June 29, 1998 12:00 PM

Robert Redford

I couldn’t believe Robert Redford said nobody swoons over him anymore, because that’s exactly what I did when I saw your cover. As a 17-year-old, I break tradition by not falling for some guy in a movie about a sinking ship. I think Mr. Redford is still not only one of the most beautiful, but also one of the most dedicated and talented men around.

Andrea Fang, Hong Kong

Oh, Bob, you are so wrong! I’m swooning over you just as much now as I did back in 1967 when I saw you in Barefoot in the Park.

Jan Garner, Las Vegas

Have you hugged your PEOPLE magazine today? You bet!

Mary Ellen Miller, Oriental, N.C.

I am 30, and when I was younger I vividly remember my mother and her friends “swooning” over Redford movies. The first time I saw one as an adult, I immediately called my mother and said, “So that’s what the fuss was all about. I get it now!” Sorry, Mr. Redford, you may have to wait for the next generation before you hear, “Oh, is he still around?”

Julie Blakeley, Los Gatos, Calif.

Swooning in Boise, Bob.

Kellie Gough, Boise, Idaho

I’d happily trade two 30-year-old men for one of him!

Laura Canfield Line, Fremont, Neb.

Good grief, if that man doesn’t think he still has it, tell him I’m taking the magazine to bed with me!

M. Lang, Winter Haven, Fla.

We are 17. Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck—you got nothing on Robert.

Stacey Shepard and Lisa Martin

Batavia, N.Y.

As the saying goes, “He can put his shoes under my bed anytime”—and eat crackers too!

Joan Clauss, Cold Spring, N.Y.

Bob Redford just gets better and better; always “had it” and always will!

Marcy McKay, Victoria, B.C.

Prize Fight

Let me get this straight: Sindy Allen claims she gets to keep the prize money from her friend’s Pepsi lid. I guess whatever she passes off for a code of ethics allows that it’s who picks it up, not who lays it down. Following this logic, I suggest the friend wait around for the next time old Sindy lays down her car keys. Shannon Vincent, Lakewood, Calif.

Sindy Allen’s finders-keepers attitude is wrong, but Judy Richardson should realize that rejecting her offer to share the money is foolish. Both women are lucky the bottle cap didn’t end up in the city dump.

Margaret Dykes, Johnson City, Tenn.

Not only should Sindy Allen return the winning bottle cap to Judy Richardson, she should reimburse her for the Pepsi.

Stacey Wetzel, Bloomington, Minn.

For God’s sake, just split the money.

Winston Snider, West Chester, Pa.

Carol Channing

For years, “Not tonight, honey. I have a headache” jokes have perpetuated the myth of sexless marriages involving willing husbands with frigid wives. In 35 years of marriage, I have lost weight, changed hair styles, maintained good fashion sense and kept current on world events. I have re-created myself in countless ways in a futile attempt to attract my husband’s attention, all the while thinking there must be something wrong with me. Thanks to Carol Channing for speaking up about her 41-year sexless marriage. It’s not something women talk about in polite circles, but believe me, it’s no joke!

Name Withheld

Frank Sinatra

I was taken aback by the caption “the bald guy” that indicated pallbearer Don Rickles. Its callousness stood out in what was otherwise a thoughtful, sensitive piece.

Tanya Ross, Toronto

Jim Thomas

Your piece on Jim Thomas—the juror with integrity—should be read by every potential juror. Like the man Thomas saved, and thousands of others in this country, I was falsely accused of child molestation. The charges were eventually dropped, but during the nightmare I learned that my innocence would count for little during the trial. Jim Thomas serves to remind us that when the system fails, only a person with conscience and courage can make it work.

Adam Schwartz, Bloomington, Ind.

Latia Robinson

I find Latia Robinson’s action in rushing her father to the hospital admirable. It is her parents’ judgment I call into question. Her father lets her steer a car while sitting in his lap? This is not only dangerous, it is foolhardy, and it could have cost them—and maybe others—their lives. Latia is a very brave little girl. Fortunately, she has also been very, very lucky.

Barbara B. Marshall, via e-mail

Kip Kinkel

As the mother of one of the victims shot in this horrific incident, I too question the police decision to let this young man go into the custody of his parents instead of being held at least overnight. They say this is routine if the suspect does not show any signs of being violent. Having a loaded gun at school is not violent? Wake up, Chief DeForrest. This young man was one tormented soul, and his torment was played out in front of students and adults alike over and over again.

Laura Woodward, Federal Way, Wash.

The morning of the shooting I dropped my daughter off at Thurston High at 7:50. I found out later that the shooting happened at 7:56. I was sick until my husband and I found her at 9:45. That feeling is the most terrible thing I have ever known and it doesn’t seem to get better. Every day now when I drop my daughter off, I can’t leave the school until I say a prayer to get her, the other kids and me through the day. I hope nobody has to go through the pain that all the parents have had to face in this situation. Let it end here. Sheri Wilson, Springfield, Ore.

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