Because of our 25th anniversary double issue, we are combining two Mailbag pages this week.
Touched by an Angel
Thank you so much for your story on Touched by an Angel. I was unfamiliar with the show until my 11-year-old son Brian died unexpectedly, following heart surgery gone bad, in August 1995. After his death, a friend told me about the show, and I’ve been a faithful viewer ever since. When you lose a loved one so suddenly, you grasp at anything that will bring comfort, and this show gave me some of what I needed. I’ve always believed in God, and that faith carried me through. The characters in TBAA continue to take me by the hand and give me hope.
Dee Schulze, Phoenix
It sounds like a cliché, but this show has changed my life for the better, reinforcing many valuable lessons—mainly that man’s timing and God’s timing are not always the same. I wish to congratulate executive producer Martha Williamson and the amazing cast. I only hope they realize how many lives they have really touched.
Wendy Stegall, Los Angeles
My son AJ and I have watched Touched by an Angel since 1995. Then, in 1997, AJ’s father died, and eight days later his grandfather passed away. I credit TBAA with helping us through that tragic time and for giving my son an assurance that his father and grandfather were with God.
Carol Liller White, Seminole, Fla.
The Touched by an Angel stars have made a big difference in many lives and deserve a lot more than high ratings. God isn’t the only one who loves them!
Kristin Bayhan Pillager, Minn.
ER without Dr. Ross? I need Prozac—stat!
Stephanie Hanlin, Byron, Ill.
I don’t see what the big deal is over George leaving ER. Anthony Edwards, Eriq La Salle and Noah Wyle are all very talented and every bit as sexy as George Clooney, if not more so.
Angela Neel, Derby, Kans.
When I was younger, friends, acquaintances and complete strangers would tell me I looked like Sophia Loren. Now she’s still beautiful Sophia Loren and I am told I resemble Margaret Thatcher! What does she know that I don’t?
Eleanor Craig Franks, Los Angeles
Iris Murdoch & John Bayley
I finished reading this story with a sigh and a smile. There is such a thing as true love for life.
Debbie Pine, Seaside, Calif.
I have long thought that, rather than the love of animals, the real motive of the antifur movement is the harassment of rich women. The proposed Beverly Hills law that would require furriers to label their garments only strengthens this view. I see no mention of the need for merchants who sell leather goods to tag their wares, nor have I heard that restaurants should identify the method of death met by the cows, lambs, chickens or fish that they serve.
Ellen Jagger Pollon, Studio City, Calif.
I must assume that Betsy Cournoyer, Nina Eckhoff and Ann Jiminez, who called Mick Jagger a “dog” or a “pig,” never owned a puppy or a piggy. If they had, they wouldn’t want them keeping such company.
Lee Blackmore, Los Angeles
There is a reason people love Celine Dion. In addition to having a wonderful $200 million voice, she is a wonderful $200 million person.
Mimi Glueck, Newport Beach, Calif.
I can relate to Celine. I grew up in a family with six boys and nine girls—yes, all from the same parents! We only had one bathroom and three bedrooms. I think it is great that Celine shares her wealth with her family.
Jackie Kingston, Winnemucca, Nev.
As a fellow skinny gal, I think Celine looks great! I’m 5’7½”, weigh 118 lbs. and am also blessed with great genetics and a high metabolism. Am I anorexic? Not a chance! I eat it all. The media needs to stop obsessing about women like us and focus more attention on the women who look at us with envy when we have meat, potatoes and a slice of cheesecake for lunch while they look great and think they’re fat as they nibble on their lettuce and carrots.
Karyn Sturgis, Pompano Beach, Fla.
Dr. Judith Reichman
I am horrified by the dangerous cure Dr. Reichman is espousing to her unsuspecting, low-libido patients. Not one but both gynecologists I recently consulted regarding hormone replacement therapy advised me that there are most certainly serious and permanent side effects from using testosterone. Each doctor stated that although most go away after a woman discontinues using testosterone, one’s lowered voice does not. Anyone who, like myself, uses her voice professionally deserves to be forewarned of this change.
Phoebe Krajewski, Montgomery Village, Md.
Dr. Reichman replies: “When testosterone is prescribed, it should be carefully monitored. In my years of prescribing low dosages to hundreds of women, I have rarely seen serious side effects. If even mild ones occur, the dosage is lowered further.”—ED.
As a patient of Dr. Reichman’s, I was thrilled to see her in the magazine. Testosterone, which I take for postmenopausal symptoms, may be an aid for low libido, but it also helps with boosting low energy levels and maintaining good health. The best thing about Dr. Reichman is that she has many clients such as myself who are not celebrities, but she treats us all the same. She even does the unthinkable for any doctor—she returns phone calls.
Jennifer Killam, San Pedro, Calif.
It was heartwarming to see there are doctors willing to go it alone in this day and age. Although my grandfather has been gone for more than 30 years, I remember his practice in St. Louis. He was in his 60s and still made house calls when most of his co-practitioners had stopped. Even as a member of his hospital board, he felt it was his duty to give all the assistance he could to those who were less fortunate. It’s truly a shame that money seems to dictate what type of care a person receives—and a crime that people in foreign countries sometimes get better medical assistance from the U.S. than our own citizens.
Kathy Jackson-Engelhardt, Vacaville, Calif.
Dr. Ian Leggat
I too received letters from the Nigerian government, which I promptly turned over to the postmaster. Although I applaud Dr. Leggat for coming forward, the article failed to point out that Leggat was not only a victim of mail fraud but perhaps also of his own desire to get something for nothing.
Susan Walker, Morgan Hill, Calif.
How is it that an educated man does not know the saying “If it seems too good to be true, it usually is”? Dr. Leggat saw a way to make a quick buck, and greediness won out over common sense.
Cheryl Marhefka, Easthampton, Mass.
The Way We Were
As a 53-year-old, I kick myself for never having saved those old baseball cards, comic books and train sets of yore. Yet today I still have, under protective seal, the very first issue of PEOPLE, with Mia Farrow gracing its cover. What do you think? Will it be worth a bundle someday or should I keep my day job?
Bruce Levitta, Phoenix
Keep your day job.—ED.