May 09, 1977 12:00 PM


“Jackie’s World” (PEOPLE, April 18) was fascinating reading. Through the comments of those whose lives she has touched, the real Jackie seemed to emerge.

Ann Wilcox

Islip, N.Y.

Fantastic reporting on a great lady. Thanks for bringing back memories of a greater time for all.

Toni Currin

Dillon, S.C.

Jackie Kennedy Onassis has never been the “queen” of anyone but media persons, BPs, jet-setters and people who live in movie magazines. Why don’t you let the woman fade into well-deserved (and possibly desired) obscurity?

Marilyn Pilcher

Portland, Oreg.

Finally a major publication is bold enough to print something kind about our former First Lady. Mrs. Onassis is a credit to the United States and deserves praise for bringing culture and beauty into our land.

Phillip Losco

Havertown, Pa.

I, too, carved a career for myself at mid-life. I visit my beautician every week or so, and I shop around for my special little treats—Sara Lee cheesecake, three pounds of Brach’s chocolates at 98 cents per. My book supplier keeps me up on the latest, provided I’ve returned the overdue books. Indeed, Jackie O and I have a lot in common. But…eat your heart out, Jackie, I wear size 8½ shoes. Life has its compensations.

Eileen Sandy

Holland, Mich.

At last a true portrait of a fine woman. In a recent conversation with her at the Met for a benefit, I experienced the sensation George Plimpton speaks of. I felt there was no one else in the world but me.

Bert Cook Jr.

Chevy Chase, Md.

Lorel Pollack

Thanks very much for the story on the one-woman “Voice of America” to Soviet Jews. With all the violence in the newspapers these days, it’s encouraging to read about someone who uses a telephone as a weapon.

George Glauberman


Steve Miller

Steve Miller claims that in all the recent sales success of his album he never hired a publicist. Technically, he is correct, but he did hire a promotion production company which supplied management guidance, tour production and publicity services. It is, of course, not unique that Steve as an artist wants to guard his mystique while hiding the well-oiled machinery behind him. But he has gone beyond preserving his image to offering a misrepresentation.

Jan Berry

Sarus Oasis

Hollywood, Calif.

I’m glad to see Steve Miller is finally getting the album sales and recognition he deserves.

Jan Hussar

Stoneham, Mass.

Dr. Richard Treat

I became a guest of Brooke Army Medical Center’s burn ward very soon after the engine of my jet fighter quit one day in June 1957. Evidently, the fine tradition of hard work and innovative medical/surgical techniques has not changed in 20 years.

With a 70 percent total burn, 50 percent third-degree, I am one of BAMC’s more laboriously produced successes. But it took them not 50 days (one day for each percentage point of burn) but more like 18 months. Things have improved since my “graduation.” My advice to severe burn patients: tough it out. Mercifully, you can’t ever remember the pain.

William S. Reed

Northridge, Calif.

Marvin Barnes

As a former classmate and a product of the same neighborhood as Marvin Barnes, I can admire his fame as much as I could admire his reading a newspaper in French class while everyone else practiced their verbs. Not much!

Diane Hall Quackenbush


Marvin Barnes states, “I’m a for-real black.” I am black and I state, “He’s a for-real fool.”

Jacki Reynolds

Los Angeles

Collins & Raposo

In the otherwise fine article on Joe Raposo, nothing is mentioned about Fall River, Mass. After all, Joe was born, grew up, developed lasting friendships, graduated from Morton Junior High and Durfee High School, received his early musical training, and got his career under way in Fall River. And his parents still live here.

Does the statement “Joe grew up in suburban Boston rehearsal halls” refer to Fall River? Not in our book!

Mel and Cindy Yoken

Fall River, Mass.

Joe Raposo has indeed composed some fine songs, but it was Clark Gesner who wrote most of the music and lyrics for You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.

Suzanne Ader

Basking Ridge, N.J.

I am interested in knowing whether Pat Collins’ book on only children has been published.

Mrs. Judy Dressier

Roseville, Minn.

“It’s a good year away,” says only child Collins, the mother of one daughter. “Only children take up a lot of time.”—ED.

Alicia Alonso

Having had the privilege of seeing Alicia Alonso and her Ballet National I enjoyed your article immensely. Though a Cuban exile, I am not reluctant to recognize she is an enormous, ageless talent all Cubans should be proud of.

Alicia Granto

Niagara Falls

Jerry Mathers

Leave it to PEOPLE to remember Jerry Mathers of Leave It to Beaver. What a pleasant article about a child actor making good.

Vicki Youngman

Kettering, Ohio

Walter Matthau

It’s hard to believe the item on Walter Matthau and his phony finger cast. While making The Laughing Policeman here about four years ago, he patiently signed close to 300 autographs for students of a nearby school. I was one of them. He also treated us to cupcakes from the lunch wagon and entertained us with stories for about an hour.

Martha Wasacz

San Francisco

Tommy the Cork

At 76 years of age, ‘Tommy the Cork’ Corcoran is wise, optimistic and energetic, three qualities I hope I possess at that stage in my life. I am a high school senior. Keep publishing articles like this one and I will be a PEOPLE reader till I’m Corcoran’s age.

Bob Walsh

Oak Park, Ill.

I think Thomas Corcoran is one of the most where-it’s-at people you have ever had in your magazine.

Mindy Eayre

Hendersonville, N.C.

Reid Lewis

The La Salle voyage officially ended when our six canoes left the Mississippi River to enter the Gulf of Mexico. The voyageurs erected a cross on a sandbar, and Reid, or “La Salle,” took possession of the Mississippi Valley for King Louis XIV of France. Père Membre offered a prayer of thanksgiving, and the crew sang the Te Deum. It was quite moving.

Then the young students (after carefully divesting “La Salle” of his beaver pouch, plumed hat and red coat) raised him aloft and deposited him in the waters of the Gulf.

Perry H. Lewis

La Salle Expedition II


John Ritter

Three’s Company is nothing more than a carbon copy of the British program Man About the House. The scripts, even the landlords’ names, are the same. But the English did it better.

Mike Vernen

Edmonton, Alberta

John Ritter is the sexiest man to hit the TV screen in a long, long time. But if his show was so high in the ratings, why was it just canceled?

Roberta O’Brien

Revere, Mass.

It wasn’t. The show will come back in the fall as a pretested prime time entry.—ED.


Your newest addition is SUPER. The suggestions are great and the critiques informative. More, please.

Amy Kindel

Vail, Colo.

Your magazine is tops with me. I would be willing to buy it twice a week. But last week you had to spoil it with People Picks. Please, take it out. Use the space for more people articles.

Margaret Blanchette

Foxboro, Mass.

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