CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 20, 1996 |
G. David Schine--focus of the epic congressional hearings in the 1950s that led to the downfall of Sen. Joseph McCarthy--Schine's wife and their son were killed Wednesday when their single-engine plane crashed moments after takeoff from Burbank airport, police said. The plane, which may have suffered engine failure, apparently fell short while attempting an emergency landing on Interstate 5.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 1, 1996
The death of G. David Schine (June 20) brings back unwelcome memories of his trip to Germany in 1952 or 1953 with Roy Cohn, top aide to Sen. Joseph McCarthy. The appearance of these two young gumshoes on behalf of the demagogic, red-baiting McCarthy struck fear and loathing in hundreds of government clerks and officials. I was working for the Stars & Stripes, the U.S. Army newspaper, in Darmstadt, Germany, when we received the alarming news that Schine and Cohn were arriving to investigate alleged Communist influences in U.S. installations.
May 6, 2003
History's image of Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy has defied all attempts at rehabilitation. The Senate's release Monday of secret transcripts of executive sessions that McCarthy held in 1953-54 won't change that. What the 4,232 pages will do is once again remind the United States that even as this democracy was successfully countering the Soviet Union's Marxist totalitarianism, it was itself flirting with oppression.
March 6, 2000 |
Sunday's jetliner accident at Burbank Airport--thought to be the first involving a commercial plane in the facility's 69-year history--brought into focus long-standing safety concerns, not over the length of the runway but its proximity to the aged terminal. The terminal is 313 feet from the center line of the nearest runway, although the Federal Aviation Administration design standard calls for at least 750 feet between the two.
October 12, 1986 |
At 84, author Kay Boyle has mixed prose and protest virtually the entire century. One of the American expatriate writers in Paris in the heady 1920s, Boyle was a rebel then and is a rebel now. Rebelling means resisting authority. In the '20s, the authority to be resisted was the European tradition of writing. The authority Boyle resists today is President Reagan and his policies toward Libya and Nicaragua, among others. In between, there have been other authorities and just as much resistance.
July 16, 1988 |
The problem with Sen. Joseph McCarthy, conjurer of the anti-Communist witch hunts of the 1950s, was that as unreal as his charges were, the hysteria he stage-managed wasn't. The problem with staging McCarthyism is capturing the very human pain he inflicted, while suggesting the peculiar mass hypnosis that gripped the country. The beauty of Frank Condon's production of Jeff Goldsmith's "McCarthy" at the Odyssey Theatre, is that telling this amazing American chapter looks like no problem at all.