Monday, August 8, 2011











2013: A Great Year to be Black in Movies!

Oprah-ganda and Other Trends in ‘13 Cinema

By Paul Iorio

Morgan Freeman is the president of the United States in "Olympus Has Fallen."




Black presidents. Black generals. Black heroes. Courageous black martyrs. Black people victimized unspeakably by white villains.

They were all on the big screen in 2013, the biggest year ever for African-Americans in cinema.

Even Perry White of Superman was black this year!

And I’m not just talking about the civil rights movies of ‘13, namely: “Fruitvale Station,” “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” and “12 Years a Slave.”

I’m talking about mainstream films by and about non-African Americans. Dozens of ‘em!

In almost every one, the main black character is a leader, a businessman, the life of the party, an all-around good guy.

In fact, the only notable black bad guys in a major mainstream flick this year were the Somali pirates in “Captain Phillips” – though Tom Hanks’ character makes sure even they are treated with a level of respect you’d give to diplomats.

In the pre-Obama era, the rap on Hollywood was that blacks were relegated to playing pimps, whores and crooks. But now that’s flipped so that it’s, frankly, hard to find an African American actor playing a heavy. And in some flicks, it’s hard to find a decent white.

All this raises questions: has there been a conscious effort across studios to create positive black images as a form of social engineering?

Is this an over-correction for previous decades in which there were too many negative black images?

Doesn’t all this cross the line from honest storytelling and art to racial propaganda (or, to use my own coinage, Oprah-ganda)?

You decide. Here’s a look at some of the black characters in movies released in 2013.

“Lee Daniels’ The Butler”: Epic and sometimes moving, but its first half-hour doesn’t show a single white character who isn’t pure evil.

“Fruitvale Station”: This feature about Oscar Grant, a real-life victim of a police officer, is largely hagiography, an idealized portrait of someone notable only for having been shot by a cop. (Also, if you’ve ever been on BART train in the San Francisco area when there’re partying teens aboard, you know that this is not even close to realism.)

“12 Years a Slave”: Its relentless depiction of racial viciousness puts it in league with “Precious” and the first half-hour of “The Butler.” Which is to say, some sequences are almost like cinematic demagoguery. It’s largely a compilation of violent racist atrocities. (In this flick, you’re only three minutes away from the next act of unspeakable cruelty!)

“White House Down”: The president of the United States is played by Jamie Foxx.

“Olympus Has Fallen”: The acting president of the U.S. is played by Morgan Freeman. And the director of the Secret Service is played by Angela Bassett.

"42": Biopic about baseball pioneer Jackie Robinson -- and some of the whites are actually depicted as heroic, too!

“Man Of Steel”: The top editor of The Daily Planet, Perry White, is played by Laurence Fishburne.

“Best Man Holiday”: Perhaps the best African-American movie of the year – and it may be the one least noted by white audiences. A charming flick that avoids the Manichean quality of other racial narratives.

“Last Vegas”: Morgan Freeman’s character is arguably the most likeable of this pack of geezers who go to party in Las Vegas.

“G.I. Joe: Retaliation”: The four-star general at the beginning is an African-American.

“This is the End”: The main black character here is the keyboard-playin’ life of the party!

“The Bling Ring”: The first black character we see is a police officer leading an official search and cuffing a privileged white kid.

“The Call”: The hero is a 911 operator played by Halle Barry.

“Ender’s Game”: Sgt. James Dap is a commander at a sort of military school.

“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”: The first African-American we see is a dissident in need of championing by no less than Katniss herself!

“Carrie (2013)”: The well-meaning black school administrator tries to care for a victim of bullying.

“The Internship”: Bob Williams is an affluent colleague of the main white characters who makes a point of noting that he has more money than they do.

“We’re The Millers”: Two abductors are played by black actors – but they’re played for laughs. (A rare negative image, but not much of one.)

“The Counselor”: At the Texas State Penitentiary, the black character is not a prisoner, but a female corrections officer.


And there were plenty of other positive black role models on the silver screen this year: in “World War Z,” Brad Pitt’s character reports to an African-American who is large and in charge; in “Identity Theft,” the smooth-talking police detective at the beginning is black; in “Gangster Squad,” an African-American police officer is portrayed as being smarter than everyone else in the room; the blacks in “The Great Gatsby” are performers at a party thrown by Jay Gatsby; the level-headed and sober folks at a memorial service are black (the screw-ups are white!) in “Bad Grandpa.”

Hungry for more positive images? African-Americans play the following roles in these films: a teary eyed father drops his step-daughter off at school in the morning (“Kick Ass 2”); a benign codger has old age ailments (“3 Geezers”); a good cop lays down the law to Jeff Bridges’ character (“R.I.P.D.”); a marriage counselor (“Temptation”)’; a medical investigator (“Side Effects”); an associate of Thor in “Thor: the Dark World”: retired magician (“Now You See Me”).












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Raitt Dominates Hardly Strictly’s Opening Night
Raitt takes the stage for a sundown show at the San Francisco fest. [photo by Paul Iorio]


Bonnie Raitt turned Golden Gate Park into a dance floor Friday

night, performing an energetic opening night set at the 13th

annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival.


“It’s starting to smell mighty good up here,” she said to the smoking

crowd. “My nose does not mistake me and it’s a San Francisco gig!”



Fans cheered wildly.



She then tested her guitar, sliding her fingers on the strings to

hint at one of her iconic riffs.



“We booked our whole tour around this festival,” she said. “…I’ll give

you a little something to talk about.”



And she and her band performed a playful “Something to Talk About,”

one of the show’s highlights.



For over an hour Raitt gave the people what they came for: a rocking

“Thing Called Love,” a reggaeish “Have a Heart,” a cover of Bob

Dylan’s “Million Miles” that has been a stand-out at her recent

shows –- and a few ballads and recent tracks.



She also referenced Paul McCartney’s “When I’m 64” in talking

about the fact that she is about to reach that milestone age

next month.



“I’ll tell you what, your sixties and seventies sure seem

different than when we were kids,” Raitt said.



If she drew a mostly over-forty crowd, the under-fortysomethings

were at a nearby stage at the same hour listening to Conor Oberst.



Opening for Oberst was the Swedish folk duo First Aid Kit, which

performed, among other things, a moving cover of Paul Simon’s

“America.” (Meanwhile, Raitt’s opening act was The Peter Rowan

Bluegrass Band, which did a rousing “Midnight Moonlight.”)



On yet another stage at the same time was Calexico, whose set is

now available for streaming via the Hardly Strictly website

(www.hardlystrictlybluegrass.com). (Unfortunately, Raitt’s set

is not available for streaming.)



The festival continues through Sunday night with acts ranging

from Nick Lowe and Loudon Wainwright III to Natalie Maines and

Steve Martin.


Raitt playing slide guitar. [photo by Paul Iorio]

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Klara Soderberg of the Swedish folk duo First Aid Kit -- seen here singing Paul Simon's "America." [photo by Paul Iorio]


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The crowd listening to Raitt as the sun set. [photo by Paul Iorio]

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Raitt, framed by a fan's applauding hands! [photo by Paul Iorio]


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Raitt takes a seat for a change of pace. [photo by Paul Iorio]

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By mid-afternoon on Friday, the fest was already packed. [photo by Paul Iorio]

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And here are a few other photos I shot of Raitt:











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The Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band playing "Midnight Moonlight" before Raitt's set. [photo by Paul Iorio]






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Hate to say it, but I bet this is how many Americans are going to see today’s unspeakable tragedy later this week. Inevitable. (Thankfully, the Saudi ambassador is condemning the attack unequivocally and offering to help. My guess is it involves just one stray fanatic.)





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The view from the Top of the Mark. [photo by Paul Iorio.]






You're in Downtown San Francisco

with Only 90 Minutes to Spare.






What to See Fast and for Free If You've

Already Seen the Main Sights.





By Paul Iorio






You're in downtown San Francisco, having just finished, say, a




business trip. But you've still got a couple hours before




you have to get to the airport.








Say you're around Market and Montgomery, you've




already seen the main sights and wanna slip in something




quick and obscure, something you haven't seen that's free,




fun, interesting, within walking distance -- and known mostly




to only insiders.








Here're are nine suggestions:






1. Take the elevator to the Top of the Mark

for the best views of downtown.
The view from the top of the Mark Hopkins hotel. [photo by Paul Iorio]






If you don't have time to have a drink at the legendary




bar at the top of the Mark Hopkins Hotel, you can




still check out the view -- for free! Just take the




elevator to the 19th floor and go to the picture window




to the right. Incomparable views of the city and




the rest of the Bay Area.








The Top of the Mark is open almost continuously




from 6:30 a.m. to midnight all week, though there




are some hours in that span when it's closed.




Check its website for details:




http://www.intercontinentalmarkhopkins.com/top_of_the_mark/about_us/




Location: 999 California St., atop the

InterContinental Mark Hopkins Hotel.







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2. Go to church (for the art!).

Visit Grace Cathedral.



The Rose Window of Grace Cathedral. [photo by Paul Iorio]






An altar piece by Keith Haring is in the cathedral. [photo by Paul Iorio]






The front doors of Grace Cathedral are replicas of Ghiberti's doors for the Baptistry in Florence, Italy. [photo by Paul Iorio.]






This Episcopal cathedral, at the top of Nob Hill, is also




something of an art gallery, too. At the entrance is a copy




of Ghiberti's famous Doors of Paradise -- one of the groundbreaking




works of the early Renaissance. Inside is an altarpiece




by Keith Haring. Elsewhere there are works by Jan Henryk De Rosen.




And everywhere are stained glass windows that alone




are worth the visit.






Location: 1100 California Street




Website:


http://www.gracecathedral.org/






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3. Stroll through an obscure, colorful section of Chinatown.

(Just go to Waverly and Clay Streets.)









A visually magical block in Chinatown, at Waverly and Clay


Streets. [photo by Paul Iorio]






The neighborhood around Waverly and Clay is




one of the most authentic and least touristy in




Chinatown. Plenty of cafes, Szechuan restaurants, bakeries,




interesting architecture, bustling sidewalks.






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* * * *




4. Walk down a 19th century alley.


Gold Street still looks a lot like the 19th century alley it used to be. [photo by Paul Iorio]






During the Gold Rush, this was Main Street for




prospectors bringing back their haul. Gold miners




would anchor their ships and head right to Gold,




where their stash would be weighed and tested.




(This area used to be the edge of the waterfront,




by the way; much of the city to the east was




built on landfill in subsequent decades.)






Location: A block north of Jackson St., between

Montgomery and Sansome Streets.





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* * * *




5. See the oldest buildings in downtown San Francisco.





The corner of Jackson and Sansome, aka Jackson Square, where


buildings date back to the early 1850s. [photo by Paul Iorio.]






There is a cluster of Gold Rush-era buildings along




Jackson Street between Montgomery and Sansome;




some places date back to just a couple years




after the '49 Rush. (Most structures from that




era were destroyed by the 1906 earthquake, so these




are rarities.)








Today, Jackson Square is home to antique shops, galleries,




restaurants and office buildings.








Location: Jackson St. between Montgomery and Sansome Streets.




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6. Check out a downtown tunnel that connects two continents! (Well, sorta.)
Walking through the Stockton Tunnel is kind of like walking through a time tunnel; you start in 21st century S.F. but emerge on the other side in a Chinatown of a seemingly different era. [photo by Paul Iorio.]






Connecting downtown to Chinatown, the Stockton Tunnel




is pedestrian friendly and sort of time tunnelish. Enter




it a couple blocks north of Union Square -- you'll be




walking beneath the spot where Thursby was murdered in




the "The Maltese Falcon," by the way! -- and exit in




a neighborhood that seems a continent or two away.






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* * * *




7. Browse an outdoor market that happens to be indoors.
The Ferry Building shopping center has the flavor of an outdoor market. [photo by Paul Iorio.]






A view of downtown S.F. from the market. [photo by Paul Iorio.]






Located inside the Ferry Building, the most prominent




structure to have survived the '06 earthquake, the market




has dozens of shops selling everything from farm fresh




vegetables and whole lobsters to ceramics and ice cream.




Plus, a bookstore that regularly hosts literary




events and, of course, a coffee shop or two.








It's a transit hub, too, where you can catch




ferries to various points around the Bay.






Location: Embarcadero at Market St. (just look for


the clocktower).




Website:http://www.ferrybuildingmarketplace.com/merchant_map.php




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8. See where one of America's greatest poems was penned. (And walk up the street to take some fresh shots of the city.)
The little-known apartment house at 1010 Montgomery St., where Allen Ginsberg wrote much of his landmark poem "Howl." [photo by Paul Iorio.]






Poet Allen Ginsberg had an apartment here on the first




floor, facing Montgomery, in '55 when he was 29 -- and




it's where he wrote most of his massively influential




poem "Howl." And walk north on Montgomery for great




views of downtown.






LOCATION: On the northeast corner of Montgomery and Broadway.






And the views of the financial district are terrific from the hilly part of that block on Montgomery. [photo by Paul Iorio.]




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9. Walk Over to San Francisco's Duomo (aka City Hall).


San Francisco City Hall. [photo by Paul Iorio]






This is one of the quintessential Beaux-Arts




buildings in the U.S., with a dome that some




claim is taller than the dome of the U.S.




Capitol (it's reportedly the fifth largest dome




in the world).








Built around ten years after the 1906 quake




destroyed the previous City Hall, the building




also has an elegant rotunda (featured at the end




of "Raiders of the Lost Ark," by the way) and a




a grand photogenic plaza as its front yard.






Location: between Van Ness Ave. and Polk St.

(at Grove St.).







Website:


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Subj:    TO LIZ LUFKIN (CONFIDENTIAL)
Date:    10/31/98
To:    llufkin@sfgate.com

DATE:       October 31, 1998
TO:            Liz Lufkin
FROM:      Paul Iorio

Dear Liz,

First, thanks for continuing to give me the opportunity to write and
report for the Chronicle.  I look forward to doing more articles for
Datebook.    It's a pleasure working with a total professional like
Ruthe Stein (and the other editors),  and I'm privileged to be dealing
with such an excellent team.   

I must say, however, that I was a bit disappointed by the published
version of the Edward Norton profile that I wrote for the October 25,
1998 issue.    I do not know who did the final edit of the Norton
profile -- whether it was a copy editor or desk editor or someone else
-- but the published version had problems in it that were not in the copy I
submitted by e-mail. 

In one instance, a factual error, albeit a minor one, was inserted into
the story by someone at the Chronicle.    A line in paragraph 18 of
the published version reads:  "the grandson of the architect."  The
corresponding line in graf 28 of my original story reads:  "the
grandson of the man who designed Columbia."  Somebody added the
word "architect," which is incorrect.  Norton's grandfather was an
inner-city developer. 

In addition, a  clause that properly attributed factual information to
The Los Angeles Times was omitted;  a sentence explaining that a
particular film director was not available for comment was also
deleted;  and a sentence was changed in a way that made it look as if
I hadn't seen the movie I was writing about (when in fact I had seen
it). 

There are also numerous stylistic errors throughout the published version, particularly near the end of it. 
In many instances,
well-made sentences were changed to less well-made sentences for no
apparent reason.  Among many examples, the 10th graf in the
published version is very disorganized and flat compared to the
corresponding paragraph -- graf 21 -- in my version.  (If you'd like other
examples, I'd be happy to provide you with them.)  

In my view, every one of these problems could've been easily avoided
if the line editor had simply used my original wording.    Intentionally
or unintentionally, somebody spent a fair amount of time making the
article substantially less excellent.                                                        

All this would not be so remarkable except that it has happened
before.   In my article on the movie "The Game" of September 7,
1997 (transmitted by e-mail), three egregious factual errors (that
were not in my original copy) were inserted by someone at the
Chronicle into my story.  In my version of the article, I wrote that
Jeffrey Beecroft had been nominated for an Academy Award,  yet the
published version stated erroneously that he was an "Academy
Award winner";  at another point I quoted the correct lyric to a pop
song, yet the wrong lyric appeared in print.   (Incidentally, I did
mention this to Ruthe at the time.)

Likewise, in my recent piece on Merv Griffin (June 29, 1998, also
transmitted by e-mail), the photo caption wrongly read that the
setting of the interview was San Pedro even though I had reported
the correct place,  Marina del Ray.   

Along with this memo, I'm forwarding to you the exact copy of the
Norton profile that I e-mailed to Ruthe on October 16th.   

If you would like to discuss this further, please feel free to call me at
323-882-6504. 

Again, thanks for giving me the opportunity to write for the
Chronicle.  

Sincerely,

Paul Iorio
1332 N. Detroit St.
#5
Los Angeles, CA   90046
Ph.:  323-882-6504

Subj:    Vikram Seth story
Date:    03/25/99
To:    wiegand@sfgate.com

Dear David,

Good hearing from you.  I'd love to do a story about Vikram Seth and his new book.  What are the
particulars and when do you want it?
Paul Iorio


Subj:    Wednesday
Date:    03/24/99
To:    jjiorio@aol.com

Dear Dad,

For an overnight story like the Oscars story, it's a team effort.  Of course, I do all my own interviews face
to face and write my own stuff.  However, in this one case, the editor adds paragraphs from others about
other parties (and attributes them properly at the end of the story, as you'll see).  That's their decision, not
mine.  But every other story that I do runs almost exactly as I wrote it. 

To show you how it works, I'm sending you an e-mail of exactly what I wrote up.  When you get the
actual newspaper tomorrow, you'll be able to compare and see how the editor added other reports to it.

Elsewhere in the news, it looks like war has broken out against the Serbs (around six years too late).
Politics aside, that's beautiful country they're bombing out there.  Funny, I traveled by local train through
that whole area and never once felt that warring factions were at each other's throats.  Not once.  It's a
sad fact;  when a strong ruler like Tito goes, the splinters fly.  (Only problem is Russia, which already
feels threatened by NATO expansion.  The good news is they're too broke to actively take the side of
Belgrade.)

Anyway, sounds busy in Tampa.   Tampa is all over the news out here, what with Gen. Schwartzkopf
giving TV interviews.  Hope all's well.  Take care.  Later, Paul
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Movie Icons Savor Oscar Victory at the "Ryan" Bash

By Paul Iorio

As a recording of Bob Seger's "Hollywood Nights" blasted over the
speakers, Tom Hanks and Harrison Ford chatted amiably.  Ford, looking a
bit like a popular presidential candidate on the hustings, talked with Hanks
in a kind of touchy-feely,  up-close style, while Hanks, scratching his new
beard, exuded an affable charisma. 

Both of them were at the white-hot center of a group of movie business
colleagues and fans celebrating Oscar wins for "Saving Private Ryan" on
Sunday night.   This was the DreamWorks and Paramount post-Oscar party
at Barnaby's in Los Angeles, an A-list bash where Hanks and Ford -- the
two biggest movie stars in the world -- mingled with other icons of the
entertainment industry for a few hours.   (The party was several miles away
-- literally and figuratively -- from the Vanity Fair affair, which was mostly
dominated by the presence of Monica Lewinsky, according to reports.) 


Subj:    IORIO/YOUNG ACTORS STORY
Date:    03/24/99
To:    steinr@sfgate.com

DATE:        24 MARCH 1999
FROM:       PAUL IORIO
TO:             RUTHE STEIN

Here's the research/analysis article about young actors that we discussed.
I'll send the sidebar by the end of the day today. 
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Youthquake '99!

The First Stars of the New Decade Emerge

By Paul Iorio

At a recent Los Angeles party,  actor Giovanni Ribisi -- who stars in the
new movie "The Mod Squad" -- showed his magnetism as a sex symbol
without even trying.   The 23-year old actor,  on the cover of the current

Subj:    IORIO OSCARS STORY TO STEIN
Date:    03/22/99
To:    steinr@sfgate.com

DATE:      22 MARCH 1999
FROM:     PAUL IORIO
TO:           RUTHE STEIN

Here's the Oscar party story.

I spoke to Tom Hanks, Ed Burns, Dan Aykroyd, Jeffrey Katzenberg,
Harrison Ford (he didn't want to talk) and others.  I stayed for hours and
observed various celebrity comings and goings.   The story runs around
600 words, which is the length we talked about. 

Incidentally, my invitation said I was welcome to attend the party
"immediately following the Oscar telecast"  (so watching the Oscars at the
party was not in the cards).  And as I mentioned in my phone message, I
was told that one could not get physically near the entrance of the Vanity
Fair affair or other parties without an invitation.  (At the DreamWorks bash,
no one was allowed to drive within even three blocks of the party unless
you could show an invitation.)  As you know, I wasn't invited to any of the
other galas (boo hoo!).     

If you have any questions, I'm at 323-882-6504.   I'll be here most of the
day (except when I have to return my tuxedo). 

Thanks for the assignment.
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Movie Icons Savor Oscar Victory at the "Ryan" Bash

By Paul Iorio

As a recording of Bob Seger's "Hollywood Nights" blasted over the
speakers, Tom Hanks and Harrison Ford chatted amiably.  Ford, looking a
bit like a popular presidential candidate on the hustings, talked with Hanks
in a kind of touchy-feely,  up-close style, while Hanks, scratching his new
beard, exuded an affable charisma. 


Subj:    MEMO TO LIZ LUFKIN
Date:    03/10/99
To:    llufkin@sfgate.com

DATE:        10 MARCH 1999
TO:          LIZ LUFKIN
FROM:      PAUL IORIO

Thanks for hearing me out last fall with regard to the situation we discussed. 

I would like to clear up any lingering misimpression caused by my e-mail to you of October 31st of last
year (in which I sent the original draft of an article so that you could compare it to the published version). 
It has occured to me that one could very easily misinterpret that e-mail.   

In that memo to you, I  wrote that I was "forwarding" the original story to you.  I was using the word
"forward" casually, as in "I'll send it to you."   I was not forwarding the story in the e-mail sense of the
word (by using the "Forward" function on the computer) because one cannot "Forward" by e-mail from
the Personal Filing Cabinet, which is where the story was stored.   Because the computer will not allow
one to "Forward" a document from the Personal Filing Cabinet, I instead copied the entire story from the
file, placed it in a blank file and simply sent it to you. 

To be sure, this is a small matter.  I'm clarifying this situation only because a reasonable person might well
assume that I was trying to misrepresent a "Forwarded" document (which would be serious). 

Anyway, thanks for your time on this.  And thanks for giving me the opportunity to write for the
Chronicle.  I look forward (oops!) to writing more stories for the paper. 

Subj:    Kubrick Grimace story
Date:    03/03/99
To:    Susan_Kelly@newyorker.com

DATE:          March 3, 1999
FROM:         Paul Iorio
TO:              Susan Kelly

Dear Sue,

Here's the Kubrick Grimace story.

The title is a play on "Dr. Strangelove"'s title.  The phrase "clear as an azure
sky of deepest summer" (from the second paragraph) is from "A
Clockwork Orange."  

Kubrick's distaste for his own first feature, "Fear and Desire" (paragraph
ten),   has been reported in many journals and books, including "Stanley
Kubrick:  A Biography," by John Baxter (Carroll & Graf).   (By the way,  I
was unable to find a copy of "Fear and Desire" for this story.)

And Warner Bros. says "Eyes Wide Shut" is scheduled for release on July
16th. 

If you'd like to discuss this further, please feel free to call me at 323-882-
6504 or e-mail me at pliorio@aol.com.

Thanks for your time and consideration.  Let's talk soon.  
Paul Iorio
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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Grimace

By Paul Iorio

In the twelve years since the last Stanley Kubrick film, some people

have probably forgotten how to spot a Kubrick picture.  So what makes a

Kubrick movie a Kubrick movie?   


-- 30 --Subj:    MIRAMAX OSCARS STORY
Date:    03/03/99
To:    steinr@sfgate.com

DATE:        March 3, 1999
FROM:       Paul Iorio
TO:             Ruthe Stein

Dear Ruthe,

Here's the Miramax Oscar story.

The financial information in paragraphs seven and eight come from a high-
level source in the film industry who spoke on condition of anonymity. (I
audiotaped the source's remarks.)

The quotes from Mark Gill, the president of Miramax Films L.A., were on
the record.  (The $50,000 figure for "Children of Heaven" comes from Gill.)

If you have any questions, I'm at 323-882-6504.

Thanks for the assignment. 
Paul
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The Secrets of Miramax's Oscar Success Revealed

By Paul Iorio

In the past few years, Miramax Films has earned an almost legendary
reputation as a formidable player at the Oscars.  Two years ago, the
c
Subj:    Polanski etc.
Date:    02/18/99
To:    Stephan_Talty@condenast.com

Dear Stephan,

Yes, I did hear about the editorial upheaval at Details.  Hope all's well. 

Sorry the Polanski interview didn't work out for you.  Thanks for forwarding it to Time Out New York (a
mag I admire).  But I've made a commitment to another publication and it looks like they're going to run
it. 

And thanks for considering the thing. 

Best,
Paul IorioSubj:    Tuesday
Date:    02/16/99
To:    wiegand@sfgate.com

Dear David,

The sentence is fine.

Enjoy "Rent" if you see it;  it really is all they say it is.

