Ever since PEOPLE was first published I have looked for one person to be on the cover. This week, finally! Thank you for Julie Andrews (PEOPLE, March 14).
It’s disappointing that we can expect only a few performances from Julie Andrews in the future, for she epitomizes total talent and professionalism. At age 13 I adored her, and at 26 I still do.
Mary Frazier Malmquist
I have adored this super lady since 5th grade. I am now a sophomore in college. My dream is to see her in person.
Why are we bombarded with such trivia? Is it world shaking that Julie Andrews has a bad mouth and believes marriage is, after all, “just a piece of paper?”
South Gate, Calif.
Amy & Mary
That one picture of convicted murderess Mary Fitzpatrick hugging Amy Carter on the White House lawn may do more to help us accept those who’ve paid their debt to society than all the words from wardens, lawyers, social workers and civil libertarians.
New York City
I have more respect for President Carter than ever. It sounds as if Mary was unjustly sentenced, and I commend him and Mrs. Carter for giving her a break.
Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary states: “re-ha-bil-i-tate: to restore to a former capacity: REINSTATE: reestablish the good name of.” I fail to see how continuously labeling Mary Fitzpatrick as ex-con rehabilitates her. Give her a chance.
S. Fanning Rakestraw
For a man who fought so hard to become President so he could give equal opportunity to the poor and lower-income people, paying his daughter’s personal nanny $6,004 annually seems mere “peanuts.”
New York City
Mary Fitzpatrick’s salary for a 40-hour, five-day week is set by the government. The Carters pay her extra for baby-sitting. According to private agencies in D.C. and the suburbs, $6,000 is about average for live-in nannies. One agency estimates that Fitzpatrick’s salary is comparable to $14,000 considering her top living conditions.—ED.
The First Family is supposed to set a good example! Every parent knows that watching TV while doing homework is a no-no. Also, there’s no way a 9-year-old can get enough sleep to be alert in school the next day when she goes to bed at 10:15.
Mrs. Pat Hatwell
Boston is the best rock group ever. And if Tom Scholz thinks their success is “dumb luck” he’s crazy. It’s because Boston has five very talented men.
While Tom Scholz deserves accolades for his musical wizardry, Boston is not “rock’s brainiest band.” This honor currently belongs to the British band Queen [below]. Truly rock’n’roll summa cum laude!
Behind the smoke machine and detonators, the glam-rock garb and the heavy-metal rock are: a degree in graphics and illustration, graduate work in astronomy, the study of biology and first-class honors in electronics.—ED.
Having purchased every Nancy Drew book to hit the stands, I can’t thank you enough for the article on Mrs. Adams. I will admit it was a bit shocking to learn that Nancy and Ned’s romance would remain strictly platonic. I figured an engagement at least would be appropriate.
Conspicuous by its absence from your list of series books published by Mrs. Adams’ father, Edward Stratemeyer, is The Rover Boys which sold by the millions roughly 60 years ago. Since my family forbade my perusal of “trash,” I had to read them on the sneak. But the impact was so great that at the age of 74 I still remember many of the characters.
R. T. Bramwell
New Brunswick, N.J.
Published from 1899 to 1926, the 30 volumes of Rover Boys adventures sold over 5,000,000 copies. Of all Stratemeyer’s and his syndicate’s books, they were his favorites and were written solely by him under the pen name, Arthur M. Winfield.
I was delighted to find your article on the slave trader/author of Amazing Grace. I wish you had revealed that John Newton in later life influenced William Wilberforce who led the fight against slavery in the British Empire. How about a TV presentation of John Newton’s life to show there were a few truly Christian whites in the Roots era?
The BBC has done it. The Fight Against Slavery, a six-part series, appeared on PBS late last year. Newton and Wilberforce figured prominently in the first two episodes. Commercial stations around the U.S. will be showing the series in 1977.—ED.
Greg Bright, maze creator
Your story on Greg Bright brought to national attention a strange mind. “The ultimate maze”—solve it or die. Hmmph! I hope all who read this story will make a mental note never to accept a dinner invitation from Mr. Bright without asking if it will be served before or after they’re introduced to the arcs and spirals.
I enjoyed your story on maze-master Greg Bright. Where can I find his books?
Pantheon publishes The Great Maze Book: Extraordinary Puzzles for Extraordinary People and The Second Great Maze Book: More Extraordinary Puzzles for Extraordinary People.—ED.
Disregarding the various and inexcusable inaccuracies in your story, I wish to express my indignation for the old photo of me waving goodbye to two birds and the outrageous caption, ” ‘Now I am free to choose, to refuse, to do nothing,’ exults Oriana.” As your reporter, Sally Moore, knows, the deaths of my mother and of Alekos Panagoulis, the two people I loved and love most in my whole life, crushed me with tragedy and despair. It did not and does not make me “exult” for some refound freedom. Your lack of taste and of human respect is horrifying.
New York City
Sally Moore replies: “The interview was taped; there were no inaccuracies. The caption was intended to convey Miss Fallaci’s satisfaction over her new role as a novelist, no longer having ‘to suffer’ if a subject would not sit still for an interview. I regret that she interpreted it in a way wholly unintended.”—ED.
Only a beauty like Suzy Parker could overcome what “glorious” Vidal Sassoon did to her hair. The 75-year-old ladies who go to the $3 Wednesday specials at our local “Beauty Shop” get the same wave’n’fuss style.
Your Chatter section is classic, particularly this week’s. My profound admiration to whomever conjures up these jewels (“Gear Jammer” made my day). Keep up the tongue-in-cheek. This flat world needs more of it.