April 07, 1975 12:00 PM

Alan Alda

Thanks a lot for ruining what could have been the biggest surprise ending ever on television. I bought the issue to read about Alan Alda (PEOPLE, March 17), not how McLean Stevenson is written out of M*A*S*H. We all assumed he got his discharge, but did you have to tell us that he also gets killed?

Carol Naylor


What right do you have to tell us how M*A*S*H would dispose of Col. Blake? The producers, according to your article, kept it a secret even from the actors till the last. Don’t we, your readers, deserve the same courtesy?

Eva-Lynne Naiditch

Canoga Park, Calif.

Anything Alan Alda does is good and anything he is in I watch. I’m never disappointed with him.

Michael A. Giaquinto

Johnstown, N.Y.

Euthanasia and the Van Dusens

I’d like to see euthanasia given the force of law within reasonable bounds not only by state governments but also as an amendment to the Constitution. Its time will come.

Bruce M. Bowden

Corpus Christi

Could you please tell me where to get a copy of the Living Will?

Jody Fortenberry

Culver City, Calif.

Copies of the Living Will are free from Euthanasia Educational Council, 250 West 57th St., New York 10019.—ED.

I’ve had three cancer operations and am now being treated for lymphoma by chemotherapy. I am 79 years old and still active, doing volunteer work in local hospitals and Red Cross Blood Bank. I drive 60 miles every ten days for my chemotherapy and am doing my best not to be a burden on my family. I live alone, but let’s face it: the time will come when the Living Will is just what would answer all my questions and my requests.

Mrs. Lilyan E. Nathan

Springfield, Mass.

I would certainly hope that your clever writers would give equal time and weight and thought to the publication of a pro-life article depicting the atrocities and abuses seemingly condoned by this “Good Death” article.

Thomas A. Rohr

Rochester, N.Y.

It is not possible for one letter to adequately rectify the inaccuracies, misconceptions and confusion on the complex issues surrounding your interview with Mrs. Katharine Mali.

To begin with, euthanasia is indeed a religious issue because it is a basic moral and ethical issue. Euthanasia is murder. It cannot be equated with the practice of ordinary medical care, one of the side effects of which may be the shortening of one’s life.

The quotation attributed to Pope Pius XII is indeed in line with the teachings of the Catholic Church. But the implication surrounding this quotation is that euthanasia is acceptable. This is inaccurate…

Msgr. James P. Cassidy

Archdiocese of New York

Ted Kennedy Party

What could have possessed your reporter to observe that Joan Kennedy had nothing to drink all evening? In the same article your photographer captured Mrs. Barbara Howar holding a drink. What should we infer from that, pray tell? As long as your publication is observing what people are not doing these days, how about casting a cursory glance at the members of your reporting staff who are not according their profession the dignity and respect owing it? If Mrs. Kennedy was gracious enough to open her home to the press, the press should have the decency and fairness to accept the invitation without maligning the hostess with oblique allusions.

Mason G. Senft

Roslyn Heights, N.Y.

In the interests of fair reporting, I think you might have found out if Ted offered anyone a ride home and if it was declined.

Hope Brady

San Francisco

Adams and Cunningham

In your story of the greatest photographer of modern times, Ansel Adams, you make the colossal error of calling what is unquestionably a Hasselblad EL a Rolleiflex! You have done an injustice to Victor Hasselblad. If your writers and photographers can’t tell the difference between a camera and a snapshooter, how do you qualify as a picture magazine?

Thomas J. Knibbs

Lauderdale Lakes, Fla.

Besides being great photographers, they seem to be great characters. Thanks for bringing them into view.

Joi Defoe

Huntington Beach, Calif.

Peggy Lipton & Quincy Jones

Thanks for the story on the triumphant recovery of musician Quincy Jones. His wife, Peggy Lipton, and he have managed to overcome an even deadlier sickness however: prejudice. They truly are two of the beautiful people.

Len Vickers

Lexington, Ky.

Mary Conroy

I noticed the women in the photograph all seem to be smiling as they practice Mary Conroy’s method of self-defense. During my college years I took beginners’ courses in the martial arts and I applaud Mary Conroy for her innovative “short-hand defense,” but I wonder if she is leaving something out? When one takes a course in Oriental martial arts the initial period of instruction centers on getting your body and mind in shape. One is taught the philosophy that what you’re about to learn indeed is lethal and that you should not enjoy inflicting injury to another. I hope that I would not tap a student of hers on the shoulder for the time of day and instead get “various kicks to the knee, groin pulls and double-handed chops to the back of the neck.”

Alan I. Koshar

San Francisco

Chef Paul Bocuse

Chef Paul Bocuse’s “piggish” comments on women sounded about as nauseating as his green bean and duck liver salad! Where hide the admirers of Julia Child at times like these?

Joyce Calamai

Hartford, Conn.

Liz Carmichael’s Dream Car

As a former neighbor and friend of Liz Carmichael (PEOPLE, Mar. 10) I never saw Liz “in the shower,” but I did drive her to the hospital when she had her last baby. If she was a man, she really fooled the experts in the delivery room. As for the wigs and padded bras (I happen to have several of each myself), she was overly self-conscious about her masculine appearance. I remember her as a gutsy lady and an extraordinary mother, doing her best to raise the children as she and Jim had planned before his death.

Donna Winfield

San Diego

There has been no word from Liz Carmichael since she dropped out of sight, nor any new evidence on whether she is a man in disguise.—ED.

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