The dissolution of the Michael Jackson-Lisa Marie Presley marriage (PEOPLE, Feb. 5) brought few gasps of disbelief from readers, most of whom had found the union more weird than romantic. Many were happy to speculate about why these two ever became one in the first place.
MICHAEL AND LISA MARIE
Who honestly thought this joke of a marriage was going to last? Get real! How convenient for Michael to get married just as his career and his “manhood” were in serious trouble! I have always been a Michael Jackson fan, but really I have to draw the line somewhere!
JACQUELINE FIELDS HAYNES, Baltimore
With an inheritance of $100 million, Elvis Presley’s daughter cannot pay her own legal bills for a “no-brainer” divorce? It is a disgrace for all women when one woman depends on a man financially, especially when she need not.
JENNIE PUGH, San Diego
It is clear to me what happened in the Jackson-Presley marriage. It seems obvious that Lisa Marie closed in on Michael when he was at an all-time low and most vulnerable. What a coup it would have been for her to bring a great star like Michael with all his millions into Scientology. They say they wouldn’t want him with his “image.” Yeah, right!
TERRI CALIC, Hayward, Calif.
Because I know you are going to get volumes of mail ridiculing Michael Jackson, I wanted you to get a response from a fan who is disappointed that the marriage didn’t succeed. I have no way of knowing whether it was valid or meant to last, but I like Michael, and I like believing that he was able to enjoy love and happiness and intimacy. He deserves it, as we all do.
KATHY GRASSO, Garfield, N.J.
THE DUCHESS OF YORK
In 30 years of marriage, we figure my dad has made $487,000. He raised five children, worked hard in a dirty job, gave time and money to charities and aided his church and neighbors, while my mom stayed at home looking after us and Dad, besides being the total caregiver for our grandmother for seven years. For this woman to not even make ends meet in one year on more than my father made in 30 is disgusting.
KARYN ALEXXIS, Pennsauken, N.J.
Your story on John Walsh and his family’s tragedy brought back a thousand nightmares. Adam Walsh and I were the same age when he disappeared. We lived in the same city. I remember my parents crying when they read the stories in the newspapers. We held prayer vigils at my school. As a small child, I was scared that someone could do this to an innocent little boy. As an adult, I am angry. I constantly think about Adam, especially when I shop in the mall where he disappeared. The fear, hurt and anger never go away. My prayers and my heart go out to the Walsh family.
I have read many articles in PEOPLE, but I have to say that your story on John Walsh and his fight for children touched me the most. He has dedicated his life to capturing those who have taken the lives of others. I guess he forgave but never forgot. It’s good to know he’s fighting for kids like me right now.
MARISSA RUBIN, Toledo, Ohio
“The mill workers roared in appreciation and many of them wept.” I wept too when I read about this rare and generous human being. In this day of layoffs for the sake of the bottom line, his unselfishness gives me a sense of hope. As an investor I would gladly sacrifice some of my dividends if it would put Americans back to work.
JUNE M. THOMAS, Miami
SISTER HELEN PREJEAN
I shook my head in disgust and frustration at Sister Prejean and her misguided sympathy for murderers like Elmo Sonnier. It is too bad the sister couldn’t have been present to watch Sonnier rape and kill his teenage victims. Perhaps then her passion might be more appropriately placed. I’m sure the victims would have cherished the extra 10 or 15 years that death row inmates enjoy while filing appeals. Sister Prejean’s claim that “nobody is disposable human waste” is pathetic nonsense, and it’s time we start putting out the trash.
MATTHEW SWEENEY, Floral Park, N.Y.
In the Feb. 6 issue you stated that Bijou Phillips, 15, is the only child of John Phillips and Genevieve Waite. This is incorrect, as we most definitely have a son, Tamerlane Phillips, 24.
Bolton Landing, N.Y.