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June 7, 1992
Ruth Galanter's Commentary piece (May 29) on LAX, if representative of the situation (that's not always the case with politicians), provokes yet more criticism of elected and appointed officials, local as well as national. It appears that once again, the public cannot trust people in policy-making positions to serve our interests and not those with vested financial stakes in a multimillion-dollar operation. Because the issues are likely very complicated to the point that laypeople are not informed enough to judge them intelligently, we must, of necessity, leave the rectification of the situation to our officials.
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April 21, 2005
Re "The Evolution of the Neocons," Commentary, April 17: Michael Kinsley gets part of it right, but misses the fact that the real father of the neocons was Herman Kahn (he died in 1983). Kahn was truly a brilliant guy whose political view was pretty much directly responsible for the Project for the New American Century, of which Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz et al are members. Many consider Kahn to be the first futurist, but he lost me when I heard him say on national TV, "If there's a nuclear war, and we kill 180 million Russians, and they only kill 110 million Americans ... we win."
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OPINION
April 21, 2005
Re "The Evolution of the Neocons," Commentary, April 17: Michael Kinsley gets part of it right, but misses the fact that the real father of the neocons was Herman Kahn (he died in 1983). Kahn was truly a brilliant guy whose political view was pretty much directly responsible for the Project for the New American Century, of which Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz et al are members. Many consider Kahn to be the first futurist, but he lost me when I heard him say on national TV, "If there's a nuclear war, and we kill 180 million Russians, and they only kill 110 million Americans ... we win."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 4, 2004 | From a Times Staff Writer
Richard L. Berger, a motion picture and television executive who forged the Touchstone label as president of Walt Disney Pictures, has died. He was 64. Berger died Wednesday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center of lung cancer. The entertainment management veteran was tapped by Disney in 1983, when the company formed a separate subsidiary to handle motion picture and television production.
BUSINESS
February 2, 1990 | MICHAEL CIEPLY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
From his office on the fourth floor of MGM/UA Communications Co.'s rented quarters in Culver City, Richard Berger has a bird's-eye view of the studio lot that once belonged to his company and now houses Sony Corp.'s Columbia Pictures unit. It is a measure of Berger's optimism that he dreams of getting the lot back "someday." It is a measure of his realism that the MGM/UA film group president largely keeps such thoughts to himself--and notes that long-term planning is a luxury for others.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 21, 1989 | MICHAEL CIEPLY, Times Staff Writer
A shiver of horror has crept through Hollywood this summer as word spread that the Australians who will soon own United Artists Corp. did something weird. They pulled the plug on a sure thing--a movie that virtually had to make money--because it was, well, beneath them. The film in question is "Child's Play II," a planned sequel to last fall's surprise hit about a homicidal doll.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 4, 2004 | From a Times Staff Writer
Richard L. Berger, a motion picture and television executive who forged the Touchstone label as president of Walt Disney Pictures, has died. He was 64. Berger died Wednesday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center of lung cancer. The entertainment management veteran was tapped by Disney in 1983, when the company formed a separate subsidiary to handle motion picture and television production.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 2, 1989
On behalf of parents, I would like to thank MGA/UA and UA movie president Richard Berger for taking such a responsible stance in regard to the type of films that the studio will produce. ILA HIRSCH, Los Angeles
BUSINESS
September 16, 1997 | Business Wire
Craig Consumer Electronics Inc. said four employees, including Richard Berger, the company's president, were placed on administrative leave pending an internal investigation. The company's investigation was prompted by the start of a government investigation into certain transactions. Chief Executive Richard Williamson will operate the company with the assistance of employees retained to perform the duties of those on leave, Craig said.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 23, 1989 | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
The Los Angeles Alliance for Survival on Tuesday presented United Artists studio officials with a "peace doll," clothed in overalls and peace signs, to commend the studio for its recent prohibition of horror films. UA movie president Richard Berger recently pulled the plug on "Child's Play II" the planned sequel to last fall's hit about a homicidal doll. Berger, part of the new management at UA, had told the film's producers that the studio no longer wants to make horror movies.
OPINION
June 7, 1992
Ruth Galanter's Commentary piece (May 29) on LAX, if representative of the situation (that's not always the case with politicians), provokes yet more criticism of elected and appointed officials, local as well as national. It appears that once again, the public cannot trust people in policy-making positions to serve our interests and not those with vested financial stakes in a multimillion-dollar operation. Because the issues are likely very complicated to the point that laypeople are not informed enough to judge them intelligently, we must, of necessity, leave the rectification of the situation to our officials.
BUSINESS
February 2, 1990 | MICHAEL CIEPLY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
From his office on the fourth floor of MGM/UA Communications Co.'s rented quarters in Culver City, Richard Berger has a bird's-eye view of the studio lot that once belonged to his company and now houses Sony Corp.'s Columbia Pictures unit. It is a measure of Berger's optimism that he dreams of getting the lot back "someday." It is a measure of his realism that the MGM/UA film group president largely keeps such thoughts to himself--and notes that long-term planning is a luxury for others.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 21, 1989 | MICHAEL CIEPLY, Times Staff Writer
A shiver of horror has crept through Hollywood this summer as word spread that the Australians who will soon own United Artists Corp. did something weird. They pulled the plug on a sure thing--a movie that virtually had to make money--because it was, well, beneath them. The film in question is "Child's Play II," a planned sequel to last fall's surprise hit about a homicidal doll.
BUSINESS
October 28, 1988
MGM/UA Communications Co., Beverly Hills, has named Richard L. Berger president and chief operating officer of the newly formed MGM/UA Film Group. Berger's appointment is the first step in the planned consolidation and restructuring of the company's feature film division, according to the company. Berger previously was executive vice president-production.
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