Wonderful memories are what correspondents have of Hollywood legends Gene Kelly and Audrey Meadows (PEOPLE, Feb. 19). Readers were particularly pleased with our tribute to Gene Kelly, and most agreed with one reader who wrote, “[He] will be singin’ and dancin’ forever in my heart.”
I would like to thank you for your very touching tribute to Gene Kelly. Although I was born years after the golden age of the MGM musicals, I still watch those wonderful movies, especially the ones starring Mr. Kelly, and marvel at their magic. Mr. Kelly had natural charisma, a clean sexuality and talent so tremendous he still seems to jump off the screen and dance across my living room. Those gifts along with that infectious grin never failed to make the world seem brighter. He will be missed, but we were lucky to have him for the time we did.
CARI AMBROSE, Okemos, Mich.
If PEOPLE had been around in Gene Kelly’s heyday, he surely would have won “Sexiest Man of the Year”—no contest.
DONNA POINTKOUSKI, Philadelphia
Finally, you decide to honor the memories of some Hollywood legends with a cover and several pages, rather than the usual small corner picture above someone else’s mug shot. Audrey Meadows and Gene Kelly deserved no less.
GEORGIA BOORAS, Shreveport, La.
How sweet it is to learn that Audrey Meadows never relinquished her dignity and strength of spirit. Although suffering with cancer she never complained. Baby, she will always be the greatest.
ALFRED SONNY PICCOLI
DONNA RICE HUGHES
So now Donna Rice is working to censor the Internet of the “graphic pornography now accessible to children.” My question is: Where are these children’s parents? While I agree that some things available on the Net are disgusting and have no place in our society, I feel that it is my responsibility, not Ms. Rice’s nor anyone else’s, to censor what my children see, hear and learn, be it in cyberspace or elsewhere. As the mother of two young sons, I can say with certainty that I know what my children do and view on the Internet.
TAMMY FISHER, Brownwood, Texas
Good for Donna Rice for working on purging cyberspace of graphic pornography. Does pornography have to be part of modern technology? If not us adults, who will keep our children away from offensive material? Thanks, Donna, for trying to do just that.
MANUELA CRUZ, New York City
Thank you for highlighting the efforts of “Enough is Enough!” Our campaign seeks to educate everyone about the dangers of graphic pornography. On a personal note, it is important to me that PEOPLE’S readers be told that I am not the person who gave the media the photo of myself with ex-Senator Hart. Unfortunately, I have been powerless to stop its repeated publication.
DONNA RICE HUGHES, Fairfax, Va.
The number for “Enough is Enough!” is 1-800-649-8543.—ED.
In the old days we called it punch drunk. Now it’s “dementia pugilistica.” By whatever name, it may hold the distinction of being the only incurable human condition with a known cause and no program of prevention.
RICHARD C. BLANCHARD, Salem, Mass.
What a sad outcome for someone who led his life with his one true passion: boxing. I hope he realizes that people he has never met, like myself, hope other fighters realize the damage boxing can do.
AIMEE ARNDT, Arlington, Texas
What is heartbreaking about this story is not only that those sweet innocent animals were killed in a zoo fire but also that they were there in the first place. If the zoo really loved and respected the primates, they would have left them in the wild where they belong. Instead, the animals were subjected to experiments, spectators and, in this case, toxic smoke. Why can’t humans resist the urge to make everything that is wild and beautiful theirs?
JANE VAUGHN, Tucson