September 10, 1979 12:00 PM


Your article really hit me (PEOPLE, Aug. 20). For three years now I have thought of Farrah as the most beautiful woman in the world. But that was it—a great sex object. I’m glad she’s changing her image from a dumb blonde who slaves for her husband to a liberated “growing” woman.

Larry Colin


Granted, breaking up a marriage after 11 years can be very painful, but with a $10 million Fabergé contract, Farrah Fawcett has the audacity to say she’s “determined to survive”? Surviving is when you have four kids, no job and your husband has just deserted you.

Annette Gonzales

Glendale, Ariz.

Paul Watson

Bravo! Paul Watson deserves a medal. When the few laws that do exist to protect whales are flagrantly ignored, vigilante tactics are the only redress. Full speed ahead, Mr. Watson.

Catherine Fagan

Broomall, Pa.

Wendy & Michael Lusa

After I read your article on the Lusas’ fight to keep the black child they had hoped to adopt, I saw in the newspaper that they decided not to appeal. They reasoned it would harm the child because his fate would have been uncertain for months or years while the appeal was argued. That’s really caring.

Jan Smith

Mission Viejo, Calif.

Judge Hammer’s statement that a child’s “life will be affected by community values and prejudices as they exist, not as they ought to be” contains the kind of frightening, Catch-22 logic that keeps fear and racism alive. Where does what “ought to be” come from if not from what we do right now?

Tom Halstead

Vernon Hills, Ill.

Elizabeth Whelan: a correction

Your August 27 article about me and the American Council on Science and Health contained remarks about us inaccurately attributed to Wayne L. Pines of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. These remarks were not made by Mr. Pines but by a longtime private critic of us.

Dr. Elizabeth M. Whelan

New York City

The statement attributed to Mr. Pines because of a transmission garble was not made by him or any other governmental official. It was made by Michael Jacobson of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, an offshoot of the Ralph Nader movement. PEOPLE regrets the error.—ED.

Adelina Tattilo

I have a sneaking feeling that you would never describe an attractive 48-year-old man as “well-preserved” as you did Playmen publisher Adelina Tattilo. Shame on you for using so outdated and banal a phrase.

Joyce Frisbie


William Goldman

I was very hurt that in your article on screenwriter-novelist William Goldman, you neglected to even mention his book The Princess Bride. It is one of the most delightful books I’ve ever read.

Kathy Glass

Birmingham, Ala.

“Princess Bride is the best book I’ve ever written, “says Goldman. “It’s the best I can do, anyway.”—ED.


It was bad enough turning 30 in January. It was bad enough that you devoted six pages to “Woodstock: Ten Years Later.” But Carole King’s daughter (Louise Goffin) is 19 years old? That does it. I’m putting away my jogging shoes and getting out my old robe and rocking chair.

Mrs. John L. Wyatt

Birmingham, Ala.

So, Arlo Guthrie thinks the promise of the ’60s idealism has reached its fulfillment? In the self-aggrandizing vapidity of the ’70s? It would seem that you can get anything you want at Alice’s Restaurant—including tripe.

Carl Remick

New York City

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