Horn chose to present my objection toward Naomi Gurian as personal. Without going into an aria about her, when Gurian took her job four years ago, the entire board, including myself, was delighted.
Here was a strong, articulate, experienced, attractive person . . . and a woman! What a wonderful image for our guild! I not only voted for her, I thanked her. I held her up to my daughters as an example of what-to-become-when-you-grow-up.
During the years that followed, it became increasingly clear to many of us that she could not or simply would not function within the confines of our democratic organization. Instead of bringing divergent groups together, she polarized them until they became factions.
It is too bad. The guild has been left with a major problem . . . namely our future.
That future is in cassettes. Cassettes are a $5-billion business. For every cassette that sells for $79 the writer gets 15 cents. For every cassette rented (and it's primarily a rental business) the writer gets nothing.