In general, correspondents wished Eddie Murphy and his new wife, Nicole, good luck in their marriage (PEOPLE, March 22), but most mail (his week came in response to our request that readers tell us whether they favored the restoration of our crossword puzzle, the PUZZLER, or the continuation of our POP QUIZ. The answer appears below.
Although I am happy for Eddie Murphy and his newfound commitment to his family, I hope that his paternal stirrings also include the involvement of the other children in his life, beyond a mere admission of parenthood and affirmation that he will “live up to his obligations.” The children of his past relationships deserve just as much right to know their father as the children of the woman he’s in love with now.
PRISCILLA R. BELCHER, Newark, Ohio
Congratulations to Eddie; and Nicole! I’m happy that Eddie found someone who loves him for him, not because he’s Eddie Murphy.
MERCEDES TARI-DAVIS, Sacramento
When will these irresponsible, egocentric celebrities slop being treated like heroes by the media? Eddie Murphy admits he fathered tour illegitimate children by three different women since 1987. Now he claims his playboy past is behind him. II a woman had gotten pregnant four times by three different men, she wouldn’t be labeled anything nearly as polite.
GAIL GIBALA, Baltimore
We find it disheartening that the media continually fail to see the importance of listing self-help groups and resources in addition to the stories written about abuse. Your article about Eliza Roberts and her efforts in getting an alleged child molester arrested was well-written, and she is truly a heroine for her intervention and commitment. As survivors of child abuse and incest, we founded a national coalition of services for survivors. Please make our information available so that those survivors needing our assistance can reach us.
DIANE AND CLAUDE MAROTTA, Winnetka, Calif.
The Marottas’ organization is Empower the Child, P.O. Box 2202, Winnetka, Calif. 91306. Telephone: 818-998-6969.—ED.
Please, please return the PUZZLER to your magazine! We actually fought over who got to the magazine first so they could do the puzzle.
MARCH ALICE HUCK, Mansfield, Ohio
Please put the PUZZLER back. And don’t make it any more difficult. If one wants a hard-to-do puzzle, one can find it elsewhere.
JUNE NASCA, San Jose, Calif.
Some of the women in our office would take each week’s edition, copy the PUZZLER and pass it out to those interested. We would race to see who could finish it first. I missed the PUZZLER the first week you look it away.
KATHY SALERNO, Reno
I always used to do the PUZZLER with my father. Now that you have taken it out, we can’t. We would like to do the POP QUIZ, but it’s too hard, plus we find it boring.
KATE DONCHEZ, Bethlehem, Pa.
So glad you asked: Both are truly a waste of precious space and paper, but we would have to vote for the PUZZLER if those are our only choices.
JOE AND GARRON WEST, Cropwell, Ala.
Hats off to the folks at St. Francis Care Center. Bringing young and old together is absolutely brilliant! The elderly have so much wisdom and such varied experience to share; those youngsters will benefit for years to come. I would be honored to have my child (due this month) participate in such a program.
HOLLY TURK-DONAHUE, Camarilla, Calif.