‘Jackie’ of All Trades

Thank you for your in-depth report on Jackie Brown (#410, Dec. 19). Being a big Quentin Tarantino fan, I really appreciate it. I haven’t been this hyped up for a movie since Pulp Fiction, and I have the fabulous writers of EW to thank. KEVIN BECERRA Necedah, Wis.

The two cool cats and foxy lady (Samuel L. Jackson, Quentin Tarantino, Pam Grier) on your cover are dynamite: If that trio doesn’t have style I don’t know who does. After reading Elmore Leonard’s Rum Punch a few months ago, I thought it could be a great Tarantino movie. The best holiday gift I got wasn’t under the Christmas tree. MICHAEL ROBERTS Tustin, Calif.

The world is finally taking notice of a long-treasured screen icon. Pam Grier was doing to bad guys in the ’70s what Sigourney Weaver and Linda Hamilton did in their respective Alien and Terminator series. Black men have few screen goddesses to worship, and Pam Grier is my Marilyn Monroe. KEVIN-GARTH GREEN Columbus, Ohio

Da Da Huh?

Did I miss something? When I read the article about the best and worst TV commercials of 1997, I was surprised to find out that the Volkswagen ad featured ”an ambiguously gay duo.” When I watched the commercial, I saw absolutely no indication that the two men in the ad were advertising their sexuality one way or the other. BOB HAYES Roseburg, Ore.

The Volkswagen commercial with the two guys: They’re gay? M.A. MOORE Delray Beach, Fla.

Springer Ahead

I’m glad to hear that Jerry Springer is on the rise. As much as we say we hate it, he makes trash TV fun to watch. Have you ever seen pregnant drag queens fistfighting on Oprah? CRISTI H. BROCKWAY Keuka Park, N.Y.

Who’s Bad?

While I appreciated Bruce Fretts’ breakdown of bad actors on good TV shows, I was shocked at an obvious omission — actor Ted McGinley. Consider his career: Happy Days, The Love Boat, and Married…With Children. Is there another actor who has ruined more shows? DEBBIE BALK Flushing, N.Y.

Out Like Flinn

Megan Harlan’s review of Kelly Flinn’s Proud to Be misses the point — and unfortunately perpetuates the myth that Flinn was persecuted by the Air Force for committing adultery. Flinn’s true offenses were violating a direct order to cease her adulterous relationship with Marc Zigo and lying about it. Adultery was but one more offense on the list, albeit the one that drew overwhelming media attention. When you join the military, you agree to live by its rules. You obey orders. You do not lie to your commanders. You do not have sexual relations with a married man. In the World According to Flinn, rules can be bent and twisted to fit one’s own view of what should be appropriate conduct. While Flinn may have been a terrific aviator, she was a damn poor Air Force officer. SUSAN M. FALL Major, U.S. Air Force Virginia Beach, Va.