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The 'Shawshank' Model

October 15, 1994

Sometimes it's the hardly noticed details that characterize truly outstanding filmmaking. Such is the case with "The Shawshank Redemption," where no fun is made of a prison convict who happens to stutter. As a person who has stuttered most of my life, I welcome Hollywood's modeling this kind of appropriate behavior to the public. Treating stutterers with dignity and respect would make life easier for the 3 million Americans coping with this communications disorder.

IRA ZIMMERMAN

San Juan Capistrano

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