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Barbara Walters

Barbara Walters deserves a great deal of praise (PEOPLE, Oct. 11). The firmness and strength she displays are a great mask for the nervous, perpetually insecure person you describe her to be.

Mrs. Sally Hall

Lakeland, Fla.

I cannot abide Barbara Walters’ voice—that sibilance, that reedy quality, that lisp, that shrillness, that supercilious tone. It is as if someone scratched fingernails across a blackboard.

Larry Bauer


That’s one small step for man, but one giant leap for womankind. Right on, Barbara.

Lydia Carlyon Conrad

Washington, D.C.

Don’t call me—I’ll tell you, Mr. Neilsen. You can find me at ABC for evening news.

Marjorie Schuck

Parkersburg, Iowa

Wadded and Deaton

I want to commend Nancy Faber for writing and PEOPLE for publishing the article about the gay marriage of Dr. Tom Waddell and Charles Deaton. There are a great many such relationships which have lasted far longer than theirs has so far, but there are all too few articles that deal with such loving commitments between males (or females) with the unsniggering dignity Ms. Faber brought to her article. I am happy to see a periodical with PEOPLE’S wide circulation treat gay lovers as though they too were “people” and not fair game for jokes and various sorts of discrimination.

Donald Vining

New York City

With our world in such disorder and most people striving for normalcy, I find it incredible that PEOPLE had to print the article about the “gay” couple and their “marriage.” Who in hell cares!!

James Pfeiffer

Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.

Gay people need positive, healthy role models like this. Please print more articles like this one which reflect accurately and favorably upon the gay life-style. Millions of well-adjusted gay Americans deserve to have their story told.

Joe Kennedy

New York City

Even at this stage of our sophistication, I wouldn’t have thought the popular press capable of presenting a male couple in such an appealing light.

Al Lees


I was very sorry I bought your magazine when I saw who the couple of the week was. Someone for the younger homosexuals to pattern themselves after? Unbelievable.

Barbara Taylor

Richmond, Va.

Accept these people as fellow human beings? Of course! And treat them with the same courtesy you would any other person—by all means. But, realize too that theirs is not a “normal” relationship and have the compassion to understand this.

Paula N. Eidel

Winter Park, Fla.

David Hartman

David Hartman deserves more publicity than any movie star, rock star or politician. He is an absolutely amazing person and I will never forget what I read about him.

Pamela Van Sciver

Aberdeen, Md.

Chuck Dederich

Your article on Charles Dederich and Synanon reminds me of two of the best decisions I ever made. One was to enter Synanon and the second was to leave.

Art Courtney

Long Beach, Calif.

Chuck Dederich gave up alcohol, but acquired yet another vice: love for power. Synanon was better off as a storefront for off-the-street drunks and addicts than a one-man self-made world. How sad 15,000 are lost enough to have thrived on it.

Cherie Taylor

Tempe, Ariz.

I think that Chuck Dederich is doing a wonderful job trying to rehabilitate people at Synanon. I wish him and his patients success.

Carol Julian

Los Angeles

So Chuck Dederich wants to remove the father from such “unpleasant aspects” of parenthood as 2 a.m. feedings? As a new mother who ever so recently weathered that “unpleasant aspect,” I’d like to volunteer to be the next one to shave Mr. Dederich’s head—with a samurai sword.

Kim Sanderlin

Orlando, Fla.

Katharine Hepburn

Thank you for that magnificent, absolutely terrific interview with magnificent, absolutely terrific Katharine Hepburn!

Carol R. Cook


After reading her comments one would like to say to Katharine Hepburn: “America—Love It or Leave It.” It is sad when one’s favorite movie stars reach a certain age and lose touch with the feelings and the realities of people less fortunate, or perhaps merely younger than themselves.

Cary J. Yurman

San Francisco

I would like to suggest a write-in vote for Katharine Hepburn for President.

Marian McPartland

Bellmore, N.Y.

Marian McPartland is the famed jazz pianist.—ED.

I was taken aback by her statement: “Danger intoxicates me. On the highway, for example, I love to race.” I would hate to see her fine career end on the pavement somewhere, so I’m sending along a “Drive Friendly” bumper sticker for Miss Hepburn. The life she saves may be…mine.

Carolyn Parsons

Austin, Texas

If we all disobey rules that we happen to think are pretty silly but obey rules that are “absolutely necessary to maintain a civilized standard of behavior,” as Hepburn says, who will be the judge of which are silly and which are necessary, and what would happen to what’s left of our “civilized behavior”?

Christine Moore

Lynnwood, Wash.

Françoise Sagan

Françoise Sagan must have missed a biology class before she wrote her distorted theory on love. Even though cells in the body may replace themselves in seven years, there are never any new cells in the brain, and isn’t this where love is? One may get senile, but you can’t blame falling out of love on new brain cells.

Karen Kert


Peter Frampton

Peter Frampton—an incredibly talented musician with an overwhelming smile, plus $50 million. Oh, baby, I love your way!

Stephanie Perri

New York City

George McLain

According to PEOPLE, George McLain and his followers have become ministers in the Universal Life Church because of high taxes. What about Paul Winchell? Same reason? Does he declare his property tax-exempt?

John Lebedda

Steubenville, Ohio

Winchell replies: “No. However, the Constitution says Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion, and if anybody wants to see how far he can take that, I’m not sure I condemn it.”—ED.

Perhaps if churches were taxed not only would property taxes go down but maybe we’d have less ornately decorated churches, less piously rich evangelists, less Moon and Divine Light rip-off sects and more people who honestly believed what they preached.

Edel White

Morrow, Ga.

The Magazine

I enjoy PEOPLE because you tell us what other people are doing with their lives. I think Oscar Wilde had a phrase for it. He maintained that other people’s business always fascinated him—as his own was rather dull. Maybe that speaks for many of us. PEOPLE seems to revive a lost style.

Merry H. Zarafonetis

Grand Rapids, Mich.