By Gustavo Arellano
By R. Scott Moxley
By Alfonso Delgado
By Courtney Hamilton
By Joel Beers
By Peter Maguire
By Charles Lam
By Charles Lam
ONCE UPON A TIME
Re: "California Misadventure," June 9: This Jim Hill guy gets around! He's been in meetings between Walt Disney and Jack Wrather, obviously, since he knew that "Disney was near tears." He must have direct knowledge of conversations between Michael Eisner and Gary Wilson as well as being privy to specific details of business negotiations between Disney and Wrather Corp. Conversations between Michael Eisner and Paul Pressler? Hill was there! An Aspen meeting? Hill was there! He knows all kinds of closed-door information on Disney and just wants to tell the true, untold story.
Mr. Hill, what a great job you have! You can sit down and write whatever you want with whatever spin you care to create using lines like "Several veteran Imagineers have reportedly warned Disney management that DCA, as it is currently designed, is a seriously flawed theme park." Who are these cloaked veteran Imagineers? Is there any credence to a statement like "reportedly warned"? Reportedly? By whom? "Seriously flawed"? That's a pretty strong statement in an entertainment business that has hundreds of people who are experts in the field to keep track.
Disney's a great story, isn't it? Put Mickey on the cover with a cigarette, and you've got readers! Sprinkle your "creative-writing project" with statements concerning Disney's, Eisner's and even Whoopi Goldberg's thoughts, feelings and statements, for which you have no knowledge or basis, and you have an attention grabber. Then add pure fiction, misstatements and "reliable sources," and you have yourself the true, untold story, don't you?Julie Carlson
I would like to begin by pointing out the factual error in Alison M. Rosen's story "Don't Believe the Hype" (Music, June 9). Psychopathia Sexualis, the Makers' previous CD, was released on Estrus Records and not Sub Pop. I'd be interested to find out why she thought anything different, since neither the CD nor the bio listed Sub Pop as the label that released Psychopathia Sexualis. The second error is, yes, Estrus is known as being a cool, indie label. Which of course makes it all the more a target for disgruntled bands and critics to dis. I'm not sure what world Rosen is living in where everybody kisses their ass-unless she's speaking from personal experience and has done some quality brownnosing on behalf of herself or her sorry excuse for a band, the Angoras.
Rosen has the opportunity to waste 500 to 750 words on a useless rant about what is in her opinion wrong with music critics. The irony here-and we know she knows irony-is that she has done essentially what she is ranting about: talking endlessly about nothing at all.E. Arteaga
Your story on some journalists within The Orange County Register complaining about too much coverage of Latinos and Asians ("Too Nice to Minorities," June 9) hit the crux of the problem: newspapers too often define "general audience" as white.
In the early years, general audience was defined by "newspapermen" as stories that appealed to men. Stories of primary interest to women were relegated to the back pages or not covered at all.