Mail from our readers
I was delighted to see another cover of your magazine devoted to the Star Trek shows (#137, Sept. 25). It is encouraging to know that there is a widely read publication that recognizes the popularity of science fiction, and of Star Trek in particular. I am pleased to see that the writers of these articles are fans. They let everyone know that you don’t have to be a weirdo to get excited about the shows. Star Trek has wound its way into the American culture because it has managed to touch something inside all of us while remaining one of the highest-quality programs on TV. Keep up the good work and maybe sometime in the future other publications will recognize that science fiction is a legitimate form of drama.
Middleburg Heights, Ohio
FOR THE LOVE OF TONY
I’m probably wasting my time, talent, and 29 cents, but my dander stood right up when I read Jim Mullen’s snipish remark (in Hot Sheet) about us ”over-the-hill-gang” kids and our inability to recognize a CD! (”Tony Bennett Sings Sinatra: The hard part about selling this is telling those who want it what CDs are.”) Where is it written in ”rock” that because the hair is white, the brain is colorless too? So chill out, Mr. Mullen. At the current rate of exchange, Mr. Bennett and friends will be here long after your column has slid from the charts!
Bon Air, Va.
A ‘BRIDGE’ TOO FAR
I am near tears after reading the television ratings sheet in issue #137. It appears that the most wonderful show on television, Brooklyn Bridge, was the lowest-rated show of the week. Perhaps if CBS had not chosen to hide this wonderful show on Saturday night, more people would discover the love and humanity. While the politicos are fighting back and forth about family values and race relations, here is a show that demonstrates equality among the sexes, races, and religion. (My family) rarely sits down to watch TV, but for 30 minutes every week we go back to Brooklyn for a lot of love and a few games of stickball.
Katharine L. Gray
West Covina, Calif.
Regarding the coverage of the new Madonna photo fantasy book Sex in News & Notes, you make references to ”tattooed lesbian skinheads holding stiletto knives to Madonna’s crotch.” One can see tattoos, skinheads, and stiletto knives, but without self-identification as such on their part, how did you determine the women in the photo were lesbians? My guess: Just another illustration of how deeply embedded homophobia is in our warped society. But in EW? Shame.
Ray P. Comeau
MAN OF MANY TALENTS
To read your tribute to Tony Perkins, one would think his achievements lay almost entirely in films. He performed in at least 14 works on stage, garnering two Tony Award nominations; and he directed six stage productions. Perkins also played the guitar and piano, and as a singer cut several popular records.