By People Staff
Updated November 24, 1975 12:00 PM

Gene Hackman

In an article I read several years ago Gene Hackman described his face as looking somewhat like a potato. Now you come along and describe it as a mug needing handles (PEOPLE, Nov. 3). That face is beautiful and I love him!

Linda A. Slider


Gene Hackman’s father was my uncle. I recall him as much warmer and more human than your article allows. He often told me how Gene was “just family” and how “he hadn’t changed a bit.” My recollections of Hackman get-togethers were of beer, laughter and games. A unique family of individuals.

Bill B. Henry

Kalama, Wash.

Jihan Sadat

Could someone please ask Mrs. Jihan Sadat how come she has four children and yet she feels other couples desiring more than two children should be sterilized? The “problem,” as she calls her country’s population explosion, is hers as well. Or does she feel the rich and powerful exempt?

Mrs. Florence DiCamillo

Revere, Mass.

While she was visiting the U.S., Madame Sadat admitted that her views have changed since her own children were born. She said she would not have four now.—ED.

Being of Arab-American descent, I was thrilled with your article on Jihan Sadat. It is too bad Wilton Wynn could not have delved deeper into Madame Sadat’s English half—is her English mother alive, does Madame Sadat have brothers or sisters, does she keep in touch with her English relatives and why didn’t she marry an Englishman?

Terry Habib

Hartford, Conn.

The mother is alive and lives with the Sadats. Madame Sadat has one sister, married to a member of the Egyptian parliament. Madame Sadat’s family, despite some English blood, has been thoroughly Egyptian for a great many years.—ED.


Regarding photographer Peter Beard’s protégée, what is this wild story about her coming from a nomadic family in Kenya’s northern frontier? I happen to be a Somali from that area. No self-respecting Somali family would let one of their daughters be taken away by a total stranger.

Abdulkadir N. Said

Washington, D.C.

I have spoken to Iman during a recent cocktail party given by the Kenya government to which she was invited. Speaking as a Kenyan, I must say I am appalled and insulted by Peter Beard’s actions. I also am given to believe, after a lengthy conversation with Iman, that she is unaware of the extent to which she is being exploited.

Bonita D. Kaloki

U.N. Development Program

New York

Perry Como

Thank you, thank you, thank you for your profile on Perry Como. My life’s ambition is to have as long and as happy a marriage as Perry and Roselle have had.

Ellen W. Taylor

Xenia, Ohio

Olex David

David Chandler’s article on Louisiana’s cajun healer, Olex David, omitted mention of Mr. David’s hometown. Native Louisiana pride coupled with a cajun heritage, makes one want to know this detail.

Gwen Patterson

Marrero, La.

Olex lives close to New Roads, La. on state highway 414, a quarter mile west Of the Mississippi River levee. The house is pink.—ED.

Ellen Henke

To suggest going into a plant store and knocking plants out of their pots to examine the root system is ridiculous. Aside from the mess, there are many plants whose roots are not “white.” A better way is to take a look at the general appearance of all the plants. If they appear well-cared-for, show growth, have no insects, and a healthy color, you can almost be certain of a healthy plant.

Julia Nelson, Owner

Home Goose Plant Shop

San Francisco

The Morris Couple

Nothing against Jeannie and Johnny Morris, but they won’t be riding high for long if they don’t learn how to bridle their horse correctly.

N. Guerin

Cedarburg, Wis.

Dick Mack

I am somewhat puzzled by Mr. Mack’s claim that the conversion ratio from feed protein to fish protein is 1:1. Actually, a great deal more than that is lost in the conversion process—as a rule nine-tenths.

Patrick Manahan

St. Albans, Vt.

Dick Mack stands on 1:1, which applies when catfish are fed dehydrated 100-percent protein feed. The ratio is 1.5:1 with trout, and it changes drastically with “wet” feed containing other ingredients besides protein.—ED.

Jane Stern

Up until a few years ago, I was a stewardess with American Airlines, commuting from Rhode Island to Boston’s Logan International Airport in a battered old car. Many times I had to drive in the middle of the night. The only real security I ever had were the marvelous truck drivers I encountered.

Joan Manekofsky

Bayside, N.Y.

Please enter my 40-year-old father in the Mister Nude Trucker contest. P.S., Daddy doesn’t know about this.

David M. Felder

Panama City, Fla.

Connie Spooner

As a football coach at a school which also has a female trainer, I enjoyed your article about Connie Spooner. As an instructor of kinesiology, however, I suggest that forced flexion of the knee stretches the anterior upper leg muscles and not the hamstrings.

Jim Weber

Pacific University

Forest Grove, Ore.

Norman Mailer

Carol Stevens is not from the Philadelphia Main Line as reported in PEOPLE, Nov. 10. She was and is a very good jazz singer of some repute who began her career by singing for a society band at the Warwick Hotel in Philadelphia. I suspect this example can demonstrate the general level of accuracy of your reporter, Mark Goodman, and your researchers if you hire any. The level of your editorial integrity is measured better however by the following: Carol Stevens and I have been living together for five years. We have a child 4 years old. We live in a small New England town and at our desire the lady calls herself Mrs. Mailer, since she has been more of a wife than any other I have had, and I look upon her as my wife. Before I agreed to being interviewed by PEOPLE, Mark Goodman agreed that no mention for obvious reasons would be made of our private life. It was only on this firm agreement that the interview ever took place, and he had dinner then in our house. When it came time to write his piece he broke his word, or you editors broke it for him. Either way, I look upon myself as kin to a moron for having trusted you and Goodman in the first place. Of course Goodman did assure me there would be no interest in our private life, since PEOPLE was a family magazine. Given the style of this performance, God help the American family. It don’t even have a magazine with the moral integrity of the Enquirer.

Norman Mailer

Stockbridge, Mass.

Mark Goodman replies:

Carol Stevens discussed with me the fact that she was raised in Ardmore, Pa., which is square in the middle of the Philadelphia Main Line. I did not agree with Mailer not to mention his “private life. “Prior to the interview, Mailer stipulated only that Miss Stevens could not be called his wife for legal reasons; on the other hand, Mailer said, “She has her own ego. She can’t just be ignored.”—ED.