Paul

Subj:    Iorio
Date:    02/12/99
To:    wiegand@sfgate.com

Dear David,

I'd agree with you if it were a statement of fact -- as in, "Rent" has played 29 theaters."  We could of
course state such a fact without sounding like someone else.  But this is a statement of critical opinion --
as in, "Daphne adds a wistful air to the production."  And that critical opinion sounds very much like
someone else.  In my opinion, it's always wise to avoid even the appearance of, er, imitation.  Anyway,
that's my humble view, for what it's worth. 

By the way, who is this Miles Krueger.  Paul


Subj:    Iorio to Wiegand
Date:    02/10/99
To:    wiegand@sfgate.com

DATE:     Feb. 10
TO:         David Wiegand
FROM:    Paul Iorio

Regarding the poignancy thing, maybe we can say, "As many have noted, Larson's death..."

I've never heard of Miles Krueger and the Institute of American Musical Theater.  Who is he and what is
it?  I'm curious.  Paul



Subj:    Iorio to Wiegand
Date:    02/09/99
To:    wiegand@sfgate.com

DATE:     February 10, 1999
TO:          David Wiegand
FROM:     Paul Iorio

Thanks for your feedback on the "Rent" story. 

"Faust" was a few years back in La Jolla;  perhaps the line should read, "And as a stage actress, she has
long since proved herself outside "Rent" with a role in Randy Newman's 'Faust.'"

Yes, I agree, the testicle stuff should go.

With regard to adding a sentence about Larson's death bringing poignancy to the show,  I would be very
cautious.  The reason is because The New York Times ran a very very prominent front page feature in
which its writer wrote:  "'Rent"'s reception  has been made poignant by the fact that its creator, Jonathan
Larson, died just before the opening."   Obviously, we wouldn't want to write something similar to that
sentence.  Perhaps we can use the Times's quote and attribute it to them.

Anyway, thanks again for the assignment.  Let's do more stories together. -- Paul





Subj:    RENT STORY/IORIO
Date:    02/08/99
To:    wiegand@sfgate.com

DATE:         8 February 1999
TO:               David Wiegand
FROM:         Paul Iorio

Here's the "Rent" story. 

I saw the show on January 24th and interviewed Daphne Rubin-Vega on January 27th (on audiotape). 

The quote from the L.A. Times is from a review that ran on January 25. 

In the second graf,  "last month" refers to January. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to call me at 323-882-6504 or to e-mail me at
pliorio@aol.com. 

Thanks for the assignment. 
--------------------------------------------------------------
"Rent"'s New Lease -- In the Bay Area

By Paul Iorio

An S&M dancer in spandex seductively slides down a railing while shaking glitter from her hair, onstage
at the Shubert Theater in Los Angeles.  "My body's talking to me/It's saying, 'Time for danger,'" she sings
with a confidence that borders on cocky.   Power chords roar in the background as she does a full split on
an elevated bar and provocatively purrs "Meoowww!" 

The audience goes nuts.  This is, after all, Daphne Rubin-Vega playing the role of Mimi Marquez last
month in the rock musical "Rent," a character she originated for the show around a half-decade ago.
Until this current production -- which plays San Francisco's Golden Gate Theater from March 3d to May
9th after dates in L.A.  -- Rubin-Vega had played Mimi only on Broadway and in earlier workshop shows
in Manhattan.    

Her performance is one reason fans and critics are favorably comparing this "Rent"  to the original.   As
The Los Angeles Times's Daryl H. Miller wrote about opening night:  "It's absolutely electric...The show
was generating the same excitement as in its first weeks on Broadway."



Subj:    Polanski story
Date:    02/01/99
To:    stalty@details.com

DATE:        FEB. 1, 1999
TO:             STEVE TALTY
FROM:       PAUL IORIO

Dear Steve,

Just a note to see whether Details is interested in the Polanski/"Chinatown" story.  

As of right now, the interview is an exclusive submission to Details.  However, I can't offer it exclusively
to the magazine past Wednesday of this week, unless I hear from you (since others are also interested in
it).  

If you have any questions, please feel free to call me at 323-882-6504 or to e-mail me at
pliorio@aol.com. 

Thanks for your consideration.  Let's talk soon.

Sincerely,
Paul Iorio
1332 N. Detroit St.
#5
Los Angeles, CA  90046

Subj:    "The Mummy"
Date:    01/22/99
To:    steinr@sfgate.com

DATE:      22 January 1999
FROM:     Paul Iorio
TO:           Ruthe Stein

Here are some quotes from Brendan Fraser about "The Mummy," as well
as other information about the film.   

First, some basic info.  "The Mummy," from Universal, is slated for release
on May 7th.  It's directed by Stephen Sommers and stars Fraser and
Arnold Vosloo.  Fraser plays Rick O'Connell, a French Foreign Legion
soldier who awakens the Mummy (Vosloo) during an archaeological
excavation.  The films's special effects are the work of  Industrial Light &
Magic.  Part of the film was shot in Morocco. 

According to Fraser, the new film,  which he calls "a romance and
adventure," is similar in many ways to the classic "Mummy" of 1932
starring Boris Karloff.   

Here's the part of my interview with Fraser about "The Mummy":
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
(beginning of Fraser quotes)

Subj:    Fraser Story/Iorio
Date:    01/20/99
To:    steinr@sfgate.com

DATE:      January 20, 1999
FROM:     Paul Iorio
TO:           Ruthe Stein

Here's the Brendan Fraser story. 

All quotes from Fraser are from an audiotaped interview I did with him in-
person last Saturday.   

I'll send the quotes about "The Mummy" to you separately.  "The Mummy"
is set for release in May; "Dudley Do-Right" is a Fall movie.  "Blast From
the Past" opens on Feb. 12. 

If you'd like to discuss this further, please call me at 323-882-6504.
Thanks. 
-----------------------------------------------
Brendan Fraser...Seriously (Just Joking)

By Paul Iorio

Pop quiz:   Actor Brendan Fraser is referring to which one of his movies
when he says, "I'm standing there [on the set] in a Laura Ashley dress, in a
big funny hat and glasses, looking all muscular in a strap dress [on a San
Francisco street]." 

A)   "Gods and Monsters"
B)   "George of the Jungle"
C)   "Blast From the Past"

If you guessed "Gods and Monsters," the 1998 indie film about a
gardener's relationship with gay film maker James Whale, you're mistaken. 
If

Subj:    TO LIZ LUFKIN (FORWARD OF STORY)
Date:    10/31/98
To:    llufkin@sfgate.com

Subj:    EDWARD NORTON STORY
Date:    10/16/98
To:    steinr@sfgate.com


DATE:        16 October 1998
TO:             Ruthe Stein
FROM:       Paul Iorio

Here's the Edward Norton story. 

All quotes from Norton come from an audiotaped interview I did with
him last night at the Red restaurant in West Hollywood. 

The information attributed to The Los Angeles Times comes from
articles published in The Times on September 13, 1998 and on June
23, 1998.   (I requested an interview with Tony Kaye but could not
reach him.)

Please do not use the George magazine article as a reference,
because it's in error on some points. 

If you have questions, feel free to call me at 213-882-6504. 

And thanks for the assignment.
Paul
--------------------------------------- 
Edward Norton, Defending a Risky Move

By Paul Iorio

Edward Norton has just finished a long day working with Brad Pitt
on the new David Fincher movie, "The Fight Club," and stops in at a
West Hollywood restaurant for a late night cup of tea.  He takes a
seat in an outdoor cafe area but the lousy faux jazz-fusion blasting
over the speakers is too loud for conversation.  Norton tries talking
over it, but the music is clearly getting on his nerves. 

Subj:    IORIO STORY ON SILICON VALLEY
Date:    11/13/98
To:    NINOMIYAE@SFGATE.COM

DATE:       November 13, 1998
TO:            Eric Ninomiya/Ruthe Stein
FROM:      Paul Iorio

Here's the "Pirates of the Silicon Valley" story.  (The actual title is
"Pirates" not "The Pirates...").

My primary sources are Martyn Burke, director of "Pirates";
Anthony Michael Hall, who plays Bill Gates;  Noah Wyle, who plays
Steve Jobs;  and John DiMaggio, who plays Steve Ballmer. 

If you'd like to discuss this further, please don't hesitate to call me at
323-882-6504.  And if there are major changes to the story, please let me
know about them beforehand. 
-------------------------------------------------
David Becomes Goliath

TNT Makes a Film About the Rise of Gates, Jobs and Silicon Valley

By Paul Iorio

What would make a better movie:  the story of Bill Gates as David or
the story of Gates as Goliath? 


Subj:    IORIO TO STEIN
Date:    11/17/98
To:    steinr@sfgate.com

DATE:        November 17, 1998
TO:            Ruthe Stein
FROM:       Paul Iorio

Dear Ruthe,

Here's the information we talked about.

First, I should emphasize that overall I've been quite pleased with Datebook's editing of my stories.  And
it's a privilege to work with you -- I look forward to doing more stories with you and the other editors. 

However, as I mentioned, I was a bit disappointed by the published
version of the Edward Norton profile that I wrote for the October 25,
1998 issue.    I do not know who did the final edit of the Norton
profile -- whether it was a copy editor or desk editor or someone else
-- but the published version had problems in it that were not in the copy I
submitted by e-mail. 

In one instance, a factual error, albeit a minor one, was inserted into
the story by someone at the Chronicle.    A line in paragraph 18 of
the published version reads:  "the grandson of the architect."  The
corresponding line in graf 28 of my original story reads:  "the
grandson of the man who designed Columbia."  Somebody added the
word "architect," which is incorrect.  Norton's grandfather is primarily
known as inner-city developer. 

In addition, a  clause that properly attributed factual information to
The Los Angeles Times was omitted;  a sentence explaining that a
particular film director was not available for comment was also
deleted;  and a sentence was changed in a way that made it look as if
I hadn't seen the movie I was writing about (when in fact I had seen
it). 

There are also numerous stylistic errors throughout the published version, particularly near the end of it. 
In many instances,
well-made sentences were changed to less well-made sentences for no
apparent reason.  Among many examples, the 10th graf in the
published version is very disorganized and flat compared to the
corresponding paragraph -- graf 21 -- in my version. 

In my view, every one of these problems could've been easily avoided
if the line editor had simply used my original wording.    Intentionally
or unintentionally, somebody spent a fair amount of time making the
article substantially less excellent.                                                        

All this would not be so remarkable except that it has happened
before.   In my article on the movie "The Game" of September 7,
1997 (transmitted by e-mail), three egregious factual errors (that
were not in my original copy) were inserted by someone at the
Chronicle into my story.  In my version of the article, I wrote that
Jeffrey Beecroft had been nominated for an Academy Award,  yet the
published version stated erroneously that he was an "Academy
Award winner";  at another point I quoted the correct lyric to a pop
song, yet the wrong lyric appeared in print. 

Likewise, in my recent piece on Merv Griffin (June 29, 1998, also
transmitted by e-mail), the photo caption wrongly read that the
setting of the interview was San Pedro even though I had reported
the correct place,  Marina del Ray.   

Along with this memo, I'm forwarding to you the exact copy of the
Norton profile that I e-mailed to you on October 16th.   

If you would like to discuss this further, please feel free to call me at
323-882-6504.  (Incidentally, Mark Lundgren got wind of the situation
last week and would like to see this information as well. I told him
I'd ask you to forward it to him.)

Again, thanks for giving me the opportunity to write for Chronicle. 
Paul
--------------------------------------- 
Edward Norton, Defending a Risky Move

By Paul Iorio

Edward Norton has just finished a long day working with Brad Pitt
on the new David Fincher movie, "The Fight Club," and stops in at a
West Hollywood restaurant for a late night cup of tea.  He takes a
seat in an outdoor cafe area but the lousy faux jazz-fusion blasting
over the speakers is too loud for conversation.  Norton tries talking
over it, but the music is clearly getting on his nerves. 

Subj:    TO MARK LUNDGREN
Date:    11/17/98
To:    DATEBOOK@SFGATE.COM

DATE:    NOVEMBER 17, 1998
TO         MARK LUNDGREN
FROM :  PAUL IORIO

As requested, I've sent all the information we spoke about on Friday to you and Ruthe Stein through
Ruthe;  I've asked her to route it to you after she reads it. 

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to call me at 323-882-6504 or to e-mail me at
pliorio@aol.com. 

Sincerely,
Paul Iorio

Subj:    Grimace update
Date:    12/14/98
To:    Susan_Kelly@newyorker.com
CC:    pliorio@aol.com

DATE:       DECEMBER 14, 1998
TO:           SUSAN KELLY, TNY
FROM:      PAUL IORIO

Dear Sue,

The Kubrick Grimace story idea looks quite promising. 

Since my last e-mail, I've re-examined all of Kubrick's movies (except "Fear
and Desire")  and have found Grimaces in every one of them.   ("Fear and
Desire,"  his first feature, isn't available on videocassette and is very rarely
shown in theaters;  I'm trying to track down a bootleg copy of it.  I did see
"Fear" a few years back but wasn't looking for Grimaces.)

Kubrick's first four commercially-available films include early forms of the
Grimace,  usually shown from the side and only briefly.   After "Dr.
Strangelove,"  the High Grimace phase of Kubrick's career begins.  From
'64 on, there are many well-defined and robust Grimaces, Full Frontal
Grimaces that have all the classic elements:  downturned face, upturned
eyes,  and facial quivering or an expression of torment, usually occurring at
a point of extreme emotional intensity. 

I'd like to trace the evolution of the Grimace from its modest beginnings in
"Killer's Kiss" to its full flowering in "A Clockwork Orange" and "Full
Metal Jacket."  I think there's enough material here for a brief light piece. 

If you'd like to discuss this further, please feel free to e-mail me at
pliorio@aol.com or to phone me at 323-882-6504. 

Thanks for your time and consideration. 

Sincerely,
Paul Iorio
1332 N. Detroit St.
#5
Los Angeles, CA    90046
Ph.:  323-882-6504

Subj:    Polanski query
Date:    01/04/99
To:    dsimmons@villagevoice.com

DATE:    4 JANUARY 1999
TO:        DOUG SIMMONS, MANAGING EDITOR
FROM:   PAUL IORIO

Dear Doug,

Would you be interested in an exclusive interview with Roman Polanski, the film director? 

I lucked into an interview last week while he was vacationing in Italy and talked with him for around an
hour on the phone, mostly about "Chinatown."

"Chinatown" was released 25-years ago;  Polanski's next film, "The Ninth Gate," is set for release later
this year. 

I think there are three ways to do this story. 

Subj:    POLANSKI INTERVIEW (EDITED VERSION)
Date:    01/05/99
To:    stalty@details.com
CC:    pliorio@aol.com

DATE:      5 JANUARY 1999
TO:           STEPHAN TALTY
FROM:      PAUL IORIO

Dear Stephan,

I'm sending the Roman Polanski interview in two e-mail files.  This one is the
edited version of the interview.  The other e-mail message will contain the raw verbatim transcript.
(Clearly, even the edited version needs some further
editing.)

The  interview was audiotaped and was conducted on December 29 by
phone from Los Angeles to Cortina D'Ampezza in Italy. 

If you'd like to discuss this further, please feel free to call me at 323-882-
6504 or to e-mail me at pliorio@aol.com.

Thanks for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,
Paul Iorio
1332 N. Detroit St.
#5
Los Angeles, CA   90046
----------------------------------------------------------------
INTERVIEW WITH ROMAN POLANSKI
DECEMBER 29, 1998

EDITED TRANSCRIPT

BY PAUL IORIO

IORIO:    THE STORY ABOUT...THE EVOLUTION OF
"CHINATOWN" IS THAT JACK NICHOLSON GAVE YOU A CALL
IN ROME IN '73 AND SAID THAT BOB TOWNE HAD WRITTEN
THIS REALLY GREAT SCRIPT AND YOU SAID, "NO." BUT THEN
[PRODUCER] ROBERT EVANS CALLED AND YOU SAID, "YES."
WHAT IS IT THAT EVANS SAID TO CHANGE YOUR MIND? 

Date:    99-02-03 20:31:09 EST
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: I'm glad you reminded me about Danny.  Mother has it on the pad, but a reminder is always good.
Anotinette is back home from the hospital after they sucked forty pounds of fluid from her.  She sounds
tired, but her spirit is great.  She was given six months and she has lived 2 1/2 years.  Amazing.  Getting
things done here, dad  Subj:    Tuesday
Date:    99-02-03 01:31:24 EST
From:    PLIORIO
To:    PLIORIO

Dear Dad,

That's a mighty long name for L.A.  Anytime you want to take a visit out here, I'll set up the futon. 

Looking forward to Danny's network debut on Friday night.  It produces the kinds of apples everyone
likes:  movies.  Subj:    Re: Monday
Date:    99-02-02 20:41:06 EST
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: Nothing much to report except work.  Got most of the fallen tree stacked.  Now to fix a host of
minor things around the house.  At the same time I keep working at the computer.   I think a month of
solitary would be very helpful although I would like a menu to choose from . 
By the way did you know that the proper name of the city you live in is El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora La
Reina de los Angeles de Porciuncula.   I like L.A. muc better.  Talk later -- dadSubj:    Re: Sunday
Date:    99-02-01 17:31:26 EST
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul:  Excellent article.  I'll read it again when it arrives. 
Today it was summer like with high humidity.  I chopped wood for a while and quit when I got a quart
low.
I notice you keep appearing on the buddy list.  I don't interfer because it's obvious you're doing something
else. 
That's about all from here.   dad
Subj:    Re: Saturday
Date:    99-01-30 22:10:33 EST
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: Dylan is at the Ice Palace which I understand is quite a place.  Remember, the times they are
achanging.  Keep going, dadSubj:    Re: Friday
Date:    99-01-30 18:15:43 EST
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: I just hope something happens soon.  With your ability you should not be working for minimum
wages and no benefits.  Nothing new here.  Dylan is in town and snarling the traffic.  That's about it.  dad
Subj:    Re: Tuesday
Date:    99-01-28 17:57:12 EST
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: I'm glad the interview went well. But how much do they pay you for these interviews? And how
many interviews do you need to float yourself?  Are you having any luck on the job front?  We'll send the
money, but you're going to have to solve the problem.  dadSubj:    Re: Monday afternoon
Date:    99-01-26 16:43:16 EST
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul:  Not much to report except that the storm knocked down a huge tree at the far end of our property.
I spent some time trimming it, but before I cut it up I will have to have the chain saw fixed. At least I'll
have wood for next year.  That's it, dadSubj:    Re: Monday
Date:    99-01-25 17:13:15 EST
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul:  I thought it would be a good play.  Did you get the interview? 
The republicans seem to like playing Russian roulette with six bullets in the chamber. Dragging in
Monican cost them another ten percent of the American people. But I think they have hit hard core
bottom, so they can do anything they want.  All is quiet. Mother's at work. No one is bothering me.
Maybe I can get some work done.  Talk to you later, dadSubj:    Re: To Dad
Date:    99-01-24 09:56:12 EST
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul:  Please mention me to the star of the play.  Tell her my name is Rodolfo or Rudolph or whatever.  I
can send pictures.  Had a storm last night, but all is quite cool today.  dadSubj:    Re: To Mom
Date:    99-01-24 09:53:01 EST
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Dear Paul = That is cute and there is some truth to it.  Some of the people I have interviewed for jobs
were unbelievable.  Appearances do count and just about everything else when one has to decide upon
one person over another.
Good luck on your hunting - knock on those doors!  Love, Mother.
Subj:    Re: Friday
Date:    99-01-23 16:21:50 EST
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: The tornados haven't struck yet and I doubt if we'll be getting any.  Actually the weather is very
calm and dull.
Will you doing a review of RENT?  That sounds great. One question:  isn't it based on La Boheme?  All's
well and glad you liked the tape.  I thought I looked more like Al Gore. That's it, dadSubj:    Re: Thursday
Date:    99-01-22 18:21:42 EST
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: Nothing new here.  Will look forward to your article.  Tomorrow is tornado time so keep posted.
dadSubj:    Thursday
Date:    99-01-21 16:50:59 EST
From:    PLIORIO
To:    PLIORIO

Dear Dad,

Just finished my new article in record time and it turned out well.  It should be on the stands in around a
week.  Now I'm doing a new one for the Chron.

Received mom's check, which has just been gobbled up by the phone company.  Thanks.  

As you know, when you take a job, any job (even a freelance one), it always takes a couple weeks before
the money starts rolling in. 

Anyway, I'm trying to make smart quick decisions -- not hasty ones -- about resolving this financial/job
situation permanently.  As they say, the best way to get a job is to already have one (even if it's merely
part-time or freelance). 

Subj:    Re: Wednesday
Date:    99-01-20 16:39:32 EST
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul:  Yesterday was a bad day for Reps.  There will be more coming.  Mother is working until seven
tonight, so I'm making myself a good cholestrol meal.  Ciao! dadSubj:    V's new and improved e-mail
address
Date:    99-01-19 21:36:51 EST
Date:    99-01-19 21:36:51 EST
From:    justv@mindspring.com
To:    reservations@rogersmith.com (The Roger Smith Hotel), dsapp@Brostul.com (Sapp, David),
Tim_Atkeson@aporter.com (Atkeson, Tim), fraser@chuma.cas.usf.edu (Ottanelli, Fraser),
dmcgihon@aol.com (McGihon, Denny), mcgihonlaw@counsel.com (McGihon, Annie),
nmashberg@tgh.org (Mashberg, Nancy), myerson@chuma1.cas.usf.edu (Marilyn Myerson),
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j.iorio@ieee.org (Iorio, Jay), pdiorio@aol.com (Iorio, Buppy), wendy_grubbs@mack.senate.gov
(Grubbs, Wendy), greeson@hal.fmhi.usf.edu (Greeson, Michael), diazgreco@aol.com (Greco, John &
Mimi), hgardner@gate.net (Gardner, Howard), seropolo@outremer.com (Fernandez, Paul),
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(CO.O.L. Travel), cclark@hal.fmhi.usf.edu (Clark, Colleen), HGold@worldnet.att.net (Berns),
Jab1951@aol.com (Baker, JoAnn), gbailey@hklaw.com (Bailey, Greg), lifeiswine@aol.com (Arlene
Willis)

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Date:    99-01-19 18:23:52 EST
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul:  I might tune in on Clinton's speech.  Could be a good one.  Now I'm ready to eat. More later.
dadSubj:    Re: Monday
Date:    99-01-19 08:51:46 EST
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul:  My mouth feels good this morning.  No pain, no pain killers -- I'm back to normal.
I agree on the article.  The past is always mythologized.  Look at what the Greeks did to the Trojan war.
The Riomans were always talking about the days of the Republic.  And how many times since the
Renaissance have we had Renaissance revivals? 
Well, now I can get to work around the house.  Between work on the house and the computer I squeeze
about 25 hours into 24.  It's now 8:45 and I've already answered 15 e-mail letters.  Also, I'm loading all
photographs on to a CD, so you'll be getting a cd rom which will supercede the zip disk I gave you.  And
it may have as many as 3000 pics.  That's it from here.  dadSubj:    Fraser
Date:    99-01-18 15:07:05 EST
From:    PLIORIO
To:    PLIORIO

Everyone at the junket was watching "Rock 'n' Roll Jeopardy" down the hall from where Brendan Fraser
was giving interviews.  The mood in the Jeopardy room was exuberant:  movie execs and the press were
having fun shouting out answers and joking about the contestants. 

So when it finally came time to go down the hall to interview Fraser,  one expected a similalry exuberant
mood.  Meeting him for the first time, you expect a boisterous guy, someone who might feel right at
home with a fun game of "Rock n Roll Jeopardy."  After all, this is the guy who starred in Airheads,
playing a rocker forcing station execs at gunpoint to play his band's demo.  This is "George of the
Jungle," the hapless jungle bungler. 

Think again.  The room is quiet.  The mood is sober.  Fraser is a big guy (6'2) but gentle, shy, essentially
introverted.  SomeIn person, Fraser is very shy, becomes introverted.  Sometimes he'll draw an invisuible
picture of what he's talking about wityh his fingers on the couch and stare at it.  Once or twice, he comes
close to a stutter.

Remember, this is also the guy who played in serious indie films, like Gods and Monsters or "Twilight of
the Golds." 

And even his lighter fare is not so light.  "George of the Jungle" is subversive, featuring the cartoon
character in drag.  And even in the forgettable films, he's the one every one remembers, whether in
"Encino Man" or "Airheads." 

He's always a real gentleman and a has a terrific sense of humor. 

In some ways he's like the character in his new movie, TK,"  But then that character is much like the one
he played in "Encino Man," "The Scout," 'george of the Jungle" and other films:  that of the naif, the
innocent befuddled by phenomena of everyday life. 

If Fraser wer the subject of a Jeopardy question,  Brendan Fraser played an innocent befuddled by the
everday world in this movie.  The response could be What is What is Encino Man, and What is The Scout
and What is George of the Jungle and..  Who is Brendan Fraser?

