March 21, 1993
Geffen is obviously a complex and compelling man possessing sensitivity and insight, and I applaud his efforts to win understanding, tolerance and acceptance of gays by the military. Perhaps he might try extending that same understanding toward those who choose to serve their country in uniform rather than tossing off a flippant comment like "I can't for the life of me figure out why anyone would want to serve in the military." Come on, David, use that laser mind of yours to think about it for a minute.
September 9, 1990
Concerning Charles Champlin's Sept. 2 article on Jerry Lewis: Even if Lewis' primary motivation for his amazing charitable contributions was pure ego (as some have suggested), so what? The bottom line is that he has helped an awful lot of people ease their pain, physical and otherwise. Anyone who attempts any kind of great achievement must have some kind of ego to believe he or she can accomplish it . . . and that person deserves recognition. After all, the good doctor from La Jolla didn't object when they called it the Salk vaccine, did he?
May 1, 1994
I enjoyed reading your article on Spalding Gray so very much ("Meet Our Newest Interviewer," April 17). I had never heard of Gray before I returned to school as a graduate student at Cal State Northridge in the speech communication department. Thanks to Prof. Emeritus Donald Salper, I soon discovered the wonderful world of Spalding Gray. In fact, as an assignment, our seminar group did a takeoff on Gray, complete with a lone table, chair, no script and a glass of water. When I first viewed "Swimming to Cambodia," I was bowled over by Gray's honesty.
February 20, 1994
In response to "Meet Six-Gun Sharon Stone," by Bruce Newman (Jan. 30): After "Basic Instinct," one might wonder what Sharon Stone has left to reveal. Thankfully, it appears she's also gifted with the social conscience, artistic courage and keen intellect to show us "woman revealed in a new way" in her forthcoming film. And just what is this wonderful new woman about? Stone proudly points out that "this character's not trying to run around in the nude so she can get control over somebody."
August 9, 1998
On a sweltering August day in the '50s, I cut my summer school class at Hollywood High School and headed for the beach with my buddies. That afternoon, flaked out on the sand, one of the guys pointed out Catalina in the distance and speculated that it was "around 26 miles" away. (Yes, I now know it isn't.) I picked up my ukulele and began to compose a song called "26 Miles" (Across the Sea) that would ultimately take my high school recording group the Four Preps to dizzying heights and help put my daughters through college.
June 13, 1996 |
Return to the innocence of the '50s when Ike was in the White House, Wally and the Beaver were trying to figure out girls, and everybody had a cool car. The year, 1957 was a good one indeed for the Four Preps, the squeaky clean group that immortalized Catalina as the most famous of the Channel Islands with their song, "26 Miles."