September 8, 1990 |
It was touch and go that first week of August after Saddam Hussein's tanks rolled into Kuwait and Israel feared for its own borders. In Jerusalem, the cast and crew of a fact-based TV movie set in the ancient history of 1984-85--ABC's "Forgotten: The Sis and Jerry Levin Story"--met to discuss their own safety. Marlo Thomas, who plays the wife of a newsman taken hostage, recalls: "We all had little meetings. The eight Americans talked it out and seven of us decided to stay."
January 12, 1991 |
The six Americans still in captivity in Lebanon, as well as those who were once held there, are still very often referred to as the "forgotten" hostages. For that reason, until late last year, ABC seriously considered calling its evocative dramatization of Sis' successful do-it-yourself undertaking to free Jerry: "Forgotten." We are glad the network changed its mind, since that catchy label all along has been distorting a point of considerable significance about the hostages.
January 17, 1989
Grand Metropolitan PLC, which recently acquired Pillsbury Co., has named Barry J. Gibbons chief executive of Pillsbury's Burger King subsidiary, succeeding Jerry Levin, who has resigned. Gibbons had been chairman and managing director of Grand Met's Grand Metropolitan Retailing Ltd. unit, which operates 2,000 restaurants in Europe. The company said Ian A. Martin, Pillsbury chairman and chief executive, will succeed Levin as chairman of Burger King.
June 16, 1991
Jerry Levin, the former CNN bureau chief in Beirut who was held hostage for a year, and his wife Sis, who wrote "Beirut Diary" about the experience, will speak at the American Friends Service Committee. The couple, who now live in Pasadena, will discuss "From Beirut to Baghdad" at 7 p.m. Tuesday at 980 N. Fair Oaks Ave. The event is free and open to the public.
June 23, 1988
Jerry Levin has replaced Kyle Craig as chairman of Pillsbury's S&A Restaurant Corp., its full-service restaurant subsidiary. The Minneapolis-based food and restaurant giant announced earlier Wednesday that Craig had resigned as head of the unit, which operates the Steak & Ale and Bennigan restaurant chains. Levin previously was executive vice president-corporate development.
February 3, 1991
Applause to ABC and Marlo Thomas for showing a timely portrayal of our complex and painful relationship in the Middle East in "Held Hostage: The Sis and Jerry Levin Story" (Jan. 13). It's the true story of a Jewish journalist taken hostage while working in Lebanon and finally allowed to escape because his Christian wife used a form of diplomacy that is so sorely lacking by our political leaders. She kept the lines of communication open. She was honest. She listened to the other side and didn't make insulting provocative remarks.