This is after all also the guy who played opposite Ian McKellam in 


Subj:    Re: Sunday
Date:    99-01-18 22:36:14 EST
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul:  I read the Village article and I think it is excellent.  And history supports the ideas.  Nostalgia is
always a comment on the present and a falsification of the past. 
Today I went to the dentist for a bit of surgery to save a tooth, so right now I'm not in great facial shape.
But tomorrow I'll be back to normal. 
What job or jobs are you trying for?  Is it with the Chronicle?   That's all from here right now.  dad
Subj:    Re: POLANSKI INTERVIEW (EDITED VERSION)
Date:    99-01-15 15:08:29 EST
From:    Stephan_Talty@condenast.com
To:    PLIORIO@aol.com



paul --

got the interview, thanks. i've been buried under our annual Hollywood
issue,
so i haven't had a chance to review stuff for later issues. i'll give them
a look
next week and let you know what i think.

best/s.




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Subj:    Re: Thursday afternoon
Date:    99-01-15 17:29:33 EST
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: Right now money is not good news.  We'll get it together and send it and I hope some job
materializes.
I spent all day fixing the toilet.  What was clogging it was a wad of paper as big as a fist. It took six hours
to get the thing back together.   That's all from here. dadSubj:    Re: WWII Article
Date:    99-01-14 16:41:53 EST
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: I just printed out the Village article and will read it after I close here.
Things are getting under control.  All I have to do is fix two toilets and I'm home free. Right now a
diarrhetic  urge may not be the thing to have. 
Nothing else is happening  which is a good thing around here.  Meanwhile I try not to watch the
proceedings in Washington.  I'll watch if Monica gets on and does a Sharon Stone imitation.  Be talking -
- dadSubj:    Re: Monday
Date:    99-01-13 12:37:20 EST
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul:  Don't worry about gifts for Graham.  he has so much stuff he can open up a sports shop.  We were
over there last night.  Now he has become a research source for sports information.
The drainage field is done, but the now the toilets have to be fixed because the seals have been blown out.
But I can't get out to buy the seals becaause Mother's car is in the garage ( it began bucking and all  wires
leading to the spark plugs and the belts have to be replaced. ).  Otherwise things sail along normally.  I
now have a chance to fool around with all the toys I got for Xmas and my birthday.  That's all from here -
-dadSubj:    Re: Sunday
Date:    99-01-11 18:11:17 EST
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul:  No -- the $7000 one was a very fancy one destined to last until the year 3000, Also, there is no
such thing as default.  They then take your house. That's how it works. The drainage field is finished. Half
the front yard had to be bulldozed.  Now I have to plant new grass before winds begin to blow the dirt all
over the place.   And still the toilet backs up, so I called today and it will have to be another job.
Altogether it'll cost around 2000 and the house is still ours.  Nothing else happening so so long for now.
dad
Subj:    Re: Friday
Date:    99-01-08 17:59:01 EST
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul:  I love them subtitles.  The other day I had the choice between the impeachment and the three
stooges.  Larry Moe and Curly won out. 
We one bad night when the temp outside the door was 30.  Then it became beautiful.  Today  the temp
reached 76.
The drainage field is done and we came out lucky.  The first guy who came out quoted a $7000 figure.  I
told him he had the wrong house.
Today I went for an appointment with the skin doctor.  I arrived one month too soon.  Hey -- I used to
do that when I was twenty.   That's it -- dadSubj:    Re: Wednesday
Date:    99-01-06 21:56:07 EST
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul:  It's damn cold.  This morning it was under 30 outside the door and we lost a few plants.  But the
whole front yard is torn up anyway resembling trench warfare.  The entire drainage field had to be
replaced and today it was inspected by the county.  Tomorrow the bulldozer may smooth it all out again.
It should work  until the year 2025 which should be a good year.  I'll put in a new drainage field, marry a
young chick of 75 and run the marathon. Hey, don't discount the new drugs. 
That's it from here.  Good luck -- dadSubj:    Re: Sunday
Date:    99-01-04 16:36:24 EST
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Dear Paul,   You couldn't have hit us at a worst time financially.  My Visa card came to $2,000,
(including your plane fare) your Visa $266.50, car insurance $380, and Dad had to have his car fixed
$1000.
Then the water started to back up into the bathrooms and we have to have an entire new drainage field
build.  The estimates run from 2000 to 7,000.  In the meantime, we shower outside and flust the toilet
only when necessary. 
Now, as every month for years, you need your rent.  I wonder how much you are paid for your stories - it
must be less than minimun wage because in addition to your rent, I have been paying  your credit card
which includes your food and electric bills.  What do you pay?
Now, I'm really caught!  If I don't pay your rent your lose your good record with your landlord and it
means that when you want another apartment, you will not have a good recommendation.  Also, it only
means that you have to pay two months rent when next month comes along.  If the rent doesn't get paid,
you will be out on the street.
I have signed all the retirement papers for March - there is no turning back!  I will no longer receive a pay
check.  You will be on your own.
After working all these years, it doesn't seem right that I should have to worry about money.
I would always gladly help any one of my children in time of need.  But,  This has gone on for YEARS.  I
can't understand it.
So, what I will do is go to the credit union and borrow the money to pay all these bills.  I will send the
rent money and, since there is no money left in my checking account, I will sent you whatever money I
have in my wallet.  I know it will not be $100.
Paul,  I;m just telling you how it is.  I am absolutely at the limit of what I can do.  If you don't make
enough money by writing, you will have to do anything,  Nothing is too menial if it means paying your
own bills.
I hope you understand my desperation.  Love, Mother
Subj:    CHINATOWN
Date:    99-01-04 14:34:30 EST
From:    PLIORIO
To:    PLIORIO

DATE:    4 JANUARY 1999
TO:        DOUG SIMMONS, MANAGING EDITOR
FROM:   PAUL IORIO

Dear Doug,

Would you be interested in an exclusive interview with Roman Polanski, the film director? 

I lucked into an interview with him last week while he was vacationing in Italy and talked with him for
around an hour on the phone, mostly about "Chinatown," which was released 25 years ago.

A Polanski story would be timely not only because "Chinatown" celebrates its silver anniversary this year,
but because Polanski's new film, TK, is set for releae in '99. 

I think there are three viable ways of doing this story. 

My first idea is to do a 1,500 word piece that starts with Polanski sitting down in his Paris apartment a
few weeks ago with his wife and 8-month old son to watch "Chinatown" on laser disc.  The story might
be titled something like, "Polanski Returns to the Scene of the Crime...25 Years Later."   It would report

Subj:    Happy New Year
Date:    98-12-31 16:56:19 EST
From:    PDIorio
To:    PLIORIO

Happy New year Paul! Did you get your tooth fixed? Love, BuppySubj:    Re: Wednesday
Date:    98-12-31 15:51:44 EST
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul:  Good hint.  In fact, I was about to say Fellini when the package arrived.  I will enjoy it  and learn
from it.  But henceforth, forget my birthdays.  Seventy four is too many.  Caitlin and Graham are staying
over tonight and all will be quiet.  So a Happy New Year to you. dad Subj:    Re: Tuesday
Date:    98-12-29 22:16:52 EST
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul:  Great.  Mums the word.
How's the tooth.  Did you interview with a sore tooth?  dadSubj:    Re: Saturday
Date:    98-12-28 16:08:18 EST
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul:  All is as you left it except for the car which is in a garage.  Happy New Year coming up.
dadSubj:    Re: party
Date:    98-12-28 15:12:01 EST
From:    justv@mci2000.com (justv)
Reply-to:    justv@mci2000.com (justv)
To:    PLIORIO@aol.com

Dear Paul,

I'm glad you came and stayed had a good time.  I, too, had a great time.
The thing about that party is I never know who will show up or how it will
turn out, even though it's been going on for more than two decades and most
of the same people come every year.  It's the best present I give myself
each year.  Some years are better than others, but in the end, they are all
good because I am with my friends.  The party evolves each year.  I hope you
know you are always invited.  Love, V.
-----Original Message-----
From: PLIORIO@aol.com
To: justv@mci2000.com
Date: Monday, December 28, 1998 2:13 AM
Subject: party


>Dear V,
>
>Just a note to thank you for the great party.  It started slow but turned
into
>one of the best in recent memory.  Wish I could've stayed longer.
>
>Anyway, happy new year!  Love, Paul
>


Subj:    Re: hello
Date:    98-12-27 21:11:40 EST
From:    PDIorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul, hope you get your tooth fixed and all is well- and enjoy your spending spree! love, BupSubj:    Re:
Airline
Date:    98-12-23 17:10:59 EST
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul:  Got your after midnight message.  You may have left by now, but all I have to say is that when you
arrive I will pick you up outside the baggage area where people pick up taxis.  See you soon.  dadSubj:
Re: My gift is...
Date:    98-12-23 17:10:03 EST
From:    PDIorio
To:    PLIORIO

Do you know that's what Graham does all the time now? I got you a...(choke choke- gasp gasp) see you
in a couple days! love, BupSubj:    airline
Date:    98-12-22 22:49:34 EST
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul:  I checked it out.  The major hubs are Las Vegas and Phoenix and it has flights to every part of
USA including Tampa.  So I'll be seeing you.  By the way, mother would like to know if  you got the
jacket.  So long, dadSubj:    Re: SEE YOU TOMORROW!
Date:    98-12-22 22:36:24 EST
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: Will you be arriving in Tampa on the same airline (America West Airlines)?  It's not an airline I
recognize.  Be seeing you soon.  dadSubj:    Re: Sunday
Date:    98-12-21 10:54:09 EST
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: I like the four cubans.  Maybe we can name a sandwich after it to substitute for Cuban sandwiches.
"Year. I'll take a couple of quatrosinkos."
I'll be there at 5:55.  In fact, it may be a little late for me. Famous last words before I miss the flight. Now
make sure I have the flight number and the airline.  Send it when you can, although I'm sure we already
have the info.  Things are a bit hectic here.  Too much to do, but I'll do what the time allows.  Here are
some amusements:  How do you know you're a redneck?  You let your 12 year old daughter smoke at
the dinner table in front of her kids.
Or --You dad walks you to school because you are both in the same grade.
Or -You had to remove a toothpick from your wedding picture.
Or --Your wife's hair gets caught in the ceiling fan.  That's all from here, dadSubj:    Re: Anthrax alert
lifted
Date:    98-12-18 17:34:00 EST
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: I'm glad to hear that it wasn't anything serious.  That stuff is worse than Gorgonzola left in a hot
car.  But I wouldn't be surprised if a terrorist attack did occur with bio weapons.  At least Detroit Street
is not high on their list.
It was good to hear about Livingston. Larry Flint says he has 2000 names (he offered a million per name)
-- so look forward to finding out about your favorite congressman.
Xmas is as inevitable as impeachment, so we'll be seeing you soon.  Good interviewing, dadSubj:    Re:
Anthrax scare in L.A.
Date:    98-12-17 20:34:48 EST
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: Let us know how serious the anthrax is. I've heard nothing on the news.  dadSubj:    Re: Thursday
Date:    98-12-17 20:32:51 EST
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: I think you're in for better weather by tomorrow.  Tomorrow morning here it will get down to 42.
This morning it was 46 and I took a shower outside at 5A.M.
The Republicans  have been thrown for a loss by the Irak move.  They are in their heart deeply for such a
move, but they hate Clinton so much they hate to go along.  It's called psychosis.  Meanwhile if the
Republicans (guard, that is) in Irak make a move on any road they will become a ghostly memory  in the
time that it takes to say abadam,abadam,abadam.  More later  dad

Subj:    Re: Wednesday
Date:    98-12-16 22:59:57 EST
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: Never mind a stream of gifts -- the villa will do fine.
Clinton is pissed off at Hilary and Chelsea; so what's he do -- smacks Saddam.  The Reps don't know
what to do about the attack on Irak.  It all makes them look small by comparison.  Now when the case
gets to the senate,. it is possible for someone to stand and ask for an adjournment.  At that point it's all
over -- the senate becomes the hero of the month, Clinton is off the hook, deLay goes back to selling
insecticides, the two Florida  dummies can get jobs at Burdine as manikins, and Monica can blow in for a
visit.  This is all very possible. 
Back to gifts -- remember -- just tokens.  Pretend everyone has been bad this year -- hence no gifts.
That's it from here.  dad
Subj:    Registered User Password
Date:    98-12-16 22:46:36 EST
From:    webmaster@iraq.net
To:    pliorio@aol.com

Thanks for applying to the Discussion Forum, your password is k3lva1.


Subj:    Re: Tuesday
Date:    98-12-15 22:17:46 EST
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: Now you're getting the hot weather. Here it is perfect for me --  a high of 63. 
As for a xmas gift for mother.  I have  the perfume she uses (got it at discount) and I'm suggesting that
you don't buy anything.  It will save you the hassle, etc. But if you already have your mind set on
something, I'll put the perfume under the tree and say it's from an anonymous donor.
Well -- the tree is up and the lights are up outside.  It looks like the last Christmas.  Maybe I can use the
frozen leftovers from last year too.  Sheep aren't the only things that can be cloned.  Adios and ciao
dadSubj:    TO DAD
Date:    98-12-15 15:27:47 EST
From:    PLIORIO
To:    PLIORIO

Dear Dad,

I might've been successful in politics, but you would've probably been more successful at it.  (You still
could be;  you could serve 25 years in the Senate and still be younger than Strom Thurmond is now.)

Sometimes I feel like I know politics better than almost any field, mainly because I learned it at a very
early age (in my pre-teens).  It's like learning to play the banjo in elementary school -- you know it by
instinct in later life.   But in running for student office in the 1970s,  I discovered something:  audiences
liked my speeches but they also liked my speeches when they written for and delivered by other
candidates.  What they were responding to was the writing.

What I'm responding to at this moment is the return of hot weather.  Winds are blowing east from the
desert, causing me to turn on the air conditioner. 

Anyway,  hope all's okay.  See you soon.  Ciao, Paul




Subj:    Re: Gov. MacKay
Date:    98-12-14 16:39:29 EST
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: You're a born politician.  I'll be expecting you to run from California.  I'll pass on the information to
MacKay.
The weather has finally broken and I was able to work through the day.  By the weekend it should go
down to the forties -- but I can't help thinking that summer is right around the corner.  Put up the lights
today -- I really didn't put them up ; I more like threw them up.  Anyway they light up the house and
people may pause and be awed by the spectacle.  That's all from here. dadSubj:    Grimace update
Date:    98-12-14 09:15:14 EST
From:    PLIORIO
To:    Susan_Kelly@newyorker.com
CC:    PLIORIO

DATE:       DECEMBER 14, 1998
TO:           SUSAN KELLY, TNY
FROM:      PAUL IORIO

Dear Sue,

The Kubrick Grimace story idea looks quite promising. 

Since my last e-mail, I've re-examined all of Kubrick's movies (except "Fear
and Desire")  and have found Grimaces in every one of them.   ("Fear and
Desire,"  his first feature, isn't available on videocassette and is very rarely
shown in theaters;  I'm trying to track down a bootleg copy of it.  I did see
"Fear" a few years back but wasn't looking for Grimaces.)

Kubrick's first four commercially-available films include early forms of the
Grimace,  usually shown from the side and only briefly.   After "Dr.
Strangelove,"  the High Grimace phase of Kubrick's career begins.  From
'64 on, there are many well-defined and robust Grimaces, Full Frontal
Grimaces that have all the classic elements:  downturned face, upturned
eyes,  and facial quivering or an expression of torment, usually occurring at
a point of extreme emotional intensity. 

I'd like to trace the evolution of the Grimace from its modest beginnings in
"Killer's Kiss" to its full flowering in "A Clockwork Orange" and "Full
Metal Jacket."  I think there's enough material here for a brief light piece. 

If you'd like to discuss this further, please feel free to e-mail me at
pliorio@aol.com or to phone me at 323-882-6504. 

Thanks for your time and consideration. 

Sincerely,
Paul Iorio
1332 N. Detroit St.
#5
Los Angeles, CA    90046
Ph.:  323-882-6504

Subj:    Re: FRIDAY
Date:    98-12-13 09:26:28 EST
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul:  Relayed informatuion to mother.
Yes there is a Dali museum in St Pete.  It is a good one and has important and major works. I have yet to
visit it, but will do so sooner or later.  Weather here is about to break and the highs may be in the 60s
next week.  I'm tired of this summer weather.
As you know Lawton died yesterday.  So MacKay gets to be a governor afterall. Maybe he can refused
to leave office -- that's what happens in South America.  But then what is happening in Washington is a
bit like South America too.  Maybe the next president will be impeached for haywalking and fabricating a
coverup.  That's it from here --  dad
Subj:    Re: Thursday
Date:    98-12-11 17:16:32 EST
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: Those winds may be a blessing. If you can position yourself just right they might save you the
airfare to Tampa.
The COMMITTEE has just passed the first article of Impeachment.  What we're watching is the Rep
party committing suicide, but their IQs won't allow them to grasp it.
Now mother would like to say something ---
Paul - About the sports jacket.  Do you want me to send you a check or do you want to put it on your
card and I will pay for it that way.  I can go for $125..  I think if you shop around you should be able to
get something nice for that.  Take care,  Love,  Mother
Subj:    Re: Wednesday
Date:    98-12-09 20:22:56 EST
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: I don't think I have a copy of the movie.  If I find one, I will let you know immediately.
Yes, it is summer like.  I cut down two dead trees today and I was sweating summerlike.  The weather
should go down a few degrees by Sunday.  Otherwise all is hectic here with plenty of work to do.  It
seems I'm always playing catch-up.  More  later dad    Subj:    Re: Pearl Harbor Day
Date:    98-12-07 21:25:50 EST
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: This is some weather.  I'm puting up the Xmas tree and I'm sweating.  As for a gift for mother, let
me tell you after I think about it.  This Xmas we're holding it down; so think token.  Will be in touch.
dad     PS rent was sent.  Subj:    Re: FRIDAY
Date:    98-12-06 22:15:53 EST
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: Thanks for the information.  Will take care of the rent and we sure hope something breaks through
for you.  Will be talking --dadSubj:    Re: TUESDAY
Date:    98-12-02 22:41:45 EST
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: Don't mix talk and driving.  It's against the law in Florida.  I'm turning you over to mom to solve
that mystery.  Here she is.
I said that I had won a couple of phone cards from Gatorade and I put them in your name.  So if you see
something come in the mail from Gatorade, don't throw it out.  I thought you might be able to use them
when you are out and need to make a quick call.
Also, Jay said he wanted a "box set" for Xmas.  I presume this is music.  However, he said I wouldn't
know what to buy but that you would.  So, let me know if you have any suggestions.  Thanks and love,
Mother.Subj:    Re: TUESDAY
Re: TUESDAY
Date:    98-12-01 18:00:10 EST
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: You're selling Gurule? short.  In six months he'll be chief of police in Mexico City.
It looks as if I'll be [picking you up at the airport.  It's early morning when you come in -- that is darkness
time -- and I told Valeria I would do it.  I get up at 4 to 4:30 everyday; so it's nothing unusual for me.
And no traffic and no sun. You'll probably want to hit the old sack.  That's all from here. All's warm and
quiet I think.  Something should come from those ads -- you've got a great background.  That's all from
here, ciao, dadSubj:    Re: MONDAY
Date:    98-11-30 19:05:07 EST
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul:  As for Johnnie Longmire, he changed his name to Gurule and is being hunted down somewhere in
Texas. dad againSubj:    Re: MONDAY
Date:    98-11-30 19:04:02 EST
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: You did a good job on those tickets and we're looking forward to seeing you. At least you'll get a
couple of big meals and whatever else you can grab.
Bernice and Howie have long gone back north and I doubt if  they're still alive.  If so they're in their
eighties.
Here the weather is pleasant but much warmer than it should be.  First time I've gone this long without
starting up the fireplace.  But Santa Claus doesn't seem to care -- he's already all over the place.  Who
gave birth to so many of them?  That's all from here, dadSubj:    (no subject)
Date:    98-11-26 10:14:03 EST
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul:  Happy Thanksgiving!  dad and momSubj:    Re: Thanks for the gift
Date:    98-11-26 00:02:31 EST
From:    justv@mci2000.com (justv)
Reply-to:    justv@mci2000.com (justv)
To:    PLIORIO@aol.com

Dear Paul,
I'm so glad that you like the magazine.  It just seemed so perfect to me.  I
very much look forward to seeing you when you are in town.  I guess it will
have to be sometime on the 24th.  Maybe in the afternoon before your
family's Christmas Eve gathering?  Do you need/want a ride from the airport?
Let me know.  I hope to hear from you soon.  Love, V.
-----Original Message-----
From: PLIORIO@aol.com
To: justv@mci2000.com
Date: Tuesday, November 24, 1998 5:53 PM
Subject: Thanks for the gift


>Dear V,
>
>Just received your terrific and amazing gift, which I'm going to read from
>cover to cover over Thanksgiving weekend!  Thanks a bunch.  I love that
kind
>of stuff and savor every detail.  Ybor is such a cool place to find offbeat
>things -- kind of like Canal St. in NY.
>
>So let's get together over the X-mas holidays, if you're in town.  I'll be
in
>the bay area (which sounds so much better than Tampa, no?) on the 24th and
>25th only!
>

>Hope all's well. Happy Thanksgiving.  Love, Paul
>

Subj:    Re: Tuesday
Date:    98-11-17 21:38:32 EST
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul:  Yes, send the article.  I saw two meteors shoot across the house at 4 A.m.  They looked like
fireworks from USF. dadSubj:    Re: Saturday
Date:    98-11-16 18:54:54 EST
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul:  Good article.  Gets to the personalities of the men who were really revolutionary.  Had a hectic day
on Saturday.  Pam and gang plus Vicki and her family stopped over as I was cooking for the next group
of guests.  Had a good dinner and then off to the movies.  The film did not come up to expectations.
Some brilliant scenes, but too many flaws.  Also in the second half of the film the  horror overwhelms the
comedic.  But it was worth seeing.  That's it from here.  dadSubj:    To Mark Lundgren
Date:    98-11-17 12:46:00 EST
From:    PLIORIO
To:    PLIORIO

DATE:    NOVEMBER 15, 1998
TO         MARK LUNDGREN
FROM :  PAUL IORIO

As requested, I've sent all the information we spoke about on Friday to you and Ruthe Stein through
Ruthe;  I've asked her to route it to you after she reads it. 

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to call me at 323-882-6504 or to e-mail me at
pliorio@aol.com. 

Subj:    IORIO TO STEIN
Date:    98-11-17 12:48:40 EST
From:    PLIORIO
To:    PLIORIO

Subj:    TO LIZ LUFKIN (FORWARD OF STORY)
Date:    10/31/98
To:    llufkin@sfgate.com

Subj:    EDWARD NORTON STORY
Date:    10/16/98
To:    steinr@sfgate.com


DATE:        16 October 1998
TO:             Ruthe Stein
FROM:       Paul Iorio

Here's the Edward Norton story. 

All quotes from Norton come from an audiotaped interview I did with
him last night at the Red restaurant in West Hollywood. 

The information attributed to The Los Angeles Times comes from
articles published in The Times on September 13, 1998 and on June
23, 1998.   (I requested an interview with Tony Kaye but could not
reach him.)

Please do not use the George magazine article as a reference,
because it's in error on some points. 

If you have questions, feel free to call me at 213-882-6504. 

And thanks for the assignment.
Paul
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Edward Norton, Defending a Risky Move

By Paul Iorio

Edward Norton has just finished a long day working with Brad Pitt
on the new David Fincher movie, "The Fight Club," and stops in at a
West Hollywood restaurant for a late night cup of tea.  He takes a
seat in an outdo

Subj:    Re: MOM AND DAD
Date:    98-11-12 17:50:26 EST
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: Received the Chron.  Great article.  I found it very interesting.  I didn't know there were protests
about Ryan.  Of course nothing really  bothers me anyway.  Think of the works of literature that can be
protested -- Shakespeare all the way to Twain, Melville, Thoreau, Eliot, Joyce, Hemingway, Fitzgerald --
you name them.  And include anyone who tells a joke.  If the joke is on the teller there will be a protest
from those who think it is an assault on selfhood.  The question is was hatred behind it?  Even then hatred
is not against the law unless one acts on it.  see what the article does -- it gets people to think and that's
part of what makes a good piece. 
Work on the ticket and see what you come up with.  More later -- dad Subj:    Re: TO DAD
Date:    98-11-11 12:34:08 EST
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: No late notices from anywhere.   T he wine is coming along.  Mark worries about it, I'm busy
covering all the bases and on Saturday we'll go see the Binigni film.  The weather here is a bit on the
warm side  making it seem as if Xmas is a year away.  I understand that La Nina is suppose to give us a
colder than usual winter.  I hope so.  I hope I have some news next time -- dadSubj:    Re: TO MOM
Date:    98-11-11 10:27:38 EST
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Dear Paul - It will mean a lot to Dad and me to have the whole family together if only for a few days.
There are a lot of different air fares out there and Xmas is a hard time to get a bargain - but shop around.
I know you are very busy so do the best you can.  If you can't manage it, let me know.

This is Veterans' Day so I have the day off which is great.  I'm trying to get some things done around the
house.

The work you are doing for the Chronicle is first rate.  I keep all the articles for the archives.

