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April 7, 1998
Re "Why All the Howling Over Taco Bell Dog?" by Anne Beatts (March 29): I too am of Scottish descent. Why does Beatts stop after expressing her objection to being portrayed as a man in skirts playing God-awful instruments? Why doesn't she point out that there is a piece of so-called "classic literature" that portrays some of our most prominent Scottish historical figures as wackos who consult with witches and talk to stains? EARL EAGER Temple City
December 29, 1991
"I'm not hiding what I'm doing," Stone tells us. "We're putting out a screenplay which is highly footnoted as to our choices and sources so it can be studied and picked apart." Stone may not be hiding what he is doing from those who secure the footnotes to the screenplay, but it is total sophistry to tender this as a justification for the license the dramatist has taken, which is not footnoted in the theater and provides for generations of folks a seemingly authoritative account of an extremely significant historical event.
October 24, 1998
In Kevin Thomas' review of "Cannibal! The Musical" (" 'Cannibal!' Filled With Bits of Uneven Hilarity," Oct. 16), he was very nice to mention me as being "the pretty Toddy Walters who played Polly Plye, surely a reference to newspaper legend Nellie Bly." However, the character's name is Polly Pry, who was an actual historical character who saved Alferd Packer from being hanged. She was the first female reporter to work at the Denver Post in the 1860s. TODDY WALTERS Venice
June 14, 1992
I'm writing in reference to the article "Nixon Law Office Temporarily Spared" (May 22). In reality, Mr. Nixon practiced law in the city of Whittier and only occasionally stopped by the La Habra office on his trips to and from his home in Yorba Linda. The "irrefutable" historical significance that Kent Roberts claims regarding these properties would have to be directly related to the fact that one of his ancestors built the former Wester Hotel. What may be historical to him could be nothing but an abandoned old building to the majority of La Habra citizens.
January 9, 2007
Re "Was it virtue or betrayal?" Column One, Jan. 6 What the article did not make clear, and National Geographic and Marvin Meyer seem to have missed, is that only when interested scholars from around the world have had the opportunity to see the original manuscript of the Gospel of Judas, analyze its content and style of writing, compare it to other Gnostic texts and place it in its historical context can academia assess the historical value of...
November 25, 1990
This article reminded this writer of a statement by Reinhold Niebuhr 30 years ago. In his book "Moral Man and Immoral Society," Niebuhr stated, "Social viewpoints and analyses are relative to the temper of the age which gives them birth . . . A social analysis which is written, at least partially, from the perspective of a disillusioned generation will seem to be almost pure cynicism from the perspective of those who will stand in the credo of the...
April 24, 1988
Gore Vidal's well-written (is anything he has done not well-written) diatribe against academic historians in general and Dr. Richard N. Current in particular, which appeared in your Opinion section on March 20, deserves a reply. Vidal alleges that his "novel" "Lincoln" contains nothing but "agreed upon facts." But he does not tell us who agreed. The author assumes too much. One sees this on the book jacket in which it is represented that the book is "history." This does real damage to the reading public as it is a misrepresentation.
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