May 08, 1978 12:00 PM

Pat & Debby

I watched Debby Boone on the Academy Awards (PEOPLE, April 17). This kid had a critical audience totally enchanted. You won’t find a Debby Boone album mixed in with my Ronstadts, Fleetwood Macs or other such notables, because I am a product of today’s society and the Debby Boones of the world are not my cup of tea. Yet I am quietly rooting for her to make it and get there unscarred. It would balance things out a bit if she does.

A.V. McCarty

Scituate, Mass.

I was looking forward to reading your article. Needless to say, I was disappointed. Your prejudices and lack of understanding were obvious. I applaud the Boone family for their testimony and witness and especially Debby for the love and respect she chooses to show her family.

Sonja Zook

Mt. Pleasant, Mich.

Any father who would “crowd into his daughter’s delivery room,” “boast that Debby is a virgin” and feel that turning a 21-year-old daughter over his knee is a solution to solving adult problems demonstrates a case of arrested development.

L. L. Kennedy

Washington, D.C.

Tracy Andrus

I was touched by your article for I too was a victim of Hodgkin’s disease eight years ago. How familiar it all sounded. It is a terrible experience, one you think you’ll never get through. Just walking in and looking at the radiation machine scares you. You go from day to day and do an awful lot of praying.

Tracy, keep the faith. You’ve got three good years to your credit. You’re young and ambitious and I’m sure you’ll win your battle.

Mrs. Anita L. Bentley

New London, Conn.

Four months ago, I was told I had Hodgkin’s disease. The treatments aren’t easy by any means. My friends and family have been very supportive. I really don’t think I could have made it this far without them. Thank you for your article on Tracy. It’s helped me tremendously.

Cara Wortreich

West Caldwell, N.J.

Bill Rodgers

Aw c’mon! One little measly shot of champion marathoner Rodgers running? You get cheesecake with the gals. Runners have sexy legs.

Barbara Kohler

Lititz, Pa.

Record-setter Bill Rodgers must get considerable food value from his diet that includes potato chips, which you label “junk food.” Webster’s defines junk as having little value, yet nutritionists agree that potatoes are a near-perfect food with excellent nutrients. His records lend credence, don’t they?

Bob Vestal

The Potato Board

Denver

Picks & Pans

You goofed! In your listings of weekly TV shows you had the Hanna-Barbera Happy Hour featuring Little House on the Prairie’s Melissa Sue Anderson (Mary Ingalls). But in the picture you showed Melissa Gilbert (Laura Ingalls).

Marian Cremin

Mt. Kisco, N.Y.

We goofed.

—ED.

Ricardo Montalban

You should have put Ricardo Montalban on your cover. He’s the reason I bought this issue. Then my daughter came home with her copy and hung his picture in her room. He’s a favorite with both generations—no gap here.

B. Johnson

Champaign, Ill.

What on earth can be done to a Chrysler Cordoba to make it worth $30,000?

Andrew S. Heffner

Liverpool, N.Y.

Strip a basic $8,000 Cordoba with stock engine and radio and add such niceties as seven coats of paint, special tires, wire wheels, mouton fur carpeting, hand-sewn genuine leather interior and three-note Italian horn.

—ED.

John Knight

Shame on you. Quit printing articles on persons who do not handle their reproductive systems responsibly! Whatever happened to Stop at Two?

Chris Armstrong

Oshkosh, Wis.

James Watson

Write what you like about me, but please, spell my name correctly—it’s Rorvik, not Rorvick. As for Jim Watson’s real views on cloning, I advise you to look at an article he wrote for The Atlantic in 1971, “Moving Toward the Clonal Man.” In it he predicted that human cloning would occur much earlier than most expect. Interesting reading in light of his present statements.

David M. Rorvik

San Francisco

Watson replies: “In 1971, it seemed that test-tube babies would soon be very common and it wouldn’t be long before a mouse was cloned. I thought the time had come to alert people to the possibility of cloning humans. There are still no test-tube babies, however, and cloning a mouse is proving far more difficult than had been expected.”

—ED.

Watson’s statement “there’s no future in it” cannot go unchallenged. Consider this future scenario: With the science of organ transplants progressing even further, a human’s clone would be the perfect donor. Diseased organs, perhaps everything but the brain, could be replaced without tissue rejection.

Robert M. Kloss

Tempe, Ariz.

Quick! I have to know. Would a clone have a navel?

Mark Lindstrom

Memphis, Tenn.

Do bears sleep in the woods?

—ED.

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