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April 15, 2017

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Marylou Brotherson

Dear Prof. Kurt:
This is one helluva essay and it packs a wallop. Thanks.

Sending best wishes for last days of Pesach and much appreciation for your brilliance.

Chuck

I look to Hemingway's novel, " The Sun Also Rises"' depicting the lost generation, which we now have in the White House (maybe), and the running of the bulls, Pamplona style, which we have in Trump's generals and son in law, as evidenced by the recent proclivity to bomb and bomb again.

P.Jacobson

Dear KS,

Ah, for the inexplicable nuances of "family business!"

"And the 'BEAT GOES ON' (Buono and Cher):

There is a movie currently showing in various cineplex throughout
America that has a curious connection to #45 and his Cabinet.

"Going in Style" is paean to Hollywood's "guys movie"; perhaps a veiled
attempt to recall the Rat Pack of the late 50s to the 1960s. (More on this in a moment...)

Michael Cane, Morgan Freedman, and Alan Arkin team up to "even the
score" with a bank. Actually, without spoiling too much of the plot,
there are TWO bank robberies in this film. Suffice it to say that
both robberies remain unsolved.

For film history buffs, this is a remake of a 1979 version with the same title.

So, why write about a fix that earned a 46% from Rotten Tomatoes?

Rat Pack was previously mentioned because the company that produced the 2017 "Going in Style" is RatPac-Dune Entertainment.

Some of their previous films produced include "American Sniper" and "Mad Max:Fury Road." These films were products of Relativity Media,
before it went bankrupt.

At the end of the 2017 "Going in Style", on of the credits mentioned
"Steve Mnuchin."

According to Wikipedia, it is the SAME "Steve Mnuchin" who is now
#45's Secretary of the Treasury!

So, we have a film connected with our U.S. Secretary of the Treasury that celebrates two bank heists, totaling about $5 million dollars,
that were not solved!
"Just saying...."

Judi

Sessions is the real MONSTER in this administration filled with them. HAPPY PASSOVER to you and yours with love

KFS to Barbara

Hi Barbara: Thanks for writing. No, David O. Selzick was never married to the luscious Merle Oberon. Shortly after his divorce from Irene Mayer, in January 1949, he married to actress Jennifer Jones; the two stayed together until David died in 1965. Jones, who had previously been married to Robert Walker, then married billionaire industrialist Norton Simon. I will have to check out The Salesman.

By the way, I enjoyed your comparison of the "velvet glove" to a "rock covered with sandpaper."

Barbara Rovin

Thank you for your last blog( I think that is what it is called). I love your use of vocabulary, and the the movies. Wasn't one of DAVID O SELNICK'S WIVES MERLE OBERON

I have a nephew who met JARED KUSHNER and he said that his personality seemed to be more of a velvet glove than his father-in-law our president DONALD TRUMP. Since IVANKA TRUMP is so close to her father ,i wonder what it was about JARED'S personality she found appealing. I guess when you share a bed with someone a VELVET GLOVE feels better than a ROCK COVERED WITH SANDPAPER.

I WILL END THIS BLOG WITH
A MOVIE RECOMMENDATION. THIS IS AN IRANIAN FILM CALLED THE SALESMAN. IT MIGHT STILL BE AT THE LIVING ROOM THEATER. Thank you Barbara Rovin ( an old member of LIFELONG LEARNING SINCE 1989.

Yusty Saltzman

Loved that the name never came up, except to define the doctrine. Truly exceptional writing. (But I'm guessing you meant asterisk) Reading your columns gives me hope that America (and I mean the people) will survive the tornado swirling in Washington.

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