Monday, April 25, 2005

Some Big News- Spread the Word, Please!

As most of you know, I've been a bit scarce during these past few months, so there probably aren't that many people coming by these days- no problem, I understand. For those of you who inexplicably continue to drop by (thanks!), I'd like to ask a favor. Please help me get the following announcement to as many people as humanly possible- it's for a good cause, I assure you.


Please order a copy today, and tell everyone you know about it. I'll be happy to field any and every question you feel like asking about anything you see in this film- just send them to my email or post them in any comments box. I saw a sneak preview a few months ago when I was still in Kuwait, and I think Eric did a great job of capturing our experience on film. Congrats to Eric for bringing this project to fruition...

And Then There's This

Can you believe RightWingSparkle? She's the coolest. Somehow, she thought I was worthy enough to be on the business end of a hard-hitting online interview! I was flattered to say the very least. Check out the first installment here. I'm about to answer the rest of her questions right now, so I'm guessing she'll post the finale sometime this week- subject to current events, I'm sure. Stay tooned! Update: Part II is up already!

And As If That Weren't Enough...

Something very cool happened to me the other day. I can't wait to tell you about it. Here's a hint: it involves Haim Harari- one of those brilliant minds on this planet...more tomorrow.

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Jane Takes On Big Tobacco

I don't condone this sort of behavior AT ALL. But I just felt that this story should be shared with as many people as possible...

Missouri Man Spits on Jane Fonda

TIM CURRAN, Associated Press Writer

A man spit tobacco juice into the face of actress Jane Fonda after waiting in line to have her sign her new book, police said. The man ran off but was quickly caught by police Tuesday night and charged with disorderly conduct.

Fonda has been on tour and doing interviews to promote her just-published memoir, "My Life So Far." The thrice-married, two-time Academy Award winner covers a wide array of topics, including her 1972 visit to Hanoi to protest the Vietnam War, during which she was photographed on a North Vietnamese anti-aircraft gun. She has apologized for that photo, but not for opposing the war.

Capt. Rich Lockhart of the Kansas City Police Department said that although Fonda did not want to press charges against Michael A. Smith, 54, of Kansas City, he was arrested on a municipal charge of disorderly conduct after off-duty officers caught him just outside Unity Temple, where Fonda was signing books.

Lockhart said Smith was released on bond late Tuesday night and is due to appear in municipal court on May 27.

Smith, a Vietnam veteran, told The Kansas City Star on Wednesday that Fonda was a "traitor" and that her protests against the war were unforgivable. He said he normally does not chew tobacco but did so Tuesday solely to spit juice on the actress.

"I consider it a debt of honor," he told The Star for a story on its Web site, "She spit in our faces for 37 years. It was absolutely worth it. There are a lot of veterans who would love to do what I did."

Fonda drew a crowd of about 900 for her appearance, said Vivian Jennings, whose Rainy Day Books of suburban Fairway, Kan., sponsored the event at Unity Temple in Kansas City. Fonda, 67, spoke for about 15 minutes, answered questions for another 15, then began signing copies of her book.

Jennings said Fonda received a standing ovation when she came out and when she finished speaking. Alan Tilson, one of those who had his book signed but left before the incident, said the crowd was very "warm and supportive" to Fonda and he was surprised to learn what had happened.

Jennings said the actress never got up from her seat and continued autographing books after the tobacco juice was wiped off.

"The important thing is that she was so calm and so gracious about it," Jennings said of Fonda. "She was wonderful."

Jennings said that the man had a book to which the name "Jody" had been affixed as he approached to have it autographed. She said that when Fonda got the book, she looked up and said, "You're not Jody."

"At that moment, he turned his head quickly and spit a trail of tobacco juice," Jennings said. "He immediately jumped off the stage and started running down the aisle."

Fonda, who flew to Minneapolis Wednesday for another appearance on the book tour she began April 5, issued a statement through Jynne Martin of Random House, which published her book.

"In spite of the incident, my experience in Kansas City was wonderful and I thank all the warm and supportive people, including so many veterans, who came to welcome me last night," Fonda said.

In Other News

I have some exciting things coming up in the next few days- two interviews. Stay tooned to find out more...