Looking at the calendar, Xmas is not too far away.  I want to keep this Xmas simple - not do a lot of
shopping and just relax with the family.  Think about what you want.  Would you like me to send you the
money to buy a nice jacket or something like that?  I would like to get something that you would really
want and need.  Let me know.

We are both fine and hope that you are taking care of yourself.  Lots of love,

Re: TO MOM
Date:    98-11-11 10:27:38 EST
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Dear Paul - It will mean a lot to Dad and me to have the whole family together if only for a few days.
There are a lot of different air fares out there and Xmas is a hard time to get a bargain - but shop around.
I know you are very busy so do the best you can.  If you can't manage it, let me know.

This is Veterans' Day so I have the day off which is great.  I'm trying to get some things done around the
house.

The work you are doing for the Chronicle is first rate.  I keep all the articles for the archives.

Looking at the calendar, Xmas is not too far away.  I want to keep this Xmas simple - not do a lot of
shopping and just relax with the family.  Think about what you want.  Would you like me to send you the
money to buy a nice jacket or something like that?  I would like to get something that you would really
want and need.  Let me know.

We are both fine and hope that you are taking care of yourself.  Lots of love, Mother
Subj:    TO DAD
Date:    98-11-10 00:27:37 EST
From:    PLIORIO
To:    PLIORIO

Dear Dad, 

Well, hope NaNell defies medical expectations and lives to a hundred!   I hope I inherited some of her
genes (84 years old!) 

And anytime you're online and want to send a real-time message, please do iit.  I'd enjoy it anytime for
any reason. 

Things are busy.  Hope all's well.  Paul

Subj:    TO MOM
Date:    98-11-10 00:13:51 EST
From:    PLIORIO
To:    PLIORIO

Dear Mom,

Thanks for the e-mail.  Yes, I'd love to visit for Christmas and am trying to find a way to make it work
financially and time-wise.  Because work is coming at a faster pace (at least for now), I have to make the
visit brief.

I think the cheapest way to do it may be to fly in on Christmas day and back out the same or next day.
I'm thinking up radical solutions. I'll let you know what I get. 

I'm operating on all pistons work-wise.  I'm sending my latest story this week. 

Hope all's well with you and dad.  Love, PaulSubj:    Re: Paul "The Body" Iorio
Date:    98-11-09 21:24:27 EST
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Dear Paul - You have been doing some very interesting interviews and we are very proud of the articles. 
I'm writing about Xmas.  We would love to have you home and to have everyone together at least once a
year.  But, I have a little trouble with the plane fare.  Is there some way you can pay for the ticker?  As
you know, paying the rent and the credit card takes a big bite out of our finances.  They must not pay you
very much for the articles which is too bad.

I notified my Dean that I will be retiring on March 31st and now that I have made up my mind, I am
really looking forward to it.  A big part of my retirement will be Social Security and I do worry that if
you don't get a job with benefits, you won't even have Social Security to rely on when you get older.
Believe me, the time goes along fast.

You situation is a constant worry for me and I hope it is resolved soon - more for your sake than mine.
Give me your thoughts about Xmas.
Take good care of yourself.  Love, Mother.Subj:    Re: Sunday
Date:    98-11-09 19:01:22 EST
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: NaNell went to the University of Penn medical center for a checkup.  The doctors said they had
never seen such clean arteries in a woman of her age.  But her heart is weak. Afterall, she never did any
exercise and carries too much weight.  It's remarkable that she has reached 84 or will be soon.
Things move slowly here.  Nothing but routine stuff.  But plenty of work.
I notice that my buddy list shows your name from time to time when you're on the internet, but I don't
want to interrupt your work.  It may catch you in the middle of a paragraph, two  minutes before a
deadline.  Talk to you later  -- dad
Subj:    Re: Paul "The Body" Iorio
Date:    98-11-06 06:29:48 EST
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul:  Ventura won't be that bad.  He's the 60's with muscle and he's probably the best arm twister since
LBJ.  
One piece of news.  NaNell went to the University of Pennsylvania for a checkup on a heart that's failing.
The doctors said they had never seen cleaner arteries in a woman that age.  It's the wine and olive oil.
Now if she had only exercised and watched her weight she would have made it to 100. 
Nothing new here.  dad Subj:    SCHUMER
Date:    98-11-05 15:09:05 EST
From:    PLIORIO
To:    PLIORIO

Dear Buppy.

Thankfully, the New York Senate seat is now held by someone from New York City instead of central
Long Island.  D'Amato was not only irritating in his suburban Long Island way but he also wasn't
representing his urban constituents well.  If a New York senator doesn't represent the urban agenda in the
Senate, then who will?  Certainly not the Senators from Wyoming and Montana.  And Wyoming gets two
votes in the Senate, just like New York, even though you can put its entire population in a couple condos
on the upper west side.  So the Senate already underrepresents the urban population.

Subj:    Re: the future
Date:    98-11-05 08:13:15 EST
From:    PDIorio
To:    PLIORIO

Yes, i think Minnesota is on the right track. Well, I am not too depressed about bush since it was
expected for the past 4 months. Our party on the state level, and local, needs some freshness. i am trying
to get our Young Democrats to become The democrats! So, democrats made history and maybe the
republicans got a message. What made me the happiest was D'Amato (however it's spelled)  He is so
irritating- the only problem now is that he will get his own talk show!!
Love, BupSubj:    LATER
Date:    98-11-04 22:16:31 EST
From:    PLIORIO
To:    PLIORIO

Dear Dad,

Thanks for the moola once more. 

I'm taking a much more aggressive approach on the job front, making sure that I get a result quickly. 

The real big news of the night is Jesse "The Body" Ventura.  In a sophisticated state like Minnesota?  I
hardly believe it.  I'm sure Humphrey is stunned.  This is the triumph of the Jerry Springer nation, which
could translate into a presidential bid.  President Ventura?  It's not so far-fetched. 

Subj:    Re: Wednesday
Date:    98-11-04 18:22:06 EST
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul:  We'll send it. As for the job, don't wait for them to tap you.  And don't count on one outlet.
The election turn out great.  Except for Bush here, the good guys did okay. But the D'Amato and
Faircloth debacles were worth waiting for.  be talking'  dadSubj:    Re: Election Day!  Get Out and
Vote!
Date:    98-11-03 16:30:14 EST
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: I got the Abram story today.  I like that picture -- a real pose.  I wish I could do that without
laughing.
On politics, you're right on. Or is it rat-on?  I think Giuliani's excuse is that he had a stroke when he was
born.  Or maybe his parents did. Here it looks as if  Bush is in.  But Graham will be in and most of the
good democrats will make it.  I'll know by nine o'clock.  It is now a frustrating 4:20.   With a presidential
scandal and mid term elections the reps should have really made  big gains.  Instead they're limping.
That's a defeat.  Meanwhile Jefferson has come to the aid of Clinton.  Now for some lasagna and
minestrone.  Talk to you later  -- dad

Subj:    Re: Sunday
Date:    98-11-02 22:16:20 EST
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul:  It's going to be interesting tomorrow night.  I just hope for a large turnout and maybe the people
are disgusted enough to do that.  I can't figure out why Koch supports D'Amato.  There must be
something in New York I'm missing.  The results will be disappointing for the reps. The party in power
has lost every midterm election except one since reconstruction and often they have lost as many as fifty
or so seats.  This time, it will be maybe 8 in the house and two in the senate.  That's dismall for the reps
who have a president in a scandal. 
Things race along here.
Now to ligten up.  A guy tattoed a dollar sign on his penis.  When asked why, he said, "I can hold on to
my money.  I can watch it grow, and when the wife says lets blow money on the town, I say let's stay
home and save money."   Adios, dadSubj:    Re: sunday
Date:    98-11-01 11:39:37 EST
From:    PDIorio
To:    PLIORIO

hi Paul- I predict that the rep. will not do as well as they should in a normal mid term election year. I
agree that this impeachment stuff is beginning to turn. however, not enough to help MacKay. He's the
Bob Dole of the democrats and is not going to win.
Do hope that boxer wins, i hate to see a woman senator get bounced when there are so few to begin
with!
Gotta go- thanks for your election sentiment. love, BupSubj:    Re: Friday
Date:    98-10-31 18:38:44 EST
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul:  Both jokes are good.  Did I tell you about the big  Clinton Day sale at Burdine? All the pants are
half off.  Okay, okay -- it isn't mine.  Here's another:
a young woman underwent sugery and then asked the doctor how soon can she have sex.  The doctor
seemed bewildered.  "What's wrong?" she asked,  The doctor said, "Well, its not usual for someone to
ask that after having their tonsils out, miss Lowinsky" 
I probably told you both of them.  Two days again I answered 14 e-mail messages so I don't know what I
told anybody.  If you have heard them, just smile.
Now that the Lewinsky matter has blown --blown? up in their faces, the reps don't have any issues.
They really thought ahead on this one.
Received the article today.  Looks great and mother is reading it now.  More later. dadSubj:    Re:
Thursday
Date:    98-10-30 08:49:06 EST
From:    PDIorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul, I could see the space shuttle go up from my office window. it was a beautiful blue sky, a cloudless
day, and the view was beautiful. So, good for him, I think it is good that he was able to go up in space
again. Do you know that there have been 92 space shuttle flights? Amazing. The flights have become so
commonplace that we don't even notice them, unless a 77 year old is aboard.
So, got to get to work, Love, BUPPYSubj:    Re: Thursday
Date:    98-10-29 17:33:59 EST
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul:  I saw the space launch on TV.  Mother saw it in the sky from HCC.    I think it said LUCY.
Politics is heating up here too.  But McKay still doesn't have much of a chance. All it all it's a mixed bag.
We'll have to wait and see.   Cooking -- ciao, dad


Subj:    Re: Monday
Date:    98-10-27 20:38:53 EST
From:    PDIorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul- I do want a woman president- not a republican one though!  I wonder when. Well, after hillary
dumps Bill, maybe she will run, after all, they don't have a house anywhere else.  I hope Boxer wins too.
Off to read. love, BUPPYSubj:    Re: Monday
Date:    98-10-27 18:18:21 EST
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: This film sounds really good and the interview motivates me to see it.  I always thought Norton
could play just about any role from bad frat boy to alien intruder. 
My weariness doesn't mean anything.  Today I felt great and worked all day.  I don't know how my father
made 200 gallons -- alone.  No wonder he beat up the kids on a regular basis.  Nothing else going on that
is important, so, so long for now, dadSubj:    Re: Saturday
Date:    98-10-26 20:31:58 EST
From:    PDIorio
To:    PLIORIO

That's great that you talked with Bean. i think i would prefer the earth too, though wouldn't mind visiting
the moon. (As long as the bathrooms were clean)  Are you doing a profile on him? 
Yes, Bush will win. help- two governor Bushes and soon, perhaps, another president Bush. Hard to
believe that this is a family dynasty.
Did Daddy tell you that he spoke at the service for Jacques Abram? Apparently, it went very well.
I'm afraid this election year will not be good for Dems- so when is the pendulum supposed to start
swinging back? In our lifetime?????
See you.. love, BUPSubj:    Re: Saturday
Date:    98-10-26 22:07:19 EST
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul:  My bones are weary.  Today we pressed the grapes and I brought home my ten gallons os murky
liguid that will turn to wine I hope.  It already tastes good, but we'll begin drnking it in four or five
months.  Meanwhile it's rest time.  dadSubj:    Re: Thursday
Date:    98-10-23 22:34:38 EDT
From:    PDIorio
To:    PLIORIO

Hi Paul. I am so busy I can't stand it. looking forward to the election being over. Do you know that
caitlin is reading at the 8th grade level? both are playing soccer and are doing very well in school. As for
me- work, school, and family-- and sleep- where i am going right now.
did i tell you i enjoyed your article on hayden's son? send me more!
love, BupSubj:    Re: Wednesday
Date:    98-10-22 21:05:19 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul:  It was Caitlin who performed and she was part of a large group and I had no idea what the story
was about.  The title was "The Emperor's Fate."

We crushed the grapes on Wednesday.  That was hard work.  Now it's up to the laws of the grapes to
produce the wine.  The grapes came from Fresno and they are the best I have tasted.  This means a good
wine unless we muck it up.  On Sunday or Monday we press and bring it home.  Today I moped around -
- I don't think  I can take 25 years at hard labor so my crimes will have to be minor ones.  Ciao,
dadSubj:    Re: TO MOM
Date:    98-10-22 20:50:29 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Dear Paul - Yes, my driving has become more enjoyable since Daddy has transferred the CD's to audio
tapes so that I can listen to them in my car.  They are wonderful!

I desperately hope that you will be getting a permanent job.  I really worry about it.  So, good luck. 

I have set my retirement date to March 31st and am really looking forward to it - starting to count the
days!

Take good care of yourself.  Love,  MotherSubj:    Re: The Grimace idea
Date:    98-10-20 16:54:03 EDT
From:    Susan_Kelly@newyorker.com
To:    PLIORIO@aol.com

Great! I've filed this away pending further Grimace discoveries. We'd
probably be interested in a piece a lot closer to the opening date, but
obviously with this one, the buzz will start to become deafening much
earlier
--------------------

—I'd guess early spring. In any case, keep me posted down the line.

Sue




PLIORIO@aol.com on 10/20/98 04:08:26 PM

To:   Susan Kelly/TNY
cc:
Subject:  The Grimace idea



--------------------

Ms. Susan Kelly
The New Yorker

Dear Sue,

Thanks for your e-mail.

I agree that The Grimace piece needs to be developed a bit more.  I'll
look again at Kubrick's first films to see if any of the characters
Grimace.  And I like your idea of speculating on where The Grimace
might appear in "Eyes Wide Shut."

The new film isn't out until July 16, so there's time to nail down the
story.  Let's talk soon.

Sincerely,
Paul Iorio




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Subj:    Re: Tuesday
Date:    98-10-20 16:12:47 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul:  Jack was even better known in Europe and there's a long list of  famous people he knew including,
of all people, Daniel Shorr.  he went to school with him and Shorr visited him here during a party.
Got to leave in an hour or so to watch Caitlin and Graham perform at their school.  Ciao, dadSubj:
GRIMACE
Date:    98-10-20 06:50:27 EDT
From:    PLIORIO
To:    PLIORIO

Dear Sue,

Thanks for your e-mail. 

I agree that The Grimace idea needs to be developed a bit more.  I''ll look again at Kubrick's first films to
see if any of the characters Grimace.    And I like your idea of speculating about the points at which a
Grimace might occur in "Eyes Wide Shut." 

The new film isn't out until July 16th, so there's time to nail it down.   

Please feel free to call or e-mail me. 

Sincerely,
Paul Iorio


Subj:    Re: Sunday night
Date:    98-10-19 16:29:22 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul:  I was glad to get the obit.  I sent copies to Graham in England and Jay.
Today I had the septic tank drained.   Twenty years of stockpiling sort of clogged it. Twenty years and it
was all done within an hour.  All gone.
The weather hasn't changed much here, but by the weekend we should expect the face of fall to peer
through.  After they left my computer crashed, and after an hour I managed to get it back again. Whew!
Scary.  That's all for now.  dadSubj:    Re: Kubrick Grimace
Date:    98-10-19 14:27:59 EDT
From:    Susan_Kelly@newyorker.com
To:    PLIORIO@aol.com

Dear Paul,

Your Kubrick Grimace struck us as the kind of observation that works as a
jumping-off point for Talk of the Town, but I guess it would need to be
nailed down more. In other words, we could potentially do something sort of
light, witty and speculative as to how The Grimace would evince itself in
"Eyes Wide Shut," but it's only convincing if we can nail down the
appearance of The Grimace in ALL of Kubrick's films (or can reasonably
explain its absence in some of them). So if, over the next few months (when
is the movie set to open again?), you have the time and the inclination to
do a little reviewing of some of the other Kubrick films and find other
instances of The Grimace, then perhaps we could go forward. Keep me posted.

Sue




PLIORIO@aol.com on 10/12/98 12:17:57 PM

To:   Susan Kelly/TNY
cc:
Subject:  Kubrick Grimace




12 October

Ms. Sue Kelly
The New Yorker

Dear Sue,

Thanks for your e-mail.

To answer your question, I've never heard anybody mention The Kubrick
Grimace
before.  And I've never seen an article or book that mentions it.  But The
Grimace is clearly in many Kubrick films and may in fact be in all or most
of
them (I'd have to re-examine his first movies to be certain).

Thanks for your interest.  And please feel free to call me at 213-882-6504
or
to e-mail me at pliorio@aol.com if you'd like to develop the idea into a
Talk
of the Town story.

Sincerely,
Paul Iorio
1332 N. Detroit St.
#5
Los Angeles, CA   90046
Ph.:  213-882-6504
E-mail:  pliorio@aol.com






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Subj:    Re: Saturday
Date:    98-10-18 16:28:29 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul:  I'm glad you sent me the obit.  I would have missed it. 
Yes, I remember Edward Norton.  I'll be looking forward to the article.  Here the gang is over for dinner.
It is 4:27 Sunday.   After they leave I will collapse for about an hour before resuming work.  I need to
answer some student  questions. 
On Wednesday I'll be helping to make wine.  Mark and Frank also will help.  They will make five gallons
apiece.  But I understand the weather has been so bad in California that the grapes are not up to par.  Just
what OI need -- hard work without hope of quality.  That's about all from here.  dadSubj:    Re: Tuesday
Date:    98-10-14 20:26:40 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: You're  right! I'll only be 91.  Maybe I can start a new family. 
I know we're on the right planet and I'm glad that when my father left Italy, he didn't shop around for a
new planet.  I would like to see the article when it comes out.  Meanwhile, good luck and ciao!
dadSubj:    Re: Sunday
Date:    98-10-13 08:09:25 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul:  I won't be around in 2020 -- you'll have to do it for me.
Gave a Columbus Day speech yesterday on Bayshore and it went very well.  Had a good time doing it. 
One joke I did not use -- Isbella, "The world is flate."
Chris: "The world is round; you're flat."
Weather still hot, son I'll get back to some inside work.  More later, dadSubj:    Re: Thursday
afternoon
Date:    98-10-09 17:48:43 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul:  I wish you luck in getting that job.  It is important as you know.

Whether the impeachment went forward or not, Clinton's place in history would not have been a high
one. I still fault him for being stupid enough to leave himself open when he knew there were people out
there waiting to get him.  If a boxer did that he would flat on the canvas. Cuomo would have seen the
punch coming and it would have been the other guy on the canvus.  But I think Clinton will weather it
and in the end it will appear as a footnote in bold letters.  Meanwhile things are are busy busy.  Days are
too short and Mary and George may be stopping by.  More later. dadSubj:    Re: Kubrick query
Date:    98-10-09 16:17:07 EDT
From:    Susan_Kelly@newyorker.com
To:    PLIORIO@aol.com

Dear Paul,

Thanks for your Kubrick queries. I've talked to Susan Morrison about them,
and I think as they are, we're going to pass. However, we were intrigued by
some of your observations in the "How to Spot a Kubrick Movie" piece,
especially your pointing out the existence of "The Grimace" in all his
films. Is this something lots of film buffs know about? Can an example of
"The Grimace" be identified in every one of his films? Let me know. If so,
maybe there's a way to do that as an angle on its own.

Sue Kelly




PLIORIO@aol.com on 09/30/98 07:06:18 PM

To:   Susan Kelly/TNY
cc:
Subject:  Kubrick query




30 September 1998

Ms.Susan Morrison
Editor
Talk of the Town
The New Yorker

Dear Ms. Morrison,

I'd like to pitch two stories about Stanley Kubrick's "Eyes Wide
Shut" to you for Talk of the Town.

I'm a freelance writer and reporter, most recently for The San
Francisco Chronicle, The Los Angeles Times,  and Reuters.   I've
also written for The New York Times, The Was



30 September 1998

Ms.Susan Morrison
Editor
Talk of the Town
The New Yorker

Dear Ms. Morrison,

I'd like to pitch two stories about Stanley Kubrick's "Eyes Wide
Shut" to you for Talk of the Town.

I'm a freelance writer and reporter, most recently for The San
Francisco Chronicle, The Los Angeles Times,  and Reuters.   I've
also written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, Details,
Spy, the Village Voice and many other publications.  I'm based in Los
Angeles and write and report mostly about movies.  If you'd like to
see clips of my recent work, please let me know.

The first article tracks down clues about the secret plot of the
Kubrick film and examines the novelette on which the movie is based,
"Rhapsody:  A Dream Novel" by Arthur Schnitzler.

In several instances, I've matched "Rhapsody"'s plot with
descriptions about the movie from various sources.   For the most
part, I've quoted internet sources only when they describe scenes that
strongly resemble passages that are also in "Rhapsody."   So, for
example, if there is a ballroom scene in the book and there are
rumors of a ballroom scene in "Eyes Wide Shut," then I report the
similarity.

Subj:    Re: FRIDAY
Date:    98-10-08 19:49:34 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: I guess the hearings will go on and on and on.  There's no definition of what is impeachable, so it's
an invesitgation in search of a crime.  But I've been thinkling (rare for me) the Republicans are in a bind.
If they pursue this to political advantage and win across the country, the president will be removed.  That
means the Reps will have voted for Gore.  If the whole thing is a wash, they will have to fold their tents
and leave. So it's a no win situation for them.  Remember, you heard it here first.
Jack has died.  he wentpainlessly and without consciousness. In a week or so they will hold a memorial
at which I will be asked to speak. 
All else goes as expected.  I need to get outside and do some work, but the weather hasn't broken yet.
I cut the grass two days ago and it was 90.  Enuff from here, dadSubj:    Re: Saturday
Date:    98-10-05 09:44:53 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: Don't worry about attending any funeral.  You've got to make enough money to get out from under
this burden which is not doing anyone any good.
Yes, I knew Roland personally and Bup talks with his son, the new owner, every week. She was an
honorary pallbearer.  Good luck on a job --dadSubj:    SATURDAY TO DAD
Date:    98-10-03 03:17:45 EDT
From:    PLIORIO
To:    PLIORIO

Dear Dad,

Very sorry to hear about Jacques Abram.  In my view, he was the best of the family friends -- certainly
the most creative.  Even though he's been in decline for awhile, it's still a bit depressing. 

I would definitely attend the funeral if I had the resources, but at this point I don't think I can even make
rent for October.  (Incidentally, can I possibly borrow the rent?   Hopefully, I can settle the financial
problems this month -- things are in the works.)

But back to Abram:  let me know when the funeral is.  I'll send a card to Jonathan.  And if things turn
around financially in time, I might just attend -- but I doubt it.    Subj:    Re: Friday
Date:    98-10-02 16:51:56 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul:  I'll drink two to you.
Today I attended the funeral services for Roland Monteiga,  he died a few days ago.  I think it was
cancer.  All the big guns were in attendance, Chiles,MacKay etc etc.  Turned out to be an interesting
affair. 
Jonathon Abram called today and said his father was dying from a heart attack.  I asked if it would help if
I visited.  He said no -- he was gone and it was just a matter of time.  Then I heard that Cleon Capsas
died two weeks ago.  Hey -- this is getting to be like combat. 
Let's see -- for the good news -- the temp will drop about two degrees on Sunday.  That's it from here --
dadSubj:    RE: Query for Clif Garboden
Date:    98-10-02 08:09:56 EDT
From:    cgarboden@exchange.wfnx.com (Clif Garboden)
Reply-to:    cgarboden@exchange.wfnx.com (Clif Garboden)
To:    PLIORIO@aol.com (PLIORIO)

I forwarded you message to our Associate Artts Editor, Jon Garelick. thanks for your interest. - Clif
Garboden

PLIORIO wrote:
>1 October 1998
>
>Mr. Clif Garboden
>Senior Managing Editor
>Boston Phoenix
>
>Dear Mr. Garboden,
>
>I'd like to pitch two stories about Stanley Kubrick's "Eyes Wide
>Shut" to you for The Phoenix.  >

Subj:    Re: THURSDAY
Date:    98-10-01 11:30:42 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: The talk here is that we'll be making wine in about a week.   I'll be on the lookout for the movie,
Tucci is a participant in the Public TV segment on the Italians.  I was surprised to see him among the
older ones who had a closer proximity to the immigration era.  Nothing else -- dad
Subj:    Re: WEDNESDAY
Date:    98-09-30 17:23:13 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul:  I'll go along on your choices with enthusiasm.  But I wouldn't mind Kerry of Mass in there.  Maybe
the democrats can run three.  And I have no idea what Forbes' issues were. 
In Florida Bush is ahead by ten or more points.  But who knows what will happen in the next month.  His
ads are sickeningly folksy.  He's the kid next door.  In most neighborhoods people don't want the kid next
door as their governor. 
The temp here only gets to 88 now; so there's a change.  More later -- dadSubj:    Re: regarding
Kubrick query
Date:    98-09-30 12:24:48 EDT
From:    pancakej@washpost.com
To:    PLIORIO@aol.com

I think I'm going to pass on the Kubrick piece....We're just too jammed
with stuff right now to get in much from freelancers.


