June 10, 2002 12:00 PM

John F. Kennedy Jr.

Richard Blow’s controversial account of his friendship with John Kennedy Jr. has an upside: While he may make a few bucks from his revelations, the media coverage has given us all another opportunity to embrace a celebrity whom most Americans truly admired and loved.

Carey Taylor, Austin, Texas

I don’t understand why John Kennedy Jr.’s friends are upset about Richard Blow’s book. Do they expect the public to believe that he was perfect? That he and his wife never had a fight? Even happily married couples have their share of arguments. I don’t think less of John Jr. for being human.

Karen J. Boraiko, Valrico, Fla.

After reading the article on Richard Blow, I think I have it straight. If I were foolish enough to buy his book, what would I learn? John F. Kennedy Jr. was a person with flaws, like all human beings, and his coworker “friend” is cashing in on his death. I think I’ll save my money.

Kimberly Whiteman, Winston-Salem, N.C.

Mr. Blow may have had a working relationship with JFK Jr., but he cannot call himself his friend. Mr. Blow calls his work a memorial. I call it a betrayal.

Jane Consolo, Orlando, Fla.

Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart

Rather than chastise Harrison Ford for yet another May-December romance, I look forward to the day when I can fall for a man 22 years younger without causing a major scandal.

Tiina Lombard, Aventura, Fla.

Hemings and Jefferson

Your article gave the impression that I was the only professor involved in the yearlong Scholars Commission study of the Jefferson-Hemings issue. Thirteen senior scholars—many of them authors of major books about Thomas Jefferson—took part. By a vote of 12-1 we concluded that Thomas Jefferson probably was not the father of any Hemings child.

Robert F. Turner, Charlottesville, Va.

Bill and Martha Sears

Thank you for featuring the wonderful Sears family. As the 23-year-old mother of a 2-year-old son I look for role models everywhere, and never have I found better ones than Dr. and Mrs. Sears. My husband and I have co-slept with our son since the night he was born. I am still nursing him (a little bit) and firmly believe that attachment parenting is gentle and effective. Thank you for giving Bill and Martha Sears the credit they richly deserve.

Stefani Barner, Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mich.

As the mother of four children who were born in four different decades, I have seen a lot of changes in pediatric care, but one thing I have never forgotten is the care and love shown to my children by their first pediatrician, Dr. Bill Sears.

Laurie Etchells, Hilton Head, S.C.


I was touched by the story of the Coast Guard and Humane Society’s rescue of Hokget. That dog was left behind, surely to die, by her owner, the captain of the abandoned tanker. He says he did so because he didn’t think he could bring her aboard the rescue ship. What was he thinking, and why isn’t he charged with animal cruelty?

Arlene Ritchey, Westchester, III.

Jennifer Portnick

A big hooray for Jennifer Portnick. As a professional in the fitness industry I have longed for more real body types as role models. It’s nice to know that major organizations are realizing what research has already shown us: Light and lean isn’t always indicative of healthy and fit. Keep dancing, Jennifer!

Sarah Kelly, Dallas, Texas

The Cosby Show Reunion

The Cosby Show not only helped reframe America’s mind-set on what it means to be black, it helped break down racial barriers. Thank you, Mr. Cosby!

Bobra Crockett-Doiron, Phoenix, Ariz.

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