August 1, 1990 |
The entertainment industry's nightmare years--the blacklisting era of Joe McCarthy, loyalty oaths and Red Channels--seem eerily topical as assaults on expression rumble onward. If communism is out of style, witch hunts never are. "John Henry Faulk: The Man Who Beat the Blacklist" (at 9 tonight on Channels 28 and 15) is a primer in how the blacklist actually worked.
February 15, 1991 |
However much Frank Sinatra might illuminate a lyric, it is always clear that it is someone else's words he is highlighting. Jerry Jeff Walker, who has the vocal range of a drunk rattlesnake, is a whole other kind of saloon singer, but somehow he is able to bring a personal, revelatory quality to all he touches, whether he wrote it or not.
March 7, 1993 |
On an episode of ABC's post-World War II drama "Homefront," the characters played by Ginger Szabo and Linda Metcalf were to meet for ice cream sundaes. What creator-executive producer Lynn Marie Latham needed to know was whether whipped cream would be a sundae topping in 1947, the year in which the show is set.
February 13, 1991 |
In the empire of country music, all roads are supposed to lead to Nashville. Jerry Jeff Walker, however, is content to travel his own byways and stay clear of country music's business hub. Walker, who plays today at the Coach House, has his own cottage industry going in Austin, Tex., his home for the past 20 years. In 1986, Walker and his wife, Susan, launched Tried & True Music, a custom record label that has released his last three albums, including the new "Navajo Rug."
November 11, 1994 |
Louis Nizer, the legendary trial lawyer who took on some of the most formidable cases of the postwar period and who wrote 10 best-selling books, including the world-renowned "My Life in Court," died Thursday at Beth Israel Hospital of kidney failure. He was 92 years old and lived in Manhattan. Nizer, who founded the firm of Phillips, Nizer, Benjamin, Krim & Ballon, was one of only a handful of courtroom lawyers to emerge as well-known figures.
November 11, 1990 |
Apparently a kindly deity has put certain rich people on this earth to give us lesser mortals the pleasure of detesting them. "In All His Glory" persuades me that William S. Paley is in that group. One may easily admire him for the willpower, craftiness and luck that enabled him to dominate the Columbia Broadcasting System for more than half a century. And socially, when everything was going his way, he could be very charming. But otherwise, phew!