Subj:    Re: TUESDAY
Date:    98-09-29 17:50:24 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul:  I'm hoping for Kerry of Mass or Bradley who is making noises and appearing in all places, New
Hampshire.  Don't count on Cuomo.  Can you imagine the flood of innuendoes?  All is okay so far.
dadSubj:    Re: Kubrick query
Date:    98-09-29 18:31:09 EDT
From:    Rick TNY
To:    PLIORIO

I'm the wrong guy to send stuff like this to. I'm not executive editor any more, just a humble scribe. The
person you want to be in touch with is the editor of Talk of the Town, Susan Morrison, or her assistant,
Sue Kelly. Sue's email address is Susan_Kelly@newyorker.com.
Hendrik Hertzberg
Subj:    Re: Monday
Date:    98-09-28 19:47:30 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul:  The Democrats have had a good week.  It's enough to give the Reps rabies.  Imagine if you're a
DeLay (former fertilizer seller) or Barr and you push all the right buttons to kill off Clinton and instead
you get an increase in his approval rating.   If this keeps up you're going to get a lot of bald republicans
most of it self inflicted.
The weather here is moderating just a bit.  A non Floridian would never notice it. This means I'll get
outside and do some work that has to be done before the place is condemned for health reasons.  That's it
from here. dad  Subj:    Re: ryan
Date:    98-09-27 20:14:22 EDT
From:    PDIorio
To:    PLIORIO

Hi Paul- i thought Private ryan was a great movie-- beautifully done. I was discussing w/ daddy this
evening- I wonder if the many accomplishments of the post-war generation came, in part from a feeling
that "wow- if i survived that- I  might be destined for something important so I better make something of
myself" It would be hard to go through such an experience, see your friends die all around you in such a
random way, and not feel that somehow you were saved from it all.  Anyway, i thought the movie had
great actors, and was done in such a moving way- showing the horror of war in a way that i have not
seen done before. We don't see many movies so I haven't seen the one you mentioned. (Mostly we see
them on video)
Working on a term paper- talk to yo---love, bupSubj:    Re: Ronin
Date:    98-09-27 14:47:38 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: I will havwe to find time to see the DeNiro film. 
When Georges was threatening I threw a lot of stuff into the pool.  Now I've got to get it all out.  At
least it'll be clean.  All is quiet and I'm waiting for the temperature to break.  dadSubj:    Re: Keep me
posted
Date:    98-09-27 14:35:25 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul:The storm was a no-show.   Our weekend storms are more impressive. We were lucky that it moved
west and now is about to hit New Orleans.  Okay, bring on the next one.  dadSubj:    hurricane update
Date:    98-09-26 10:48:52 EDT
From:    PDIorio
To:    PLIORIO

Well paul- the hurricane did not hit. in fact the weather has been quieter than usual! here are the top
cliques of the newscasters:
"We dodged the bullet."
"We're not out of the woods yet."
"Better safe than sorry"
"these storms are unpredictable."

NO MORE!!!!
Love, BuppySubj:    hurricane
Date:    98-09-25 08:34:49 EDT
From:    PDIorio
To:    PLIORIO

Well Paul, it looks like we are actually going to get a hurricane! After all these years. Not a direct hit, but
within 100 miles- and this storm has a radius of over 300 miles. Everything is ready- water, batteries,
wine. So, we'll see and afterwards will let you know all the great details. Over and out. Love,
BuppySubj:    Re: Good luck
Date:    98-09-24 16:52:17 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: There won't be any evacuation here.  Chances are the storm will come up the west coast but stay
about 80 miles from the coast.  We'll get high winds and heavy rains from it and that's about all.  Of
course, it can scrap the coast and in that case it would disastter time.  Will keep you posted although
you're doing a good job of keeping up with it.  Stay dry -- dadSubj:    Re: GEORGES ALERT!
Date:    98-09-23 17:03:10 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul:  The ground is already saturated and we don't need a hurricane.  I'll keep you posted until the power
goes out.  Saturday should be D Day.  dadSubj:    Re: DMV
Date:    98-09-22 17:39:10 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul:  Georges is coming.  I've had bad vibes about this one from the time it was born in some African
village. What comes comes.
I watched the tapes as I worked away.  So where was the stalking out of the room?  The show made sex
boring.  Only Al Gore could have brought it lower.  I think there will be a backlash.  People tend to
remember images that give birth to attitudes that then need to be expressed in words.  On this show we
had a Kafkalike set up.  The president was always on camera, showing all human qualities -- anger,
remorse, contrition, compassion, protectiveness and so on.  The interrogators, on the other hand,  were
faceless voices. That imagery will seep in after a while.  Also there was nothing in the four hours that
amount, as Bogart said, to a hill of beans. 
I'll keep you posted on Georges as long as the power holds out.  We should start feeling the effects by
Friday afternoon.  Meanwhile all goes sailing along.   dad Subj:    RE: query on Kubrick
Date:    98-09-22 16:56:15 EDT
From:    dsimmons@villagevoice.com (Doug Simmons)
To:    PLIORIO@aol.com ('PLIORIO@aol.com')

Paul, I'm printing out your query and forwarding it to film editor Abby Nolan. Doug

-----Original Message-----
From:    PLIORIO@aol.com [SMTP:PLIORIO@aol.com]
Sent:    Tuesday, September 22, 1998 4:21 PM
To:    dsimmons@villagevoice.com
Cc:    PLIORIO@aol.com
Subject:    query on Kubrick


22 September 1998

Mr. Doug Simmons
Managing Editor
The Village Voice

Dear Doug,

I'd like to pitch two stories about Stanley Kubrick's "Eyes Wide
Shut" to you for the Voice.   

Subj:    Re: Hurricane Georges
Date:    98-09-18 16:42:59 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul:  Seems that Georges is heading right for Tampa, but then I say that of all hurricanes even the
Pacific ones. 
A question: How did you get your photo ID?  Seems that my sister Susie needs one and is having trouble
at the Motor Vehicle Dept. Did you get yours elsewhere?  All's going along here. dadSubj:    hello
Date:    98-09-16 21:34:37 EDT
From:    PDIorio
To:    PLIORIO

Hi Paul- finally got around to reading your article on Tom Hayden's son. GREAT! I loved it- never even
knew about him. And - the  front page! That's great- you are probably developing quite the reputation in
LA. Good for you.
Everything here is fine and busy. Work- school- my class this semester is on 20th century women
activists. Excellent- i have already learned so much and am determined to become more of an activist!
maybe you will be reading about me in the paper one day!
Got an e-mail from the Sticca's-- do you know anyone by that name. they sent it to me by mistake- it
says- Paul, you haven't responded to our e-mail. Anyway- it might be for you since our e-mail addresses
are very similar- because our names are also! So anyway- if you know anyone by that name, i'll forward
their address to you.
Take care, love, BuppySubj:    Re: Wednesday
Date:    98-09-16 10:20:07 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: Schumer has won.  He's a good one and I hope he grabs D'Amato in the right place to make him hit
the high C.
Here Buddy MacKay looks bad. His ads are amateurish while Bush is swarmy and smooth without saying
a thing. He starts off one commercial with the statement, "I'd like to be governor around the idea that
Florida can be a better place."  Very profound.
Here is something profound:  "To be is to do," Nietzsche
"To do is to be," Sartre
"Do be do be do," Sinatra
All is going along here.  Be talking to you.  Dad    Subj:    Wednesday
Date:    98-09-15 23:28:38 EDT
From:    PLIORIO
To:    Jjiorio
CC:    PLIORIO

Dear Dad,

Lieberman's speech was the most alarming, I must admit.  But ultimately, the Democratic leaders in
Congress have to take their marching orders from the people.  And the people won't allow much action
past a censure, if that.  Anything beyond that and Congress risks a backlash that could work in Clinton's
favor. The brand new Wall Street Journal Poll puts his national approval rating near 70%.  That's an
astonishing figure.  (And, truth be told, a lot of Clinton's Democratic "friends" in Congress are also long-
time political rivals, which explains their bad-mouthing.) 

Clinton has inadvertently proved one thing for sure:  he can really take the heat.  Every night he is
chewed up viciously on the evening news but roars back every morning at six with a full slate and not
even a hint of personal instability.  This is exactly the guy I want in Washington when, say, a nuclear blast
from a terrorist incinerates two-million people in Denver and the president has to work around the clock
to decide on the best response. 

In other politics, voters in New York are nominating a Democratic candidate for the Senate tonight;
Ferraro was leading but Schumer's been gaining and Green is not to be ruled out. It'll probably be
Schumer.  Schumer's the pro;  unlike Ferraro, he's  not bewildered or thrown by nasty attacks and false
accusations (and we can be certain D'Amato has plenty of mud for the general election). 

Anyway, hope everything's alright.  Paul
Subj:    Re: MONDAY
Date:    98-09-15 17:35:18 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul:  I hope the software transmission works.  If it works, pin a medal on your chest.
The Clinton case gets worse every day.  If  the Democratic leadership really comes out for resignation,
he's going to have a tough time.  So far I think it will come to a censure.  It is not to the Republicans'
benefit  to remove Clinton. If they do, they'll give Gore a headstart and who among them will catch him? 
Ging?  Good luck, dad Subj:    MONDAY
Date:    98-09-15 01:39:18 EDT
From:    PLIORIO
To:    Jjiorio
CC:    PLIORIO

Dear Dad,

Thanks for sending the software -- glad you got the package I sent. 

Re:  Clinton.  I agree that in order for the crimes to be impeachable, they have to be related to his
performance in office.  People say, "What does the Lewinsky affair say about his judgment?"  To which I
respond, his judgment has been good (even great) in his work, and that's all that counts to me.  Can
anyone come up with even two major examples of bad professional judgment by Clinton?  I can't come up
with one.  Further, one judges his judgment based on results, and the results of his decisions in office
have given us 1) peace and 2) prosperity, goals that have somehow eluded too many previous presidents. 

In other news, I just attended a screening of a new movie, "One True Thing."  Walked out of the theater
and the weather had suddenly shifted to autumn -- it was actually cool. 

Anyway, hope all's okay out there.  Take care. Paul

Subj:    re: mssg from a reader.
Date:    98-09-14 20:47:35 EDT
From:    steinr@sfgate.com (Ruthe Stein)
To:    PLIORIO@aol.com ('Paul Iorio')

hi, paul

ruthe is up in toronto & a fax came to you (i also check her email) re one
of you recent pieces.

a Philip R. Sherwood (attorney) wants to get in touch w/Don LaFontaine.

why don't you e-mail me your fax # and i will send this on to you...if you
would like.

thanks,
catherine bigelow
(415) 777-6238.

Subj:    floppy
Date:    98-09-14 15:47:15 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

