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Each year when we draw up our list of the 25 Most Intriguing People (PEOPLE, Dee. 28-Jan. 4), we must, regretfully, leave out many others, intriguing and otherwise. Among them this year was Rush Limbaugh, whom we profiled in our Oct. 19 issue hut did not include among our Intriguers. The omission licked off his many fans, some of whom wrote in to tell us so.


Perhaps PEOPLE should consider having at least one conservative help select your list of the year’s 25 Most Intriguing People. Rush Limbaugh is an obvious choice. In 1992 his radio program became No. 1 in America, reaching over 13 million people each week. Tie also launched a successful late-night television program in 200 markets and leads David Letterman, Whoopi Goldberg and Arsenio Hall in the ratings. While doing all this, he also wrote his first book, which has been No. 1 on The New York Times best-seller list for 10 weeks and has bumped Madonna out of first place.

ROGER AILES, Executive Producer

Rush Limbaugh: The Television Show

New York City

No Rush Limbaugh on your list of 25? You all look like dopes!

JAY CROSBY, Fresno, Calif.

There are times when your blatant liberal bias is disgusting.


Princess Di is not intriguing. Princess Di is just plain annoying! If I get one more issue with “Squidgy” on the cover, I am canceling my subscription. Got it? Good!

SARA STICH, Middletown, Ky.

I don’t sec how that no-talent, butt-shaking bum Billy Ray Cyrus can be one of the 25 Most Intriguing this year. I’m willing to bet that in six months he’ll wind up a has-been.

C.G. BEDENBAUGH, Little Mountain, S.C.

Madonna intriguing…puhleeze! The only intrigue left about this overexposed hag is when she’ll disappear and spare us the continuing agony.

CHRISTINE C. HUMPHREY, Calabasas, Calif.

In response to Sharon Stone’s “sardonic yawn” regarding her dales with Dwight Yoakam: Perhaps if her dales with him were “less than intriguing” it was because he was less than intrigued himself. She claims to “like a guy that will treat me like a girl.” That may be the problem. As far as I know, Dwight prefers grownup women.

LINDA HATCHER, West Vancouver, B.C.

I can’t believe you chose Desiree Washington as one of the 25. I don’t see anything heroic in her actions. The real reason she went to Tyson’s hotel room is now evident in her civil suit—money. I hope she gets exactly what she deserves—nothing.

JANET MIAN, West Yarmouth, Mass.

Wasn’t Fabio’s “220 lbs. of hard hubba-hubba” enough to control the Great Dane on his right, or did he really need to use that awful pronged choke collar?

LINDA BALLON, Southington, Conn

The article about Katie Couric said “Today’s savvy co-anchor put her show back on top….” Despite that statement, the Today show is not the No. 1 early-morning network show this year. According to the latest Nielsen ratings, which were released Dec. 17 for the week ending Dec. 11, Good Morning America led the Today show with a 4.1 rating to a 4.0 rating for the calendar year of 1992, including winning the last five consecutive weeks. This year GMA won 37 weeks (including 7 ties), as compared to 13 weeks for Today. Moreover, GMA lopped the Today show in both 1990 and 1991.

JACK REILLY, Executive Producer

Good Morning America

New York City

Today had captured the lead in November, but GMA regained the top spot in December.—ED.


I hope Sylvia Syms, the British actress, missed your year end issue. There was her face, smiling out of your Tribute pages, w-here Sylvia Syms, the recently departed jazz singer, should have been.

BRICE WARE, Larkspur, Calif.

You were not alone in noticing our error. The late Sylvia Syms is pictured above.—ED.


Worst of Song (top of your list): Madonna‘s Erotica. Worst of Pages (top of your list): Madonna‘s Sex. Yet one of the Most Intriguing People of ’92: Madonna? Not!



You blew it. You had a wonderful photo and wonderful opportunity to thank President Bush for a lifetime of service to our country. He did a wonderful job and deserved more than a “Gone Fishing” Post-it.

LESLIE KANE, Lake Geneva, Wis.