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Good Night Mr. Brinkley, Mr. Peck

June 17, 2003

We mourn the passing of two greats, David Brinkley and Gregory Peck (June 13). Two serene, dignified gentlemen -- qualities that have become obsolete in the entertainment industry and in our world. We are fortunate that they graced our midst.

Yolanda Krell

Los Angeles

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With all the well-deserved words in The Times about David Brinkley, it was surprising to find no mention of his 1988 book, "Washington Goes to War." It's a fascinating -- and yes, witty -- depiction of Washington's transformation from a provincial capital into a vibrant world center during World War II. As the jacket says, "Brinkley writes with all the astuteness and grace that have made him one of America's most celebrated commentators." Exactly. Good night, David, and sleep well.

Art Wild

Long Beach

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Little did we know when we issued an invitation to Gregory Peck to participate in National Library Week several years ago that it would lead to his longtime relationship with the Los Angeles Public Library.

His Gregory Peck Reading Series, held in the auditorium of the downtown Central Library, drew dozens of the biggest names in filmdom to entertain as a fund-raising incentive for the Los Angeles Library Foundation. He would be the host for the evening and the stars would read from their favorite literature. His own reading in tandem with Jack Lemmon was particularly memorable.

One evening I thanked Morgan Freeman for participating in the series, and he said, "Who turns down Gregory Peck?" No wonder this marvelous man was so loved by the library community.

Bob Reagan

Murphys, Calif.

The writer is the retired public relations director of the Los Angeles Public Library.

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