May 11, 1998 12:00 PM

Tammy Wynette
I had the pleasure of meeting Tammy Wynette in the late ’60s during the intermission of a concert she and George Jones were giving. George left the stage to take a well-deserved break, but Tammy stayed the entire time signing autographs and talking with the public. What a truly beautiful woman, inside and out!

Sharon Sheppard, Death Valley, Calif.

Some people called her a legend, many others the Queen of Country Music, but Tammy Wynette just liked to sing. And she cared. Her songs will live on, and she will be missed.

Marilyn Dingman, Lacey, Wash.

My memories of the ’60s in Augusta, Ga., is listening to Tammy Wynette on the country music station there. Her music and my memories of that era will be with me forever.

Myrna Holloway, Pembroke Pines, Fla.

You got it right this week! I would have been crushed if I had opened my mailbox today and not found Tammy Wynette on your cover.

George Tuthill, La Jolla, Calif.

PEOPLE’S Redesign
I dislike the changes intensely. You state, “A good redesign should draw attention to stories, not to itself.” Go to the Mail page and where do your eyes keep turning? To the red and blue stripes. Go to Picks & Pans and where do your eyes keep turning? To the extremely bright and vile colors at the top of the page. You did exactly what you said shouldn’t be done. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Ya broke it! Please go back.

Mary Lindsay, Saunderstown, R.I.

In a nutshell—hate it! Picks & Pans looks like a cross between Ringling Bros, and Barnum & Bailey Circus and a Texaco gas station. What is it with the big star? Further, the bold Bottom Line does not help. The eye goes straight to that, and I have to then force myself to read the text above it. Not good! But change is hard. I’ll let you know in a few months if it has grown on me.

Darnita Killian, Atlanta

Bravo!! Kudos! I am only a quarter of the way through reading this first issue of your new look, and I love it—especially the new Bottom Line in the Picks & Pans. You’ve worked hard, and it paid off!

Jennifer Johnson, via e-mail

After 15 years of subscribing to your magazine, I experienced my first disappointment. Bottom Line: I hate your new layout. What were you thinking?

Mrs. Carl Gremore, via e-mail

Your new format with colors galore, proves again that less can be more. With circles, stars and flashy sidebars, I protest—it was better before!

Diane M. Williams, Brevard, N.C.

I don’t have trouble with change, but I’d like it to sneak up on me a little rather than jump out and whack me across the face.

Cynthia Eagan, Kodak, Tenn.

What an eye-popping assault on the senses!

E. Dooley, via e-mail

I didn’t think that PEOPLE could get better, but it just did. I love your new format. It’s colorful, easy to read and I particularly appreciate the headings on each article. Thanks so much for making a good thing better!

Sybil M. Bayles, Monroe, La.

New Coke tried it and look where that ended up. I prefer “PEOPLE Classic.”

Carl S. Moore, Sterling, Mass.

Re: the new layout: Not too much, not too little, just right!

Linda Henigan, South Portland, Maine

Randy Warner
When I read your story about Randy Warner, the rescuer of abandoned dalmatians, it almost broke my heart. As a lifelong dog lover, I could not believe that so many people could just dump these beautiful dogs because they were no longer cute puppies or may not behave exactly like “the dogs in the movie.” Parents, don’t buy a puppy for your kids just because it will look cute under the Christmas tree.

Susan Beacht, Branchburg, N.J.

All of us involved in breed-specific rescue saw this coming before 101 Dalmatians ever came out. Trouble starts any time a breed is singled out for attention (right now it’s the Jack Russell terrier—thank you, Frasier). The breed becomes popular, is over-bred and acquired for the wrong reasons. We at Michigan Basset Rescue are so grateful Disney didn’t do 101 Bassets!

Melissa Fenchel, Michigan Basset Rescue, Waterford, Mich.

Leonardo DiCaprio
Leonardo DiCaprio is a wonderful actor, and I too was disappointed not to see him at the Oscars. We all dream of having a movie star’s life, but I don’t think we would really want it. I can’t imagine not being able to go to my local mall or grocery store without being mobbed.

Jennifer Lites, Dallas

Leonardo is one of the very few young actors who has the talent and the ability to last. I hope he continues to choose his works well so we will remember him as not the hottest heartthrob of all time, but comparable to the likes of De Niro, Hoffman and Nicholson.

Lynn Castro, Toronto

I also am a fan of Leonardo DiCaprio but not one who “loves him” enough to ruin his life. It seems if a person loves Leo they should respect him enough to give him his space.

Brenda Miller, West Valley City, Utah

Marya Hornbacher
I want to thank Marya Hornbacher for her brutally honest account as both a victim and a survivor of an eating disorder. Her story is an unpleasant reminder of a life that I can all too well relate to. As a much healthier woman today, it is through these personal accounts of one’s triumphs over eating disorders that I attribute my greatest strides toward recovery.

Lisa K., via e-mail

I am sad to report that upon viewing the photograph of Marya Hornbacher, my first reaction was envy of her slim figure. I was shocked to discover that she is 25 lbs. under her ideal body weight. My initial response to her appearance is a telling sign of the culture of women in this society: We strive to be underweight. I can only hope that we can begin to alter these unhealthy ideals so that the next generation of young women will not have to equate happiness with their body-fat percentage.

Heather Koubek, New City, N.Y.

I can’t help thinking there should be a forum for the families of people with eating disorders, who remain in the background, who suffer just as much, or perhaps more, while watching someone they love go through such self-inflicted hell. While I wish Ms. Hornbacher success in her battle, I also wish some peace of mind and comfort to her parents.

Elaine Krieger, Baldwin, N.Y.

Rob Pilatus
I just finished reading the story of the tragic death of Milli Vanilli’s Rob Pilatus. Although some may call what they did disgraceful, I find it hard to believe that any 22-year-old man would turn down millions of dollars, fame, fortune and the admiration of thousands of beautiful women had they been in the same situation.

Debbie Zeilman, Cincinnati

I don’t know director James Cameron, but his “I’m the king of the world!” acceptance speech at the Academy Awards had an appealing, honest and, yes, innocent exuberance. We’d all be better off if we weren’t so quick to attack others and so afraid to expose our own hearts.

Cece Renn, Tallahassee, Fla.

Star Tracks
As Webmaster for the Brain Injury Association, I would like to express our collective appreciation for the inclusion of the photo of Goldie Hawn and her son Wyatt, along with the caption promoting safe cycling. Hats off—and helmets on—to Goldie and Wyatt for setting a life-saving example.

Paul S. Walsh, Redmond, Wash.

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