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June 9, 2007
Re "Arrests made in alleged JFK plot," June 3 I think we need to address why we have terrorists or terrorist organizations within our hemisphere. We have managed to alienate people in our own backyard. This is a dangerous precedent that should not be overlooked. The Monroe Doctrine stated that we oversee this hemisphere, yet we have failed, allowing the doctrine to become nothing more than an empty policy. TRAVIS GREEN Memphis So much for the Republican mantra: "If we don't fight them over there, we'll have to fight them over here."
February 19, 1992
The cynical tone of Art Pine's article on the secret John F. Kennedy files is hard to stomach ("Film Launches Call to Open Secret J.F.K. Files," Feb. 12). He smugly asserts that I have "bent facts" and "spread misinformation" in my film "JFK" without really bothering to investigate the claims of the film. His only specific example of my "misinformation" is a quote from a National Archives official saying that the President's brain is not missing from the archives, that they never had possession of it. The truth is the autopsy materials, including the brain, were turned over to the archives in 1966, whereupon it was discovered that several items on the inventory list, including the brain, were missing--they never reached the archives.
January 20, 1992
Oliver Stone's response to Richard M. Mosk (" 'JFK' Is Not Irresponsible--Choosing to Ignore the Evidence Is," Jan. 6) carefully skirted the central issue raised by Mosk and others regarding "JFK." What has drawn the sharpest criticism is the film's strident assertion that during the 1960s a far-flung conspiracy captured the main instruments of power in our country so that, as stated by Jim Garrison (Kevin Costner), real democracy was supplanted by fascism. Tom Hayden, quick to recognize this as the heart of the film, enthusiastically embraced it as a validation of his own '60s radicalism ("Shadows on the American Storybook," Metro, Dec. 30)
July 12, 1996 | F. KATHLEEN FOLEY
Frank Ray Perilli's "Last Call" at the Gardner Stage is a brief but anecdotally juicy account of a fictional encounter in 1962 between President John F. Kennedy and notorious Chicago gang boss Sam Giancana. Trapped at a boring Malibu function, a hungry JFK slips away from his Secret Service guards and heads for Matteo's, a popular Italian eatery owned and operated by his friend Matty Jordan. (The very nonfictional Jordan is still alive today, as is his Westside establishment.
June 1, 1997
George C. Herring's review (Book Review, May 11) applauds Robert Schulzinger's attack on my film "JFK" as "grotesquely fictionalized" and asserts "There is not one shred of evidence that JFK planned to extricate the United States [from Vietnam]." Not true. Whether it is the stark difference between John F. Kennedy's National Security Action Memorandum 263, ordering the first withdrawal of 1,000 American advisors and Lyndon Johnson's reversal of that order in NSAM 273; or career military historian John Newman's well-researched book, "JFK and Vietnam"; or Robert McNamara's recent apologia, there is ample evidence that Kennedy was prepared to reverse course and extricate the United States from Vietnam.
July 25, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
Ashton Kutcher plays Steve Jobs in the upcoming biopic “Jobs,” and Wednesday on “The Tonight Show” he had high praise for the late tech mogul.   Kutcher recalled how he missed an opportunity to meet Jobs about six months before he passed away - something that he now regrets. “In hindsight I look back and think I had the opportunity to meet the Leonardo da Vinci of our generation, and I missed it. That really affected my decision to take on the role,” he said, likening his own experience of Jobs' passing to that of JFK. PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times After returning home, Kutcher went to his computer, where the realization dawned on him “that all the relationships I have in my life are held together by glue that he laid down.” “I realize that I'd taken for granted the contribution that he actually gave to society.
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