The Bee Gees
When I saw the Bee Gees on your cover (PEOPLE, Aug. 6) I got weak-kneed! These guys give me chills I never had as a teenager. This 33-year-old mother of two will be camped overnight outside the ticket office when they come to Columbia, S.C.
Lynn A. Hallman
I’m 22 years old and several years out of braces, yet “involuntary tears” roll down my cheeks as I listen to the Bee Gees. They are the same tears I shed at Van Cliburn concerts. I’d rather view this as music appreciation than pre-adolescent hysteria.
Enough! Stop with the comparisons between the Bee Gees and the Beatles. There are none. At the least, the Fab Four were brilliant and changed history. Those “Chipmunks incarnate” (the Bee Gees) write catchy, light tunes and put new life into a six-year-old fad, disco. Mass mediocrity has taken over in these 70s. The Beatles should regroup and bring all of show business to its knees.
Hunt Woods, Mich.
The Boat People
It was extremely gratifying to see PEOPLE take such a positive stand on behalf of the Boat People. I was particularly pleased with the two full pages devoted to explaining exactly what the American people can do to help. I would like to add that the Council on Jewish Life of Jewish Federation-Council of Greater Los Angeles together with the Council of Synagogue Associations of the Pacific Southwest Region has been actively involved for several months in a unique program through which the Jewish community will resettle at least 200 Boat People in the Los Angeles area. We in the Jewish community vividly remember our own experiences as “Boat People.” It is our obligation to come forward to help the Boat People of today. Interested individuals may contact the Council on Jewish Life, 6505 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, Calif. 90048. (213) 852-1234, ext. 268.
Council on Jewish Life
The Orfilas throw 40 soirees a year in Washington for the sake of diplomacy, and Allan Carr spends money in outrageously vulgar ways. These stories juxtaposed with that of the Boat People sent me to my typewriter. One letter goes to you for helping me see the polar extremes in people and the other letter goes to the organization in my state that will help the Boat People. I only hope that others see the parallel.
Mary D. Walton
If Stan Mooneyham’s appeal for our aid to the Boat People were simply on a humanitarian level I could more easily agree with him. But why does he, like so many others, have to place a guilt complex on the U.S.? I’m so tired of being told it’s our fault that this or that is happening in the world. It’s the world’s responsibility to take care of its people, not just the U.S.’s. I am willing to help the Boat People, but not because of guilt. Let the other nations who refuse to help feel guilty for once.
New Bern, N.C.
The Cessna children of Kidco Ltd. Ventures may be too busy to get into trouble, as 14-year-old Dickie claims, but instead they are learning the fine art of adult mischief. Tax avoidance, legal fogs and the like have been substituted for stealing baseballs and breaking windows. Dad complains no one praises the Cessnas for raising all these good kids. Good kids? More like future good politicians.
Call it sour grapes, but I am glad our Bills did not acquire the “talents” of Mr. Coo-zee-NOH with his diamond earring and tattoo. I am just astounded that athletes of today want a minimum $1 million starting salary, and get it. Whatever happened to the guys who played for the love of the sport and the respect and loyalty of the fans?
Paula G. Taggart
Nineteen lawsuits against a former spouse and denial of the right to be with his children are much more than wrong. Someone should consider what this is doing to the children.
Utah Society for the Protection of Children
Salt Lake City
The local chapter of NOW’s choice of an underdog borders on the ridiculous. I’m a firm ERA supporter, in my life and work, and I don’t feel that a feminist organization should support such viciousness. Our first duty is to humanity, not the continuing support of a personal vendetta.
Ruth Beebe Hill
The article about the Indian Roots, Hanta Yo, left me with a question. It seems that this Indian collaborator has had a lot to do with making the novel a success, but he isn’t going to get any of the royalties. How come? Is this another example of the exploitation of the native American?
Replies Mrs. Hill: “Chunksa Yuha has been a member of our family since he came and asked if he could work with me on this book—15 years ago. He shares equally in everything we do and has lived very comfortably. He will be with us for the rest of his life. It took me 30 years to write this book, and it was an expensive time.”
Regarding Abba’s Voulez-Vous, which I happen to be listening to now for the umpteenth time, and loving: Maybe the lyrics ain’t so hot. At least they say something, which is more than anyone can say for Donna Summer’s Bad Girls (toot! toot! hey! beep! beep!) or Anita Ward’s first (Ring ma bell! Ring-a-ling-a-ling!).
Fort Walton Beach, Fla.
No, it’s not the lyrics on Abba’s new album, Voulez-Vous, that are jelly-brained. It’s PEOPLE’S critic.
If the President feels comfortable with Jordan as his White House chief of staff, then I think the country should give them both a fair chance to function. After all, if Carter ends up with political egg on his face at least he will have Ham to go with it.
Charles G. Gessner
Bean Station, Tenn.