July 28, 1975 12:00 PM

Muhammad Ali

I don’t think that even Ali (PEOPLE, July 7, 1975) is aware of the magnitude of his effect on people of all races, creeds and religions. It’s a shame that Ali had to rewin the world heavyweight title to gain the respect and admiration of people other than blacks. Even after he hangs up his gloves, his position as an international personality with an important message will be strongly felt. I’m glad that I can point to Ali’s picture and say to my young son, “That’s the kind of man I want you to be!”

Karen Johnson

Washington, D.C.

Don’t be surprised to see Ali in the White House, right there in Chocolate City with its vanilla suburbs.

Melvin Samuel Foster

New Orleans

John Kenneth Galbraith

You had Professor Galbraith quoting Gene McCarthy, “In the last 200 years we went from George Washington to Richard Nixon, from John Adams to Spiro Agnew, etc.” It’s only fair to point out that during the same period, we went from Adam Smith to John Kenneth Galbraith.

Vincent D. Larson

Ft. Smith, Ark.

John Kenneth Galbraith stated that our greatest failure has been the deterioration in the quality of leadership. How then can he support the ultimate in deteriorated leadership, that being the candidacy and possible presidency of Senator Ted Kennedy?

John W. Alvey

Kansas City, Kans.

Peter Secchia

It’s reassuring to know that President Ford regularly consults a lumber salesman from Grand Rapids on matters of national interest. Could it have been Peter (Petey Pooh) Secchia who advised the president to use the old tearing-the-pages-from-the-calendar trick at his recent TV speech? That looked like something out of my kids’ nursery school. Where Nixon surrounded himself with low-life criminal types, Ford prefers the down-home, village-idiot type. In either case, we are in for a lot of trouble.

William Franklin

Benicia, Calif.

Secchia was not involved and in fact told Ford when he next saw him, “Jeez, Jerry, that isn’t you.” Ford replied: “I know it, but people remember it.” Secchia now agrees.—ED.

Mother Teresa

It is comforting to know that such a person as Mother Teresa exists. She must lead a very rewarding life, knowing that she has helped so many people who have so little.

Lois Finkel

Country Club Hills, Ill.

Author Susan Stern

The sad truth is groups like the Weathermen would not know a real revolution if they fell over it. A revolution is when a government, deemed to be oppressive, is overthrown by a coup d’état and is replaced by the victors. People like Susan Stern just don’t have the makeup of genuinely righteous revolutionaries.

Bob Harris

San Francisco

Joseph Coors

Joe Coors and Co. are the best. And I hate beer. But why did you neglect to mention how much Coors has done in the field of ecology?

April R. Choate

Lemoore Naval Air Station


Not everyone, especially here in Colorado, supports Joe Coors and his aluminum beer cans. Coors did not hire Chicanos until civil rights suits were brought against his company. If you’ll bother to examine his voting record while he was a member of the Board of Regents at the University of Colorado, you will find that Joe Coors voted against every program that was introduced at that university for the benefit of minorities. If Paul Newman chooses to give Joe Coors free advertising in your magazine by holding a Coors beer can, that’s your business and his, but please don’t use the name Chicano in association with people like the Coors contingent.

Leonardo Kuzov-Trujillo

Advocacy for Children & Youth


Charming Connecticut Yankee and former Gene McCarthy enthusiast Paul Newman importing torrents of Coors beer! The same beer a favorite beverage of Cesar Chavez supporter Ethel Kennedy! Can these fashionable liberal superstars be unaware of Joseph Coors’ extreme right-wing fanaticism, his hard-line stance against organized labor, his abundant financial backing of Cold War paranoia? Or has “radical chic,” always a dubious contradiction at best, simply flipped its ideological pop-top and traded in its humanitarian zeal for a little bit of gusto, no deposit, no return?

Michael D. Gotts


First I read your article on Joseph and Holly Coors and their swanky Gods and Goddesses Country Club and then I read the article on Trent and Olga Jones and their little school out in the Texas desert. I think the Joneses are by far the richest.

Emma Belluomini

San Jose, Calif.

Dr. Richard Grayson

I was interested in reading your article about Dr. Richard Grayson who lets his patients tell him how much of each bill they want to pay. However, my associate, Dr. Lyle S. Powell Jr., originated this idea and he has been using it since 1962, over seven years before Dr. Grayson. In fact, all of the parts of Dr. Grayson’s note that you quoted in the article are taken directly from Dr. Powell’s billing enclosure, a copy of which was printed in a medical magazine about six years ago. I am delighted to see Dr. Grayson use this idea, but he should give credit to Dr. Powell for the original concept.

Peter W. Shenon, M.D.

Walnut Creek, Calif.

Dr. Grayson does not claim credit for originating the plan. He had read about it in a medical journal but did not remember the author’s name.—ED.

It’s really nice to know that some doctors can be so generous. I’ve been fighting with my own doctor about a bill for $7, since all he did for that was look in my throat and take my blood pressure, then practically push me out the door. I think I’ll move to St. Charles, III.

Pam Lefcowitz


Dr. Richard Grayson and his billing idea are terrific. I am a practicing podiatrist in a small eastern Connecticut town and I use a similar system.

Dr. Arthur K. Buchbinder

Willimantic, Conn.

Michael Bennett

Contrary to what you say in your opening paragraph, A Chorus Line does not mark Bennett’s directorial debut. Earlier this season he directed the Neil Simon play, God’s Favorite, and before that he both directed and choreographed Seesaw, winning a Tony in the latter category. A couple of seasons ago he directed Sada Thompson in her Tony-winning performance in the non-musical play Twigs, and then there was his co-directorial credit on Follies, for which he shared a Tony with Hal Prince.

Lloyd A. Ibert

New York

On the issue

I know—you’re just testing to see if anyone really checks the answers to PPEUOZPZLLEE! So you printed the answers to the June 30 puzzle in a new form of cryptogram! Right? Too bad you picked this particular puzzle to experiment with, since I was hoping I had all 20 right for the first time in over a year of faithful puzzling! Will I ever know for sure?

Lynn Hinkle

Honolulu, Hawaii

Yes, if your list matches this one: 1. Reed 2. Weinberger 3. Dante 4. Morgan 5. Aznavour 6. Rogers 7. May 8. Toffler 9. Graham 10. Burstyn 11. Quinn 12. Reagan 13. Andrews 14. Whitmore 15. Head 16. Uris 17. Mead 18. Turner 19. Weyand 20. Barry.—ED.

Joe Coors 6’5″, John Kenneth Galbraith 6’8″, Ted Tinling 6’5″, Michael Crichton 6’9″, yes, even Margaux Hemingway 5’12″—all in ONE issue! My letter will never see print—I’m only 5’10″…

Sharon A. Edwards

Heuvelton, N.Y.

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