The cover with Richard Thomas and his daughters (PEOPLE, Jan. 11) gets my vote for the best ever. Thanks.
“John-Boy’s Triplets” are not just John-Boy’s! What a mistake to leave their mother off the cover. This is one show Richard Thomas can’t star in alone. We know from two and a half years of experience with triplets that this is not a one-parent job; it takes a real partnership.
Craig and Sherry
On your cover you ask how the Thomases are “coping” and answer “very nicely, thank you,” which left me alternating between laughter and rage. Parents of triplets who are able to afford a nanny and a housecleaning service are not coping—they are lucky enough to be able to take pleasure in their triple blessing. As the mother of 4-year-old triplets, I know that coping is when you do it all yourself and are grateful you have a husband who gets a weekly paycheck, even if it means that he’s gone 12 hours a day. Next time let your cover read: “How are they enjoying their babies?”
To Mr. and Mrs. Thomas: My brothers and I enjoyed seeing the pictures of your babies and reading about them. We are triplets, too. We were born on Aug. 25, 1971. My brothers are identical twins, and I am the odd one. We don’t think much about being triplets, just brothers and sister. We don’t dress alike. Sometimes our grandparents give us clothes alike, but we never wear them on the same day. I like the earrings you use to tell your babies apart. My brother Alex wore a blue ribbon tied around his wrist until our parents learned to tell them apart. My mother said to tell you that any time it seems hectic remember to say to yourself, “This too shall pass.” She also says that love and a sense of humor will get you through it.
I have just read your interview with Clarence Pendleton, the nominee for the chairmanship of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. Statements like “I don’t want to eliminate poverty; I want to create wealth” are sickening. To a black man living with conditions today, Pendleton comes across as a conservative white man trapped in a black man’s body and trying desperately to escape and forget.
Louis R. Punch
I have known Clarence Pendleton for 20 years, since he was my instructor at Howard University. He is my friend and a most valued colleague. I do not agree with everything he says or believes; however, I do defend his inherent right to belong to the political party of his choice, to subscribe to any ideology he chooses, and even to accept an appointment from a President whose interests are diametrically opposed to those of the majority of black people. The only issue at stake here is whether he is qualified for the job of chairing the U.S. Civil Rights Commission. His record speaks for itself. Those of us who view with alarm the Reagan Administration’s effort to diminish the government’s push for equal opportunity and civil rights can take comfort that someone with genuine civil rights credentials is finally joining the Administration. In insisting on some kind of ideological purity, Mr. Pendleton’s detractors run the risk of comporting themselves like the shortsighted and zealous New Right extremists who insist on reducing every issue to simplistic and parochial terms. The civil rights leadership should be far too experienced to fall into this trap.
William A. Johnson Jr.
President, Urban League
I have been playing high school basketball for three years, and it was very discouraging to read that the Women’s Pro Basketball League is closing down. It may be true that few women can slam-dunk a basketball, but the league’s games are filled with grace, skill and excitement. It’s a shame to see that talented athletes like Nancy Lieberman have to leave the country to play the sport they love.
The girl in the picture with Judd Hirsch is not Cahlia Giblan, as your caption states. I know because she’s my favorite person, my sister. She is Lynn Griffis, an actress and for the last seven years Miss Winston Pro Series, R.J. Reynolds’ representative at the American Motorcyclist Association’s Grand National Championship.
Judd Hirsch provided the name, presumably as a joke, because of Lynn’s fondness for the book The Prophet, by Kahlil Gibran. PEOPLE apologizes. Now it’s your turn, Mr. Hirsch.
I congratulate Sybil and Roger Ferguson on their successful Diet Centers, but I am turned off by their “his and her” Caddies. I believe that conservation must be a priority for everyone. Why not “his and her” economy-size cars?
New York City
Ava Gardner has long been a favorite of mine, not just for her acting—which is underrated—but for her outspoken honesty. While other actors justify their roles with phrases about artistic expression or social significance, only Ava admits that “it’s for the loot, honey—always for the loot.”
Hurray for the young concertgoers who didn’t stop to pick up Rod Stewart on the highway. Maybe youngsters are finally getting the message that both hitchhiking and picking up hitchers can be dangerous, even fatal, mistakes.
Mary Lou McLaren
Corona del Mar, Calif.