April 18, 1988 12:00 PM

Andy Gibb

I was 7 years old when Andy Gibb (PEOPLE, March 28) became a sensation; the first crush I remember having was on him. My friends and I used to argue over who’d get the chance to marry him. His songs represented everything our childhoods were—innocent, fun and hopeful. Listening to his album now, I am reminded of those wonderful days long ago. Andy Gibb was supposed to last forever, as we thought our carefree days would—but neither did. When he died he took part of my childhood with him.

Suzette Susko

Macomb Township, Mich.

The day I heard of Andy’s death, I sat in my car in busy traffic wishing it wasn’t true. As a longtime fan of the Gibb brothers, I followed Andy’s career too. When news came that he was well and going back to work, I was happy for him and his family. Andy will be missed.

Anne M. Watkins

Lake Mary, Fla.

Your article on Andy Gibb let us know that even though we all want to be “stars,” it’s not always as glamorous as we may think. I’m just glad that Andy had the support of his brothers to help him when he needed them. Thank you for sharing his story with us; it might just save some of our children.

Janet Denys

San Francisco

I want to thank you for your article on Andy Gibb. Having been a fan of Andy in his heyday, I mourn the loss of this talented man. The one thing that disturbs me is the tendency to attribute Andy’s death to his past use of cocaine. My brother, Erland, also passed away last year from a virus that attacked his heart. He was an actor most recently seen in the Arnold Schwarzenegger film The Running Man (playing the role of a stalker, “Dynamo”). He was 33 years old, a former Olympic wrestler and singer who never touched drugs in his life. Yet this virus killed him. It is difficult to deal with the loss of a brother; I continue to mourn mine. Don’t make it more difficult for the family than it already is.

Philine van Lidth de Jeude

New York City

MacLaren Children’s Center

The recent Celebrity Day at MacLaren Children’s Center was one of the most emotionally rewarding days of our lives. But how could you not have mentioned the group behind this event, United Friends of the Children? Not only did these dedicated women arrange this event but they also sponsor a monthly Friends Day for abused and abandoned children to let them know that someone does care. These women are the real Hollywood wives. Bravo to them for their efforts and for enabling the rest of us to show how much we care too.

Jill Eikenberry

Michael Tucker

Los Angeles

PEOPLE regrets the oversight. Contributions to United Friends of the Children may be sent to P.O. Box 10092, Beverly Hills, Calif. 90210—ED.

David Sohappy

After reading your article on Yakima Indian David Sohappy, I was quite upset. How often do we hear that prisons are overcrowded? How many other people are serving time in federal prisons for selling fish? If the special agents weren’t so eager to purchase salmon illegally, there might not have been a market for it. After all, it was the aluminum plant that caused the drought, not David Sohappy.

Susan Ward

Bowie, Md.

David Sohappy and his son got just what they deserved. Gill netting for profit is a lot different than fishing for subsistence. No one person has the right to exploit a resource to the detriment of all the people. Political grandstanding and emotional appeals do not change the facts. Our natural resources are dwindling, and they need all the protection the law can provide.

Steve Dallan

Palo Cedro, Calif.

Harry Connick

I was raised in New Orleans. A long time ago my Sunday school teacher arranged for her law partner’s son to give a little performance at our church. I thought, “Oh, great, some mommy is dragging her little junior in to play chopsticks for us.” I couldn’t believe what I heard. There was this little kid playing beautiful music with a distinct style all his own. Imagine my surprise now to read in PEOPLE about Harry making albums and getting noticed. Way to go, Junior.

Martha Prine Edwards

St. James, Mo.

Spring Training

Your article on baseball’s spring training is full of quotes and pictures of the Detroit Tigers and St. Louis Cardinals. But who beat both of these teams to win the World Series? The Minnesota Twins. They’re no longer Twinkies. Give them a little recognition.

Lori Parr

Daniel Griggs


Raoul and Myrna Felder

When a supposedly bright and educated man like Raoul Felder declares himself an “unashamed male chauvinist,” is this supposed to be cute? There is no difference between declaring oneself to be a male chauvinist and declaring oneself to be a bigot. It is an admission that the speaker is small-minded. He may be successful and rich, but in my opinion this lawyer is an embarrassment to the profession. I hope his wife beats him in the Friars Club case.

Judith M. Copeland

San Diego

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