Let’s have a big round of applause for Morgan Fairchild who, unlike the other bubble-headed blondes on TV these days, is smart and pretty to boot (PEOPLE, July 13).
Gina J. Galindo
La Puente, Calif.
This is one Christian woman who thinks Flamingo Road is a really good show. I can’t wait until fall to see what happens to Constance.
I agree with Morgan Fairchild that the Moral Majority (which, by the way, doesn’t seem to represent a majority) has no sense of humor. Flamingo Road is one of the funniest shows on TV. Nobody could mistake any of the characters for normal human beings. I love the whole rotten bunch.
Buena Vista, Va.
NBC News Update
Your account of the NBC News announcement concerning Tom Brokaw and Roger Mudd becoming the two anchors of our Nightly News next April has a number of errors. Some are minor but others are not. The most important errors involve the assumption that Roger Mudd is unhappy about the move (he suggested it), that Mudd had to receive additional salary to make it possible (not true, Roger is one man who cannot be bought), and that Tom will get top billing (they will be equals in every regard). Mudd and Brokaw are good friends and top-class journalists—as good as broadcast journalism has ever seen. They, and your readers, deserve better than PEOPLE gave.
President, News Division
New York City
It will not be known as the Brokaw-Mudd Report. It will not be known as the Mudd-Brokaw Report. It will continue to be The NBC Nightly News with the billing of our names determined by the location of the lead story. Furthermore, it was Roger Mudd who volunteered to share anchor duties, a generous gesture that I was happy to accept. Finally, I value Roger Mudd’s friendship and greatly admire his professional skills. Your erroneous story is a disservice to our relationship.
New York City
I am not “livid,” nor do I have “cause to be livid.” I am delighted and have cause to be delighted at sharing duties with Tom Brokaw. I also deny that my NBC salary is $900,000 lest that too find its way into PEOPLE’S archives. The next time you are tempted to print gossip, rumor and untruths, why don’t you do what any self-respecting news organization does—call the primary source.
PEOPLE based its report on interviews with several executives inside NBC and the television industry, and attempted to verify the story with Mr. Mudd’s agent. He did not respond to phone calls. We are happy now to set the record straight.—ED.
Drs. John and Yvonne Driscoll
When I had my first child, the young girl in the next bed had a baby weighing only three pounds. Her doctor came to the door and said, “Your baby is too small. He won’t make the trip,” walked a few steps away, then put his head in the door again to add, “You’d better call a priest.” Wouldn’t it have been wonderful if John and Yvonne Driscoll were her doctors? Even if the baby had to die she would have had someone kind and gentle to give her the news instead of that monster who couldn’t even take the time to come into the room, much less show compassion.
Santa Maria, Calif.
On June 16 my sister’s baby was born with an open spine and brain damage and was sent to Manhattan’s Presbyterian Hospital. He is dying, but Dr. Driscoll, Dr. Joan Regan and the wonderful nurses there treat him with all the love in the world. On our visits we’ve also seen some of the preemies “graduate” and go home. It’s wonderful there are people around who care enough to help these kids.
Tinton Falls, N.J.
G. Michael Brown
Your description of Atlantic City as “a glittering boom town on the Boardwalk where jobs are plentiful and pay is high” shows you didn’t do your homework or else were temporarily blinded by casino lights. One thing’s for sure—you didn’t apply for a job.
What a shame that Jackie Onassis has learned to be such an immaculate housekeeper. And just when I had finally found something in common with her—dirty windows, stained slipcovers and all.
Palm Springs, Calif.
Thank you for the very honest article on Bert Yancey and manic-depression. When my 21-year-old brother was recently diagnosed as having this mental illness, our family was devastated. Reading an encouraging article like this has helped me see that people can be open-minded and recognize it as an illness.
In 1978, because of a segment we had on Maude which dealt with manic-depression, I was able to spot the symptoms in a friend who for 20 years had been incorrectly diagnosed. He had suffered excruciating migraines and physical pain, and never slept more than five hours a night with the aid of sleeping pills. In his manic phases, no one was more charming. Because of his depressions, he was misunderstood and disliked. Two of his marriages broke up. He often considered suicide. His doctors told him he was nervous and prescribed Valium. He finally found a doctor who understood he was not “crazy.” His first night on lithium he slept nine peaceful hours without a sleeping pill. Bert Yancey deserves our thanks for his willingness to share his story so that others can understand.
North Hollywood, Calif.