September 28, 1981 12:00 PM

Kris Kristofferson

I find it so enjoyable to see someone as busy as Kris Kristofferson finds time for and pleasure in what is so very important: his children (PEOPLE, Sept. 7).

Lela Wislocka

Chicago

Kris Kristofferson doesn’t need a wife or a girlfriend. What he does need is a housekeeper!

Claudia Gallup

Fowlerville, Mich.

Mr. Kristofferson is obviously an intelligent, gifted man, but I don’t think he’s going to get where he wants to go with those fences around his home and heart. Perhaps he knows this but just hasn’t admitted it yet.

Nancy Fisher

Brownwood, Texas

Thanks for a terrific cover story on Kris Kristofferson. He has to be one of the most underrated performers in the music business. I’ve been a fan since the beginning of his career, and as far as I’m concerned nobody sings a Kristofferson song like the Man himself. (Not even you, Willie!)

Becke Bryant

Iva, S.C.

Look-alike Pills

I wonder if Dale Herto, the distributor of fake amphetamines, has any children. If he does, he’d know that all children of all ages are curious about everything, including drugs. I wonder what his reaction would be if his son or daughter overdosed on “look-alike pills” and the distributor called to say, “Gee, guy, I’m really sorry your kid died, but don’t blame me, I’m just the distributor.” I don’t think he’d care whom he blamed.

J.D. Witter

Syracuse, N.Y.

I have just finished your article about imitation amphetamines, and I was appalled at the danger of these supposedly innocent little pills and at how the public, especially children, are fooled into thinking they’re safe just because they’re sold over the counter. I’m a nurse in a small-town hospital, and I would like to take Mr. Herto on a tour to show him what a child strung out on drugs really looks like.

I’m very “happy” he thinks that it’s “not our fault” and “feels bad about the cripples.” I guess he feels especially “bad” when he’s spending his $300,000 a year.

Cindy Newman

Abington, Mass.

Out of the Past

Thanks for the not-so-famous presidential anecdotes. Please keep these features coming. There is no better antidote for facing the somewhat tiresome babbling of politicians, especially near election time, than reading some of the more casual, yet hilarious offerings of our Great Leaders.

Janet J. Peck

Danbury, Conn.

Ozzy Osbourne

I have found that performers who have to resort to doing disgusting things onstage are trying to hide something. Usually, it’s that they have no talent whatsoever. Ozzy Osbourne had to bite the head off a dove so people would remember him. That says a lot to me. I find I remember a musician for his music. I feel sorry for young kids today who have to look at their entertainment instead of being able to listen to it.

Joan Keener

Ft. Smith, Ark.

When I saw the article on Ozzy Osbourne I looked forward to a different approach to the greatest vocalist in rock history. But no, you just had to open with that thing about the dove, didn’t you? That’s history by now. Also, with regard to your crack about Ozzy’s onstage antics making Alice Cooper “look like an Eagle Scout,” Ozzy doesn’t need to use snakes or anything else to sell out his shows. I’ve seen him in concert and his show is good, clean rock ‘n’ roll. Now every mother in America is going to come down on her kids who are Ozzy fans.

Richard Rangel

Los Angeles

Andy Kaufman

After reading your article on Andy Kaufman, it is my honest, unprofessional opinion that he is obviously insane and should be committed to his foam rubber room for life…alone!

Dale R. Randolph

Wichita

I loved your article on Andy Kaufman and the way he stated that laughter should come from the gut. Keep it up, Andy.

Melissa Neal

Louisville

Dr. Robert Mendelsohn

In regard to your article on Dr. Mendelsohn, I have always been amused by men who spout off about natural childbirth, the joys of being pregnant and the ease of giving birth. Personally, my complicated pregnancy, pain-racked labor and cesarean section were bad enough, but if I had not had my doctor’s gentle reassurance and warm understanding before, during and after all of this, I truly would not have made it. My doctor deserves a medal and Dr. Mendelsohn deserves to get pregnant, have 48 hours’ hard labor and deliver a 12-pound infant. He is not thinking of women, only of book sales.

Jacki Livingston

Bristow, Okla.

I read with amazement the article profiling Dr. Robert Mendelsohn and his views on medicine and male chauvinism. As a physician myself, I empathize with many of his concerns regarding unwarranted surgery and medical therapy. However, the tone of the article is such that many women may erroneously conclude that most physicians are truly uncaring of their patients’ general well-being. Should the reader conclude, for example, that mammography has no place in screening for breast cancer because “like all X-rays [it] is potentially dangerous”? Such a statement, unclarified, may indeed prevent some women from obtaining a truly useful and lifesaving radiographic procedure. I can only hope that in the future your reporting on such important topics provides a more balanced appraisal of all competing viewpoints.

Paul R. Katz, M.D.

Grand Rapids, Mich.

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