By People Staff
June 03, 1974 12:00 PM

The Panovs

I have just returned from the Soviet Union where I visited dancers Valeri and Galina Panov in Leningrad. Valeri stressed that he had not stopped practicing, that he still exercises, and that he had not given up trying to keep himself in shape. I will attempt to quote Panov on this point: “Please, please, go back to America and tell everyone that I have not been destroyed. They, the men in the Kremlin, are trying to destroy me as an artist. They know that if I don’t function artistically, then I will no longer be alive—physically, mentally, in every way. I practice. I train. I work. I have not given up, and I will not give up.”

As if to prove his point Panov then changed into his tights and he and his wife put on a private performance for us. I am enclosing a picture [above] taken on that evening.

When we arrived at his apartment at 9 p.m. Panov was not there. Galina told us that he had left at noon to go to a post office to make a phone call—their phones have been disconnected for months—and that she was very worried. Panov returned at 10 p.m. He was furious, upset, frightened. Apparently a friend had given him a lift by car to a suburban post office where he would not be recognized and could complete his phone call without interference. When they came out both rear tires on the friend’s car were cut to ribbons and they had to make their way back by train.

Si Frumkin, Chairman

Southern California

Council for Soviet Jews

Los Angeles

The Beatles

After reading the story on the Beatles I felt a little sorry for them. When they first came to America I was just old enough to appreciate and get into the so-called “Beatle-mania.”

Now, ten years later, I still enjoy their music as a group or individually, but they all seem to be just a little “out of it” as people in society.

Maxine Speer

Oakland, Calif.

In the segment on Ringo Starr, there is mention of three children. All I ever knew of were Jason and Zak. Could you tell me about the third child? Nothing has ever been released.

Micky Turner

Portland, Oreg.

Lee, the Starrs’ third child and first daughter, was born in November, 1970 in London.—ED.

Ringo has always been my favorite of the four. I was at the press conference held for “Son of Dracula,” here in Atlanta and at twenty-one years of age, well past the teeny-bopper stage, I thought I was capable of conducting myself with poise in any given situation. However, that belief was shattered, along with my composure, when Ringo spoke to me and I found it impossible to utter one word of reply.

Jessica Ann Roedler


George and Cornelia Wallace

Governor Wallace is one of the few American officials who have the “guts” to stand up and fight for their beliefs. Many people do not realize that the Governor received more popular votes in the 1972 Democratic presidential primaries than any other Democratic candidate, up to the time he was shot. He is not one to be taken lightly by the Democratic party in 1976.

Kevin Sullivan

San Francisco

Concerning the love life of Governor Wallace and Cornelia: I found it highly obnoxious for her to portray him in the manner she did. I cannot conceive of Bess Truman, Mamie Eisenhower or Pat Nixon giving out such trivia. It bears out the old adage “The Governor’s Lady and Susie O’Grady are sisters under the skin.”

Mrs. J. A. Skinner

Clay, Ky.

To me, 32 years old and a minister, Governor Wallace truly represents “the people’s sentiments,” not some socialist egghead’s latest political-economic-social brainstorm theory out of Snifflesnort University. I’ve followed George’s platform and career since 1967 and I suppose yours is the first slickback and big newsstand magazine, not counting conservative, patriotic publications, that has given a good social background description of him. But you say, “He has muted his racist style and won some local black support.” It appears that as many as two-thirds of Alabama’s Negro voters must have cared enough in 1970 to vote for “the fightin’ little judge” with a big heart to help him to a 5½ to 1 victory over the Southern Christian Leadership Conference candidate. He also tromped the Ku Klux Klan into the dirt.

Marcellus Long

Springfield, Ill.

Cinda Firestone

Cinda Firestone may be rebelling against the establishment yet her movie is financed completely by her mother. Throughout the history of rebels in the world, the first thing Robin Hood and others had to learn was how to stand on their own two feet.

Anita Watts



PEOPLE is propagating a grave injustice to an American athlete. His name is Dave Nielsen, a University of Iowa trackman, and he is the man responsible for the somersault long jump which started in the U.S., not West Germany, as you say. Nielsen knows that he wasn’t the first to try the somersault (it was tried back in 1925), but he was the first to perform it at an international track meet. He did so last August in Iceland. A man behind Nielsen is Tom Ecker of Cedar Rapids, who was formerly a Swedish national track coach. In his book Track and Field Dynamics, he suggested adding the flip to the long jump in order to achieve greater distance. The German athlete, who is credited with the idea of the flip, actually read about it in a magazine article about Ecker.

Stephen T. Holland

Iowa City, Iowa

Star Tracks

I am a physical therapist, working in a rehabilitation center and I am very interested in the story concerning Jill Kinmont. I would like to know about her rehabilitation program and how she broke the barrier in the education field to be accepted as a teacher.

Barbara A. Dole


After extensive physical therapy Jill finally began teaching elementary school near Seattle. She and her family subsequently moved to Los Angeles, whose public school system refused to consider her for the classroom. Beverly Hills, a separate school district with its own employment ideas, appointed her to the job she now holds.—ED.

What is the name of the proposed movie about Jill Kinmont and when is it due for release?

Gretchen Arnemann


The Other Side of the Mountain is scheduled for release early next winter.—ED.

Dr. John Knowles

Is it deliberate on your part that you photographed Dr. Knowles playing squash racquets at the Harvard Club while allowing him to cry over his beer at the exorbitant incomes of American doctors?

Paul deR. Kolisch, M.D.

Friendship, N.Y.