October 26, 1992 12:00 PM

Our correspondents, like most country-music fans, either love Billy Ray Cyrus’ music or hate it (PEOPLE, Oct. 5). Several were concerned with what they regard as the singer’s excessively casual love life.


In today’s society, where some of our nation’s children are living well under the poverty line, I feel your article on the world’s richest kids was in very poor taste. I realize that some of it was done tongue-in-check—or at least I hope it was. However, I think your time would have been better spent if you had devoted those six pages to listing the names of children who are in need of food and shelter and a list of organizations that are dependent upon donations to help these children. Think twice before printing an article of so little importance to America.

LORI AVANELL OSWALD, Yucca Valley, Calif.


Billy Ray Cyrus is a breath of fresh air on the country-music scene. I hope he continues with the ponytail, high-top sneaks and butt shaking. I’m frankly a bit tired of Tritt and the other clones with their ersatz cowboy clothes and attempts at deep soul-searching, heart-searing, philosophical lyrics.

H. MCCLURE, Houston

Please don’t get me wrong. I’m sure Billy Ray Cyrus is a nice guy—he pays his mom’s dental bill and supports his illegitimate child—but he couldn’t be any more formulated, choreographed or prepackaged if he came gift wrapped. Travis and I know the real stuff when we see it.


I really like Billy Ray Cyrus and he’s an absolutely great-looking guy. But man, hasn’t he ever heard about birth control?

FLORA FLINT, Washougal, Wash.

Let me see if I’ve got this right. Billy Ray Cyrus was divorced last October. A woman he “briefly dated” gave birth to his son in April. And now the pregnancy of another young woman is giving new meaning to Cyrus’ song “Could’ve Been Me.” And here I was just about to buy Cyrus’ debut album. Thank you for showing me that the innocent boy from Flatwoods, Ky., not only avoids safe sex and family values but is basically a slut.

ROSE S. WILSON, Provo, Utah

You have a picture of Billy Ray Cyrus in the gym with a caption that said he was “toning his pecs.” However, the exercise he is performing is a behind-the-neck pull-down, which works the latissimus dorsi muscles of the back—the “lats”—not his pectorals, which are chest muscles.

STEPHEN J. DURR, Boonville, N.Y.

Billy Ray Cyrus “a flash in the pan”? Didn’t they say the same thing about Elvis?



How do you really spell the last name of Dr. Etscorn, the behavioral psychologist who invented the nicotine patch Habitrol? I found three different spellings in the story.

MARTI LONDOT, Van Nuys, Calif.

Your version is correct.—ED.


What’s really interesting is how Bob gets older but the TV wives keep getting younger. Surreal is right! CARLA SORENSON, Torrance, Calif.


We at Chronicle Books were delighted to see the article about Nick Bantock. I would like to clarify two points, however: Chronicle Books is the publisher of Nick’s Griffin & Sabine trilogy, and The Egyptian Juke-box—to be published by Viking—will come out next fall, not this fall.

ANNIE BARROWS, San Francisco


As the pastor who performed the wedding ceremony of Connie Sellecca and John Tesh, I must clear up a misconception in the April 20 issue of PEOPLE. I am not, as you erroneously described me, “a former rabbi now a Christian.” I have never been a rabbi, nor did I ever make any statements during the wedding ceremony that would have misled anyone to think I was one. I am the pastor of Beth Ariel Fellowship, a congregation consisting of Jewish and gentile people who have accepted Yeshua (Jesus) as the Messiah of Israel and the Son of God.

LOUIS S. LAPIDES, Agoura, Calif.

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