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The Emmys Sent a Love Letter to TV

September 19, 1998

I would like to thank the academy . . . for the memories.

The night of the Emmys was great. Sunday's celebration of 50 years of television moved me as it was meant to. Television has become a part of our lives, and a celebration of its influence over the last 50 years shouldn't go unnoticed.

I'm one of those people who believe television can be a good influence in a child's life. My 12-year-old daughter's role model, Helen Hunt, is not a shallow one. She is a strong woman in her own right, who not only acts--and excels at it--but also directs and writes. My children are proof of how the power of television can be used for breaking old barriers. Their entertainment heroes are a mix of people, from Brandy to Melissa Joan Hart, from Will Smith to John Lithgow. Having followed the news lately, we have been able to discuss our expectations for their behavior.

So again I thank the academy. I love television!

A.A. SLATER, Huntington Beach

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The Emmy Awards finally ended but one image still remains: Sigourney Weaver standing beside her father, Sylvester "Pat" Weaver, as he was honored as a true television pioneer. The loving pride and caring concern as she looked at her father was the greatest award given that evening.

PATRICIA MEURSINGE, Downey

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I completely agreed with Howard Rosenberg's choice of Angelina Jolie as best actress in a miniseries or movie for HBO's "Gia." She gave an intense and emotional portrayal as the tragic supermodel Gia Carangi, who was one of the first American women to die of AIDS. Her performance moved me beyond words, and that is why I was so disappointed that she did not receive a well-deserved Emmy over Ellen Barkin.

I just hope that Angelina knows her fans were moved by her stunning performance and that "Gia" touched the hearts of everyone who saw the film.

CRYSTAL HO, Arcadia

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I dream that when my children watch the telecast celebrating 100 years of television (or whatever form mass media will take) that they will see Asian Americans fully and plentifully represented and recognized for their excellence in the media. It's a dream I pray will become a reality.

PATTY TOY CHUNG, Santa Monica

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