Following Up on a Couple of Loose Ends
In my preceding discussion of Gus Van Sant’s Milk, I forgot to include blast from the past moments that I had while watching the film:
- I didn’t realize that Milk ran against Art Agnos for State Assembly. When Agnos was featured, I couldn’t explain why, but I had strong memories from my childhood that he was an awful awful mayor.
- I watched a lot of KTVU and KGO news with my grandmother as a little kid (KTVU was our prime source). I remember being frightened while watching coverage of the White Night Riots. I later remember watching the news story of Dan White’s suicide.
- Funny to think that my grandparents’ grocery store was on Eureka, just a few blocks away from where the events in Milk took place. Most of their customers in the 50s and 60s were Irish.
With Obama’s selection of Hillary Rodham Clinton as our next Secretary of State, my fantasy of Colin Powell, Secretary of State 2.0 will not happen. The Freakanomics blog points out why I wanted him to have a second chance.