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POLL POSITIONS
After reading the 1991 poll (June 7), it didn’t take me long to realize that your 600 ”random” Americans (and 300 subscribers) were all related to Julia Roberts. So Ms. Roberts is our best actress? That’s news to me, not to mention to Jessica Lange and Meryl Streep. Granted, Roberts is a ”pretty woman,” but is she really the sexiest in films today? Didn’t anyone in the Roberts family catch Ellen Barkin in Sea of Love? Or how about Greta Scacchi in Presumed Innocent? If your poll had had a vote for all-time favorite movie, I bet the winner would have been Mister Roberts. Enough said.
Jan Richard Gorlin
Maplewood, N.J.

I’d like to know which people in America were polled for your survey. Some of the choices were a little too predictable, even saddening. To think that Kim Basinger is considered one of the best actresses in movies today! Please, fellow Americans, take a closer look:She is beautiful, but Basinger doesn’t come close to the talent out there right now.
Jacqueline Binette
Portsmouth, R.I.

Your questions on best actor and actress would have been more accurately called ”favorite” actor and actress. It’s no coincidence that half of the 10 best actors (chosen by readers) were in two huge hits from 1990, Ghost and Pretty Woman. In fact, of the 10, only Meryl Streep can be put in the category of acclaimed actor with real accomplishments in film. Where were Jack Nicholson, Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman, and Gene Hackman, who certainly should be on any list of best actors?
Bill McGregor
Washington, D.C.

This over-35, Midwestern, non-college educated, white male disagreed with 24 percent of the responses to your poll. I did find 18 percent of it to my liking, yet 58 percent of me feels that there are too many polls.
A.R. Kruse
Woodville, Ohio

AIR DEFENSE
To lump in disc jockey Steve Dahl’s on-air vasectomy with radio’s ”leg-acy of hoaxes” is the height of unfairness (News & Notes). The surgical segment was neither phony nor smutty; for real-life, personal insight, I’d stack it up against any PBS medical documentary. Question its taste if you like, but no one doubts the authenticity of that entertaining and — dare I say — illuminating broadcast.
Darel Jevens
Chicago

LASER DISH
I’m a college student, and I own a laserdisc player. Like the people in your story, I collect many titles, but I have to drive an hour to the nearest store. I rent laserdiscs for three nights at a time for the same price as a one-night rental for a videotape, and I don’t have to worry about rewinding the disc.
Marc A. Dole
Newmarket, N.H.

A RAVE FOR DAVE
Bravo! It’s about time somebody stuck up for David Letterman! Your article, ”Crank Case,” by Ken Tucker, reaffirms my belief that some Americans haven’t totally lost their sense of humor. Letterman is still the most consistently funny talk show host on TV. I hope that Late Night stays on the air for at least another 10 years.
Jim Bosh
Madison, Wis.

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