By People Staff
February 21, 1977 12:00 PM

Jessica Lange

I loved your article on Jessica Lange (PEOPLE, Jan. 31) and your cover, so different, so cute, so original! I’ve seen King Kong twice (so far). Ms. Lange is a beautiful lady, and even though she played second to Kong, she’ll always be number one to me!

Chris Self

Bellflower, Calif.

Most of the millions the movie is raking in came because kids wanted to see it—and what a shock for the parents! Nudity, obscene language and violence—how unnecessary and how irresponsible for a man of De Laurentiis’ reputation. What trash! Can I have my money back?

Shirley LaMear

St. Louis

Amazing! King Kong, the first star on the cover of PEOPLE without capped teeth.

Mary Lonergan

Middletown, N.J.

Indian Lawyer Tureen

There are millions of homes on the land that attorney Tom Tureen is trying to take. We did everything right in the town of Mashpee, Mass. We paid our taxes, integrated our schools, and were proud to have minorities helping to run our town. It was a nice town. Now a lot of nice people are bankrupt. With the class suit against us the elderly cannot probate their wills, our young executives cannot sell homes to take new jobs. History tells us the Wampanoag tribe ceased to exist in 1676 after King Philip, son of Massasoit, was finally defeated after killing many Pilgrims. Their land went to wounded soldiers by the court’s decree. I know, I’m part Indian.

R. Randolph Chase

Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

Maine officials are “aghast” that native American people are pressing our ancestral land claims. Maine’s Attorney General, Joseph E. Brennan, complains, “They’re talking about looking up treaties that go back to Colonial times.” The question here is whether the state and federal governments will justly live up to the terms of these treaties. If time is a factor, native American people and everyone else could question the validity of the Constitution of the United States, which is almost 200 years old!

Flip White

Seneca Tribe

Cattaraugus Indian

Reservation, N.Y.

Susan Anton

Without the song “Where there’s Muriel smoke, there’s fire,” the Muriel Cigar commercials would not have the same smoldering effect on the public or on CBS. The concept, music, lyrics and arrangements were written by Don Elliott, Doris Elliott and Joan Wile.

Doris Elliott

Weston, Conn.

Bounty Hunter

The gun Stan Rivkin is holding in the picture is not a 12-gauge shotgun. It is a Remington model 81 Woodsmaster in either a .25, .30, .32, .35 or .300 Savage caliber. The dog I believe to be genuine.

Betty Johnson

Fort Worth

A .300 Savage is right. Rivkin’s shotgun was in the trunk of his car (and the car was in the shop) when the picture was taken.—ED.

I’ll bet when the shotgun, handcuffs and Doberman fail him, he hypnotizes the fugitive with his navel.

Sherrill L. Mercer

Afton, Okla.

Eda LeShan

While I have tremendous respect for Eda LeShan’s philosophy on children and death, I feel I must object to her criticism of Sesame Street. As the mother of a 2-year-old, I find the show totally appropriate for my son. He has learned things I never would have thought he could assimilate. We frequently watch Sesame Street with him. When the “sensory bombardment” becomes too much for him, I find he goes off to play with other things.

Ann Fox

Iowa City, Iowa

I appreciate your article on me but there was one omission. I am merely the co-author of the forthcoming book The Incredible Television Machine. Its author is Lee Polk, director of motion pictures and television for King Features and president of the New York Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. I was hoping he would let me collaborate again sometime, but that seems unlikely unless this is cleared up!

Eda J. LeShan

New York City

Joan Baez

So Dylan is the target in the Joan Baez LP. He spent the better part of the last several years in semiseclusion from those who would deify him. As for arrogance, it takes a humble attitude indeed to express amusement over being quoted by the U.S. President rather than cashing in on this lucrative endorsement.

Marilyn J. Masura


Joan Baez’s refusal to pay taxes voluntarily as a protest against government military expenditures is empty and self-defeating. Self-defeating because by means of the fine, the government gets even more of her money. Empty because her taxes are paid anyway, leaving her free to pay homage to both sides of the issue safely.

Peter Cushnie

Milford, Conn.

Chiquinho Scarpa

Talk about rich, decadent Americans! Are there any Brazilians involved in pursuits more serious than fanny-lifts and satyrism? Dr. Ivo Pitanguy’s clinic work (PEOPLE, Jan. 24) has some redeeming social value, but Chiquinho Scarpa really ought to have been left under that rock you toed aside to find him. Do the life-styles of these two really represent present-day Brazilian society?

Evelyn M. Robinson

San Diego

Georg S. Brown & Tyne Daly

Perhaps Tyne remembers growing up in the Daly home as being glamorous, with its ever-changing cast of well-known characters in transit. I tend to remember the picnics, sing-alongs, bedtime stories, glorious Christmases and the unforgettable birth of brother Tim. Most memorable, however, is the warm, gracious and “every bit a lady” Hope, Tyne’s mother. She shed a golden glow on all my growing up.

E. K. Downes


Hope Daly’s special memory of Ellie Krasnow Downes, a childhood friend of the Daly girls, was of a slumber party at the Daly home when homesick Ellie, then 7, insisted on returning home at 2 a.m.—ED.

Star Tracks

You state that Liza Minnelli decided “it was high time she learned the clarinet (she had never before played one).” She still hasn’t played one. The instrument she is blowing in the photograph is a soprano saxophone.

Donald Stevenson


Tish Baldridge

So Tish Baldridge has found a way to “take a man to dinner gracefully,” eh? Well, the day that I have to play funny little “feminine” games on my way to the John is the day I’ll eat that check! Women tab-signers, arise and pay in full view of all!

Polly Rehnwall