January Letters

Readers respond to the November issue

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Vive La Différence

The special 35th anniversary issue about people who have made a difference, chosen from those covered in past issues, is one of the finest that I have ever seen. It is a keeper! Thanks for the depth of this issue.

Jack Holcomb
West Reading, Pennsylvania

I eagerly await my copy of Smithsonian each month, but this issue was a total disappointment. It was lying in the recycling bin within 15 minutes. Your magazine hardly ever gets recycled at all, except to another reader. Why would you deviate from your regular format to celebrate an anniversary? Why leave what has been successful? If you want to give your readers a special surprise, give them more of what you normally do, give them a double issue. I feel like I've been cheated.

Wayne Weiss
Middleton, Wisconsin

You finally did it. After 35 years, during which I read every issue cover to cover, you have produced a boring magazine. If you will just continue doing what you have done so well for the past 35 years, I will forgive this one lapse.

Warren McFarland
Winter Springs, Florida

I have every Smithsonian, beginning with the first issue, and have read each one from cover to cover. I find articles that I wouldn't read anywhere else. When I saw the November cover my first reaction was, "I don't want to read about a bunch of people," but then as I looked at the names, I thought "Well, I'd be interested in that person and that person..." So, once again, I read it from cover to cover. Here's to another 35 years.

Ventura, California

How sad that Smithsonian could think of no better way to celebrate 35 years of publishing than to devote an entire issue to personal biographies. What's the point of preaching to the choir when your audience is already familiar with these illustrious overachievers? Why celebrate with back-patting and horn-tooting?

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