housing projects. Lisa is a saint to have stayed with him as long as she has. When Curtis runs for political office—and I am sure he will—I will quit my job, sell my belongings and devote my time to warning people of this insane but brilliant con artist.
THERESA BOND, Austin, Tex.