December 13, 1997
While I found Kenneth Turan's review of the movie "Amistad" generally informative and well-written ("Spielberg's Passage," Dec. 10), it should be noted that John Quincy Adams was the Grand Old Man of the House, not the Senate. ROB SMITH MIDFORD Richmond, Va.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 2, 2001
Re "President-Elect Bush Does Dad Proud," Dec. 25: Former President George Bush jokingly refers to George W. as "my boy Quincy," after John Quincy Adams, the only other son of a U.S. president to win the White House. That moniker brings to mind what may be for Bush some unfortunate historical parallels. John Quincy Adams actually received fewer votes in the election of 1824 than a man from Tennessee, Andrew Jackson. But by striking a political deal (which he denied), the younger Adams became president anyway, earning the enmity of his opponent, and the following presidential campaign has been called "one of the bitterest in American history."
April 21, 1999 |
The church crypt containing the remains of father and son Presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams will reopen despite earlier concerns that it would be closed to visitors for lack of money. Secretary of State William F. Galvin, who also is chairman of the state Historical Commission, said he will grant $15,000 to the United First Parish in Quincy, Mass., to continue to maintain the crypt.
June 26, 2001 |
The House approved legislation authorizing a federal monument to honor former President John Adams and his family. Sponsors of the legislation said they hope to get the measure through Congress before the Fourth of July. Adams, the second president, was a revolutionary leader and driving force behind the Declaration of Independence. Rep. Tim Roemer (D-Ind.), one of the bill's authors, called the Adamses a "historic, dazzling, brilliant family."
December 15, 1997 |
In his review of "Amistad," Times film critic Kenneth Turan suggested that while the screenplay is credited to me, Steven Zaillian rewrote parts of it and that in the closing speeches of John Quincy Adams, "Zaillian's welcome touch is felt" ("Spielberg's Passage," Calendar, Dec. 10). I would like to take advantage of this space to clarify the process a bit and to give credit where credit is really due.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 15, 1997
Like it or not, more and more Americans learn much of their history from movies and television. Fact or fiction, accurate or distorted, these images form our collective images of times past. "Amistad," the new Steven Spielberg movie, is introducing millions to a powerful chapter of American history that was not taught in most classrooms.