As they often do, correspondents criticized us this week for our choice of covers (PEOPLE, July 7). Particularly outspoken were admirers of the late Jacques-Yves Cousteau, who felt he deserved more than the two-page tribute he received.
Many of today’s movie stars seem as real as Barbie dolls, but Julia Roberts‘s captivating personality and flair are refreshing. In the tradition of stars of old, she has the natural charisma and charm to light up a screen. I’m glad the old Julia Roberts is back!
WENDY L. LIM, San Leandro, Calif.
Words can’t do the lady justice. I was a bodyguard on her movie I Love Trouble. She is smart, funny and has a great sense of humor. More important, she is an extremely decent human being. I’m delighted to see she is back on top; it’s where she belongs.
DIGGER O’DELL, Leucadia, Calif.
So, Julia Roberts returns to “sexy, funny roles” to pull out of a string of failed movies? I think this more than confirms the extent of her talent. Give it up, Julia!
LUPE MARTIN, Martinez, Calif.
As a student of marine biology, I am irate and saddened at your poor tribute to Jacques-Yves Cousteau, who was an inspiration and mentor to me and thousands of others. He was a great man who benefited and touched mankind—from inventing the Aqua-Lung to increasing our awareness of the unexplored frontiers of the oceans around us. It is shameful that Diana’s old gowns received more attention.
SARIE DANNENBERG, Cheshire, Conn.
Julia, Julia, Julia! Jacques Cousteau was a great man who had a great impact on our world. Hollywood stars can make your cover anytime, so how about the cover for real people who have made a real difference in our world? “It will not sell,” you say? Try us.
AMY MARTINEZ, Blandon, Pa.
Shame on you! Brian Keith deserved to at least have a small corner picture on the cover. He was a total class act. His death was heartbreaking, and he will be greatly missed.
DAWN KWASNIEWSKI, Munster, Ind.
DR. BETTY SHABAZZ
I cannot believe that with all the contributions Dr. Betty Shabazz made you gave her only one page. That in no way conveyed her significance to the black community or to society at large. You had plenty of space for Princess Di’s dresses (which you had already lavishly covered in a prior issue) and for Julia Roberts. Could it be you didn’t want to offend white readers by providing coverage of a prominent black person and positive role model?
JEANNE M. AGI, Hoboken, N.J.
The Frugal Gourmet is innocent of charges that he molested teenage boys until he is proved guilty, but there does seem to be an awful lot of smoke in his kitchen for there to be no fire.
DAVID SCISM, Fort Lauderdale
Growing up, I traveled all over the U.S. and have ridden many roller coasters. I must admit your article on the 10 scariest was very accurate, having been on most of them. Still, King’s Dominion in Virginia has a fairly new ride called the Outer Limits: Flight of Fear that took my breath away literally. Space Mountain is a walk in the park in comparison.
BETH BURKE, Stafford, Va.
I take issue with Christine Matter’s letter in response to Jonathan Levin’s murder. She states, “All of our problems begin with poverty.” All of our problems begin with greed, not poverty. Whether it be war, pornography or murder, it can be directly traced to an individual or an organization trying to “better” their life through someone else’s misfortune.
MARY BETH KRANER, Van Wert, Ohio
Last October you ran a story titled A Sense of Belonging, regarding Greek children illegally sold into the U.S. in the 1950s. I was adopted from Greece in 1955. I wrote to PEOPLE, and you supplied a phone-number contact. I sent my information to a search team in Greece, and two days ago received a picture of my mother, whom I have never met. (I have two brothers and a sister too!) I hope to visit my family in September. I cannot thank you enough for running that story. It has literally changed my life. This is one of the greatest things that has ever happened to me, and I owe a great deal of it to PEOPLE. Thank you again!
CORINNE LOOMIS, Yorba Linda, Calif.