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“Whatever his flaws, you couldn’t help but move to his beat or watch amazed when he danced”

—Laura Fitzgerald

Harrington Park, N.J.

I hope that Michael Jackson is in a happier place now, free from the difficulties of his life on earth. Perhaps he can see the outpouring of grief, love and support from his fans across the globe.

Laura Dezarn

Winston-Salem, N.C.

While he certainly didn’t live like everyone else, Michael Jackson was, at his core, a brilliant, innovative and, most importantly, generous man.

Elizabeth Genge

via e-mail

I am outraged by your virtual deification of Michael Jackson. Those with longer memories recall him instead as a talented entertainer who was accused multiple times of being a child predator. His death amid family and financial chaos and rumors of illegal drugs is a study in modern-day celebrity.

Sara Shack

Narberth, Pa.

Even as his fame increased exponentially, Michael Jackson never altered his focus on what he believed was his purpose: to touch people’s hearts and souls with his music. He wanted to make a difference and he did.

Susan Miller

Citrus Heights, Calif.


I find it hard to believe you gave so much coverage to the death of Michael Jackson and so little to that of Farrah Fawcett. She was also an American icon and a tremendous influence on pop culture. PEOPLE, you really dropped the ball on this one.

Lynne Greenberg

Newtown, Pa.

Farrah Fawcett was the epitome of the coolest “big sister” for any girl of my 1970s generation: beautiful, wholesome and athletic, whether swinging a tennis racquet or cruising along on a skateboard. And she always had the handsome guy. Thanks, Farrah. Everything about you will be missed.

Lisa Aimola

Quincy, Mass.

After reading about Farrah Fawcett’s awesome courage and Ryan O’Neal’s incredible devotion during her final days, I couldn’t help but be reminded of the character he portrayed in the movie Love Story. How ironic and sad that Ryan was destined to reprise this role in his own life.

Joan Stewart

Port Orange, Fla.

Growing up in a suburb of Los Angeles, I had two brief personal encounters with Farrah Fawcett, whom I idolized. On both occasions she very kindly took the extra time to talk to me and even sent me a thank-you note for a gift I gave her. Her family can take comfort that now this remarkable woman is an “angel” for the ages.

Shannon Arpaia

Sherman Oaks, Calif.



Our June 29 article on Holly’s House—a nonprofit center in Evansville, Ind., for victims of sexual violence—drew a big response. Says founder Holly Dunn Pendleton: “I have received hundreds of supportive e-mails as well as offers to speak and collaborate on a book.” Perhaps more important, one reader would like to follow Pendleton’s example. “I am a sexual-abuse survivor and I would love to start a center similar to yours in my area,” a woman in Michigan wrote Pendleton, saying there are a disturbing number of sexual assaults in her town. “Mentor me to help others.” Adds PEOPLE reader Danielle Crowley: “As a resident of Evansville, I see firsthand what a special gift Holly’s House is. We are so proud to have Holly Dunn Pendleton as a part of our community.”


In the Great Ideas section of our July 20 issue, a discount for Bike Bargains was incorrectly printed as being available through “September 31.” This discount is available through September 30. PEOPLE regrets the typographical error.