File:  INSTALL.ZIP (222740 bytes)
DL Time (9600 bps): < 6 minutes Paul: Got the disk.  I'm making a try at it now.Subj:    Re: Sunday Date:    98-09-13 23:20:57 EDT From:    Jjiorio To:    PLIORIO Paul: I'm not quite sure what you mean about sending software through e-mail.  I don't recall ever using software.  Perhaps the mouse simply came with the unit.  But I will search around for any information I might have. Tribe is right about impeachment. The constitution is fairly clear to me. The crimes must be on the order of bribes and treason.  But the show will go on and in the end it will be a kind of compromise involving censure.  What I keep asking again and again is why did Clinton allow this opening to his enemies?  How stupid can one get? The weather has begun to modify just a bit -- two or three degrees, but clear skies and the slant of light tells me cooler weather is on the way.  That's all for now.  dad Subj:    Sunday Date:    98-09-13 14:45:49 EDT From:    PLIORIO To:    Jjiorio CC:    PLIORIO Dear Dad, I had the old mouse fixed and it works passably for now.  But my idea of having you send the software to me via e-mail is a very valid one.  I asked experts who said it should work.  (The control panel solution you mentioned I've long since tried and discarded.)  So it turns out that The Rev. Ken Starr has cleared Clinton on all charges related to Whitewater.   Can you believe this Starr guy?  Reno asks him for a report on real estate, and she gets a bunch of porno.  The Starr allegations aren't even close to impeachable.  The person who makes the most sense about this is Lawrence Tribe of Harvard.  He is completely correct when he says that breaking the law is not necessarily grounds for impeachment.  It depends what law is broken.  For example, if the president is arrested for j-walking and then lies about it, the offense is insignificant and therefore not impeachable.  Conversely, the president might do something that's not against the law -- say, bomb Canada for no good reason -- that would be grounds for impeachment.  I can't recall ever seeing so much hypocrisy among politicians.  The Clinton bashers are all so pious until you start prying into their own private lives, their own divorce papers (available to the general public down at the local courthouse).   For his own good, Gingrich had better control his people in the House; otherwise, Clinton's people will do it for him, by simply exposing Republicans in like manner (Burton's only the first).  Fair is fair.  Anyway, I'm off to catch a bus to do some Sunday research.  Hope all's well.  Later, Paul Subj:    Re: Wednesday Date:    98-09-10 17:06:30 EDT From:    Jjiorio To:    PLIORIO Paul: Have you tried looking into the control panel?  Click on mouse and you will be offered choices. Select the simplest one (Standard PS/2 Port mouse) and see what happens. I don't remember ever having to use software to load a mouse. But above all don't burn anything into anything.  That's fatal.  Enuf advice, dadSubj:    Re: Getty 2 Date:    98-09-08 18:14:41 EDT From:    Jjiorio To:    PLIORIO Paul: I sent the wrong message about the mouse.  Too much vino.  You have a new mouse, but your drive isn't working. There must be a way around it. Call the place where you bought it and explain it.  If you've done this, give Jay a call.  I always thought the mouse was simply plugged in.  I really don't remember any software.  You may end up doing it manually by looking into your control panel and clicking on mouse and go from there. Let me know what happens.  dadSubj:    Re: EYES WIDE SHUT Date:    98-09-08 17:11:25 EDT From:    ShaneSteve To:    PLIORIO I’d have more luck getting the original parchment Shakespeare wrote "Hamlet" on. Legitimate crews like "Entertainment Tonight" and "Time" can’t even get info from the set.  I’m just a lowly script-dealer with some connections.  I think the request is pretty much impossible to fulfill.  Then again, I did get my hands on an "X-File" script before the movie was out ... Who knows ... If I turn it up, you’ll be the first to know... Thanks...Subj:    Of mice and men Date:    98-09-08 17:46:52 EDT From:    Jjiorio To:    PLIORIO Paul: The relationship of madness to creativity has been studied at length.  But linking it to mediocrity is a new one and a good one and you might do something with it.  One doesn't create because one is mad; one can create because one  can rationally tap into the resevoir of irrationality and madness that he has. A definite advantage, but to create out of madness would produce mad works -- not even mediocre ones. The development of the work itself is one of the most intensely rational acts one can perform.  The resevoir supplies the water, but the act of drinking is a very deliberate one, and as for wine -- well, that's another matter ....     Don't try to fix a mouse.  You can cause other problems.  They are cheap enopugh.  I had one I bought for six dollars.  You can get a good one for ten or so bucks. Look for the computer ads at the big computer stores.      Hot and humid -- so what else is new?  I'll be in touch, dad Subj:    EYES WIDE SHUT Date:    98-09-08 16:11:47 EDT From:    PLIORIO To:    shanesteve@scriptforum.com CC:    PLIORIO Dear V. Gagaliardi, Thanks again for the "Primary Colors" script last spring.    Now I have a very challenging request:  can I get the script for "Eyes Wide Shut," the upcoming Kubrick flick?  I'm at pliorio@aol.com.  Paul Subj:    Getty 2 Date:    98-09-07 13:54:20 EDT From:    PLIORIO To:    Jjiorio CC:    PLIORIO Dear Dad, Couple more things about the Getty.  Everybody who passes by the Van Gogh doesn't talk about the painting itself;  they talk about the fact that he was in the loony bin when he painted it (they know this because it's written on a caption on the wall).   In their mind, this somehow gives Van Gogh ten extra genius points. Even the kids pick up on it:  "He was a genius because he was crazy," they say, repeating whatever they feel their parents want them to say.  But the fact is, this is not a very good Van Gogh at all (it's only a "study").  Someone should write about the link between madness...and mediocrity.  On the homefront, I'm scrambling to get my mouse fixed.  The mouse died months ago, but I fixed it. Now it's gone again.   And I can't download the new mouse because there's no working drive for the software (I even tried burning the driver onto a CD and downloading from there, to no avail). So now I'm trying to get the old mouse fixed by getting someone to reattach the wires that've come out.  It's a small matter that's turning into a big pain.  I feel like Richard III:   "A mouse, a mouse, my kingdom for a mouse!" Anyway, the weather is finally cooler and everyone's talking about the huge Picasso exhibit that's just arrived at the L.A. County Museum (sold out till the end of time).  Hope all's well. Paul   Subj:    Re: The Getty Date:    98-09-07 10:10:04 EDT From:    Jjiorio To:    PLIORIO Paul:  No matter how much money there is in the Getty, it takes time to build up a museum.  I'm glad to get the scope on the place -- now I will pass myself off as an expert.  This method has made me an expert in about fifty fields.  Be talking to you, dadSubj:    Re: FRIDAY Date:    98-09-07 10:07:15 EDT From:    Jjiorio To:    PLIORIO Paul: The election picture seems as bad there as it seems here. Buddy MacKay seems to be floating somewhere beyond retirement and Bush is soap opera swarmy which works anywhere in the country. The blacks don't know which end is up and Clinton will be some kind of factor.  It seems to me that Dorman was always a psychiatric case but no psychiatrist would take him.  He would give Freud nightmares.  Weather is hot and humid here.  One month to go before a break.  Keep going -- dadSubj:    The Getty Date:    98-09-07 00:00:54 EDT From:    PLIORIO To:    justv@mci2000.com CC:    PLIORIO Dear V, Missed your call again and got home too late to return it. Thankfully, there's e-mail.  Was at the Getty museum today.  The building looks like Lincoln Center.  The collection is like outtakes from the Uffizi.  Yeah, there's a Van Gogh, but not a major one (it's actually part of a series of studies he did for a proper painting and it's none too terrific).  There's a nice Brueghel, a good Canova,  but way too many "from the school of" paintings. It's all worth seeing if you're in L.A. for another reason. Anyhoo, it's Sunday night and there's a fog upon L.A.  Have a great Labor Day, Paul Subj:    The Getty Date:    98-09-06 23:30:32 EDT From:    PLIORIO To:    Jjiorio CC:    PLIORIO Dear Mom and Dad, So I finally went to The Getty this morning and here's my view. The buildings look mostly like Lincoln Center.  The big garden is no Boboli.  And the collection itself is mostly like the thinner parts of the Uffizi.  There're lots of "from the school of" or "sketch of" or "study of" or "unfinished" or "the left panel of" and very few major finished free-standing works by major artists. Everyone talks about the Van Gogh "Irises" painting, but even that is one of a series of studies he did for an irises painting (and it really isn't very terrific).  And there's a Cezanne, but it was done before he developed his signature style. There are some pleasant surprises, among them:  Degas's experiments with point of view, a late Canova, an interesting Veronese, a couple fantastic Brueghels, and a Monet "Wheat Stacks."  And then there's Giambologna doing his upward spiral schtick for the umpteenth time.  I was very impressed with a high Renaissance painter named Cavallino, who I hadn't heard of before and who paints a bit like Pontormo.  It's worth seeing if you're already in L.A. for another reason.  Anyway, that's the scoop.  Elsewise, I have a new article in the Chron today and had a couple letters to the editor about my article in yesterday's Times.  I'll send them tomorrow.  Hope all's well. Love, Paul Subj:    Re: Thursday Date:    98-09-04 17:37:22 EDT From:    Jjiorio To:    PLIORIO Paul:  We've received the article and it's a wow!  No one can avoid it and I hope it leads to better things. As for the rent, we'll send it but this has to come to an end for your own good.  It's obvious that the articles cannot support you even on a poverty level. And if there are no permanent jobs in your field, then what is the answer?  I hope you realize how concerned we are.  Meanwhile, good luck.  dad   Subj:     dsimmons@villagevoice.com Date:    98-08-31 12:45:29 EDT From:    PLIORIO To:    PLIORIO 31 August 1998 Mr. Doug Simmons Managing Editor The Village Voice Dear Doug, I'd like to offer this story on actor Troy Garity, the son of Tom Hayden and Jane Fonda, to the Voice for publication.  I've written the profile to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the Democratic National Convention in Chicago.   Garity is currently shooting Subj:    What''s doin'? Date:    98-09-02 20:59:23 EDT From:    justv@mci2000.com (justv) Reply-to:    justv@mci2000.com (justv) To:    pliorio@aol.com Dear Paul,        I got your e-mail at work, but have been too busy to respond during the day.  We have so much work to do.  It's a good thing for a fledgling firm, but a bad thing for a person who so likes to spend time and communicate with her friends.  It's a good thing that I at least enjoy the people I work with and the work I'm doing.      I was on the internet the other night, and for kicks, I typed in your name to see if you had anything new "out there."  I read the article on comic books.  I know I tell you this everytime I read one of your articles, but you do really write so well.  I truly enjoy reading your work.  Send me some stuff.     I haven't seen "Mary" yet.  From all reports, one either really likes the movie or is really put off by it.  I tend to think that I'd be one who likes it.  I'll let you know.  I've seen "The Avengers," which sucked. The only good thing about the release of that movie is the release of the old "Avengers" TV show on video.  I bought six of the tapes the other day.  I've watched one, and it is fantastic.  The filming is quite like Hitchcock.  I also took Roxanne to see "Ever After," the retelling of Cinderella, with Drew Barrymore.  I thought it was a good movie, especially for pre-teen girls.  It's empowering, but that's all the rage now anyway.  I think that's all I've seen recently.  I bought the "Austin Powers" video for Roxanne.  I didn't like it in the theatre, but it's better on video, or my mood is right for mindless slapstick entertainment.     I'd better run.  I'll try to call again next weekend.  It's so hard to catch up with the time difference. Talk to you soon.     Love, V. Subj:    Re: Wednesday Date:    98-09-02 20:13:31 EDT From:    Jjiorio To:    PLIORIO Paul: I hope the heat goes down for you. The heat reduces my production by about half at least. Strangely it's my eyes that won't take it.  Elections were held here yesterday.  All are submediocre.  Pam could easily had taken the secretary of state and I mean easily.  But she said she wasn't ready yet.  Kids and moving to Tallahassee and so forth. Nothing worth while to report from the election front. That's all from here.  Keep plugging for whatever position you're trying for.  dadSubj:    Re: TUESDAY Date:    98-09-01 14:31:26 EDT From:    Jjiorio To:    PLIORIO Paul:  I got the article and it is first rate.  It's a good balance of present activity, background and characterization.  A substantial piece. It will be interesting to see him as an actor.  Mom will read it when she gets home. Too bad about the weather.  Nova Scotia also looks good to me.  But in another month we'll have the bull of summer by the neck.  Your weather should star breaking, but who knows. There is a book out of Los Angeles, reviewed this week, which points out that during the Middle Ages in Europe,  the southern California had one drought that lasted 200 years and another that lasted 150 years.  The author claims another may be coming. Then Nova Scotia will definitely be the place.  Meanwhile, stay cool.  dad Subj:    Re: TO DAD Date:    98-08-31 16:37:42 EDT From:    Jjiorio To:    PLIORIO Paul: Yopu may have to come to Florida to cool off.  But we have another month and a half before the weather becomes bearable.  Mother had a great birthday day.  She loved her gifts and she received many phone calls. So she doesn't feel insignificant afterall.  As for me, I'm trying to get back to some work. Be talking to you.  dadSubj:   Subj:    Re: Wednesday Date:    98-09-02 20:13:31 EDT From:    Jjiorio To:    PLIORIO Paul: I hope the heat goes down for you. The heat reduces my production by about half at least. Strangely it's my eyes that won't take it.  Elections were held here yesterday.  All are submediocre.  Pam could easily had taken the secretary of state and I mean easily.  But she said she wasn't ready yet.  Kids and moving to Tallahassee and so forth. Nothing worth while to report from the election front. That's all from here.  Keep plugging for whatever position you're trying for.  dadSubj:    Re: TUESDAY Date:    98-09-01 14:31:26 EDT From:    Jjiorio To:    PLIORIO Paul:  I got the article and it is first rate.  It's a good balance of present activity, background and characterization.  A substantial piece. It will be interesting to see him as an actor.  Mom will read it when she gets home. Too bad about the weather.  Nova Scotia also looks good to me.  But in another month we'll have the bull of summer by the neck.  Your weather should star breaking, but who knows. There is a book out of Los Angeles, reviewed this week, which points out that during the Middle Ages in Europe,  the southern California had one drought that lasted 200 years and another that lasted 150 years.  The author claims another may be coming. Then Nova Scotia will definitely be the place.  Meanwhile, stay cool.  dad Subj:    Re: TO DAD Date:    98-08-31 16:37:42 EDT From:    Jjiorio To:    PLIORIO Paul: Yopu may have to come to Florida to cool off.  But we have another month and a half before the weather becomes bearable.  Mother had a great birthday day.  She loved her gifts and she received many phone calls. So she doesn't feel insignificant afterall.  As for me, I'm trying to get back to some work. Be talking to you.  dadSubj:     Re: THURSDAY Date:    98-08-29 21:54:12 EDT From:    Jjiorio To:    PLIORIO Paul: Interviewing these people most have been very interesting.  I would love to have been in the background listening.  The story of the dead person is great.  It could be turned into a short story. Imagine -- the people love the woman because she does not campaign and she wins in a landslide.  And when she doesn't show up for the inauguration, the people go wild because they think she is an anti politician and demand that she run for the presidency.  Now finish it.  Mom received the gifts.  She's has been trying to reach you to thank you.  She loved them and I moight add I do too.  I turn them into cassettes so she can play them in the car.  She is now at Pam's babysitting and will probably call you from there.  Enuff from here, good luck, dadSubj:    your joke Date:    98-08-28 02:21:52 EDT From:    PLIORIO To:    MSWoodard CC:    PLIORIO Marko, Regarding your joke: Have you heard about the new computer from Apple, The KENSTARR? Its search engines turn up nothing.  Paul Subj:    DUPLICATE IORIO STORY TO STEIN Date:    98-08-26 19:58:48 EDT From:    PLIORIO To:    steinr@sfgate.com CC:    PLIORIO TO:           RUTHE STEIN FROM:      PAUL IORIO DATE:       AUGUST 26, 1998 Here's the video story on "Medium Cool."  My sources are actor Verna Bloom, who plays the female lead in the film;  actor Peter Bonerz, who plays the role of Gus;  and UCLA professor John Froines, the former Chicago Seven defendant.  All spoke on the record and on audiotape (and, of course, everyone was told they were being recorded). When I write "thirty years ago last week" in the second graf, I'm writing from the point of view of the publication date (Sept. 9). Please call me if you have any questions (I'm at 213-882-6504).  --------------------------------- Video:  "Medium Cool," on the 30th Anniversary of the Chicago Riots By Paul Iorio Haskell Wexler's "Medium Cool" is unique among movies in that it tells a fictional story set amidst an actual historic event:  the Chicago rio Subj:    HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM! Date:    98-08-28 00:17:00 EDT From:    PLIORIO To:    Jjiorio CC:    PLIORIO Dear Mom, Happy birthday to you....happy birthday to you.... I sent some gifts to you which you should receive today at the latest.  I'll be calling (probably early today).  Enjoy the 70th! Love,  Paul Subj:    THURSDAY Date:    98-08-28 00:13:43 EDT From:    PLIORIO To:    Jjiorio CC:    PLIORIO Dear Dad, Well, finally met my deadlines with time to spare (hey, I'm getting good at this!).  So now I'm getting to my e-mail and phone calls, which I've been neglecting for around 48 hours.  We had a minor earthquake the other day, a 3.2 that felt like a 5.5 because it was so close, like someone slamming the side of the apartment. Interviewed Tom Hayden and John Froines the other day.  This is, of course, the 30th anniversary of the Chicago riots.  The more I learn about the events, the more I realize the cops involved should admit they were wrong and offer a public apology to the protesters.  The surprising thing is that people who had witnessed real police states all over the world were genuinely shocked at the brutality in Chicago.  No one died, but the guardsmen had bazookas, which could've easily gone off accidentally -- and then you would've had Daley lying about how the demonstrators fired first and offering up all kinds of fraudulent proof.   My reporting turns up interesting facts:  one in six of the protesters in Chicago that week were actually government agents of one kind or another, according to the Army itself. Thankfully there was the Walker report, the gov't report that forever brands the unrest as a "police riot." Weatherwise, it's hot hot hot, with more hot weather to come.  I'm talking triple digits.  I sent the latest Chronicle story, along with some great gifts for mom.  I'll probably wind up talking to you before you get this message.  Also, here's a very funny story that ran in today's New York Times.  You'll enjoy it.  Hope all's well, glad you missed Bonnie, but I hear Danielle is on the way.  Later, Paul  -- Dead Woman Forces Runoff in Senate Race By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS   O KLAHOMA CITY -- A dead woman, whose name was on the Democratic Party primary ballot, received enough votes on Tuesday to advance to a runoff for the nomination for the United States Senate, leaving political experts puzzled and the party wondering what to do if she wins. Thursday, August 27, 1998 Copyright 1998 The New York TimesSubj:    (no subject) Date:    98-08-24 20:14:32 EDT From:    MSWoodard To:    j.iorio@ieee.org, PLIORIO Caro J, Paulo, Did you hear about Apple's new computer? It's called the CLINTON...it has a six inch hard drive and no memory. MarcoSubj:    Re: Hurricane Bonnie Date:    98-08-24 17:02:05 EDT From:    Jjiorio To:    PLIORIO Paul: We're looking forward to the articles.  As for the hurricane, it helps us because it draws all the rain away from Tampa.  Chances are it will hit North Carolina, but you can't really predict these things. I remember one that went to Jacksonville, stopped, made a loop, head south and into the Gulf of Mexico and hit New Orleans.  Let's hope this one is on track. Maybe it'll hit Jesse Helms' place.  All's fine and for mother's birthday we're going to have a  dinner for six.  That's it from here. dadSubj:    New stories Date:    98-08-19 17:45:02 EDT From:    PLIORIO To:    Jjiorio CC:    PLIORIO Dear Dad, I have two major assigned stories coming up this week back to back and am not getting paid till late next week.  Could I borrow $50 or $75 to tide me over till the checks come and so I can finish these stories? Things will pick up financially in a couple weeks. Anyway, hope that storm blows over okay.  Out here we never seem to get thunder and lightning, unfortunately.  Hope all's well.  Paul Subj:    Re: P.S. Date:    98-08-19 16:26:40 EDT From:    Jjiorio To:    PLIORIO Paul:A book is out on the affairs of presidents.  The authors say that one out of three presidents had extramarital affairs.  Cleveland  fathered a child and Harding would have been a lulu for Starr.  His friends gave the woman 25000 to get out of town and 2000 a month.  In today's money that's big money. And Harding looked so presidential.  We'll keep you posted on Antoinette.  You can't predict these things.  Another storm is coming up, so I'll sign off and shut everything down.  dadSubj:    P.S. Date:    98-08-18 22:40:03 EDT From:    PLIORIO To:    Jjiorio CC:    PLIORIO Dear Dad, By the way, very sorry to hear about Antoinette.  If you talk with her, give her my best wishes.  And let me know if her condition worsens. I'd like to attend the funeral, if there is one.  (I may be able to afford it, since the work I'm doing now will pay off in Sept. and Oct.)  Later, Paul    Subj:    WEDNESDAY Date:    98-08-18 22:24:50 EDT From:    PLIORIO To:    Jjiorio CC:    PLIORIO Dear Dad, I share your disgust with Starr.  The only major commentators who've made sense to me on this issue so far are Carl Bernstein, Michael Moore and Bill Maher.  Most of the other commentators miss the crucial point, which can be summed up in two words:  so what.   One network correspondent, who was sanctimoniously condemning Clinton last night,  was recently picked up for drunken driving after ramming a parked car in Georgetown -- a far worse offense than anything Clinton's been accused of.  The Italian and French media are completely correct in wondering what all the fuss is about.  Imagine a worse tragedy:  suppose Clinton hadn't had sex with Monica and was the victim of credible false accusations.  I've reported on such things and  found how easily people will come to believe almost anything about anyone. (Though that's not the case in this case.)   Anyway, hope all's well.  Things are very busy out here.  I'll send you the new articles when I receive them.  Later, Paul Subj:    Re: Tuesday Date:    98-08-18 17:26:52 EDT From:    Jjiorio To:    PLIORIO Paul:  I couldn't agree with you more about Starr.  Frankly, I think he is a bit of a voyeur in wanting to know the details of a sexual act. What is the point except lick his chops at something he's incapable of doing.  Clinton is no doubt a jerk for putting himself in a position where he could have been ensnared, but Starr will be seen as the zealous fanatical sonofabitch that he is.  My dream is catching him in a revolving door.  He'll become the ultimate spin doctor.  Speaking of spinning, I was spinning a sort of ironic plot. Suppose that Saddam miscues the whole thing and goes on to biological weapons.  Clinton has been defanged and will do nothing.  Down the line, those weapons will be used against Israel.  Someone will then think back and say that it was caused by Monica. A Jewish valley girl did Israel in.  History is nothing if not a portfolio of irony.      Antoinette is not doing well.  Seems that the cancer has returned.  Well find out more. Meanwhile, keep batting -- dadSubj:    Tuesday Date:    98-08-18 11:23:20 EDT From:    PLIORIO To:    Jjiorio CC:    PLIORIO Dear Dad, Yes, the interviews are for stories coming up very very soon.  Tight deadlines (and very tight money).  I may be interviewing Jane Fonda today. I saw Clinton and am very angry at Ken Starr.  As Carl Bernstein said the other night, the system has failed utterly.  The system was never meant to ensnare somebody in this fashion about private sexual matters.  Hmmm.  I thought conservatives were in favor of less government.  That's what they always say, right? Then how come these same conservatives want the government (Starr) to pry into matters about Clinton that are none of anybody's business?  As Michael Moore put it, maybe there'll be a public backlash against Starr's vendetta that will win back Congress for the Democrats in November.  Maybe.  Anyway, hope everything's okay.  Later, Paul   Subj:    Re: TUESDAY Date:    98-08-18 11:23:51 EDT From:    j.iorio@ieee.org (Jay Iorio) Reply-to:    j.iorio@ieee.org To:    PLIORIO@aol.com Dude! Jeez, I just finished paying off some major expenses and am totally cleaned out for another couple of weeks. Sorry about that. Hope things (other than that...) are kool. Send me writing! --dude/east Subj:    TUESDAY Date:    98-08-18 11:11:33 EDT From:    PLIORIO To:    j.iorio@ieee.org CC:    PLIORIO Dear Jay, I have two major deadlines coming up next week but don't get paid for two weeks.  I'll certainly run out of money in a few days.  Can I possibly borrow , say, $75 from you.  (I just borrowed moola from mom and dad for minor medical expenses.) If you can't do it, that's okay.  Please let me know if you can. Thanks. Hope all's well out there.  Things are hot here.  Later, Paul Subj:    Re: Sunday Date:    98-08-17 16:52:29 EDT From:    Jjiorio To:    PLIORIO Paul: Are you interviewing these people?  Sounds very interesting.  Things are going okay here except that everything that does go on is in stifling heat. So what else is new?  The odd thing is that there hasn't been a whisper of a hurricane yet. The Atlantic is getting strange.  Clinton is testifying as I write.  His approval rate should go up another ten points tomorrow.  Be talking to you  -- dadSubj:    IORIO CLIPS TO MYERSON Date:    98-08-14 17:51:07 EDT From:    PLIORIO To:    bmyerson@mprm.com CC:    PLIORIO DATE:       August 14, 1998 FROM:      PAUL IORIO TO:           BOB MYERSON Dear Bob, Here are two representative clips of my work.  The first, on movies made from comic books, appeared as a front page feature in the Los Angeles Times's Calendar section on January 10, 1998.  The second, a profile of Carroll O'Connor, appeared in The San Francisco Chronicle in September of last year.  If you'd like other clips or more information, please let me know.  Please feel free to call me at 213-882-6504 if you'd like to discuss this further. Let's talk soon. Paul Iorio Subj:    Sunday Date:    98-08-16 21:15:29 EDT From:    PLIORIO To:    Jjiorio CC:    PLIORIO Dear Dad, Thanks for sending the money.  I'm working at warp speed to get this job situation resolved now and am trying new approaches.  This afternoon I had a lunch interview with the son of Jane Fonda and Tom Hayden who is the latest Fonda to pursue an acting career (he's playing his dad Hayden in a new movie about Abbie Hoffman).  Anyway, all's well out here.  Like everyone else, I'm awaiting news of Clinton's testimony tomorrow. Hope everything's okay.  Later, PaulSubj:    Re: Wednesday Date:    98-08-14 23:35:54 EDT From:    Jjiorio To:    PLIORIO Paul: We have sent the money.  We hope you're okay. This medical bill should be a wake up call.  I'm sure you know what it means not to have the benefits and how scary that can be.  Without a plan you may not even be admitted to a doctor's office or hospital. The money should arrive at Saturday.  Things go as usual here.  dadSubj:    Wednesday Date:    98-08-12 14:21:24 EDT From:    PLIORIO To:    Jjiorio CC:    PLIORIO Dear Dad, Mom has been urging me to go get a check up for a while.  I did have to go to the doctor at the UCLA Med Center because of a urinary tract irritation -- everything's okay now, but I did have to pay them. Can I possibly borrow $250 so I can cover my budget?  If not, that's okay; I'll make other arrangements. But if you can, send it by regular mail.  Meanwhile, I am making progress toward something at the Chronicle -- but let's not jinx my prospects by talking to anyone about it.  Hope all's well.  Paul Subj:    Re: TO DAD Date:    98-08-11 16:41:16 EDT From:    Jjiorio To:    PLIORIO Paul:  Starr reminds me of Javert in Les Miserables.  In the end he drowns of course.  Let's hope. dadSubj:    TO MOM Date:    98-08-11 12:03:51 EDT From:    PLIORIO To:    Jjiorio CC:    PLIORIO Dear Mom, Eighteen days till B-Day!  The countdown continues.  Love, Paul Subj:    TO DAD Date:    98-08-11 12:37:06 EDT From:    PLIORIO To:    Jjiorio CC:    PLIORIO Dear Dad, As I write this, the stock market is plunging, the heat is rising (nearly a hundred again today), and Clinton's in town.  Can you believe Clinton has to testify before a grand jury in a week?    It just proves that as soon as you become powerful, you become a target.  Thankfully, the public is ignoring the whole thing.  (Suppose they gave a supoena and nobody cared?)  Maybe someone will indict Ken Starr for harassment and defamation and frivolous prosecution (and being a jerk).  Later, Paul Subj:    Merv Date:    98-08-08 18:12:27 EDT From:    PDIorio To:    PLIORIO Paul- enjoyed your Merv Griffin article very much- almost feel  like I ought to have him over for a drink! Real buddy buddy.  So who is your next interviewee? Caitlin and graham start school on thursday- yeah for me! 5th grade and 3rd grade- now weren't those our prime years? Right before life starts to get complicated. love, buppy Subj:    Re: TO MOM Date:    98-08-08 09:21:39 EDT From:    Jjiorio To:    PLIORIO Dear Paul,  Thanks, but don't hurry it along.  I still have a few more weeks before I hit that milestone. (This one definitely takes me over the line from middle age to old). Take care.  Love,  Mother.Subj:    Re: Thursday Date:    98-08-08 09:13:52 EDT From:    Jjiorio To:    PLIORIO Paul: Keep working at both and see what happens, but what you're doing now is not making it and you have too many talents for that.  dadSubj:    TO MOM Date:    98-08-08 01:46:04 EDT From:    PLIORIO To:    Jjiorio CC:    PLIORIO Dear Mom, Uh oh -- I hear from a source that you're nearing the Big Seven-Oh! The countdown has started. Incidentally, I've got a great idea for Mike Barnical's next column:  the seven words you can't say on TV. Love, Paul Subj:    query Date:    98-08-05 11:44:42 EDT From:    PLIORIO To:    dsimmons@villagevoice.com CC:    PLIORIO 5 August 1998 Mr. Doug Simmons Managing Editor The Village Voice Dear Doug, Here's a feature idea that may be of interest to you for the Voice. I'd like to do a humorous Q&A in which I interview Woody Allen as if he were the neurotic animated ant that he plays in the upcoming feature  "Antz."  (As you probably know, Allen is the voice of a misfit ant named Z-1948 in the animated movie.)      While it's true that Allen does not give many interviews, he may warm up to a kind of performance interview in the Voice that lets him riff on his character through humorous questioning. Much like someone interviewing Mel Brooks as the "Thousand Year Old Man," I'd interview Allen as if he were Z, asking such questions as:  --         What's the secret of keeping in such great physical shape?  (If humans had your strength, we'd be able to pull a car by our teeth for five miles.) --          Why didn't the workers, who have always been heavily unionized, consider revolution against the Queen earlier?  (There is an ant uprising in the film.) --          What is it about "the whole superorganism thing" that you don't get?  --             What kinds of opportunities are there for a worker ant to move up the social ladder to become, say, a soldier? --           Is it depressing to you that the worker has no wings?  --           How does an ant commit suicide, given that ants don't die when they fall from a great height? Admittedly, this still might be a hard sell in terms of getting Allen to participate.   But it may be worth a careful pitch to his handlers.  And I suggest that if Allen says no, we approach other "Antz" voiceover actors -- such as Sharon Stone (with questions about being Ant Queen), Jennifer Lopez, Christopher Walken and perhaps the film's writers -- and ask them for an in-character interview.  The film is slated for release on October 2 by DreamWorks.  Its clever trailer has been playing for months to enthusiastic audience response;  at one recent screening of the preview, the audience laughed at almost every line.  The buzz suggests that "Antz" (not "Prince of Egypt") may well be the big story of the Fall in terms of animated features.  If you'd like to discuss this idea further, please don't hesitate to call me at 213-882-6504 or to e-mail me at pliorio@aol.com As always, thanks for your time and consideration. Sincerely,  Paul Iorio 1332 N. Detroit St. #5 Los Angeles, CA  90046 Subj:    Thursday Date:    98-08-06 13:39:27 EDT From:    PLIORIO To:    PDIorio CC:    PLIORIO Dear Bup, Thanks for the e-mail.  The weather is still in record territory out here, in the hundreds.  I travel with an umbrella to block the sun.  Thought I'd pass along a recent story of mine, on Merv Griffin of all people.  Hope all's well.  Love, Paul Ooooh!  Merv Griffin Docks In The Bay Tomorrow By Paul Iorio It's official:  tomorrow is Merv Griffin Day in the Bay area.  But despite the gravity of the occasion, be advised that banks and schools will remain open and BART will operate on a regular weekday schedule.   Subj:    RE: query Date:    98-08-05 12:20:48 EDT From:    dsimmons@villagevoice.com (Doug Simmons) To:    PLIORIO@aol.com ('PLIORIO@aol.com') Paul, Good idea, but not right for us. Thanks, Doug -----Original Message----- From:    PLIORIO@aol.com [SMTP:PLIORIO@aol.com] Sent:    Wednesday, August 05, 1998 11:45 AM To:    dsimmons@villagevoice.com Cc:    PLIORIO@aol.com Subject:    query 5 August 1998 Mr. Doug Simmons Managing Editor The Village Voice Dear Doug, Here's a feature idea that may be of interest to you for the Voice. I'd like to do a humorous Q&A in which I interview Woody Allen as if he were the neurotic animated ant that he plays in the upcoming feature  "Antz."  (As Subj:    Thursday Date:    98-08-06 13:25:38 EDT From:    PLIORIO To:    Jjiorio CC:    PLIORIO Dear Dad, Am working steadily toward making more money and getting a staff spot.    Obviously, I have to stop the job search periodically in order to make money and to work at the job that I already have.  Haven't seen "Mafia," but if you want a real laugh, check out "There's Something About Mary."  Hope all's well. Later, Paulyou probably know, Allen is the voice of a misfit ant named Z-1948 in the Subj:    Re: TUESDAY Date:    98-08-05 16:31:17 EDT From:    Jjiorio To:    PLIORIO Paul: The rent money should be there about tomorrow.  You're going to have to do something about a job that will pay the rent.  What happened to the interviews or leads you had?   Do you have any other leads?  Keep moving in that direction and get away from being exploited.  Things are busy here with on thing or another, but maybe we can try to see "Mafia."  Good luck, dad Subj:    TUESDAY Date:    98-08-04 04:14:14 EDT From:    PLIORIO To:    Jjiorio CC:    PLIORIO Dear Dad, Thanks for the rent moola.  It looks like "Ryan" is turning into one of the summer's big hits, which is probably a good thing; despite its flaws, it's quite a good film. Tomorrow (Tuesday), we're expecting record heat in the city -- close to one hundred degrees.   Hope all's well.  Later, Paul Subj:    Re: August 3 Date:    98-08-03 16:45:58 EDT From:    Jjiorio To:    PLIORIO Paul: Yes, Mom has seen it and she agrees with what we've said. The picture wpould have been truly great had it developed the characters more. For example all we know about Hanks is that he is a school teacher and that he has a wife.  He could have been developed in terms of another character, but Spiel was really interested in the war as landscape and forgot that what makes war meaningful are the men who are in it. We'll gather the rent and send it.  I hope you're making progress on the permanent job front (now that we're talking of fronts). Take care and good luck. dad  Subj:    August 3 Date:    98-08-03 13:05:55 EDT From:    PLIORIO To:    Jjiorio CC:    PLIORIO Dear Dad, Your review of "Ryan" was right on target.  The opening combat sequence is like nothing ever seen on film before.   Was that what it was like to really be rained on by bullets?  The only reason I don't rank it as the greatest war movie ever made is because of the human relationships in the film, which are not entirely memorable.  I will always remember the tension between Elias and Barnes ("Platoon") or the struggle between Menserve and Erickson ("Casualties of War") and the search for Kurtz in "Apocalypse" was much more mysterious.  But I don't really see the  tension between Hanks and Burns or Hanks and Sizemore.  Still, Spielberg has created something visually awesome here and has made one of the top five war films of all time.  (Also, did mom see it?  What does she think about it?) On the homefront, here are my latest stories -- I'll send you paper copies when I get them. Incidentally, my paychecks cover all my bills this time except the rent.  Can I possibly borrow the rent for August?  Hope all's well.  And here are the stories.  Paul And Now, Our Feature Presentation... ...Is A Trailer! The Secret World Of Movie Trailers, Previews and Coming Attractions By Paul Iorio Tony Seiniger, who makes movie trailers for a living, had a sudden moment of inspiration when producing a preview for "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves" some years back.  He was doing a shot for the promo that involved archery and decided to experiment by putting a camera on the back of an arrow and letting it fly through a forest and into a tree.   If his hunch was correct,  he'd have nifty pictures of the flying arrow from the point of view of...the arrow.    He hit bullseye -- in more ways than one.  It created such a novel visual effect that the producers of the Kevin Costner film actually used it in the movie itself.  "When I showed it to the film makers, they went, 'thi Subj:    Re: August 1 Date:    98-08-03 08:19:06 EDT From:    Jjiorio To:    PLIORIO Paul"  Finally saw Ryan.  Too much to say about it, but let me restrict myself.  First of all, it is one of the best war pictures when compared to 98 percent of the films that actually glorify war and fall into a propaganda mode.  But surprisingly it has a number of defects, considering the experts who worked on the film.  One wonders about going after one man -- but there were thousands of dubious missions during the war.  In a sense he is playing against the usual cliche in which a group of men go on a serious mission to blow up an outhouse before the enemy uses it to win the war.  This is a mission to save a man. At least it's original.  The combat scenes were first rate, but the weapon that was most feared by GI's  was the 88 and it was nowhere to be heard. It was a devastating gun with a unique sound that is forever in the memory.  But what I heard was digital sound more appropriate to studio woofers than to combat.  The hand grenades, as usual, had the impact of  a 16inch gun. But then the sound of a hand grenade is not dramatic enough for the screen. Also, the men always looked cleanly shaven or almost, they never ate, never drank and there were no fox holes which we dug abouyt twice a day.  Otherwise, the carnage was real. The battle field is a violent field.  Parts of bodies are everywhere. I remember talked to one man about twenty feet away.  We were both leaning back resting on our elbows.  An 88 shell hit behind him and his whole lower half disappeared. When he looked at me I don't know whether he was conscious or not. I wonder why planes did not offer close in support and why smoke wasn't used during the landing.  I will have to check it out.  The scene at the bridge was based on a true incident. The paratroopers had to hold the bridge against tanks.  And paratroopers were not meant to be used in those situations.  Also I wonder why the bridge was not blown up immmediately.  The stream appeared fordable without the bridge.  But anyway, on the whole, he did an excellent job and took his ending from All Quiet on The Western Front and he showed Americans killing prisoners of war which is a no no in other films.  There is much more to say but later.  There will be some academy awards for this film.  Here, on the Eastern Front, all is quiet.  Today I may even cut the grass.  Be talking--dadSubj:    Re: scans Date:    98-08-02 20:02:03 EDT From:    PDIorio To:    PLIORIO Hmmm... i wonder what scans Mark is sending you!  i have a feeling i know!  All is well here- glad you enjoyed their birthday card.  I wish i could take a walk in the mountains- frankly, walking to the mailbox in this humidity is about my limit!  Interesting weather you have there- sounds nice.  Love, BupSubj:     TO BUP AND MARK Date:    98-08-02 03:27:54 EDT From:    PLIORIO To:    PDIorio CC:    PLIORIO Dear Bup and Mark, Caitlin and Graham sent me the cutest birthday card in the world!  Very nice of them.  All's well out here.  Tonight I took a refreshing walk in the hills.  I sometimes forget how close I am to real mountains here;  if I walk a mere 25 minutes north of my doorstep, the temperature drops subtly by around five degrees because of the elevation and there are deer-crossing signs.  Today, the gubernatorial candidates had their first televised debate (it's Davis v. Lungren).  Hope all's well in The Lightning Capital of the World!  (And keep those scans a-comin', Marco.)   Later, Paul    Subj:    THANKS TO CAITLIN AND GRAHAM! Date:    98-08-02 03:15:31 EDT From:    PLIORIO To:    PDIorio CC:    PLIORIO Dear Caitlin and Graham, Thanks very much for the birthday card you two sent me!  Wow!  I put the card on top of my book shelf!  How is school for you two?  What kind of music are you listening to?  Hope everything is well.  Love, UNCLE PAUL! Subj:    Re: July 31 Date:    98-07-31 16:39:37 EDT From:    Jjiorio To:    PLIORIO Paul: I like that Monica joke.  It will spread throughout Tampe by Sunday. We had dinner last night with Frank and his girlfriend, Karen.  Delightful woman.  Frank has never been happier.  Mother and Catherine Wyly said they used to feel sorry for him because he was alone. I told them Frank was never alone. That's it from here.  dadSubj:    Mea Culpas Date:    98-07-16 11:17:39 EDT From:    vh@davis-scarritt.com (Vee Hendricks) To:    pliorio@aol.com ('pliorio@aol.com') Paul,     I am so sorry for not letting you know that I did not forget your BIRTHDAY!!  I"ve thought about it several times over the last week.  I thought about it yesterday a couple of times, but I did not remember after I got home.  Since I took this new job, I've been very negligent in performing my usual birthday mania.  Anyway, mea culpa, mea culpa, mea culpa. (And a couple of Hail Marys in there, too.)     It was looking like I might travel to California to a town 30 miles east of L.A.  I think its either Olympia or Ontario, I can't remember.  We have a client there who's being sued.  I thought I might fly there to take the CEO's deposition, but now it looks like the case will settle.  But any chance I get to go to L.A. for work, I'll jump at it so we can visit.     By the way, in case you hadn't noticed, I'm writing from my new work e-mail address.  I'm also changing my internet provider at home to MCI, I think.  I installed it last night, and it was running very slowly.      Oh well, I'm back to work.  I'll talk to you soon.      Love, V. Subj:    FW: QUERY TO MANOHLA DARGIS Date:    98-06-16 19:18:49 EDT From:    RStringer@laweekly.com (Ron Stringer) To:    PLIORIO@AOL.Com ('PLIORIO@aol.com') > Dear Mr.Iorio:
>     I'd like to thank you for sharing your submission, dated June
> 12. However, a reviewer was assigned to write about Gone With the Wind
> several months ago and we are unable to run any other articles on the
> film.
> Good luck in placing your piece elsewhere.
>
> Sincerely,
> Manohla Dargis
> Film editor  
>    
>

