By People Staff
August 28, 1978 12:00 PM

Joan Kennedy

Soft-spoken, feminine, talented, sensitive and kind, Joan Kennedy (PEOPLE, Aug. 7) has always been my favorite of the Kennedy women. May she continue to develop her many talents.

Wayne Suite


How Joan Kennedy considers her everyday life of attending grad school, piano lessons, weekly visits with her psychiatrist, and someone else to assume the responsibility of her three children “a personal victory” eludes my simple mind. To overcome an addiction without these extras would indeed be a personal victory.

Carole C. Weir

Foley, Ala.

I joined Alcoholics Anonymous after reading about Joan Kennedy. I thought, if she isn’t too proud to go, I shouldn’t be. I’m dry now and loving it. Thank God for her courage in sharing her experience. I’m sure there are many more like me who will also be reached.

Name Withheld

Clovis, Calif.

There’s no doubt about it, folks. Ted is going to go for it in ’80. The media hype is underway.

J.T. Miller


Sen. Edward Kennedy is not the youngest senator elected in U.S. history. The youngest was my great-uncle Rush D. Holt (D.-W.Va.), who was 29.

Diana Nelson Jones

Shinnston, W.Va.

“Baby senator” Rush Dew Holt, elected in 1935, had to wait six months until the required age of 30 before taking his seat. He served one term.—ED.

Giorgio Chinaglia

It took marrying a Scotsman and moving halfway around the world for me to discover there was more to sports than the bone-crunching fiasco most of us witness on Sunday afternoons. You don’t have to go to Italy to hear it, just drop by our house for any televised Cosmos soccer game and join in the chant: “Keen-al-ya, you’re the best!”

Elaine L. Henderson

Kenmore, N.Y.

Lorraine Gary

If Lorraine Gary feels the only reason she needed the Jaws 2 money was to prove she’s “worth something,” she obviously doesn’t value very highly her role as wife or mother, does she?

Diana L. Greene

Oxon Hill, Md.

Thanks to Ms. Gary, Hollywood may wake up and pay actors by their talent and not their names.

Mark Sizelove

Normal, Ill.

Father Ralph DiOrio

Oh, come on now, Father DiOrio, don’t you and the shouting, screaming, writhing charismatics at St. John’s know that the same miracles can be wrought by just a quiet rosary?

Catherine Gookin Clarkson

Pawtucket, R.I.


In just 25 hours, at a fire-sale price of $350, Olney, Texas solved its water problem. Bureaucrats nationwide would have spent at the very least 25 hours and $350 per hour—for a “study.” Let’s send our so-called leaders to Olney on “how-to” fact-finding missions, instead of to Europe on “what fors.”

Barbara M. Voron

Silver Spring, Md.

Susan Lucci

I work at a small grocery store so I don’t get to see All My Children as often as I’d like. However, when Erica is at her best (telling someone off) I make sure my mom calls me so I can take it all in over the telephone. Susan Lucci’s performances are worth it.

Wendi Traska

La Mesa, Calif.

We are dying to know—which of Erica’s many lovers did her mother kill? Beth Needham Missouri City, Texas Jason Maxwell, head of a modeling agency, in November 1973.—Ed.

Harry Caray

Well “holy cow”! When I lived in St. Louis I felt Harry Caray “might be…could be…he is” the best sportscaster in baseball. In a day when 90 percent of that breed don’t believe they should be fans, I am convinced Caray must be the long-lost grandson of Abner Doubleday.

Jim Boettcher

Oceanside, Calif.

Last Sunday I watched Harry Caray sign as many autographs as the team members did. He keeps our spirits up during slumps and boosts them even higher during winning streaks. The Sox may not have a pennant-winning year, but we sure have fun at the ball park.

Kathy Criswell

Griffith, Ind.

Judy Carne

Talented Judy Carne was always more than just the sock-it-to-me! girl on Laugh-In. Remember the colossal klutziness of her demented robot housewife? Instant classic. Judy’s routine lives on with CBS’s Shields and Yarnell. It is the most popular staple of their act. Judy is a courageous woman and I’m glad she’s getting her head together. So to speak.

C. Brown

Freeport, N.Y.

Arthur Hardy

Thank you for the article on agoraphobia and psychiatrist Arthur Hardy. As a phobic (and patient of Dr. Hardy’s), I find it difficult to explain my actions and nonactions to family and friends. With this article I hope they will understand me a little better.

Pat Poe

Fremont, Calif.

After three years, three psychiatrists, two social workers and a psychologist, not to mention 10 days in a psychiatric ward, I finally found out about agoraphobia—on my own. I hope this article helped other people who may have this problem. But most of all I hope it helps educate the psychiatric profession.

Nicki Griffin

Deerfield, Ill.

Georgia Holt

To say that Cher’s mother and her young lover are “deeply religious” is ludicrous. She sure is well-preserved, though.

J. Tollefsen


Joan, Judy and Lorraine

While relaxing with a front-to-back reading of this issue, my 40-year-old ego identified mightily with the curiously mirrored life struggles of Joan (Kennedy), Judy (Came) and Lorraine (Gary)—ages 41, 39, 41. Yet before reaching the last page, my perspective centered on this remark by psychiatrist Arthur B. Hardy: “I’ve always figured women have a tougher row to hoe than men.”

Pauline L. Havens

Long Beach, Calif.