Reader’s feedback from the week of January 30, 1998
Tears for a Clown
I just wanted to express my gratitude for your article on the life and times of Chris Farley (#413, Jan. 9). His sense of humor gave me that bottom-of-your-belly, laugh-as-hard-as-you-can laugh. I sensed that his heart was as big as the laughs he gave me. That is what I will truly miss. Rob Waite London, Ontario
I was deeply saddened to learn about Chris Farley’s death. It is tragic to know that one of America’s hottest comedians is no longer with us. My heart goes out to his family in hopes that they will know that my family is praying for them. Eddie Middleton Richmond
I have considered myself a devout Chris Farley fan since he exploded onto Saturday Night Live in 1990. I felt close to and understood his humor. I did not, however, have any idea he struggled so furiously with addictions to drugs, alcohol, and food. It was evident that Chris and his friends and loved ones had different ideas about his future. He wanted to go out like his idol John Belushi, when we all wanted him to go out like Chris Farley should have — as an old man who had lived a full life. I am deeply saddened by his passing, as is everyone I know, and extend my condolences to his family and friends. On a positive note — I can say that God is probably roaring with laughter right now, and Matt Foley has a better place than in a van down by the river! Jodi Taylor Dover, Del.
I really appreciated ”The Last Temptation of Chris.” It was a very good article, and I thought you handled the tribute very well. I just hope the story of his passing will be a lesson to be thought of throughout years to come. Carl Brandvold Oklahoma City
Pound for pound, laugh for laugh, Chris Farley was one of the greatest. With his five years on SNL and his starring film roles, at least we had a taste of Farley’s style of comedy while we had the chance. Regardless of how he died, he has earned a place in the hearts of millions of people whom he made laugh so hard. Jay R. Kimura Vancouver, Wash.
We all know that Chris Farley was a time bomb waiting to explode. Your article, however, fails to give Farley the credit he deserves for being an extraordinarily talented comic. He made us laugh out loud and should be remembered more for his work than for his personal problems. Jack D. Kahn New York City
Hear Me, See Me
Your article, “The Songs That Made the Scenes,” was great. I’m glad that I’m not the only person who automatically pictures John Cusack holding a boom box when I hear “In Your Eyes.” Shannon Lowe York, Pa.
I wanted to thank Michael Sauter for his wonderful piece (“There Once Was a Warrior”) on the late Toshiro Mifune. While I would rather have seen Mifune, one of the greatest actors who has ever lived, on your cover, Sauter’s terrific memorial was simply more evidence that EW is as thoughtful and with-it a magazine as Mifune was a masterful and entrancing actor. Dan Fisher