Mail from our readers
Size matters. Our ”Big, Bigger, Biggest” cover (#429, May 1) sparked debate about the records we omitted. The most specific shows of support were for Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, who had 11 gold albums in the ’60s, as mentioned by Dennis D. Daniels of White Hall, Ill., and for ABBA, who sold over 100 million albums, and were championed by John Ortiz, of Olympia, Wash. As for our potentially record-setting Leonardo DiCaprio coverage, comments ranged from the subtle (”I was thrilled when I went to my mailbox and found the latest issue of Leonardo Weekly,” said Scott Harper of Tulsa) to the extreme (”If I see another cover with Leonardo DiCaprio on it, I’m going to scream!” warns Jessica A. Johnson of Newport Beach, Calif.). Don’t worry, Jessica; starting this week, it’ll be all Godzilla, all the time.
FOR THE RECORDS
Thank you, EW, for bringing readers such a wonderful issue. I’d like to see this ”Big, Bigger, Biggest” issue become a yearly event, like your ”Power 101” issue. Now I think you should tell us the Small, Smaller, and Smallest.
MIKE TINSLEY JR.
Do you guys have something against Star Wars? First you call its rerelease one of the biggest gambles of 1997; now you think it’s improbable it will sink Titanic? Titanic may have cornered the market on 14-year-old girls, but geeks come in all shapes, creeds, and sizes, and like the Dark Side, their power should not be underestimated. Frankly, EW, I find your lack of faith disturbing.
SCOTT T. SKONEY
Will the Seinfeld finale top that of M*A*S*H? Not likely, and it’s not just because of cable and VCRs that offer viewers so many other choices. M*A*S*H began as a comedy laced with drama and ended up as a drama laced with comedy. Over the course of its run, M*A*S*H probably lost viewers who preferred that the show remain a comedy, but gained viewers who liked the drama. When the show ended, all the viewers from over the years came together to see how the series would end. That is why Seinfeld, or any show, for that matter, will never top the finale of M*A*S*H.
Leonardo DiCaprio’s first appearance on an EW cover in 1998: Jan. 16
No. of Leo photos on covers since then (as of May 1): 5
1998 calendar months without a Leo cover: 0
No. of times he’s been on the cover of consecutive issues: 1
No. of times Leo’s been on the cover of alternate issues: 1
No. of times Leo’s been on the cover of every third issue: 1
No. of children and/or pets I will be naming Leo: 0
Applause to Jeff Gordinier for his article (”Jam + Bread”) on my beloved Dave Matthews Band. I am pleased to see that something other than my college paper has noticed this great band.
North Franklin, Conn.
Anytime you guys want to devote more space to Homicide: Life on the Street and less to Titanic, please feel free. Homicide is, hands down, the best show on TV. Compared with the raw and powerful Homicide (which always leaves me stunned for minutes afterward), the sentimental and touching ER is nothing but a glorified soap opera.