August 21, 1988
Roderick Mann sets a dangerous example with his "rules are made to be broken" attitude ("I had not flown 10,000 miles in search of this extraordinary animal to look away. So I stared right back and hoped he would not charge.") His irresponsible behavior may encourage people to break other important rules like: Never breathe on a gorilla, and never visit when you're sick. Dr. Dian Fossey was deeply concerned about tourist impact on the critically endangered apes when she invited us to her research center in 1985.
August 14, 1988
Having tracked gorillas in Rwanda in 1985, I was thrilled to see the picture of the silverback gorilla on the front page of the Travel Section. I immediately recognized him as one of the gorillas we encountered on our trip. (Each gorilla has a very distinctive face.) Roderick Mann's article was right on target. However, I would like to point out that Abercrombie & Kent is not the only tour operator with access to gorilla tracking permits. A good travel agent will be able to try a number of sources to obtain the permits.
March 13, 1988
Thank you for the warm bon voyage from Roderick Mann ("It Was Great Fun, but It Was Just One of Those Things," March 6). He is one of the kindest gentlemen I have had the pleasure of working with and will be sorely missed. Roddy always had time for conversation and was always polite and kind when talking about my celebrity clients. If it's gorillas in Africa he wants to trek, then God bless him, but something tells me he'll be back. JIMMY DODSON Malibu
January 31, 1988
I was shocked upon reading in Roderick Mann's article about actors who have portrayed well-known stars in screen biographies that John Gavin portrayed Cary Grant in TV's "Poor Little Rich Girl" ("Nigel Havers Hopes His 'Balloon' Doesn't Burst," Jan. 24). In fact, it was James Read, who gave an excellent performance in that role. RICK MANDELL Los Angeles
November 29, 1987
I must take issue with Lawrence Christon's negative and patronizing (not to mention exploitive) attitude toward all of us here in Hollywood who are struggling actors ("So Many Actors, So Few Roles," Nov. 15). First of all, those of us who are well-trained, intelligent, realistic and serious about a career realize that it's a business--we do not need to be reminded of the low level of employment, or the generally condescending attitude of those administrative types we are forced to deal with every day (such as casting directors)
May 31, 1987
Broeske begins to sound more and more like the Pretentious Prince himself (Roderick Mann). Insider's tidbits and muckraking a la Upton Sinclair should not be predetermining the fates of fine films such as "Ishtar." Broeske's catty style and gossipy digs are inappropriate and childish. Since when has a film's price-tag determined its quality? Since when does the acceptance of a film by Middle America determine its critical merit? Since when do professional journalists get away with comparing the work of proven masters in the industry like May, Beatty and Hoffman with that of trendy newcomers like Eddie Murphy?