This was the first time (PEOPLE, Feb. 26) that John Denver got a fair hearing. His fans know what the man touches in all of us with his gentle lyrics and joy-filled performances. I’m glad you gave others a chance to see John Denver as a complex man with a tender soul—not as just a smiling fool.
Sherman Oaks, Calif.
In a world full of divorcing couples, it is a relief to find two people who have managed to work out their problems and survive. My faith in love and marriage has been restored.
You’ve given me a Rocky Mountain High and I’m in Pennsylvania!
Crash! That’s John Denver falling from his (my) pedestal. “He likes an occasional joint”? What is left for little ol’ ladies in Pasadena to believe in?
“I don’t think smoking grass should be a crime,” says John. “But I hope that young people have the guidance and direction from their parents and family to look at that the same way they look at driving a car.”—ED.
The Fourth Mrs. Mailer
Norman has no small faults or small virtues. Like his books, he is Olympian! We certainly had our private ups and downs. Complicated people tend to lead complicated lives. However, after 18 years of getting to know him, I, for one, am proud to have once married Norman and mothered our daughter Kate. Beverly Bentley should think on an old Sufi proverb, “If you don’t have room in your living room for an elephant—don’t make friends with the elephant trainer.”
New York City
Beverly Bentley complains that Mailer blocked her acting career, yet says what she desperately wanted when she met him was a home and family. Ah well, Lord Byron had to put up with this sort of thing too. “Mad, bad and dangerous to know” was how the ladies described him. And continued to beat a path to his door.
New York City
Author-activist Paley constantly refers to the “needs of the people” in her conversation while condemning the funding which supports the development and continued care of defense apparatus. Wake up, Ms. Paley, the needs of the people include a state of military preparedness to protect our lives as well as our rights.
Mrs. Betty Murray
Dorian Harewood truly is the next Sidney Poitier. His portrayal of Simon Haley was absolutely engrossing. I’m sure that this man’s talent will take him many places.
I am happy for Mr. Populism and yet feel a great sorrow for the future of the U.S. without his involvement in government. As we are subjected to an uncontrolled economy going into the 1980 election, I would hope people can see that what Fred Harris was pointing to in 1976 is still damaging America—”the issue is privilege.”
David J. Singer
I needed nothing in black and white to convince me about the Locke-Eastwood relationship. I had seen it in living color. Any follower seeing The Gauntlet must have suspected something. Every Which Way But Loose seems; only to have been made to publicly confirm the rumors. As a devoted Eastwood fan, I say, “Love whom you please, but keep it out of your movies.” Maybe they ain’t art, but they’re damned good!
Julia M. Coffin
Picks & Pans
In your review of Delia Ephron’s book, How to Eat Like a Child, you described her sister, Nora, as “the writer who married Carl Bernstein.” Come on. Nora Ephron is a fine writer on her own merits and does not need to be given an identity through her husband.
Albert Lea, Minn.
Your Einstein sampler reminded me of the day, many years ago, when I rang the professor’s bell in Princeton and asked if I could do a sculpture of his hands. Astonishingly, he agreed. While he posed, I asked if there was any equipment or tool essential to his work that he would like to hold. He looked puzzled for a moment, then replied: “A pencil, my child. That’s my only weapon.”
New York City