AS A FORMER RESIDENT OF LONE PINE, Calif., I found your article "The Hollywood Tour of California" {October 14} very interesting. The article mentioned there are no fast food restaurants in Lone Pine, but Lone Pine does boast two Frosty stands that serve big, juicy hamburgers and the best french fries you will ever find.

Incidentally, I would be interested to know how Lone Pine had a movie festival when there are no movie theaters in the town. ARLENE ROSENBUSCH Rockville

EDITOR'S NOTE: Film festival screenings were held in the Lone Pine High School auditorium, various hotels and other local facilities.

I ENJOYED TREMENDOUSLY THE ARTIcle about films made in various cities and towns in California. However, I was sorry that you didn't mention "Bullitt," to me, at least, one of the most exciting movies ever made, which was filmed on the streets of San Francisco. Not only were the chase scenes exciting, but they were realistic in that, when Steve McQueen drove down those steep hills, my stomach was "left behind" in a couple of instances. DONALD W. CHASE McLean

YOUR OCTOBER 14 ARTICLE "STORIED Voyages" left out one of the best-known legendary destinations, one that many people think doesn't exist -- Timbuktu. Sitting in the desert of the northwest African country of Mali, it's not the easiest place to get to, and it doesn't have the array of "attractions" that some of the places in your article do, but the transportation obstacles aren't insurmountable, and there is certainly enough to intrigue the curious in this legendary caravan terminus. Plus, the people of Mali are among the friendliest I've ever met. STEVEN KOENIG Silver Spring


FOR MY FAMILY, PENNSYLVANIA IS INdeed "Where America Begins" {J Street, October 14}, with the arrival of my great-great grandfather from Germany in 1846. But beyond this personal rationale for the commonwealth's "cheery new slogan," a more careful review of most maps of the United States by your columnist would have made clear to her that Pennsylvania does indeed meet her criteria for the slogan by bordering another country.

The northwestern corner of the state meets Lake Erie, across the center of which is drawn the border with Ontario in Canada. JOHN P. HOLLERBACH Columbia

THE REAL NAME IS NOAH A RECENT ARTICLE STATED THAT "NOah Adams" is the "on-air persona" that I have chosen for my work on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered," and that my "real name" is "Don Adams" {J Street, October 14}. I have, in the past, used "Don Adams" on the radio, but my real name is, in fact, Noah Donald Adams.

I was named for my maternal grandfather, Noah Donald Wellman, and his grandfather was also Noah Donald. It's a name I use proudly.

I would appreciate your help in correcting the impression that I would use a "fake" name on the radio. NOAH ADAMS National Public Radio Washington

COCKAMAMIE MEMORIES THE FAUX TATTOO ARTICLE {J STREET, October 14} brought back long-forgotten memories of a boyhood in Brooklyn circa the 1920s, when a penny bought a colorful "cockamamie" that was soaked in water and carefully transferred to the arm.

Years later as an adult, I recognized the term "decalcomania" as the proper name for this imitation tattoo process. Today, cockamamie is part of our language and has come to mean ridiculous. MORRIS GLACHMAN Washington

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