Apropos the recent John Horn article "Gunfight at the Writers Guild Corral" (Sept. 1), and in order to help everyone keeps things in a proper perspective, I write to point out that all writers' guilds are subject to periodic seizures. I suppose this is because writers are naturally convulsive (particularly comedy writers: Don't they have us all in fits?).
Of the three guilds of which I have good knowledge (the Writers Guild of Great Britain, Writers Guild of America, West and the Australian Writers Guild), none has been free from the affliction.
I recall vividly an experience I had some 16 years ago, when I had the privilege to be executive director of the British guild. All on the same day, I received the resignations of the chairman, vice-chairman, secretary and six of the 12 members of the executive committee.
The situation required a very stiff upper lip. However, with the aid of the late Carl Foreman and other stalwarts, order was restored, and the guild rode again.