I did not respond to your excellent endnote on “What happened to Hollywood”. However, when I saw it praised in this week’s edition of Jasper Jottings,.I thought I would chime in and give you an update since I haven’t written in a while.. As you may know, I have been writing a column titled the Physician at the Movies for Pharos the quarterly Journal of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society for 25 years. I had the same concerns. In 2009, Rowman and Littlefield published my book Christians in the Movies: A Century of Saints and Sinners which looks at the treatment of Christians and specifically Catholicism in about 200 movies by decade from 1905 to 2008. It shows the change from reverence to ridicule beginning about 1970 with the demise of Legion of Decency and the stringent Hays Code. It got excellent reviews and sold out its hardback edition and is available at a much reduced price in paperback and electronically on Amazon.
Since 2000 at age 62 I have published 7 books on various subjects including the portrayal of doctors in the movies, growing up on The Lower East Side (in its fourth printing). My children’s book about the peregrine falcons return to Baltimore is being used in the 3rd grade curriculum in the Baltimore public schools. Another children’s book Sergeant Bill and His Horse Bob will be published by Camino Books this Summer. More info is available at my website physicianatthemovies.com
I self-published a book about the Life and Death of my high schools La Salle Military School after 118 years in 2001. It is available through the LSMA Alumni Association. The other book about my wife’s battle with Breast Cancer, Colette’s Story, was given to relatives and friends. Even people who didn’t know Colette and have seen the book have been touched by it.
I continue to read and enjoy Jasper Jottings. Keep up the good work.
Dans, Peter E. (MC1957)
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The March 19. 2015 Edition of Catholic New York, at page 26, has an article.
about the JASPERS making the NCAA National Championship for the Second time in
The article ends with the following:
“The Jaspers are making their eighth overall appearance in the tournament and will
be rooted on by Jaspers fans from past and present.
Brian Gatens, class of 1992, told CNY that the energy and enthusiasm is special at
Manhattan and the party atmosphere of Selection Sunday brings him back to when
he was a student.
‘My best memories are Manhattan College,’ he said. ‘I loved going here. I loved being
part of the tradition of Manhattan College. It is great to be with everybody and be on
campus and see what is happening here. I’m looking forward to the first game and to
the second game we are going to play in the tournament.”
McEneney, Mike (MC1953)
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Gatens, Brian [MC1982]
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The Margin Archives
March 18, 2015, 10:17 a.m. EDT
These two No. 16 seeds make the Final Four in what really matters
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Ferrara, Richard (MC1972)
[JR: This cheered me up after my road trip.]
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In response to your rumination, wondering if anyone reads Jasper Jottings, please be assured that I read every issue “cover to cover.” It is part of my Sunday morning ritual. Thanks for your efforts in producing it each week. All the best.
Bill O’Connell, ’59
O’Connell, Bill (MC1959)
[JR: Thanks. I appreciate the support. “If a tree falls in the forest, will a woman still tell a man he’s wrong?” Or something like that.]
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