- LETTERS TO PETE
- Rona Barrett's Hollywood, August 1972
- Like so many others, I was a fan of
Pete Duel's. Wouldn't it be nice if all of us who were (fans)
would give to some worthy cause in his name? Possibly Alcoholic
Anonymous as he apparently had a problem in that area. It's too
late to help him, but in this way others could be helped in his
- Carol M. S.
- Wichita, Kansas
- I cared very much for Pete as a person,
more than as an actor. I sincerely believe Pete will someday
return and with the answers he tried so hard to find. Hopefully
this world will be more of the world Pete wanted so much for
it to be. I will continue to pray for his soul.
- A lot of us will miss Peter very much,
but we will remember the joy, laughter, and yes, even the tears.
This great person and actor made us laugh and cry. He wanted
so much for everyone and so little for himself.
- My deepest sympathies to the Duel family
and Diane Ray.
- Bonnie S.
- Seattle, Washington
shocking death of Peter Duel has brought sadness to many people.
I'm sure of this because it has brought personal grief to me.
I'm enclosing a poem I wrote about Peter. I hope it will give
comfort to some as it has to me:
- His voice stilled now.
- The voice that brought joy to all people
- His comforting smile and quick wit
- And his peaceful personality
- Have now left the face of this earth.
- We shall not mourn in deep sadness
- But rejoice in our hearts
- For now he has brought joy to many other
- And finally he is at peace
- For he is with God.
- Salt Lake City, Utah
want you to know how sorry I am for Pete and for those he left
behind. When my sister told me she heard the shocking news on
the radio I couldn't stop thinking of him all day. And I can
truly say there hasn't been one day since he died that I haven't
thought of Pete. I only wish there was something someone could
have done to prevent such a tragic thing from happening.
- I still watch the repeats of Pete on
Alias Smith & Jones and just to see his smiling face
makes it more unbelievable. Whenever the program ends I feel
just like crying.
- To think that he felt that down and
depressed, feeling no other alternative but to end his life on
earth. I keep thinking maybe he really didn't want to do it.
Everything just piled up inside him until he couldn't stand it.
Then at that moment he probably wasn't even thinking straight.
One thing I know Alias Smith & Jones will never be
the same without his smiling, handsome face.
- Miss Karen N.
- Britt, Minnesota
been months since Peter Duel's death, yet I and others still
mourn his passing. His death was a shocking experience that has
completely changed my life. Upon learning of his death, I got
depressed. To ease this depression, I wrote this in his honor:
- A star begins,
Conceived by its mother and father
To bring brightness and warmth
Into their life.
The star grows and gains in warmth
Until finally it is born into this universe.
A bright star
In the life of all.
As the years pass by
The star grows warmer and brighter
And it begins to shine
In many colors.
First the star kindles yellow.
A child of the universe
Playing and living life
To all its fullness.
As the star matures
It shines red.
And starts to understand its world and its position in it.
Next the star glows blue.
Searching for its true position in life.
Now the star glares white.
Its brightness and warmth and kinetic energy
Affects all who come upon it.
Then suddenly it explodes...
- Black star that was once alive,
Whose light has ceased to be.
Gone now is my enlightenment.
- I would also like to share something
else that helped me overcome my grief. I would like to share
a message, not only with your readers but also with Peter's father,
mother, brother Geoffrey, sister Pamela, girlfriend Diane and
friends in general:
- "BLESSED ARE THEY THAT MOURN, FOR
THEY SHALL BE COMFORTED."
- Suzanne K.
Panorama City, California
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