June 29, 1981 12:00 PM

Lauren Bacall

Whoever said “She’s not getting older, she’s getting better” must have been talking about Lauren Bacall (PEOPLE, June 8). She is truly a fantastic Woman of the Year.

Kim D. Reilly

Bloomfield, N.J.

I’m sure that being a star has its trying times. But when Miss Bacall says “The ghouls are outside nonstop with their goddamn cameras” and at the same time is getting an estimated $1.4 million for 12 months of work, I find her a snob. After all, it Is those ghouls that are helping her get that paycheck.

Janet Pomorantz

Buffalo Grove, Ill.

I was appalled at Lauren Bacall’s remarks about casting her play Woman of the Year. “We were looking for a man, for openers, which is already not easy to find. In the musical field, either the guys are too young—or they’re not guys.” Since when does sexuality determine ability to portray a character? Miss Bacall’s statements are ridiculous, prejudicial, insensitive, and promote public ignorance.

David V. Meunier

Key West, Fla.

Father Andrew Greeley

As a Roman Catholic, I must say I’m embarrassed by the less-than-positive picture Andrew Greeley paints of our mutual religion. But considering the importance of his chosen vocation, he really should spend his time helping people in need, and leave the trashy novels to someone else.

Linda A. Baldwin

Butler, N.J.

Tony Geary

Calling the character Tony Geary portrays on General Hospital, Luke Spencer, a superstud just indicates you don’t watch the show. Superstud implies sexual activity. But Luke and the love of his life, Laura, have been to bed twice in the last two years. They spent most of last summer sharing a room but not a bed because she wanted to wait until she was no longer a married woman. After getting back together just recently, did he spend the night? Of course not; she is still married. Instead they took a drive. By the time they finally did go to bed (with some very profound dialogue about personal responsibility), I, for one, was ready to hire a brass band, I was so relieved. This is something new in soaps. It’s much more intriguing than the constant promiscuity we see on other shows.

B.G. Grogan

Norman, Okla.

Ruth Prokop

Today’s working women need people like Ruth Prokop who understand and are concerned about sexual harassment—unlike Phyllis Schlafly, who generalizes and condemns by claiming that the virtuous aren’t harassed.

Tess Mertens

Eagan, Minn.

I am all for protection for the truly victimized. However, when I wanted better production from an employee and she felt threatened, she cried “sexual harassment.” As her boss, I cry harassment! I remember when getting the job done got top priority, and the rules and regulations were a side dish. Nowadays, getting the job done has been lost in the shuffle, and the rules and regulations could become a new horror movie.

Name withheld

Los Angeles

Itzhak Perlman

It is interesting that a longtime friend of Itzhak Perlman would comment on his “uncanny ability to always sound as if he’s improvising.” Two summers ago I had the opportunity to hear him play three violin sonatas at the Grand Teton Music Festival in Wyoming. An agglomeration of incorrect phrasing, infelicitous harmonies and irregular tempi are the only memories I have left of the performance I awaited for so long. He appeared to enjoy his careless improvising on these three great works of music, but I didn’t. Itzhak Perlman is indeed a virtuoso, but he is also a product of crass commercialism. Behind the glitter, one sees a very talented musician restricted to a narrow repertoire and an overloaded concert schedule.

Kenneth H. Suzuki


Richard Brautigan

In response to Richard Brautigan’s article about coping with “autophobia”: It is easy for him to humbly call himself “dependent” and put the responsibility for hauling him around on his friends. But I would like to see him remove himself totally from the world of automobiles. Then see how quickly he realizes their necessity in this day and age.

Pam Quattrone

Monongahela, Pa.

Picks & Pans

You floored us Tom Jones fans with that picture of his sexy stare, then cut us down mid-drool. I have to disagree with the rotten rating you gave his newest album. I played it again and again to find out what you found so funny. The last laugh will be on you when Darlin’ hits the top.

Cindy Mayshar

Marlboro, Mass.

Clifford Grobstein

With regard to your article on abortion and the debate on when life begins: I feel I am qualified to speak on this. Coming from a family of two sisters, I was the one who had an abortion long before it was legal and acceptable, and my older sister was the one forced to have her baby and then give it up for adoption. I have never regretted my decision. Having children of my own now and seeing how impossible it would have been to raise a child alone at 17 with no education, I can only be thankful my parents had the connections and money to help me. My sister is now unmarried, childless and has spent many years agonizing over the child she gave up. There is no happy mother who gives her child up for adoption, but there are plenty of unwanted and unloved children around cared for by a mother who made a mistake and has to spend the rest of her life paying for it. Control of our destinies belongs to the individual, not the government. Life begins, as far as I’m concerned, when a child can exist outside his mother’s body and not before.

Name withheld

North Lauderdale, Fla.

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