May 24, 1976 12:00 PM

Redford and Hoffman

I enjoyed your article on Redford and Hoffman (PEOPLE, May 3). All the President’s Men is an excellent movie and they are brilliant in it.

Madeleine Farinet

Glen Ridge, N.J.

As for Woodward and Bernstein, isn’t it awesome what people can accomplish when they’re “hungry” and someone gives them a chance?

Ella Crow

New York City

The lavish praise being heaped on All the President’s Men stems from the fact that the liberal clique of American film critics fears that in condemning the film, they might somehow be condoning Nixon. Though technically flawless, cinematically, the movie is an unqualified bore.

David M. Petrou

Washington, D.C.

FBI Chief Clarence Kelley

Mr. Kelley must have a distorted sense of right and wrong when he can say that the late John Edgar Hoover, head of the FBI for 48 years, was “honest.” We all now know that under Hoover the FBI’s methodology included the three B’s—Bugging, Blackmail and Burglary.

Edwin Wilson

Dillon, Mont.

In a time when our intelligence agencies are being attacked from all sides for past misdeeds, Clarence Kelley is a welcome sight. His candor has proved he is determined to make the FBI do the job it was intended to do: serve the public. In a job that I’m sure at times seems thankless he is greatly appreciated.

Kay Simon

Louisville

Am I supposed to trust the security of America to a man who would use up energy to move sheets around rather than change them?

Deborah Johnson

Aptos, Calif.

Barbara Howar

Thanks for your fine article on Barbara Howar. If anyone ever has had “her act together,” it’s Barbara!

Patricia Modde

Rogue River, Oreg.

PEOPLE provides me with a number of articles for sermons and sharing sessions. For example, Barbara Howar on religion. She has what can be called an “umbrella faith.” This faith calls on God only when we need Him, when trouble comes our way. But after the difficulty is past and life returns to normal, then God, like an umbrella, is put back on the shelf until we need Him again.

Rev. William P. Volm

Trinity Lutheran Church

Mount Clemens, Mich.

Willie Nelson

It sure is nice to see that Willie Nelson is finally enjoying the stardom he deserves. I only wish I had a nickel for every head being turned in Nashville.

Jim Dees

Washington, D.C.

I am disappointed with your article on Willie Nelson. His magic is best portrayed by his smile, but no photo in your magazine shows it. To ignore it is to ignore the man.

Melinda Wickman

Austin, Texas

Smile, Willie (below).—ED.

Last year, while working as a singing waitress in a well-known L.A. restaurant, I had the occasion to wait on Willie and Connie Nelson. They were rude. I sang five requests for Willie, he and Connie singing along and having a fine old time. He left me a 50¢ tip on a $15 check. Yes, sir! “Bitchin’ about nickels” indeed.

Sandi Sylver

Ojai, Calif.

R.D. Laing

Isn’t Dr. Laing prevaricating? I don’t believe the 90 percent cured in one of his households were schizophrenics, not if they were cured within “a few months.” Perhaps they had symptoms of schizophrenia caused by metabolic disturbances.

Dr. Shore is right. Society today does not create this disorder. All societies and cultures have had it. Social environment can precipitate the disturbance, however, and in all probability the 10 percent who are recommitted constitute the true schizophrenics. Some of them might have been cured if treated in time.

Graciela Rivas Guerra

Miami Beach

Lanie Dills

Sugar Britches, thank you for your great book. It will surely help those shy CBers who just don’t know what to say. Ten-four.

Moonshine Kid

Marlene Hughes

Houston

If Ms. Dills said the CB name for Nashville was “Guitar Town,” she blew it. Having traveled through Nashville recently, I never heard “Guitar Town” at all. It is strictly “Music” or “Musical City” in this part of the country, Kentucky. Furthermore, the truckers on 120, 159 in Alabama were calling Atlanta “Big A,” not “Hot ‘Lanta.”

Jerry Solzman

Lexington, Ky.

