On the crest of summer, beneath an oak that blossomed green, it’s Monday Mail.
Here’s a notice of an upcoming spring event:
Hi Mr. Chitwood,
Never miss a local story.
My name is Debra Anthony Johnson. I am the secretary for our Anthony Family Reunion....
Question, how would I get news into the paper to cover a 75th family reunion at Flat Rock Park on Sunday, April 17, 1-4 p.m.? The reunion was established in 1936 and has been held at Flat Rock for as long as I can remember. I know it has been there for the past 52 years!
Also, I understand from my father, Paul D. Anthony Jr., that your wife is related to the Anthonys. May I inquire as to how she is related? An invitation is extended to you both to attend if interested....
We’d be glad to print a notice about your reunion. Just send us an email.
I don’t know if my wife’s related to any Anthonys. I try not to pry into her personal life.
Here’s a message from the author of “Gods and Generals” about a column noting the film “Gods and Generals” made you think Stonewall Jackson’s men shot him “just so he would shut the #$% up”:
My publicist at Random House forwarded me your article about my appearance at Columbus. Thank you for taking the time. I only offer one correction, which would be supported if you read my book “Gods and Generals,” rather than relying on the dismal film version. You are quite correct that the character of Stonewall Jackson is a long-winded bore in the film, and in fact, several of the film’s other characters share that trait.
However, the script for the movie bears almost no resemblance to the book. I had no part in the creation of the film’s screenplay, and learned, to my disappointment, that in Hollywood, it is the author’s job primarily to stay out of the way. The first time I viewed the film (uncut, in a screening room in Los Angeles), what should have been among the happiest days of my life was instead six hours of misery.... The reactions I received to the film, through more than two thousand emails into my website, are best summed up by the following quote from one of them: “How could you let them butcher your book like that?” Point taken. I had no choice.
Again, I appreciate you taking the time.... But I truly wish you had not assumed that what you saw on the movie screen reflects the quality of my writing.
Point taken. Had the film not lost so much money already, I would suggest you sue the producers over the loss of book sales to people who saw it.