As a lifelong resident of New Haven, it concerns me that Hinckley and Richardson aren’t the only ones who will be visiting this city trying to see Jodie Foster (PEOPLE, April 20). As an educator, it also concerns me that her college studies have been disrupted. I admire Foster’s fortitude and perseverance and sincerely hope she gets to finish her degree at Yale. Let the wackos stay home so that this young lady can get on with the business of getting a college education. If they want to see her, they should see her on film and stop stalking her at her dorm or in the streets of New Haven.
Nicholas P. Criscuolo
New Haven, Conn.
Dr. Lawrence Freedman
Most fans are simply ordinary citizens expressing a deep, honest appreciation for a person whose gifts have given their lives meaning that might not otherwise have been there. I feel deeply sorry for Chapman and Hinckley, but no matter what behavioral specialists like Lawrence Freedman claim, I cannot believe that such persons are really fans. A fan is a well-wisher. Anyone desiring to visit death and terror upon another is not a fan.
I was very sorry to read that Nielsen had “mugged” Hill Street Blues with a low rating. I take the liberty to speak for thousands of law enforcement officers across America when I say that “the Hill” has done for us what Lou Grant has done for the press.
After reading the article on Native American leader Leonard Peltier, I had many puzzling thoughts on the judicial system in this country. How could a system established to produce justice neglect to convict its own people when they’ve tampered with evidence, threatened witnesses and harassed American Indian Movement leaders? Where is justice?
I was distressed to learn of Robert Redford’s plans to make a movie about Leonard Peltier. Glorifying his actions is an insult to the memory of the men he was found guilty of murdering and to the image of native American Indians. The unfair treatment of American Indians should be brought to the attention of the public, but not by making a martyr or hero of a convicted killer.
Broken Wing Baca
Santa Barbara, Calif.
I have the first patents on the fertility indicator, and I am, therefore, its inventor (PEOPLE, April 6). You can understand my concern at seeing someone else get the publicity because he researched, engineered and built the prototypes.
Robert W. Lester
New York City
Heinz Wolff, the British developer of the Sexometer, replies: “What we were both doing was in the air—this is very common in research and invention. Lester has a patent for a machine which is similar to ours, but it is not the same machine.”—ED.
As I read your article, I became more and more indignant about the industry’s reaction to the home taping boom. Most of us are waiting for the industry to wake up and see that exorbitant prices are forcing us to find alternate ways of owning the music we love. Music should be an accessible form of entertainment, not a sport of kings.
As a former widow now remarried to a widower, I found Richard Meryman’s accounting of his experience especially poignant. Support is very helpful, but ultimate recovery becomes a “do it yourself” necessity. Remarriage, for those who choose it, is a dynamic way of saying “yes” to life.
Mary Jane Akkala
I want to thank you for your article about me, but I was surprised to find an inaccurate quotation, I actually said: “America is lucky to have an artist as President, for the definition of an artist is someone who shares his feelings with the masses.” I found Reagan to be a man with a rare balance between the rational and the creative.
As a doubting Thomas, I tried Bonnie Prudden’s myotherapy way (trigger points) and it works! I have been free of pain for five years.
The Amazing Randi
How right James Randi is when he blasts the so-called psychics and calls them frauds. I have often clipped their predictions from newspapers so that I can read them again a year or so later—when I find them hilarious and always completely inaccurate. Because many people shiver at the thought of “things that go bump in the night,” these frauds flourish and make a lot of money.
Jack P. Gabriel
James Randi appears to be an accomplished magician and, illusion or no, a highly intelligent man. However, these attributes hardly make him a qualified expert, or an objective observer of a subject that confounds even physicists. Yes, the field of paranormal phenomena contains charlatans, amateurs, magicians and publicity seekers. They in no way discredit the reputable, trained people operating in these areas. I have had experiences with ESP, precognition, psychic healing, clairvoyance and even a “ghost,” which I prefer to call an unexplained energy phenomenon. It helps to remember that, as Saint Augustine said, “Miracles do not happen in contradiction to nature, only in contradiction to that which is known to us of nature.”
New York City