The Albertsons

Your article about us states that “Wally…is conducting fund-raisers and séances (part of the liturgy of her faith) in the back of their own home.” First, in 20 years of living in the same house, I have never conducted a fund-raiser in my home. Second, and most important, I have never conducted a séance. I have never been to a séance, much less run one. Séances are not “part of the liturgy of [my] faith.” Séances have absolutely nothing to do with spiritualism which is based upon a belief in the ongoing life of the spirit, the development of inner awareness and attunement with the infinite.

Wallace Albertson

Los Angeles

I was dismayed when you excluded a fine performer, the late Thomas Mitchell, from the elite club of Oscar-Emmy-Tony-winning actors (Albertson, Paul Scofield, Melvyn Douglas). Mitchell won an Oscar for Stagecoach (1939), an Emmy for best television dramatic actor (1953) and a Tony for his work in the musical Hazel Flagg (also 1953).

Thomas E. Howard

Millbury, Mass.

Frances Parsons

Your article about Frances Parsons will lead people to believe that in the education of hearing-impaired children, speech really does come third. How can Mrs. Parsons say that speech is so unimportant as to rank behind the happiness of the child and his education? Is this to say that hearing-impaired children who speak are not happy or that speech is not part of their education? Absurd! There are many excellent educational programs in the United States that are teaching these children to speak. And there are many hearing-impaired children, young adults and adults who are happy, educated and speaking.

Linda J. Polter

Ida, Mich.

Doc Medich

I’m a bit curious about “Doc” Medich’s schooling. With a baseball season running from spring training to a possible World Series, how did he manage to advance so far in medical school?

Herman Browman, D.D.S.

Brooklyn, N.Y.

With ingenuity. He was a full-time medical student for two years, then in his junior year began alternating baseball with nine-week blocks of hospital work. His original class graduated in June 1974, and he will finish in January 1977. After an internship shared with pitching (in season), he hopes to have enough money saved from baseball to afford four straight years of orthopedics.—ED.

Stewart Oneglia

As an ex-telephone operator who had to place calls to the police while the battered wife breathed heavily, gasping for air, I can say that in about seven out of ten calls of this type, the woman had a “mouth.” In just the seconds it would take to handle her call, I would be alienated because she was verbally abusive, hostile or just absolutely maddening and these thoughts would flash through my mind: “Lady, if I were a man I’d hit you.” But the haunting and personally devastating thing for me was the child in the background crying, “Daddy…Mommy…!”

Melanie Smick

Richland, Wash.

Cloris Leachman

Laurels for Cloris’ remarks, even though she felt it necessary to qualify their impact. The vast majority of overweight people show a pronounced lack of respect for their bodies. Hefty people wouldn’t be so hostile or sensitive if they were (1) happy the way they are, or (2) making a concerted effort to change.

Elizabeth A. Dykstra

Gary, Ind.

I am 30 and a first-year law student, and I am overweight. I jog two miles a day, ride my bike to class (same distance) and I am on a semifast of juices. I haven’t lost a pound, but I am mighty weak. I hate being fat. I am game for anything as long as it doesn’t interfere too much with my law studies. I would like to graduate from law school skinny.

Tessie Belue

Davis, Calif.

Your article mentions Cloris Leachman’s watermelon-carrot juice fast. Please send me details.

Lisa Ackerman

Syracuse, N.Y.

Leachman recommends fresh orange, grapefruit and carrot juices and watermelon. Consume all you want for four days.—ED.

Rick Barry

As a former teammate, roommate and tutor to Mr. Barry at Miami University, I take exception to his credo on mediocrity (“can’t stand it”). Rick, do you remember me telling you about a European jump shooter named Goethe who after losing the Philosopher’s Cup on a last-second tip-in by Spinoza uttered the never-to-be-remembered remark that “mediocrity has no greater consolation than in the thought that genius is not immortal”?

Michael Wittman

Hidalgo, Texas

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