By People Staff
April 08, 1974 12:00 PM

On the Issue

You’ve really done it! I didn’t think I could enjoy a magazine more than your first issue, but your second issue had the same impact. It’s like a good book—you can’t put it down and you hate when it’s over.

Barbara Pedersen

Lebanon, Ind.

Who needs PEOPLE? In answer to an impertinent question posed by columnist William Safire, I can only say: we all do!

Edward M. Murrain

New York City

Out of sheer curiosity, I purchased your March 11 issue. After reading through this magazine, my mind was in utter shock and disbelief. In my opinion you have downgraded the integrity of your writing, reporting and reading public. For the benefit of Time Inc., I definitely think the publication of PEOPLE should immediately cease.

Nancy J. Rose

New York City

This was the first time in 10 years that I actually sat down and read a magazine from cover to cover. I could have gone on for another 60 pages. All the articles were exceptionally well written. The pictures were marvelous. What else can I possibly say?

Julie Stammer


Thanks to you for producing a most refreshing and interesting publication. We keep it in our office and I have been buying copies for all my friends.

John A. Logan

Monterey, Calif.

I did not pick up this week’s issue. Last week’s left me unamused, definitely bored. You are foisting pusillanimous poop on the public.

R.C. Finley


Martha Mitchell

If PEOPLE can sustain the good taste, sensitivity and vital intimacy you showed in your Martha Mitchell piece, it’s going to be one hell of a landmark on the American magazine scene.

Christopher Dickey

South Hamilton, Mass.

I was delighted with the first two issues and have become a loyal PEOPLE fan. My best to Martha—she deserves to be the heroine of the Watergate stink, not another victim.

Anne L. Eason

Greenville, S.C.

I was very upset. I truly feel sorry for her and her daughter. I myself am 13 years old and can identify with Marty.

Suzannah LeGette

Hillsborough, Calif.

Americans in Turkish Jail

I have just finished reading your article concerning the two American girls who are serving life sentences in Turkey. I am moved by their plight. I am writing to ask if it would be possible for you to forward an address so that I could write them. I am in their age group and feel they would appreciate the communication.

John Geirland

San Pedro, Calif.

It is a shocking article. We are deeply concerned and would like to offer our support and encouragement.

Anne Warner

Carol Gibson

Hamilton, Ontario Letters intended for JoAnn McDaniel and Kathy Zenz should be sent in care of the American Consulate in Adana, Turkey.—ED.

Salk Interview

In your article about me you made reference to my brother, Jonas, as a Nobel prizewinner. In the minds of many people he has earned this distinction. Regretfully, he has not received the Nobel Prize, although nominated more than once. Many thanks for your kind words about me.

Lee Salk, Ph.D.

New York City

We need more people like Dr. Salk, who have had enough experience with parents and children to know exactly what he is talking about. It is time the child-free couple be left alone without people around them insisting that their lives are just not worthwhile unless they have children.

Mrs. Lesli Lapham


As a social worker, I see people who became parents because it was like death and taxes—it happened to everyone. One can change a wrong career, but having children without thinking of the consequences may doom them to very unhappy lives.

Judy Gehringer



The article on Roger Billings and his interesting project on hydrogen fuel for autos caught my eye. Could you supply more information? How would one go about buying stock in this company?

Glenn E. Goscinski

New York City

Queries may be sent to Billings Energy Research Corp., P.O. Box 555, Provo, Utah 84601.—ED.


I find your magazine delighful; it is easy reading and gives a broad view of people and events. I really got hooked on your PEOPLE Puzzle. However, in the March 11 puzzle a typographical error was made on No. 3—Le Président—which turned out to be Pompidou. There was a “C” instead of the first “O.” I really enjoy working the puzzle and look forward to each week’s issue. Just don’t mess up on the lettering.

Dena Holland