Subj:    query
Date:    98-04-11 16:40:51 EDT
From:    Rick TNY
To:    PLIORIO

Dear Mr. Iorio:
We ran a major piece a few months ago by William Finnegan on skinhead violence and race, so we
wouldn't be able to assign another so soon. Good luck with the idea elsewhere.
Hendri

Re: Kubrick query
Date:    98-09-29 18:31:09 EDT
From:    Rick TNY
To:    PLIORIO

I'm the wrong guy to send stuff like this to. I'm not executive editor any more, just a humble scribe. The
person you want to be in touch with is the editor of Talk of the Town, Susan Morrison, or her assistant,
Sue Kelly. Sue's email address is Susan_Kelly@newyorker.com.
Hendrik Hertzberg
Subj:    Re: Monday
Date:    98-09-28 19:47:30 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul:  The Democrats have had a good week.  It's enough to give the Reps rabies.  Imagine if you're a
DeLay (former fertilizer seller) or Barr and you push all the right buttons to kill off Clinton and instead
you get an increase in his approval rating.   If this keeps up you're going to get a lot of bald republicans
most of it self inflicted.
The weather here is moderating just a bit.  A non Floridian would never notice it. This means I'll get
outside and do some work that has to be done before the place is condemned for health reasons.  That's it
from here. dad  Subj:    Re: ryan
Date:    98-09-27 20:14:22 EDT
From:    PDIorio
To:    PLIORIO

Hi Paul- i thought Private ryan was a great movie-- beautifully done. I was discussing w/ daddy this
evening- I wonder if the many accomplishments of the post-war generation came, in part from a feeling
that "wow- if i survived that- I  might be destined for something important so I better make something of
myself" It would be hard to go through such an experience, see your friends die all around you in such a
random way, and not feel that somehow you were saved from it all.  Anyway, i thought the movie had
great actors, and was done in such a moving way- showing the horror of war in a way that i have not
seen done before. We don't see many movies so I haven't seen the one you mentioned. (Mostly we see
them on video)
Working on a term paper- talk to yo---love, bupSubj:    Re: Ronin
Date:    98-09-27 14:47:38 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: I will havwe to find time to see the DeNiro film. 
When Georges was threatening I threw a lot of stuff into the pool.  Now I've got to get it all out.  At
least it'll be clean.  All is quiet and I'm waiting for the temperature to break.  dadSubj:    Re: Keep me
posted
Date:    98-09-27 14:35:25 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul:The storm was a no-show.   Our weekend storms are more impressive. We were lucky that it moved
west and now is about to hit New Orleans.  Okay, bring on the next one.  dadSubj:    hurricane update
Date:    98-09-26 10:48:52 EDT
From:    PDIorio
To:    PLIORIO

Well paul- the hurricane did not hit. in fact the weather has been quieter than usual! here are the top
cliques of the newscasters:
"We dodged the bullet."
"We're not out of the woods yet."
"Better safe than sorry"
"these storms are unpredictable."

NO MORE!!!!
Love, BuppySubj:    hurricane
Date:    98-09-25 08:34:49 EDT
From:    PDIorio
To:    PLIORIO

Well Paul, it looks like we are actually going to get a hurricane! After all these years. Not a direct hit, but
within 100 miles- and this storm has a radius of over 300 miles. Everything is ready- water, batteries,
wine. So, we'll see and afterwards will let you know all the great details. Over and out. Love,
BuppySubj:    Re: Good luck
Date:    98-09-24 16:52:17 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: There won't be any evacuation here.  Chances are the storm will come up the west coast but stay
about 80 miles from the coast.  We'll get high winds and heavy rains from it and that's about all.  Of
course, it can scrap the coast and in that case it would disastter time.  Will keep you posted although
you're doing a good job of keeping up with it.  Stay dry -- dadSubj:    Re: GEORGES ALERT!
Date:    98-09-23 17:03:10 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul:  The ground is already saturated and we don't need a hurricane.  I'll keep you posted until the power
goes out.  Saturday should be D Day.  dadSubj:    Re: DMV
Date:    98-09-22 17:39:10 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul:  Georges is coming.  I've had bad vibes about this one from the time it was born in some African
village. What comes comes.
I watched the tapes as I worked away.  So where was the stalking out of the room?  The show made sex
boring.  Only Al Gore could have brought it lower.  I think there will be a backlash.  People tend to
remember images that give birth to attitudes that then need to be expressed in words.  On this show we
had a Kafkalike set up.  The president was always on camera, showing all human qualities -- anger,
remorse, contrition, compassion, protectiveness and so on.  The interrogators, on the other hand,  were
faceless voices. That imagery will seep in after a while.  Also there was nothing in the four hours that
amount, as Bogart said, to a hill of beans. 
I'll keep you posted on Georges as long as the power holds out.  We should start feeling the effects by
Friday afternoon.  Meanwhile all goes sailing along.   dad Subj:    RE: query on Kubrick
Date:    98-09-22 16:56:15 EDT
From:    dsimmons@villagevoice.com (Doug Simmons)
To:    PLIORIO@aol.com ('PLIORIO@aol.com')

Paul, I'm printing out your query and forwarding it to film editor Abby Nolan. Doug

-----Original Message-----
From:    PLIORIO@aol.com [SMTP:PLIORIO@aol.com]
Sent:    Tuesday, September 22, 1998 4:21 PM
To:    dsimmons@villagevoice.com
Cc:    PLIORIO@aol.com
Subject:    query on Kubrick


22 September 1998

Mr. Doug Simmons
Managing Editor
The Village Voice

Dear Doug,

I'd like to pitch two stories about Stanley Kubrick's "Eyes Wide
Shut" to you for the Voice.   

Subj:    Re: Hurricane Georges
Date:    98-09-18 16:42:59 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul:  Seems that Georges is heading right for Tampa, but then I say that of all hurricanes even the
Pacific ones. 
A question: How did you get your photo ID?  Seems that my sister Susie needs one and is having trouble
at the Motor Vehicle Dept. Did you get yours elsewhere?  All's going along here. dadSubj:    hello
Date:    98-09-16 21:34:37 EDT
From:    PDIorio
To:    PLIORIO

Hi Paul- finally got around to reading your article on Tom Hayden's son. GREAT! I loved it- never even
knew about him. And - the  front page! That's great- you are probably developing quite the reputation in
LA. Good for you.
Everything here is fine and busy. Work- school- my class this semester is on 20th century women
activists. Excellent- i have already learned so much and am determined to become more of an activist!
maybe you will be reading about me in the paper one day!
Got an e-mail from the Sticca's-- do you know anyone by that name. they sent it to me by mistake- it
says- Paul, you haven't responded to our e-mail. Anyway- it might be for you since our e-mail addresses
are very similar- because our names are also! So anyway- if you know anyone by that name, i'll forward
their address to you.
Take care, love, BuppySubj:    Re: Wednesday
Date:    98-09-16 10:20:07 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: Schumer has won.  He's a good one and I hope he grabs D'Amato in the right place to make him hit
the high C.
Here Buddy MacKay looks bad. His ads are amateurish while Bush is swarmy and smooth without saying
a thing. He starts off one commercial with the statement, "I'd like to be governor around the idea that
Florida can be a better place."  Very profound.
Here is something profound:  "To be is to do," Nietzsche
"To do is to be," Sartre
"Do be do be do," Sinatra
All is going along here.  Be talking to you.  Dad    Subj:    Wednesday
Date:    98-09-15 23:28:38 EDT
From:    PLIORIO
To:    Jjiorio
CC:    PLIORIO

Dear Dad,

Lieberman's speech was the most alarming, I must admit.  But ultimately, the Democratic leaders in
Congress have to take their marching orders from the people.  And the people won't allow much action
past a censure, if that.  Anything beyond that and Congress risks a backlash that could work in Clinton's
favor. The brand new Wall Street Journal Poll puts his national approval rating near 70%.  That's an
astonishing figure.  (And, truth be told, a lot of Clinton's Democratic "friends" in Congress are also long-
time political rivals, which explains their bad-mouthing.) 

Clinton has inadvertently proved one thing for sure:  he can really take the heat.  Every night he is
chewed up viciously on the evening news but roars back every morning at six with a full slate and not
even a hint of personal instability.  This is exactly the guy I want in Washington when, say, a nuclear blast
from a terrorist incinerates two-million people in Denver and the president has to work around the clock
to decide on the best response. 

In other politics, voters in New York are nominating a Democratic candidate for the Senate tonight;
Ferraro was leading but Schumer's been gaining and Green is not to be ruled out. It'll probably be
Schumer.  Schumer's the pro;  unlike Ferraro, he's  not bewildered or thrown by nasty attacks and false
accusations (and we can be certain D'Amato has plenty of mud for the general election). 

Anyway, hope everything's alright.  Paul
Subj:    Re: MONDAY
Date:    98-09-15 17:35:18 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul:  I hope the software transmission works.  If it works, pin a medal on your chest.
The Clinton case gets worse every day.  If  the Democratic leadership really comes out for resignation,
he's going to have a tough time.  So far I think it will come to a censure.  It is not to the Republicans'
benefit  to remove Clinton. If they do, they'll give Gore a headstart and who among them will catch him? 
Ging?  Good luck, dad Subj:    MONDAY
Date:    98-09-15 01:39:18 EDT
From:    PLIORIO
To:    Jjiorio
CC:    PLIORIO

Dear Dad,

Thanks for sending the software -- glad you got the package I sent. 

Re:  Clinton.  I agree that in order for the crimes to be impeachable, they have to be related to his
performance in office.  People say, "What does the Lewinsky affair say about his judgment?"  To which I
respond, his judgment has been good (even great) in his work, and that's all that counts to me.  Can
anyone come up with even two major examples of bad professional judgment by Clinton?  I can't come up
with one.  Further, one judges his judgment based on results, and the results of his decisions in office
have given us 1) peace and 2) prosperity, goals that have somehow eluded too many previous presidents. 

In other news, I just attended a screening of a new movie, "One True Thing."  Walked out of the theater
and the weather had suddenly shifted to autumn -- it was actually cool. 

Anyway, hope all's okay out there.  Take care. Paul

Subj:    re: mssg from a reader.
Date:    98-09-14 20:47:35 EDT
From:    steinr@sfgate.com (Ruthe Stein)
To:    PLIORIO@aol.com ('Paul Iorio')

hi, paul

ruthe is up in toronto & a fax came to you (i also check her email) re one
of you recent pieces.

a Philip R. Sherwood (attorney) wants to get in touch w/Don LaFontaine.

why don't you e-mail me your fax # and i will send this on to you...if you
would like.

thanks,
catherine bigelow
(415) 777-6238.


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Date:    98-09-14 15:47:15 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

File:  INSTALL.ZIP (222740 bytes)
DL Time (9600 bps): < 6 minutes Paul: Got the disk.  I'm making a try at it now.Subj:    Re: Sunday Date:    98-09-13 23:20:57 EDT From:    Jjiorio To:    PLIORIO Paul: I'm not quite sure what you mean about sending software through e-mail.  I don't recall ever using software.  Perhaps the mouse simply came with the unit.  But I will search around for any information I might have. Tribe is right about impeachment. The constitution is fairly clear to me. The crimes must be on the order of bribes and treason.  But the show will go on and in the end it will be a kind of compromise involving censure.  What I keep asking again and again is why did Clinton allow this opening to his enemies?  How stupid can one get? The weather has begun to modify just a bit -- two or three degrees, but clear skies and the slant of light tells me cooler weather is on the way.  That's all for now.  dad Subj:    Sunday Date:    98-09-13 14:45:49 EDT From:    PLIORIO To:    Jjiorio CC:    PLIORIO Dear Dad, I had the old mouse fixed and it works passably for now.  But my idea of having you send the software to me via e-mail is a very valid one.  I asked experts who said it should work.  (The control panel solution you mentioned I've long since tried and discarded.)  So it turns out that The Rev. Ken Starr has cleared Clinton on all charges related to Whitewater.   Can you believe this Starr guy?  Reno asks him for a report on real estate, and she gets a bunch of porno.  The Starr allegations aren't even close to impeachable.  The person who makes the most sense about this is Lawrence Tribe of Harvard.  He is completely correct when he says that breaking the law is not necessarily grounds for impeachment.  It depends what law is broken.  For example, if the president is arrested for j-walking and then lies about it, the offense is insignificant and therefore not impeachable.  Conversely, the president might do something that's not against the law -- say, bomb Canada for no good reason -- that would be grounds for impeachment.  I can't recall ever seeing so much hypocrisy among politicians.  The Clinton bashers are all so pious until you start prying into their own private lives, their own divorce papers (available to the general public down at the local courthouse).   For his own good, Gingrich had better control his people in the House; otherwise, Clinton's people will do it for him, by simply exposing Republicans in like manner (Burton's only the first).  Fair is fair.  Anyway, I'm off to catch a bus to do some Sunday research.  Hope all's well.  Later, Paul Subj:    Re: Wednesday Date:    98-09-10 17:06:30 EDT From:    Jjiorio To:    PLIORIO Paul: Have you tried looking into the control panel?  Click on mouse and you will be offered choices. Select the simplest one (Standard PS/2 Port mouse) and see what happens. I don't remember ever having to use software to load a mouse. But above all don't burn anything into anything.  That's fatal.  Enuf advice, dadSubj:    Re: Getty 2 Date:    98-09-08 18:14:41 EDT From:    Jjiorio To:    PLIORIO Paul: I sent the wrong message about the mouse.  Too much vino.  You have a new mouse, but your drive isn't working. There must be a way around it. Call the place where you bought it and explain it.  If you've done this, give Jay a call.  I always thought the mouse was simply plugged in.  I really don't remember any software.  You may end up doing it manually by looking into your control panel and clicking on mouse and go from there. Let me know what happens.  dadSubj:    Re: EYES WIDE SHUT Date:    98-09-08 17:11:25 EDT From:    ShaneSteve To:    PLIORIO I’d have more luck getting the original parchment Shakespeare wrote "Hamlet" on. Legitimate crews like "Entertainment Tonight" and "Time" can’t even get info from the set.  I’m just a lowly script-dealer with some connections.  I think the request is pretty much impossible to fulfill.  Then again, I did get my hands on an "X-File" script before the movie was out ... Who knows ... If I turn it up, you’ll be the first to know... Thanks...Subj:    Of mice and men Date:    98-09-08 17:46:52 EDT From:    Jjiorio To:    PLIORIO Paul: The relationship of madness to creativity has been studied at length.  But linking it to mediocrity is a new one and a good one and you might do something with it.  One doesn't create because one is mad; one can create because one  can rationally tap into the resevoir of irrationality and madness that he has. A definite advantage, but to create out of madness would produce mad works -- not even mediocre ones. The development of the work itself is one of the most intensely rational acts one can perform.  The resevoir supplies the water, but the act of drinking is a very deliberate one, and as for wine -- well, that's another matter ....     Don't try to fix a mouse.  You can cause other problems.  They are cheap enopugh.  I had one I bought for six dollars.  You can get a good one for ten or so bucks. Look for the computer ads at the big computer stores.      Hot and humid -- so what else is new?  I'll be in touch, dad Subj:    EYES WIDE SHUT Date:    98-09-08 16:11:47 EDT From:    PLIORIO To:    shanesteve@scriptforum.com CC:    PLIORIO Dear V. Gagaliardi, Thanks again for the "Primary Colors" script last spring.    Now I have a very challenging request:  can I get the script for "Eyes Wide Shut," the upcoming Kubrick flick?  I'm at pliorio@aol.com.  Paul Subj:    Getty 2 Date:    98-09-07 13:54:20 EDT From:    PLIORIO To:    Jjiorio CC:    PLIORIO Dear Dad, Couple more things about the Getty.  Everybody who passes by the Van Gogh doesn't talk about the painting itself;  they talk about the fact that he was in the loony bin when he painted it (they know this because it's written on a caption on the wall).   In their mind, this somehow gives Van Gogh ten extra genius points. Even the kids pick up on it:  "He was a genius because he was crazy," they say, repeating whatever they feel their parents want them to say.  But the fact is, this is not a very good Van Gogh at all (it's only a "study").  Someone should write about the link between madness...and mediocrity.  On the homefront, I'm scrambling to get my mouse fixed.  The mouse died months ago, but I fixed it. Now it's gone again.   And I can't download the new mouse because there's no working drive for the software (I even tried burning the driver onto a CD and downloading from there, to no avail). So now I'm trying to get the old mouse fixed by getting someone to reattach the wires that've come out.  It's a small matter that's turning into a big pain.  I feel like Richard III:   "A mouse, a mouse, my kingdom for a mouse!" Anyway, the weather is finally cooler and everyone's talking about the huge Picasso exhibit that's just arrived at the L.A. County Museum (sold out till the end of time).  Hope all's well. Paul     Subj:    Re: The Getty Date:    98-09-07 10:10:04 EDT From:    Jjiorio To:    PLIORIO Paul:  No matter how much money there is in the Getty, it takes time to build up a museum.  I'm glad to get the scope on the place -- now I will pass myself off as an expert.  This method has made me an expert in about fifty fields.  Be talking to you, dadSubj:    Re: FRIDAY Date:    98-09-07 10:07:15 EDT From:    Jjiorio To:    PLIORIO Paul: The election picture seems as bad there as it seems here. Buddy MacKay seems to be floating somewhere beyond retirement and Bush is soap opera swarmy which works anywhere in the country. The blacks don't know which end is up and Clinton will be some kind of factor.  It seems to me that Dorman was always a psychiatric case but no psychiatrist would take him.  He would give Freud nightmares.  Weather is hot and humid here.  One month to go before a break.  Keep going -- dadSubj:    The Getty Date:    98-09-07 00:00:54 EDT From:    PLIORIO To:    justv@mci2000.com CC:    PLIORIO Dear V, Missed your call again and got home too late to return it. Thankfully, there's e-mail.  Was at the Getty museum today.  The building looks like Lincoln Center.  The collection is like outtakes from the Uffizi.  Yeah, there's a Van Gogh, but not a major one (it's actually part of a series of studies he did for a proper painting and it's none too terrific).  There's a nice Brueghel, a good Canova,  but way too many "from the school of" paintings. It's all worth seeing if you're in L.A. for another reason. Anyhoo, it's Sunday night and there's a fog upon L.A.  Have a great Labor Day, Paul Subj:    The Getty Date:    98-09-06 23:30:32 EDT From:    PLIORIO To:    Jjiorio CC:    PLIORIO Dear Mom and Dad, So I finally went to The Getty this morning and here's my view. The buildings look mostly like Lincoln Center.  The big garden is no Boboli.  And the collection itself is mostly like the thinner parts of the Uffizi.  There're lots of "from the school of" or "sketch of" or "study of" or "unfinished" or "the left panel of" and very few major finished free-standing works by major artists. Everyone talks about the Van Gogh "Irises" painting, but even that is one of a series of studies he did for an irises painting (and it really isn't very terrific).  And there's a Cezanne, but it was done before he developed his signature style. There are some pleasant surprises, among them:  Degas's experiments with point of view, a late Canova, an interesting Veronese, a couple fantastic Brueghels, and a Monet "Wheat Stacks."  And then there's Giambologna doing his upward spiral schtick for the umpteenth time.  I was very impressed with a high Renaissance painter named Cavallino, who I hadn't heard of before and who paints a bit like Pontormo.  It's worth seeing if you're already in L.A. for another reason.  Anyway, that's the scoop.  Elsewise, I have a new article in the Chron today and had a couple letters to the editor about my article in yesterday's Times.  I'll send them tomorrow.  Hope all's well. Love, Paul Subj:    Re: Thursday Date:    98-09-04 17:37:22 EDT From:    Jjiorio To:    PLIORIO Paul:  We've received the article and it's a wow!  No one can avoid it and I hope it leads to better things. As for the rent, we'll send it but this has to come to an end for your own good.  It's obvious that the articles cannot support you even on a poverty level. And if there are no permanent jobs in your field, then what is the answer?  I hope you realize how concerned we are.  Meanwhile, good luck.  dad   Subj:     dsimmons@villagevoice.com Date:    98-08-31 12:45:29 EDT From:    PLIORIO To:    PLIORIO 31 August 1998 Mr. Doug Simmons Managing Editor The Village Voice Dear Doug, I'd like to offer this story on actor Troy Garity, the son of Tom Hayden and Jane Fonda, to the Voice for publication.  I've written the profile to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the Democratic National Convention in Chicago.   Garity is currently shooting a biopi Subj:    What''s doin'? Date:    98-09-02 20:59:23 EDT From:    justv@mci2000.com (justv) Reply-to:    justv@mci2000.com (justv) To:    pliorio@aol.com Dear Paul,        I got your e-mail at work, but have been too busy to respond during the day.  We have so much work to do.  It's a good thing for a fledgling firm, but a bad thing for a person who so likes to spend time and communicate with her friends.  It's a good thing that I at least enjoy the people I work with and the work I'm doing.      I was on the internet the other night, and for kicks, I typed in your name to see if you had anything new "out there."  I read the article on comic books.  I know I tell you this everytime I read one of your articles, but you do really write so well.  I truly enjoy reading your work.  Send me some stuff.     I haven't seen "Mary" yet.  From all reports, one either really likes the movie or is really put off by it.  I tend to think that I'd be one who likes it.  I'll let you know.  I've seen "The Avengers," which sucked. The only good thing about the release of that movie is the release of the old "Avengers" TV show on video.  I bought six of the tapes the other day.  I've watched one, and it is fantastic.  The filming is quite like Hitchcock.  I also took Roxanne to see "Ever After," the retelling of Cinderella, with Drew Barrymore.  I thought it was a good movie, especially for pre-teen girls.  It's empowering, but that's all the rage now anyway.  I think that's all I've seen recently.  I bought the "Austin Powers" video for Roxanne.  I didn't like it in the theatre, but it's better on video, or my mood is right for mindless slapstick entertainment.     I'd better run.  I'll try to call again next weekend.  It's so hard to catch up with the time difference. Talk to you soon.     Love, V. --------------------




Subj:    Re: Wednesday
Date:    98-09-02 20:13:31 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: I hope the heat goes down for you. The heat reduces my production by about half at least.
Strangely it's my eyes that won't take it. 
Elections were held here yesterday.  All are submediocre.  Pam could easily had taken the secretary of
state and I mean easily.  But she said she wasn't ready yet.  Kids and moving to Tallahassee and so forth.
Nothing worth while to report from the election front.
That's all from here.  Keep plugging for whatever position you're trying for.  dadSubj:    Re:
TUESDAY
Date:    98-09-01 14:31:26 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul:  I got the article and it is first rate.  It's a good balance of present activity, background and
characterization.  A substantial piece. It will be interesting to see him as an actor.  Mom will read it when
she gets home.
Too bad about the weather.  Nova Scotia also looks good to me.  But in another month we'll have the
bull of summer by the neck.  Your weather should star breaking, but who knows. There is a book out of
Los Angeles, reviewed this week, which points out that during the Middle Ages in Europe,  the southern
California had one drought that lasted 200 years and another that lasted 150 years.  The author claims
another may be coming. Then Nova Scotia will definitely be the place.  Meanwhile, stay cool.  dad
Subj:    Re: TO DAD
Date:    98-08-31 16:37:42 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: Yopu may have to come to Florida to cool off.  But we have another month and a half before the
weather becomes bearable. 
Mother had a great birthday day.  She loved her gifts and she received many phone calls. So she doesn't
feel insignificant afterall.  As for me, I'm trying to get back to some work. Be talking to you.  dadSubj:
Re: THURSDAY
Date:    98-08-29 21:54:12 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: Interviewing these people most have been very interesting.  I would love to have been in the
background listening.  The story of the dead person is great.  It could be turned into a short story.
Imagine -- the people love the woman because she does not campaign and she wins in a landslide.  And
when she doesn't show up for the inauguration, the people go wild because they think she is an anti
politician and demand that she run for the presidency.  Now finish it. 
Mom received the gifts.  She's has been trying to reach you to thank you.  She loved them and I moight
add I do too.  I turn them into cassettes so she can play them in the car.  She is now at Pam's babysitting
and will probably call you from there.  Enuff from here, good luck, dadSubj:    your joke
Date:    98-08-28 02:21:52 EDT
From:    PLIORIO
To:    MSWoodard
CC:    PLIORIO

Marko,
Regarding your joke:
Have you heard about the new computer from Apple, The KENSTARR?

