Björn & Mariana
Love in a tennis match may be nil, but a love match like Björn Borg and Mariana Simionescu is a definite winner. They’re a beautiful couple, and your article was delightful (PEOPLE, March 7).
If Björn has indeed spent as much time hopping in and out of women’s beds as your article would have us believe, one wonders how he’s found the time (not to mention the energy) to play tennis at all, let alone so well.
The compulsory education attendance for Swedish students begins at age 7 and continues for nine years to age 16. I would assume then that in 1973 (at age 17) Mr. Borg deliberately chose not to pursue higher education, and therefore cannot be described as a “dropout.”
Gail A. Kallet
Borg dropped out of school at 15. His parents and the Swedish Tennis Association got him a rare exemption from finishing “ground school” (obligatory elementary school). He is supposed to complete his final semester by correspondence courses in civics, history, chemistry and physics, but hasn’t yet.—ED.
No one denies that, under the Constitution, Larry Flynt or Hustler has the right to publish. At the same time, Flynt and Hustler should respect the law laid down by the Supreme Court which gives each and every community in this country the right to decide what they want on their newstands.
Jerome R. Hagenhoff
(One of the 12 jurors)
I commend Larry Flynt for standing up for his rights. I agree that Hustler can be “tasteless” at times, but that’s what the people want. I am tired of being pampered by the media and welcome a candid magazine.
I wonder if his approving mother reads Flynt’s magazine.
She reads some articles but doesn’t like to look at the pictures.—ED.
The trial was a joke. The punch line is that Hustler’s circulation increased as a result.
If Dyan Cannon is like the vegetarians I know (including myself), she would have trouble keeping weight on, not have to sweat it off by running two to four miles a day.
Philip H. Brooks
After so much attention has been paid director De Palma and Sissy Spacek, homage was long overdue Carrie’s true father, the brilliant novelist Stephen King. It’s disconcerting, however, to again note that the fate of the American writer often remains in limbo without Hollywood’s ultimate kiss of approval.
If, as you say, Stephen King “munches aspirin to ease his migraines,” then I would advise him to quit munching or properly identify his headache as tension headache. No common medication will stop a migraine because it is not basically a headache in the true sense. This letter might indicate that typical migraine sufferers are nit-pickers and perfectionists. The experts say we are.
Mrs. David J. Peters
King replies, “It’s now generally agreed that migraine headaches are psychological. Aspirin may help. Squeezing a red ball in your hand may help. It all depends on the individual. My one humper a month is a tension headache.”—ED.
With Daddy’s little loan (which is more than I earn in a year), Mommy’s little ol’ cookie recipe, and that nice group of folks who will pay 10¢ a bite for their wares, why shouldn’t these modern day Simple Simons be able to earn their own money for college? This is a success story? It should have been titled “How rich kids get their cookies.”
Health care cannot be manufactured like a product from a factory where all imperfections are “programmed away.” We are merely human beings trying to help other human beings get well, using imperfect information. Millman’s book is yet another superficial “exposé” spawned more for profit than for providing meaningful solutions.
Charles R. Nordstrom, M.D.
Marcia Millman has put on paper what I and many others have wanted to say for years. I worked in the operating and delivery rooms for five years before entering nursing school. Some of the things I’ve seen made me sick.
People like this woman, who probably doesn’t know her spleen from her ear, do more damage to patients by undermining their confidence in their doctors than half the diseases in the country.
Charlene Schaeffer, R.N.
Kudos to you for the excellent article on one of our country’s more valuable resources—Steve Allen. I have a suggestion for President Carter. When key talks with foreign leaders bog down, simply call on Allen to either amuse, entertain or enlighten them. He’s bound to win them over.
Ceasar Allen Maragni
I thoroughly enjoyed the Bio on the tremendously talented Steve Allen. I was surprised, though, that no mention was made of the brother or half brother he had been searching for. Was he successful?
Lovelea A. Usack
Allen searched for 10 years for a half brother after his mother died and he discovered evidence of a sibling in her papers. He found Young Smith (above) in 1975. An attorney living in Hickory, N.C., Smith is some 14 years older than Steve.—ED.