July 08, 1985 12:00 PM

Claus von Bülow

If Sunny von Bülow could hear her children (PEOPLE, June 17), she would be the proudest mother in the land. The dedication of Ala and Alexander have vindicated her name and character. A jury of his peers did find Claus von Bülow guilty at his first trial, and there are millions who have accepted that verdict. He will have to live with it for the rest of his life.

Marjorie L. Huppert

Temple Hills, Md.

How tragic it is to have a brother and sisters divided because of a tragedy that happened to their mother. I can imagine the sorrow of knowing that their mother will never be able to show the love and caring she did when they were growing up. It’s too bad Ala and Alexander put so much trust in their stepfather. They have every right to feel as they do.

Emily J. Nelson

Penacook, N.H.


During my career no audience has been more loyal and more exciting to perform for than the gay audience. My friends in the gay community are now traumatized by the deadly disease AIDS. But I’m most disturbed about how we in the heterosexual world are reacting, both as individuals and as a country. AIDS is not a homosexual plague. It is a national plague. The government should be doing more to promote research and assist people stricken with the disease.

Lainie Kazan

Los Angeles

Hold it! While I passionately sympathize with possible AIDS victim Johnny Greene, I take violent exception to his contention that “the never-ending midnight of the gay world will continue until AIDS has claimed the last dancer in the last disco.” Dancing is about all the majority of the gay community is doing of late for nightlife. With the exception of a few fatalistic idiots who continue to pursue their dangerous ways, the gay community has banded together in an almost unbelievably unified exercise in precautionary sex practices, monogamy and downright celibacy.

J. Kenneth Poe

Los Angeles

As an AIDS patient, I must challenge the statement in Mr. Greene’s story that people “like me, who live in fear of AIDS, suffer more emotional stress than those who have received their death sentences.” That statement is apparently circulating in the medical and psychological communities as a means of assuaging the fears of ARC (pre-AIDS) patients. I had considered myself at low risk for AIDS, since I began taking precautionary measures when the syndrome was first identified four years ago. I did not have the luxury of an ARC diagnosis to acclimate myself to the AIDS diagnosis. When I became ill, I lost my lover, my home, most of the clientele I had taken years to build in my business and, of course, the income that went with it. I fail to see how anybody could say it has been less stressful for me than for individuals who are concerned that they may develop AIDS.

Devron Kelly Huber

Costa Mesa, Calif.

Many gay people have never lived the life-style of endless sex and drugs that seems to be associated with AIDS, and many others have now channeled their energies into healthy alternatives. We are not all “dancing until dawn on the very lid of death.” Mr. Greene, I urge you to take a more positive approach to this whole situation. Try to live your life as normally as possible, and please stop being so depressed. It has been shown that depression can impair the body’s immune system. You should find some love and laughter in each new day, and you may very well be around for a long time.

David V. Meunier


Picks & Pans

I have to disagree with Alan Carter’s assessment that NBC’s daytime soaps are a “mess.” Granted not all of them are the best, but if Carter spent even three days watching Days of Our Lives, his opinion would change. DOOL is one of the best-written,-acted and-directed soaps. The scripts are filled with humor, action and romance, and the actors are among the most talented on daytime TV. Perhaps DOOL isn’t No. 1 in the ratings, but last year in the reader poll conducted by Soap Opera Digest, the show received 11 out of 13 awards—which proves the show is No. 1 in the hearts of its fans.

Carolyn Gay

New York City

Alan Carter replies: “I have spent more than three days watching Days of Our Lives—probably closer to five years. In my opinion, most of the acting is atrocious, and the writers haven’t had an original idea in years. Please don’t confuse fan polls with quality programming.”—ED.

Rear Adm. Thomas J. Cassidy Jr.

I’m sure I speak for the whole country when I say that it’s time the government cracked down on all the foolish spending the military does. However, they must also be careful when canning the person responsible. Admirals don’t order ashtrays.

Tracey Elmore

Maumee, Ohio

Bruce Springsteen

When I read your article on Bruce Springsteen’s tour of Ireland, I was irritated by the quip that his wife, Julianne, “made everyone look ugly.” She is indeed beautiful; however, I find it difficult to believe that not one of those thousands present could equal or surpass her beauty. There is too great an emphasis placed on appearance, journalism of this kind only perpetuates the problem. Julianne didn’t make everyone look ugly; your article made them feel ugly.

Trish Krewer

Blue Grass, Iowa

You took Bruce’s comment “I’m just a prisoner of rock ‘n’ roll” completely out of context. You suggest that it was a complaint about the lack of privacy his current wave of popularity has brought on. If you had seen him in concert, you would know that statement is what he often screams at the end of his fever-pitch encores—as an affirmation of his love of rock ‘n’ roll.

Linda Brown

Fort Collins, Colo.

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