By People Staff
June 27, 1994 12:00 PM

Most correspondents were moved by our coverage of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’s extraordinary life (PEOPLE, Juno 6). Searching for a word to describe the quality that most inspired their feelings for her, many of them settled on “grace.” Among those few who objected to our cover story, some felt that media adulation for the former First Lady was excessive—others, that it was simply unjustified.


I wish to express my gratitude for the excellent and discerning tribute to Jackie Kennedy. It was one of your finest pieces of journalism.


As I read your article on Jacqueline Kennedy, I cried and then smiled. What a wonderful lady she was. I am a 24-year-old who never knew her in the glorious days of Camelot, although I wish I had.


You have captured her distinctive life and demise with the grace, dignity and eloquence she would have appreciated.


The early years of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis represented a magical time when people worked hard, cared about their country, devoted their lives to family. It was a time when show-and-tell meant bringing a toy to school, not a gun. It was when housewives were respected, not criticized; when art, history and culture were important. The people Mrs. Onassis left devastated by her death only prove how much that magical lime is missed. To honor her life and memory, all who admired her should try to emulate her. We would all be in a better place today and tomorrow.

SUSAN FRIEDMAN, Lake Worth, Fla.

I have always felt there are more positive people in the world than negative, and alter reading PEOPLE for 20 years I can still count on you to introduce me to a few each week. I was not always a fan of Jackie Kennedy Onassis’s, as I felt she spent money foolishly, but over the years I saw her with many more good qualities—especially the way she raised her children.

JUDY E. WEAVER, Sandusky, Ohio

I am once again shocked and dismayed at your lack of fair coverage regarding your covers. Granted, Mrs. Kennedy deserves recognition for her accomplishments and contributions to the country. She was, however, a President’s wife. The lack of coverage for President Nixon’s passing is inexcusable. PEOPLE should mean all notable people, not just a select few. No matter your personal feelings for Richard Nixon, he was a President and certainly deserved equal footing with a former First Lady.

DOROTHY J. FODOR, Oak Harbor, Wash.

Why don’t newspeople ever consider people’s feelings? With all the beautiful and elegant pictures of Jacqueline Kennedy, you chose to put one of her coffin on your front page. I expect this from the tabloids but not from you. It was nothing but an insult to Mrs. Kennedy and her children.

VALLI STONE, Pensacola, Fla.

In a perfect world Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis would have been granted her dearest wish, privacy. Your tribute would have been a beautiful gesture to a remarkable and gracious woman if not for intrusive photographs of her memorial service. Shame on you. I expected more class from your magazine.

M. LEN MEIER, Concord, N.C.

Enough already! PEOPLE is the fourth magazine delivered to my home this week with Jacqueline Onassis on the cover. I expect any day to hear that she has been elevated to sainthood. I must be the only person that believes Jacqueline Onassis was a selfish and greedy person. From all the articles I have read, I get the picture of a woman who did nothing unless there was money involved. Her father-in-law paid her $1 million to stay with John Kennedy, she married an old man for his money, and she lived with a wealthy married man without a thought for his wife and children. If this is a woman to be admired and placed on a pedestal, God help us all.

MARIE HUGHES, Rutledge, Ca.

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