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Closer Look at 'Unicorn'

May 15, 1999

Claudine Ise's article " 'Unicorn Killer' in the TV Spotlight" (May 8) uncritically repeats Ira Einhorn's fraudulent claims of being a founder of Earth Day.

As reported by the Philadelphia Inquirer and others, despite his claims, Einhorn was not involved in any significant way with the founding of the first Earth Day celebrations in 1970. To suggest that this man who is accused of murdering his girlfriend was a founder of Earth Day certainly besmirches the reputations of the many others who have worked hard to address the serious environmental concerns of our planet.

I encourage you to read a statement published in the Dec. 1, 1998, edition of the Inquirer by Edward W. Furia, project director of Earth Day and Earth Week in Philadelphia in 1970, and Austan S. Librach, chairman of the Earth Week Committee of Philadelphia, who call Einhorn a "fraud" who had been "not welcome" at the meetings of the organizing committee and who had been "asked to leave several meetings" at the time. This statement can be found at



It's encouraging and helpful for The Times to rail against violence in the media on its editorial pages. Then along comes Calendar with half its front page covered with a "puff" piece on the TV miniseries "The Unicorn Killer."

On Page 14 of the same edition, the show gets a bad review, "unsatisfying" being the operative word. If the paper didn't encourage these kinds of shows with that kind of publicity, maybe the ratings wouldn't be as high--and maybe the networks would think twice about filling their schedules with them.


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