January 25, 1988 12:00 PM


Your year-end double issue was the best yet. The humor and wit with which you encapsulated a year like 1987 was great. Most people write to complain about some article but I hope you get a truckload of compliments on this one.

Marilyn Parks

Tulsa, Okla.

Reading your “25 Most Intriguing People of 1987” issue was just about as enjoyable as being shot in the head. To think that a third of this group was either involved in a political scandal, an AIDS carrier, bimbo of the year or just sleeping around for profit is enough for me to wonder who the heroes really are. I still vote for Mom and Dad.

Kevin Campbell

New York City

The Intriguing 25

Loved the satirical tone of the article on Gary Hart, but in all solemnity, a man who puts so little worth in his own marriage vow to “forsake all others” could hardly be expected to keep any promises he might make to the nation (provided we were dumb enough to vote for him).

B. Redfield Cramer

Burlingame, Calif.

I am a real fan of Tracey Ullman and her comedic wit. Your picture was priceless—her dog upstaged her completely.

Diana J. Malcolm

Westfield, N.J.

A great double issue but in my opinion Brigitte Nielsen belonged on the “Garbage Barge” instead of the cover.

Madeline Bentley

Palm Springs, Calif.

Thank you so much for the delightful peek at Baby Jessica’s progress. Not once has my own baby girl forgotten to say a prayer for Jessica since October. It was a heartfelt moment to watch her little face beaming back at Jessica’s picture.

Rain Spinner

Ocoee, Fla.

During a year in which I have been sickened and saddened by the press’s unrelenting crusade to vilify, crucify and even impeach President Reagan, your candid yet affectionate appraisal of his tenure is a heartwarming breath of fresh air.

Ellen K. Schumann

Johnston, Iowa

Kudos to PEOPLE for selecting Jerry Garcia as one of the 25 Most Intriguing People of 1987. People are realizing at last how talented he really is. The disco boppers and the big bad rappers will surely fade away, but Jerry Garcia and the rest of the Grateful Dead will indeed survive.

Steve Maginnis

West Caldwell, N.J.

I deeply resent your comparison of Fawn Hall to Donna Rice and Jessica Hahn. Fawn’s path to stardom came about because of her beauty—both inside and out—not because of some self-serving motivation. Fawn has proven that beauty need not be only “skin-deep.” Don’t compare her to others who will never measure up.

Terry Carpenter

Sutton, Nebr.

I must have missed your “Gary Ollie Bakker” composite. My point being that your recent article on “Donna Fawn Hahn” and the lumping together of three separate individuals is outrageously sexist, unfair and undeserved. There are three women who happen to be in the news—but for totally different reasons. While you may not see the obvious differences, I am confident that your readers will.

Fawn Hall

Annandale, Va.

Picks & Pans

Thank you for recognizing Beauty and the Beast as one of the best shows on the tube.

Anita Hooson

Woodland, Wash.

You must be missing something to have listed thirtysomething as a Worst of Tube.

Susan Wiggin

Northampton, Mass.

When I turned to Picks & Pans I was appalled and upset with your reviews of Def Leppard, Mötley Crüe and Twisted Sister. I realize the person who does these reviews must be over the hill, but that is no reason to put down music that is loud, fast and exciting. Remember, we shun or condemn what we don’t understand.

James E. Van Horn

Dale City, Va.

You had The Untouchables under the Worst listing. Are you guys crazy or what?

N. M. Pensiero

Ardmore, Pa.

Wait! You made a mistake. Married…With Children somehow got in the Best column for Tube.

Elizabeth Gordon Reego

Citrus Heights, Calif.

I rubbed my eyes to see if I was hallucinating. I cannot believe you placed Bananarama under Worst of Song!

Erik Underwood

Murray, Ky.

Ending It

Bah, humbug to the staff of PEOPLE and the volunteers of the Latham, N.Y., Fire Department. When I think of the unfortunate people who are homeless this holiday season because of a fire loss, your “warmest” holiday greetings leave me—cold.

Valerie A. Laverty

Woodinville, Wash.

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