Check out letters from those who agreed with us, and those who didn't

By EW Staff
Updated March 19, 1999 at 05:00 AM EST

Mail from our readers

Looks like EW readers are as tube-tied as we are, judging by the sheer number of responses to our ”100 Greatest Moments in Television” issue (#472/473, Feb. 19/26). While some readers fell head over heels for our coverage — like Phillip Mollica of Vancouver, B.C., who gushes,”If there is ever going to be a ‘100 Greatest Moments in Magazines,’ EW should definitely be at the top” — others were up in arms over our picks. Nancy Burns of Providence, for example, was rankled by our No. 2 ranking of Mary Tyler Moore’s hat toss: ”Hello? It’s only a stupid hat! Get over it already!” Kevin Del Aguila of New York was even less subtle with his assessment: ”A man walks on the moon and that’s only No. 8? You guys watch too much TV.” Tell us something we don’t know.

Memory Box

I can only say one word about this issue — wow! Pieces like this are what keep me subscribing to EW. I can’t wait to see the other issues that will celebrate pop culture.
Maryann Quick
Eau Claire, Wis.

Thanks a lot, EW. I spent so much time away from my boob tube thoroughly enjoying your ”100 Greatest Moments in TV” that I probably missed a new addition or two to that list. Keep up the great work.
Owen Lockwood
Orange, Conn.

Your feature on the ”100 Greatest Moments in TV” was amazing. You showed how TV has been a reflection of our culture and played an important part in shaping it. I’ve always considered myself a TV buff, but you amazed me with the events and significant firsts that laid the foundation for the shows I love so much.
Ron Smith
Arlington, Va.

I had to call my father after reading your list of 100 greatest TV moments. My dad, Stanley Lebar, was in charge of the lunar-TV-camera program at Westinghouse and, like many involved with the mission, devoted years of his life to this one moment. What always bugged him was the grainy transmission, because the camera was capable of quality pictures. It was the amount of power that was allotted to the camera that rendered the images so ”ghostly” and ”dreamlike,” as Andy Chaikin aptly described them [in his book]. I always told my dad they were better because they looked so unreal and distant. I loved Chaikin’s quote that they ”were somehow exactly right.” Thanks for backing me up after all these years. But, I almost forgot…. No. 8? Damn, beaten out by Mary Tyler Moore’s hat.
Scott Lebar
El Dorado Hills, Calif.

While one of the defining moments of the baby-boomer generation, the JFK assassination, was deservedly No. 1, the Challenger explosion, arguably the defining moment of Generation X, was only No. 36. The debut of The Mod Squad ahead of the Challenger explosion? Everyone remembers where they were when Challenger exploded. Who remembers where they were when The Mod Squad first aired?
Andy Billings
Bloomington, Ind.

How could you have left the premiere of Twin Peaks off your list? Not since ”Who shot J.R.?” has there been such a TV mystery that had the entire country playing detective.
Chad Heacock
Anoka, Minn.

What about Bobby Kennedy’s funeral train?
Amber Pippin
Aurora, Colo.

…Muhammad Ali lighting the torch at the Atlanta Olympics?
Gary Leopold
Norwood, Mass.

…the Oklahoma City bombing and the rescue of Baby Jessica?
Chase McCown
Columbia, Mo.

…Mary Lou Retton scoring back-to-back 10s?
Michael C. Westlund
Garden Grove, Calif.

…the TV movie The Day After?
Wade Niewoehner
Keota, Iowa

…the farewell episode of M*A*S*H?
Kirby Nocker
McAllen, Tex.

…the “Becoming, Part 2” episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer?
EJ Ganuelas
Springfield, Va.

CORRECTIONS: Milhouse on The Simpsons is voiced by Pamela Hayden. Miss Lillian Miller, not ’60s singer Mrs. Miller, was the ever-present audience member on The Merv Griffin Show. The quotes in the thirtysomething entry should have been attributed to cocreator Marshall Herskovitz, not to Ed Zwick.

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