By People Staff
August 02, 1976 12:00 PM

Bicentennial celebrities

Your “Celebs of ’76” (PEOPLE, July 12) were delightful, particularly John Chancellor. I found it refreshing to see him all gussied up—and with his stockings wrinkled. Thanks for helping preserve America’s sense of humor.

Mary Charlotte Pierce

West Columbia, S.C.

Muhammad Ali should read up on the man he represented. Crispus Attucks was an Indian, a real full-blooded Indian, not a black.

Mrs. Kathleen Walker

Shoreham, N.Y.

Some sources hold that Attucks was a mulatto, others that he was an Indian of the Natick tribe or of mixed Indian and Negro blood.—ED.

Nathan Hale’s actual quote was “I regret that I have but one life to give”—not lose—”for my country.” The difference is important. His were well-chosen words that signified the true spirit of the colonials and their fight for freedom—as powerful as any words ever spoken.

Steven John

Wichita, Kans.

Standard reference works say the word was “lose.”—ED.

It wasn’t funny. Your Bicentennial sequence was in poor taste.

Mrs. John W. Hafley

Hampton, Va.

Jerry Garcia

The 1967 Monterey pop festival unquestionably vaulted Jerry Garcia’s Grateful Dead, as well as the late Jimi. Hendrix and Janis Joplin, to national prominence. But you do rock music a great disservice by omitting the late great Otis Redding, often considered the father of soul, who made his breakthrough there, as well as Roger Daltrey and The Who, the reigning kings of rock’n’roll!

Jim McCorkle

Darien, Conn.

The name “Grateful Dead” recalls early English and Scottish folk songs and ballads about ghosts who return from the grave to conduct unfinished business. If they are allowed to complete their duties, they are grateful.

Rose E. Gardin

San Diego

I’m forced to write and straighten you out about Jerry Garcia’s family. Jerry’s father, Joe, my brother, came from Spain with his family at the age of 16. He was educated and studied music in San Francisco, formed a small band and played at private clubs and on cruise ships between San Francisco and Los Angeles. He later joined the Orpheum Circuit and toured the country for several years. He settled in Hollywood and played at a famous nightclub and occasionally for the movies. He came back to San Francisco to be close to his family. He married a registered nurse and soon opened a snack bar near the waterfront, which was very popular. He drowned at the age of 45 while vacationing in Arcadia.

Mrs. Leonor Garcia Ross

San Jose, Calif.

Dr. Sheldon Cohen

Contrary to popular myth, reputable doctors do not advise “taking your allergies to Arizona.” In fact, doctors’ offices here experience overflow crowds of miserable city dwellers in spring and after windstorms. Our deserts abound with numerous trees, shrubs, flowers and cacti laden with pollen and at times the pollen count here is very high. We Arizonans are also prone to Valley Fever, a serious lung disease caused by desert spores carried in the wind. As Dr. Cohen states, dust is probably our worst enemy, and we have plenty of it!

Janie Schaettle


David Klein

The self-appointed consumer advocate is setting consumerism back 100 years. His scare tactics of exacting retribution from businesses that fail to perform flawlessly cause an economic phenomenon known as higher prices. Businesses will not “shape up if they lose enough money,” but merely increase the price of their product to offset retailing losses to the David Kleins.

Gary C. Miller

Hermiston, Oreg.

I read with amusement your article on the consumer tiger in the corporate lair. Recently we sold David Klein a Sky Window (for the roof of his house) which arrived damaged due to faulty packing. We immediately acknowledged our responsibility and expedited replacement. He, in turn, expressed his gratitude and even provided some helpful suggestions along with private and public recommendations for our product and company. This, in turn, gave rise to a brief, friendly correspondence. My amusement was thus compounded by the knowledge that the tiger was also a kitten.

Philip Golbin

Havre de Grace, Md.

You don’t have to accept defeat in the area of medical bills as Klein states. Our son had blood transfusions at birth. When my husband went into our doctor’s office to discuss the $250 fee, the doctor first stated that the figure was what Blue Cross paid. When my husband said we didn’t have Blue Cross, the doctor said that his partner set the fees. When my husband asked to talk to the partner, our doctor left the room and came back in a few minutes and said that the fee would be reduced to $150. If you feel that your argument is just, stand your ground.

Lorraine Irwin

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Vietnamese children

I am very interested in the plight of Huynh Thi Anh and her custody battle over her Vietnamese grandchildren. Why don’t the Arvidsons and the Donaldsons invite Mrs. Anh to stay at their houses for a certain amount of time every year? That would be better than another landmark decision that would disregard individual circumstances in future cases.

Rick Dempsey

Napa, Calif.

Mrs. Anh stayed with both families last fall. Both say that they have encouraged her to move near them in Michigan.—ED.

Dear Ann and Dear Abby

I find objectionable the way Linda Witt chose to describe their schoolmates and teachers at the high school reunion. It is nice if one can afford to wear Adolfo originals, but it is certainly not a disgrace to be seen in a dress “off the rack at J.C. Penney.”

Debbee Cook