July 08, 1996 12:00 PM

Princess Diana may have wowed Chicago, but her appearance once more on our cover (PEOPLE, June 17) left some correspondents unwowed. Readers were undivided, though, in their appreciation for our update on yesterday’s rock and roll stars. Most who wrote would like to see this as a regular feature.


I wish I had a dime for every time you had Princess Diana on the cover. I could retire today a very wealthy person. Enough already!

TERRI ALENIKOV, Long Beach, Calif.

All wealth is relative, but counting only main-cover images, you would actually have $4.10 plus interest.—ED.

As a Chicago native, I contend that the Windy City is splendid without the Princess of Wails. While any fund-raising effort deserves applause, the public was aware of Diana’s presence ad nauseam while she was there, and there was no need for yet another cover story. To those of you who waited hours to get a glimpse of Diana, I recommend that you read a book, take a walk, play with a child, visit a friend or otherwise get a life.

JENNIFER HOLTZ, Wichita, Kans.

Once again the Princess of Wales has proved there is a new kind of royalty in the world. Hers is based not on heredity and tradition, but on character, compassion, commitment and a respect for other humans.

JUDITH F. BURKE, Clarksville, Tenn.


Beautiful people—who cares? Prom nights of the stars—who cares? Then-and-now music stars? We want more!

JANICE RADFORD, North Huntingdon, Pa.

Just one minor complaint. All the fabulous girl singers from the ’60s that you didn’t mention—from Lesley Gore to Dusty Springfield to Petula Clark.

GREG RICE, Hollywood, Calif.

As the title for the section on deceased rock stars, you had the nerve to use “Stairway to Heaven,” one of Led Zeppelin’s greatest songs. Then you didn’t even mention the man who helped make it happen, the late John Bonham, one of the best drummers in rock history. How hypocritical is this?

GLENN E. BROWN, Danbury, Conn.

You neglected to include Dionne Warwick. A huge oversight.

MILES BELL, Washington

It seems that the only difference in Rock ‘N’ Roll Then & Now is that now everyone is Rizzo in Grease.


It was no easy task to grow up with strong family values and a sense of social responsibility amid the turbulent environment that was the Mamas and Papas. My daughter Jessica Doherty Woods, who is 27, not 28 as stated in the article, has managed to do just that.

LINDA J. WOODWARD, Melbourne, Fla.


I was appalled at the self-righteousness in the letters you printed criticizing the people of the former Yugoslavia because a child pictured with Princess Elizabeth was smoking a cigarette. To these people I would like to say that we are lucky to live in a country where there is peace, food is plentiful, children can go to school and we have the luxury of examining in depth every aspect of our lifestyle and how it affects our health. That you judge the Yugoslavians by the standards enjoyed by us in the U.S. shows a total lack of understanding that people are different the world over. We can’t possibly know what people in other countries experience day by day, and we can’t judge them by the standards afforded by our own cushy existence.

HOLLY SCHMALING, Libertyville, Ill.

Are those morons who wrote to you about the child smoking in the picture with Princess Elizabeth for real? The princess has been raising money to buy prosthetics for people who have lost limbs in a war whose atrocities are too numerous to list, and all these letter-writers can think about is a kid sucking on a cigarette? Get your priorities straight, people!


You published a photo of myself and some amputees in a clinic in Yugoslavia, apparently laughing at a little boy smoking a cigarette. The child is an orphan in the rehabilitation center, and he had just snatched a cigarette from one of the amputees and was clowning for the camera. Your photographer caught him in action. Please explain to your readers that this was an isolated incident in everyone’s life. The address to send donations to bring relief to wounded children is: The Princess Elizabeth of Yugoslavia Foundation, 331 W. 57th St., Suite 262, New York, NY 10019.


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