People Staff
October 18, 1993 12:00 PM

Enthusiastic Christian Slater fans didn’t need to be told that their man (PEOPLE, Sept. 27) is the “hottest 24-year-old in Hollywood,” but they were nonetheless happy to hear it. Less pleased were readers who felt the late Raymond Burr should have been our main cover subject.

CHRISTIAN SLATER

My heart skipped a few hundred beats when I saw Christian Slater on the cover. His personality can be summed up in three S’s—smart, sincere and, of course, sexy.

PAULA BEEBE, St. Louis

This man could make the Eskimos turn on their air conditioners.

MELISSA SEVERNS, Kasota, Minn.

I have admired that boyish smirk for years.

KAREN M. NOLIN, Rock Hill, S.C.

The photograph supposedly depicting Christian Slater and “ex-love Samantha Mathis” is in fact of him and our lovely niece Kim Walker. You reversed the photos and captions!

BILL AND CAROL WEIGEL, Glen Head, N.Y.

Our apologies to both Walker and Mathis.—ED.

RAYMOND BURR

I am extremely upset that your coverage of the passing of Raymond Burr was so stingy. I find it appalling that you could not give him a full front cover tribute as he deserved. Olivier, Gardner, Davis, Ball, Princess Grace, Lennon all received such honor. Why not the most famous “lawyer” in the world?

STEPHANIE MIKEL, Novato, Calif.

Shame on you! What should have been a tribute to Raymond Burr’s career was marred by unsubstantiated rumors of homosexuality, hints that he lied about wives and a son, weight problems and your trashy cover title “A Hidden Life.” Too bad you couldn’t thank this man for the many years of viewing pleasure he gave so many of us. His private life should have stayed just that—private!

MICHELLE SERRANO, San Diego

SHEILA RAUCH

Good luck to Sheila Rauch in her fight against the annulment of her marriage to Joseph Kennedy II, but I hope she’s not counting on a fair shake. After 22 years of marriage and three children, I learned my ex-husband had filed for an annulment. I tried to fight it too, writing long, detailed answers to the questions the Catholic Church sent me and sitting through a taped interview with a priest. The grounds were never quite clear, only that perhaps we had not been ready for marriage at the time. Sure enough, the annulment was granted. Obviously, if you can write a check, you can obtain one.

JOAN JANIS, Wood Dale, Ill.

I too had my marriage of long duration annulled by the Catholic Church at the request of my ex-husband—even though I objected in writing and our five grown children refused to answer the questionnaires they were sent. Needless to say, the Church kept my ex-husband, but it lost me and our children.

BARBARA D. ZIMMERMAN, Ocala, Fla.

LYLE & ERIK MENENDEZ

As Erik Menendez’s attorney, Leslie Abramson, pointed out, “Good parents do not get shotgunned by their kids. Period.” Being so close in age to the Menendez brothers, this article really affected me. Financially I may not need my parents, but emotionally I will always need them. It is painfully obvious that Jose and Kitty Menendez gave nothing to their sons except money.

KRISTIN HARTY, Pittsburgh

SHARON BOTTOMS

I was outraged by the judge’s decision to take Sharon Bottoms’s son away because she is a lesbian. Two people who love each other and want to raise a child should be given the opportunity. Many heterosexual families abuse their children. A child who is in a loving and happy environment should not be taken away.

DAWN REGGI, Houston

I am in total agreement with the court’s decision. A child needs a nurturing environment that is natural and normal, and a gay or lesbian relationship is neither.

VIVIAN DOZIER, San Lorenzo, Calif.

CAMP JANUS

We were playing with matches, fireworks, lighters, charcoal-lighter fluid and gasoline by the side of our house. We were very lucky we did not get burned and none of our friends got burned. For our punishment we had to raise $100 to donate to someone. We read about Camp Janus for burned kids in PEOPLE and are donating the $100 to the camp. We hope this money makes them feel better, and we will never play with fire again. Our neighbor and our mom and dad matched our money so now we have $300 for the camp. Please send the money to them. Thank you very much.

TIMOTHY DEVLIN, 8, SEAN DEVLIN, 6, Wheaton, Ill.

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