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MALE CALL
I was pleased that somebody finally acknowledged "The Men of Melrose" (223, May 20). The camaraderie between them was quite surprising, considering the many on-screen conflicts between their characters. More surprising was the incredible sense of humor they possess as a group. If my show had started out as a pleasant twentysomething drama only to be turned into a den of lust and scandal, I don't think I'd be in such good spirits.

Michael McCarthy
Dracut, Mass.

Photographer Jeffrey Thurnher finally captured the real reason women tune in every Wednesday night.

Suzanna M. Pyka
Melrose Park, Ill.

The cover photo on "The Men of Melrose" reminded me just how gorgeous all of them really are, and the article (thankfully) let us see that they are not brainless sex symbols.

Lori Lane
Tampa, Fla.

It's no wonder Grant Show and Thomas Calabro don't get as many interviews as the women of Melrose Place do. I'm sure if Heather Locklear or Josie Bissett used as many obscenities as they did, they wouldn't get much publicity either.

Chase McCown
Oklahoma City, OK

I have been an avid Melrose Place fan for two years and have never missed an episode. The season finale was exceptional, except for one major flaw: They edited Matt's kiss with another man. Being a gay male, I was highly insulted that this major development was edited, yet the very next scene was with Jane, not only kissing a man, but making full body contact! For Fox to have edited this simple kiss was discriminatory and bigoted.

Daryl W. Wiggins
Virginia Beach, VA

KEIKO WATCH
"Will Keiko Die or Die Trying" could have been the headline of the article on Keiko, the killer whale star of Free Willy ("Can This Whale Be Saved?"). More dangerous than anything Keiko might encounter at sea is the quibbling between so-called experts and do-gooders who care more about who is right than what is right for Keiko. If the resources are available, let's all help! A bigger tank? Better medical care? People willing to heal him, retrain him, and eventually set him free? Great — shut up and do it! Lose the what-ifs and theories. Argue long enough and there won't be a Keiko to argue about!

Vivienne and Russ Melgar
Lakeport, Calif.

Thank you for your story about the deplorable conditions of Keiko, the star of Free Willy. Please keep your readers posted on his whereabouts and let us know what we might do to help Keiko. Animal movies, despite their cuteness, too often exploit and abuse our creature friends.

Carmen T. Tabasso
Philadelphia, Penn.

BOXED OFFICE
Hollywood is obviously overanalyzing moviegoers ("Springtime for Hitless"). We don't necessarily single out or avoid movies simply because of the categories they fall into or even the name(s) found on the theater marquee. We do, however, demand originality, great entertainment, and acknowledgement of our intelligence. We refuse to open our wallets to see a sequel to a highly profitable movie that is obviously riding on the coattails of another. One point made in the article was right on the mark: We have developed a keen eye to spot garbage early on. And we know something that Hollywood should realize: Recycling is not always in everyone's — or anyone's — best interest!

Julie Remke
Auburn, Ind.

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