I was 7 when my parents and I watched Grease in the front row of a packed theater back in 1978. Twenty years later, Danny and the T-Birds are still cool, Sandy is the girl of every guy’s dreams, and the music brings out the singer in all of us. Rydell High is the place to be. The Pink Ladies rule the school, Rizzo and Kenickie are together again, and Patty Simcox is perkier than ever. This movie is simply an American classic.
David LaVoie, Springfield, Vt.
Reading your Grease issue, I had chills, and they were multiplying. Afterward, my friends and I rushed to the theater to see the film and found ourselves standing on the seats dancing to “Greased Lightning.” A-whomp-bama-loom-bop, a-whomp-bam-boom!
Kevin Harrison, New York City
You forgot to mention Dody Goodman, Eve Arden’s wonderful secretary at Rydell High. Loved her in the movie. Would love to know what she is up to.
Diane Ray, Incline Village, Nev.
Ms. Goodman, 80, lives in New York City and recently appeared in a production of the musical Nunsense in Nyack, N.Y.
My grandmother went to high school with Alice Ghostley, the auto-shop teacher in Grease. I was shocked to see Alice wasn’t even mentioned.
J. Kater Ryan, Tucson
Alice Ghostley can currently be seen in The Odd Couple II and recently completed filming the cable-TV movie Addams Family Reunion, due this fall
How could you forget the great Sid Caesar?
Niki Singer, New York City
Now 74, Mr. Caesar recently participated in the CBS program To Life! America Celebrates Israel’s 50th, and later this year he will appear in the Disney direct-to-video movie The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit.—ED.
I enjoyed walking down memory lane with the Grease group. However, unless Michael Tucci has found a way to get younger with time, he seems to have lost a few years. Michael and I went to the same high school in Franklin Square, N.Y., not Brooklyn. I graduated in 1966 at 17. Michael graduated in 1964. You say he’s 48. I’m 49. Where’s the math?
Nancy Schubach, San Jose, Calif.
Michael responds, “In my heart I’m 48. Forty-eight works for me.”—ED.
The message that Grease gives is not one for this day and age and certainly is detrimental to young girls. The character of Sandy changes her way of dress, her hair, picks up smoking…and for what?…to get the guy…not a message I want my young teenage girls to be receiving.
Beth Newell, No. Salem, N.H.
I can’t recall when I last sat down to a movie where I smiled for two straight hours! Grease is still the word!
Greg Power, New York City
Every time I read an article relating to the Arkansas school shooting tragedy, it mentions that we need to educate our children about the use of guns. How can we properly teach children not to use guns when we’re not successful at teaching them about drug use, premarital sex and countless other issues? It’s time to get rid of guns altogether, abolish the Second Amendment and tell the NRA to get lost!
Raquel Bunai, Germantown, Md.
Andrew Golden was “fascinated by guns; he was given his first real rifle when he was 6. Local residents say this is nothing unusual.” Furthermore, the high-powered weapons used in the attack were “allegedly stolen from Golden’s grandfather Doug, who kept his arsenal unlocked in his home.” Given these two conditions in this tragedy, why do we keep asking “Why?” There is something seriously wrong in this country when driving a car without a license under the age of 16 is a crime and handling firearms at the age of 6 is not.
Virginia L. Smith, Saratoga, Calif.
It was Judy Garland’s performance in The Wizard of Oz that inspired me to go into acting, and I knew it would not be easy to read Lorna Luft’s book about someone we all considered a legend. But Lorna’s story was not about Judy Garland the legend but Judy Garland the mother and friend. Her story was told with such love and respect that I couldn’t put it down until the last page. Bravo to Lorna for having the courage to break the silence about the pain, laughter and tears.
Marlee Matlin, Los Angeles
I am so sick and tired of listening to people complain about Macaulay Culkin proposing to Rachel Miner. Everyone is saying they are too young to get married. But who said they are running out to get married? All I have heard is that they are engaged. I’m happy to see that young Macaulay has grown up to be a mature man who has found true love.
Heather Green, via e-mail
I was enraged at Macaulay Culkin’s father’s comment, “At 17, it’s always a mistake to get married.” I am living proof that it is not always a mistake. My husband was 18 and I was 17 when we were married in 1978. We will celebrate 20 years of marriage this October and things between us only get better and better. I believe that true love can triumph through anything, regardless of age. Good for you, Macaulay.
Heather Troglauer, via e-mail
Gee, I thought maybe Macaulay Culkin might have wanted to spend his money on a college education, not alimony.
Janelle Kruikshank, Chicago
The Getty Family
Wow—that was one of the saddest stories I have ever read. A true case of people who have so much and yet so little.
Lynn Cortino, via e-mail
Thanks for giving us the first glimpse into Lucy Lawless’s wedding. Though her dress wasn’t what I imagined a good Catholic would wear, the expression on her face gave us the whole story. She’s happy!
Renee Soberman, Weston, Fla.
It is about time that the two talented physicians who successfully delivered the McCaughey septuplets get some overdue recognition. I hope the article on Dr. Paula Mahone and Dr. Karen Drake inspires all young women to challenge themselves to rise to greater heights. These two women are truly miracle workers.
Miranda Maison, via e-mail
I had tears in my eyes as I read about Franco Ripple, the young man who has asthma and allergies and is doing scientific research on the dust mite. Both my sons have had asthma and allergies since they were toddlers. They too were diagnosed as being highly allergic to dust mites as well as dozens of common food items. We dutifully removed all carpet, draperies and plants, plus zipped all the mattresses, box springs and pillows in allergy-proof vinyl as directed. Our sons, however, still averaged a weeklong hospital stay every year. Last June, like Franco, our sons visited National Jewish Medical and Research Center in Denver. They were completely reevaluated and put on inhaled steroids. Now, both are doing amazingly well. Praise God for the men and women at National Jewish and young pioneers like Franco Ripple. With all we’ve heard in recent weeks about what’s wrong with America’s youth, Franco exemplifies all that is right. Keep it up, Franco, millions of children suffering from respiratory disease need you!
Lesley Clary Hamer, Huntington, W.Va.
To the correspondents who chose to condemn Jodie Foster for having a child out of wedlock: If you are so concerned about the youth of today you should be praising her for setting a fine example—waiting until she had an education, a career and financial stability before making her choice. May all of today’s youth be so “misguided.”
Allyson Meadows, Tempe, Ariz.