Readers respond to "Melrose Place," "Batman Returns," and Lee Miller

I have to snicker when I see all the hype and attention you and others in the media are heaping on the new Fox television show Melrose Place (#129, July 31). It must be teenyboppers (and very young ones at that) who are boosting the ratings for this program. No one in their early 20s who has any type of active social life would have time to watch this show on a regular basis.
Mary Roberson
Virginia Beach, Va.


I’m sick to death of all the whining and crying about violence and plot in Batman Returns. What did you expect with a PG-13 rating? Was there no violence in the first movie? I’m a die-hard fan of Tim Burton and Batman, and although the plot could have used some more work, it was worth the $7 and well worth the wait!
Cynthia Dawn Duncan
Bellevue, Wash.

In response to ”Batlash” by Steve Daly—some of us still know guano when we see it.
Bob Versandi
New York City


I was dismayed to find a serious error in your article about Today cohost Katie Couric. You state, ”After trailing Good Morning America for the past two years, the Today show has been first or tied for first with GMA for the last two months.” This simply is not true. Here are the facts: According to the (weekly) Nielsen ratings for the early morning network programs, the Today show has lost three times to GMA in the period between the week ending June 5 and week ending July 17, tied GMA once, and won three times. Going back to May, the Today show lost two additional times.
Jack Reilly
Executive Producer
Good Morning America
New York City

Did I really see Katie Couric with a cigar in her mouth? Tobacco products kill almost as many women as men these days, and the dangers of tobacco are well known. Is this the role model that Couric wishes to convey? Shame on you, Couric.
Esther Schiller
Newbury Park, Calif.


Wow. After reading your article about American Movie Classics, I just wanted to yell out, ”Me too!” I’ve been addicted since day one-addicted to Bob, to the news shorts, to the movie clips, and the old movies!
Mary Coller
Los Angeles


Lee Miller, in your book review of Miller’s photographs (#128, July 24), was not ”the only female photographer to join the Allied troops in Western Europe during World War II.” How about Life‘s Margaret Bourke-White? She was the first woman to work on a battle line (in Italy). The first uniform for a woman war correspondent was designed for her. Bourke-White’s autobiography, Portrait of Myself, gives some of the exciting details of her life.
Joan Bennett
Westlake Village, Calif.