By George, you will be missed. Our cover story on the passing of George Harrison (#630, Dec. 14) inspired many fans to reflect on the former Beatle’s talent, warmth, and spirituality. ”Thank you for a wonderful tribute to this great legend we have lost,” writes Kimberly Rimensnyder of Philadelphia. ”George, his music, and his messages of peace and love will live in our hearts forever.” Devotees of another British legend found bliss in our feature on J.R.R. Tolkien. Says Annie Stamell of Falmouth, Maine: ”Kudos for your great coverage of Lord of the Rings. I am a die-hard Tolkien fan and was really pleased with your article on not only the best books ever, but on an amazing film as well.” Elvish lives indeed.

Our Sweet George

Thank you for paying homage to George Harrison, the truest Beatle of them all. Since the news broke that we had lost such a charismatic and loving figure, the world has only embraced the oft-overlooked genius of George Harrison. Though he will always be known as the baby brother of the Beatles, George was always true to himself and thus admirable to the end. JOHN FONTANA Palm Harbor, Fla.

Bless you for placing George Harrison on your cover! I know some young reader will ask ”Who was George Harrison?” Let’s not answer ”He was the quiet Beatle.” Let’s educate our young, wean them off Britney Spears and ‘N Sync, and introduce them to songs like ”Here Comes the Sun” and ”My Sweet Lord.” I eagerly await his final album and suggest everyone give it a listen. AMY L. CARDINALETTI cardinalettia@co.oakland.mi.usHazel Park, Mich.

Thank you for your in-depth tribute to the life and music of George Harrison. The phrase the ”quiet Beatle” also applied to his solo career. While George never achieved the respect his bandmates did, his melodies rivaled anything Paul McCartney produced, and his lyrics could be as biting as John Lennon’s. I will continue to play Harrison’s CDs and each time say ”Thank you, George.” MARK FRICKE Kalamazoo, Mich.

Tolkien of Appreciation

Thank you for the article about J.R.R. Tolkien, which was sensitive to the heart of the man and his books (”Elvish Lives!”). The Lord of the Rings movies will succeed only insofar as they portray that heart. Rather than overdosing on articles about the films’ technical aspects, Tolkien newcomers and fans alike might be best served by reading Jeff Gordinier’s story. MERLIN DETARDO Cleveland

Bill of Goods

Bill O’Reilly’s criticism of George Clooney was best supported by the comment made by the September 11th Fund rep (News & Notes): ”Most stars have neither the knowledge nor time to monitor the charity.” If this is true, then what business do celebrities have soliciting money from hardworking Americans? Stars just wanted to give their consciences a rub; they didn’t expect to be held accountable for anything they espoused. NATALIE BUSH Spanish Fork, Utah

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