December 14, 2009 |
If Dominick Dunne's posthumous novel, "Too Much Money," will get people talking about him, that's probably exactly what he would have wanted. FOR THE RECORD: 'Too Much Money': In Monday's Calendar, a book review of "Too Much Money" by Dominick Dunne said the inspiration for the character "Adele Harcourt, the Manhattan doyenne who lives past 100, is Mary Astor." It should have said Brooke Astor. — Dunne was something of an outsider who became a trusted chronicler of the lifestyles and trials of the privileged.
October 18, 1987
Feather's column on Stan Kenton was the finest objective piece I've ever seen on this subject. However, why didn't he mention that there are several Kenton scholarships at various colleges around the country? Since Feather is among the names of critics who fall all over themselves deifying the Duke, I think Kenton needs all the posthumous good PR he can get. HEATHER GILBERT Sunland
July 3, 2009 |
A Montreal publisher has incredible timing -- its unauthorized biography of Michael Jackson had just gone to the printer on June 24, the day before the pop singer's unexpected death. Publisher Pierre Turgeon halted the presses so author Ian Halperin could write a new ending, and the book, previously titled "Michael Jackson: Return From Exile" quickly became "Unmasked: The Final Years of Michael Jackson." "Unmasked" is likely to be one of the first posthumous Jackson biographies to hit shelves.
December 22, 1988 |
In his short life, former ABC television anchorman Max Robinson admitted having many problems: alcohol abuse, racial struggles, career disaster and three failed marriages. But he never publicly acknowledged having the disease that would end his life. Yet in his death at 49, Robinson had his family reveal that he had AIDS so that others in the black community would be alerted to the dangers of the disease and the need for treatment and education.
May 16, 2010 |
Reporting from Sacramento, Salt Lake City and St. Joseph, Mo. Bill Gates' career as a Harvard undergrad. Elizabeth Taylor's second, fourth, fifth, seventh and eighth marriages. Sarah Palin's tenure as Alaska governor. Barack Obama's stint as U.S. senator from Illinois. As brief as they were, each of these events lasted longer than the Pony Express. Yet here I stood at the Pony Express National Museum in gritty St. Joseph, Mo., a few blocks from the banks of the Missouri River, surrounded by Pony maps, Pony portraits, Pony artifacts, Pony dioramas, Pony mannequins, a vintage neon PONY EXPRESS MOTEL sign and a reconstructed Pony stable.
July 14, 1991
Would this country be better or worse off had John F. Kennedy lived? Could you just imagine Nixon dealing with the Cuban missile crisis or the Berlin Wall? How long do we have to be subjected to a continual stream of profit-motivated character-assassination books? JEFF PASCAL SAN LUIS OBISPO