Its search engines turn up nothing.  Paul






Subj:    DUPLICATE IORIO STORY TO STEIN
Date:    98-08-26 19:58:48 EDT
From:    PLIORIO
To:    steinr@sfgate.com
CC:    PLIORIO

TO:           RUTHE STEIN
FROM:      PAUL IORIO
DATE:       AUGUST 26, 1998

Here's the video story on "Medium Cool." 

My sources are actor Verna Bloom, who plays the female lead in the
film;  actor Peter Bonerz, who plays the role of Gus;  and UCLA
professor John Froines, the former Chicago Seven defendant.  All
spoke on the record and on audiotape (and, of course, everyone was
told they were being recorded).

When I write "thirty years ago last week" in the second graf, I'm
writing from the point of view of the publication date (Sept. 9).

Please call me if you have any questions (I'm at 213-882-6504). 
---------------------------------
Video:  "Medium Cool," on the 30th Anniversary of the Chicago
Riots

By Paul Iorio

Haskell Wexler's "Medium Cool" is unique among movies in that it
tells a fictional story set amidst an actual historic event:  the Chicago


Thursday, August 27, 1998
Copyright 1998 The New York TimesSubj:    (no subject)
Date:    98-08-24 20:14:32 EDT
From:    MSWoodard
To:    j.iorio@ieee.org, PLIORIO

Caro J, Paulo,

Did you hear about Apple's new computer?

It's called the CLINTON...it has a six inch hard drive and no memory.


MarcoSubj:    Re: Hurricane Bonnie
Date:    98-08-24 17:02:05 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: We're looking forward to the articles.  As for the hurricane, it helps us because it draws all the rain
away from Tampa.  Chances are it will hit North Carolina, but you can't really predict these things. I
remember one that went to Jacksonville, stopped, made a loop, head south and into the Gulf of Mexico
and hit New Orleans.  Let's hope this one is on track. Maybe it'll hit Jesse Helms' place.  All's fine and for
mother's birthday we're going to have a  dinner for six.  That's it from here. dadSubj:    New stories
Date:    98-08-19 17:45:02 EDT
From:    PLIORIO
To:    Jjiorio
CC:    PLIORIO

Dear Dad,

I have two major assigned stories coming up this week back to back and am not getting paid till late next
week.  Could I borrow $50 or $75 to tide me over till the checks come and so I can finish these stories?
Things will pick up financially in a couple weeks.

Anyway, hope that storm blows over okay.  Out here we never seem to get thunder and lightning,
unfortunately.  Hope all's well.  Paul
Subj:    Re: P.S.
Date:    98-08-19 16:26:40 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul:A book is out on the affairs of presidents.  The authors say that one out of three presidents had
extramarital affairs.  Cleveland  fathered a child and Harding would have been a lulu for Starr.  His
friends gave the woman 25000 to get out of town and 2000 a month.  In today's money that's big money.
And Harding looked so presidential. 
We'll keep you posted on Antoinette.  You can't predict these things.  Another storm is coming up, so I'll
sign off and shut everything down.  dadSubj:    P.S.
Date:    98-08-18 22:40:03 EDT
From:    PLIORIO
To:    Jjiorio
CC:    PLIORIO

Dear Dad,

By the way, very sorry to hear about Antoinette.  If you talk with her, give her my best wishes.  And let
me know if her condition worsens. I'd like to attend the funeral, if there is one.  (I may be able to afford
it, since the work I'm doing now will pay off in Sept. and Oct.)  Later, Paul

Subj:    WEDNESDAY
Date:    98-08-18 22:24:50 EDT
From:    PLIORIO
To:    Jjiorio
CC:    PLIORIO

Dear Dad,

I share your disgust with Starr.  The only major commentators who've made sense to me on this issue so
far are Carl Bernstein, Michael Moore and Bill Maher.  Most of the other commentators miss the crucial
point, which can be summed up in two words:  so what.   One network correspondent, who was
sanctimoniously condemning Clinton last night,  was recently picked up for drunken driving after
ramming a parked car in Georgetown -- a far worse offense than anything Clinton's been accused of. 
The Italian and French media are completely correct in wondering what all the fuss is about. 

Imagine a worse tragedy:  suppose Clinton hadn't had sex with Monica and was the victim of credible
false accusations.  I've reported on such things and  found how easily people will come to believe almost
anything about anyone. (Though that's not the case in this case.)  

Anyway, hope all's well.  Things are very busy out here.  I'll send you the new articles when I receive
them.  Later, Paul

Subj:    Re: Tuesday
Date:    98-08-18 17:26:52 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul:  I couldn't agree with you more about Starr.  Frankly, I think he is a bit of a voyeur in wanting to
know the details of a sexual act. What is the point except lick his chops at something he's incapable of
doing.  Clinton is no doubt a jerk for putting himself in a position where he could have been ensnared, but
Starr will be seen as the zealous fanatical sonofabitch that he is.  My dream is catching him in a revolving
door.  He'll become the ultimate spin doctor.  Speaking of spinning, I was spinning a sort of ironic plot.
Suppose that Saddam miscues the whole thing and goes on to biological weapons.  Clinton has been
defanged and will do nothing.  Down the line, those weapons will be used against Israel.  Someone will
then think back and say that it was caused by Monica. A Jewish valley girl did Israel in.  History is
nothing if not a portfolio of irony.
Antoinette is not doing well.  Seems that the cancer has returned.  Well find out more.
Meanwhile, keep batting -- dadSubj:    Tuesday
Date:    98-08-18 11:23:20 EDT
From:    PLIORIO
To:    Jjiorio
CC:    PLIORIO

Dear Dad,

Yes, the interviews are for stories coming up very very soon.  Tight deadlines (and very tight money).  I
may be interviewing Jane Fonda today.

I saw Clinton and am very angry at Ken Starr.  As Carl Bernstein said the other night, the system has
failed utterly.  The system was never meant to ensnare somebody in this fashion about private sexual
matters. 

Hmmm.  I thought conservatives were in favor of less government.  That's what they always say, right?
Then how come these same conservatives want the government (Starr) to pry into matters about Clinton
that are none of anybody's business?  As Michael Moore put it, maybe there'll be a public backlash against
Starr's vendetta that will win back Congress for the Democrats in November.  Maybe. 

Anyway, hope everything's okay.  Later, Paul

Subj:    Re: TUESDAY
Date:    98-08-18 11:23:51 EDT
From:    j.iorio@ieee.org (Jay Iorio)
Reply-to:    j.iorio@ieee.org
To:    PLIORIO@aol.com

Dude!

Jeez, I just finished paying off some major expenses and am totally cleaned out
for another couple of weeks. Sorry about that.

Hope things (other than that...) are kool. Send me writing!

--dude/east


Subj:    TUESDAY
Date:    98-08-18 11:11:33 EDT
From:    PLIORIO
To:    j.iorio@ieee.org
CC:    PLIORIO

Dear Jay,

I have two major deadlines coming up next week but don't get paid for two weeks.  I'll certainly run out
of money in a few days.  Can I possibly borrow , say, $75 from you.  (I just borrowed moola from mom
and dad for minor medical expenses.) If you can't do it, that's okay.  Please let me know if you can.
Thanks.

Hope all's well out there.  Things are hot here.  Later, Paul
Subj:    Re: Sunday
Date:    98-08-17 16:52:29 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: Are you interviewing these people?  Sounds very interesting.  Things are going okay here except
that everything that does go on is in stifling heat. So what else is new?  The odd thing is that there hasn't
been a whisper of a hurricane yet. The Atlantic is getting strange.  Clinton is testifying as I write.  His
approval rate should go up another ten points tomorrow.  Be talking to you  -- dadSubj:    IORIO CLIPS
TO MYERSON
Date:    98-08-14 17:51:07 EDT
From:    PLIORIO
To:    bmyerson@mprm.com
CC:    PLIORIO

DATE:       August 14, 1998
FROM:      PAUL IORIO
TO:           BOB MYERSON

Dear Bob,
Here are two representative clips of my work. 

The first, on movies made from comic books, appeared as a front page feature in the Los Angeles Times's
Calendar section on January 10, 1998.  The second, a profile of Carroll O'Connor, appeared in The San
Francisco Chronicle in September of last year. 

If you'd like other clips or more information, please let me know. 

Please feel free to call me at 213-882-6504 if you'd like to discuss this further. Let's talk soon.
Paul Iorio


Subj:    Sunday
Date:    98-08-16 21:15:29 EDT
From:    PLIORIO
To:    Jjiorio
CC:    PLIORIO

Dear Dad,

Thanks for sending the money.  I'm working at warp speed to get this job situation resolved now and am
trying new approaches. 

This afternoon I had a lunch interview with the son of Jane Fonda and Tom Hayden who is the latest
Fonda to pursue an acting career (he's playing his dad Hayden in a new movie about Abbie Hoffman). 

Anyway, all's well out here.  Like everyone else, I'm awaiting news of Clinton's testimony tomorrow.
Hope everything's okay.  Later, PaulSubj:    Re: Wednesday
Date:    98-08-14 23:35:54 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: We have sent the money.  We hope you're okay. This medical bill should be a wake up call.  I'm
sure you know what it means not to have the benefits and how scary that can be.  Without a plan you
may not even be admitted to a doctor's office or hospital.
The money should arrive at Saturday. 
Things go as usual here.  dadSubj:    Wednesday
Date:    98-08-12 14:21:24 EDT
From:    PLIORIO
To:    Jjiorio
CC:    PLIORIO

Dear Dad,

Mom has been urging me to go get a check up for a while.  I did have to go to the doctor at the UCLA
Med Center because of a urinary tract irritation -- everything's okay now, but I did have to pay them.
Can I possibly borrow $250 so I can cover my budget?  If not, that's okay; I'll make other arrangements.
But if you can, send it by regular mail. 

Meanwhile, I am making progress toward something at the Chronicle -- but let's not jinx my prospects by
talking to anyone about it.  Hope all's well.  Paul

Subj:    Re: TO DAD
Date:    98-08-11 16:41:16 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul:  Starr reminds me of Javert in Les Miserables.  In the end he drowns of course.  Let's hope.
dadSubj:    TO MOM
Date:    98-08-11 12:03:51 EDT
From:    PLIORIO
To:    Jjiorio
CC:    PLIORIO

Dear Mom,

Eighteen days till B-Day!  The countdown continues.  Love, Paul
Subj:    TO DAD
Date:    98-08-11 12:37:06 EDT
From:    PLIORIO
To:    Jjiorio
CC:    PLIORIO

Dear Dad,
As I write this, the stock market is plunging, the heat is rising (nearly a hundred again today), and
Clinton's in town.  Can you believe Clinton has to testify before a grand jury in a week?    It just proves
that as soon as you become powerful, you become a target.  Thankfully, the public is ignoring the whole
thing.  (Suppose they gave a supoena and nobody cared?)  Maybe someone will indict Ken Starr for
harassment and defamation and frivolous prosecution (and being a jerk).  Later, Paul
Subj:    Merv
Date:    98-08-08 18:12:27 EDT
From:    PDIorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul- enjoyed your Merv Griffin article very much- almost feel  like I ought to have him over for a drink!
Real buddy buddy.  So who is your next interviewee? Caitlin and graham start school on thursday- yeah
for me! 5th grade and 3rd grade- now weren't those our prime years? Right before life starts to get
complicated. love, buppy

Subj:    Re: TO MOM
Date:    98-08-08 09:21:39 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Dear Paul,  Thanks, but don't hurry it along.  I still have a few more weeks before I hit that milestone.
(This one definitely takes me over the line from middle age to old).

Take care.  Love,  Mother.Subj:    Re: Thursday
Date:    98-08-08 09:13:52 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: Keep working at both and see what happens, but what you're doing now is not making it and you
have too many talents for that.  dadSubj:    TO MOM
Date:    98-08-08 01:46:04 EDT
From:    PLIORIO
To:    Jjiorio
CC:    PLIORIO

Dear Mom,

Uh oh -- I hear from a source that you're nearing the Big Seven-Oh! The countdown has started.

Incidentally, I've got a great idea for Mike Barnical's next column:  the seven words you can't say on TV.
Love, Paul

Subj:    query
Date:    98-08-05 11:44:42 EDT
From:    PLIORIO
To:    dsimmons@villagevoice.com
CC:    PLIORIO

5 August 1998

Mr. Doug Simmons
Managing Editor
The Village Voice

Dear Doug,

Here's a feature idea that may be of interest to you for the Voice.

I'd like to do a humorous Q&A in which I interview Woody Allen as if he were the neurotic animated ant
that he plays in the upcoming feature  "Antz."  (As you probably know, Allen is the voice of a misfit ant
named Z-1948 in the animated movie.)     

While it's true that Allen does not give many interviews, he may warm up to a kind of performance
interview in the Voice that lets him riff on his character through humorous questioning.

Much like someone interviewing Mel Brooks as the "Thousand Year Old Man," I'd interview Allen as if
he were Z, asking such questions as: 

--         What's the secret of keeping in such great physical shape?  (If humans had your strength, we'd
be able to pull a car by our teeth for five miles.)
--          Why didn't the workers, who have always been heavily unionized, consider revolution against the
Queen earlier?  (There is an ant uprising in the film.)
Date:    98-08-06 13:39:27 EDT
From:    PLIORIO
To:    PDIorio
CC:    PLIORIO

Dear Bup,

Thanks for the e-mail.  The weather is still in record territory out here, in the hundreds.  I travel with an
umbrella to block the sun. 

Thought I'd pass along a recent story of mine, on Merv Griffin of all people.  Hope all's well.  Love, Paul
Ooooh!  Merv Griffin Docks In The Bay Tomorrow

By Paul Iorio

It's official:  tomorrow is Merv Griffin Day in the Bay area.  But despite the gravity of the occasion, be
advised that banks and schools will remain open and BART will operate on a regular weekday schedule.  
Date:    98-08-06 13:25:38 EDT
From:    PLIORIO
To:    Jjiorio
CC:    PLIORIO

Dear Dad,

Am working steadily toward making more money and getting a staff spot.    Obviously, I have to stop the
job search periodically in order to make money and to work at the job that I already have. 

Haven't seen "Mafia," but if you want a real laugh, check out "There's Something About Mary."  Hope
all's well. Later, Paulyou probably know, Allen is the voice of a misfit ant named Z-1948 in the
Subj:    Re: TUESDAY
Date:    98-08-05 16:31:17 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: The rent money should be there about tomorrow.  You're going to have to do something about a
job that will pay the rent.  What happened to the interviews or leads you had?   Do you have any other
leads?  Keep moving in that direction and get away from being exploited.  Things are busy here with on
thing or another, but maybe we can try to see "Mafia."  Good luck, dad
Subj:    TUESDAY
Date:    98-08-04 04:14:14 EDT
From:    PLIORIO
To:    Jjiorio
CC:    PLIORIO

Dear Dad,

Thanks for the rent moola. 

It looks like "Ryan" is turning into one of the summer's big hits, which is probably a good thing; despite
its flaws, it's quite a good film.

Tomorrow (Tuesday), we're expecting record heat in the city -- close to one hundred degrees.   Hope all's
well.  Later, Paul
Subj:    Re: August 3
Date:    98-08-03 16:45:58 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: Yes, Mom has seen it and she agrees with what we've said. The picture wpould have been truly
great had it developed the characters more. For example all we know about Hanks is that he is a school
teacher and that he has a wife.  He could have been developed in terms of another character, but Spiel
was really interested in the war as landscape and forgot that what makes war meaningful are the men who
are in it.
We'll gather the rent and send it.  I hope you're making progress on the permanent job front (now that
we're talking of fronts).
Take care and good luck. dad  Subj:    August 3
Date:    98-08-03 13:05:55 EDT
From:    PLIORIO
To:    Jjiorio
CC:    PLIORIO

Dear Dad,

Your review of "Ryan" was right on target.  The opening combat sequence is like nothing ever seen on
film before.   Was that what it was like to really be rained on by bullets?  The only reason I don't rank it
as the greatest war movie ever made is because of the human relationships in the film, which are not
entirely memorable.  I will always remember the tension between Elias and Barnes ("Platoon") or the
struggle between Menserve and Erickson ("Casualties of War") and the search for Kurtz in "Apocalypse"
was much more mysterious.  But I don't really see the  tension between Hanks and Burns or Hanks and
Sizemore.  Still, Spielberg has created something visually awesome here and has made one of the top five
war films of all time.  (Also, did mom see it?  What does she think about it?)

On the homefront, here are my latest stories -- I'll send you paper copies when I get them.

Incidentally, my paychecks cover all my bills this time except the rent.  Can I possibly borrow the rent for
August? 

Hope all's well.  And here are the stories.  Paul

And Now, Our Feature Presentation...
...Is A Trailer!

The Secret World Of Movie Trailers, Previews and Coming Attractions

By Paul Iorio

Tony Seiniger, who makes movie trailers for a living, had a sudden moment of inspiration when
Subj:    Re: August 1
Date:    98-08-03 08:19:06 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul"  Finally saw Ryan.  Too much to say about it, but let me restrict myself.  First of all, it is one of the
best war pictures when compared to 98 percent of the films that actually glorify war and fall into a
propaganda mode.  But surprisingly it has a number of defects, considering the experts who worked on
the film.  One wonders about going after one man -- but there were thousands of dubious missions during
the war.  In a sense he is playing against the usual cliche in which a group of men go on a serious mission
to blow up an outhouse before the enemy uses it to win the war.  This is a mission to save a man. At least
it's original.  The combat scenes were first rate, but the weapon that was most feared by GI's  was the 88
and it was nowhere to be heard. It was a devastating gun with a unique sound that is forever in the
memory.  But what I heard was digital sound more appropriate to studio woofers than to combat.  The
hand grenades, as usual, had the impact of  a 16inch gun. But then the sound of a hand grenade is not
dramatic enough for the screen. Also, the men always looked cleanly shaven or almost, they never ate,
never drank and there were no fox holes which we dug abouyt twice a day.  Otherwise, the carnage was
real. The battle field is a violent field.  Parts of bodies are everywhere. I remember talked to one man
about twenty feet away.  We were both leaning back resting on our elbows.  An 88 shell hit behind him
and his whole lower half disappeared. When he looked at me I don't know whether he was conscious or
not.
I wonder why planes did not offer close in support and why smoke wasn't used during the landing.  I will
have to check it out.  The scene at the bridge was based on a true incident. The paratroopers had to hold
the bridge against tanks.  And paratroopers were not meant to be used in those situations.  Also I wonder
why the bridge was not blown up immmediately.  The stream appeared fordable without the bridge.  But
anyway, on the whole, he did an excellent job and took his ending from All Quiet on The Western Front
and he showed Americans killing prisoners of war which is a no no in other films.  There is much more to
say but later.  There will be some academy awards for this film. 
Here, on the Eastern Front, all is quiet.  Today I may even cut the grass.  Be talking--dadSubj:    Re:
scans
Date:    98-08-02 20:02:03 EDT
From:    PDIorio
To:    PLIORIO

Hmmm... i wonder what scans Mark is sending you!  i have a feeling i know!  All is well here- glad you
enjoyed their birthday card.  I wish i could take a walk in the mountains- frankly, walking to the mailbox
in this humidity is about my limit!  Interesting weather you have there- sounds nice.  Love, BupSubj:
TO BUP AND MARK
Date:    98-08-02 03:27:54 EDT
From:    PLIORIO
To:    PDIorio
CC:    PLIORIO

Dear Bup and Mark,

Caitlin and Graham sent me the cutest birthday card in the world!  Very nice of them. 

All's well out here.  Tonight I took a refreshing walk in the hills.  I sometimes forget how close I am to
real mountains here;  if I walk a mere 25 minutes north of my doorstep, the temperature drops subtly by
around five degrees because of the elevation and there are deer-crossing signs. 

Today, the gubernatorial candidates had their first televised debate (it's Davis v. Lungren). 

Hope all's well in The Lightning Capital of the World!  (And keep those scans a-comin', Marco.)   Later,
Paul

Subj:    THANKS TO CAITLIN AND GRAHAM!
Date:    98-08-02 03:15:31 EDT
From:    PLIORIO
To:    PDIorio
CC:    PLIORIO

Dear Caitlin and Graham,

Thanks very much for the birthday card you two sent me!  Wow!  I put the card on top of my book shelf! 

How is school for you two?  What kind of music are you listening to?  Hope everything is well.  Love,
UNCLE PAUL!

Subj:    Re: July 31
Date:    98-07-31 16:39:37 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: I like that Monica joke.  It will spread throughout Tampe by Sunday. We had dinner last night with
Frank and his girlfriend, Karen.  Delightful woman.  Frank has never been happier.  Mother and Catherine
Wyly said they used to feel sorry for him because he was alone. I told them Frank was never alone.
That's it from here.  dadSubj:    Mea Culpas
Date:    98-07-16 11:17:39 EDT
From:    vh@davis-scarritt.com (Vee Hendricks)
To:    pliorio@aol.com ('pliorio@aol.com')

Paul,
I am so sorry for not letting you know that I did not forget your BIRTHDAY!!  I"ve thought
about it several times over the last week.  I thought about it yesterday a couple of times, but I did not
remember after I got home.  Since I took this new job, I've been very negligent in performing my usual
birthday mania.  Anyway, mea culpa, mea culpa, mea culpa. (And a couple of Hail Marys in there, too.)
It was looking like I might travel to California to a town 30 miles east of L.A.  I think its either
Olympia or Ontario, I can't remember.  We have a client there who's being sued.  I thought I might fly
there to take the CEO's deposition, but now it looks like the case will settle.  But any chance I get to go
to L.A. for work, I'll jump at it so we can visit.
By the way, in case you hadn't noticed, I'm writing from my new work e-mail address.  I'm also
changing my internet provider at home to MCI, I think.  I installed it last night, and it was running very
slowly. 
Oh well, I'm back to work.  I'll talk to you soon. 
Love, V.


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Subj:    FW: QUERY TO MANOHLA DARGIS
Date:    98-06-16 19:18:49 EDT
From:    RStringer@laweekly.com (Ron Stringer)
To:    PLIORIO@AOL.Com ('PLIORIO@aol.com')

> Dear Mr.Iorio:
>     I'd like to thank you for sharing your submission, dated June
> 12. However, a reviewer was assigned to write about Gone With the Wind
> several months ago and we are unable to run any other articles on the
> film.
> Good luck in placing your piece elsewhere.
>
> Sincerely,
> Manohla Dargis
> Film editor  
>    
>

Subj:    query
Date:    98-04-11 16:40:51 EDT
From:    Rick TNY
To:    PLIORIO

Dear Mr. Iorio:
We ran a major piece a few months ago by William Finnegan on skinhead violence and race, so we
wouldn't be able to assign another so soon. Good luck with the idea elsewhere.
Hendrik Hertzberg
The New Yorker

Subj:    story query
Date:    98-04-06 13:05:07 EDT
From:    dsimmons@villagevoice.com (Doug Simmons)
To:    pliorio@aol.com ('pliorio@aol.com')

Paul, Sorry, can't use the Denver piece. Little far afield for us. Thanks anyway. Doug Simmons

Subj:    Primary Colors
Date:    98-02-27 18:58:50 EST
From:    pancakej@washpost.com
To:    Pliorio@aol.com

I'm sure we'll be doing some stories about the parallels between the movie
and the current mess, but I'm sure those will be done by staffers. Thanks
for offering, though.

Subj:    Guilt inducement
Date:    98-03-24 20:19:22 EST
From:    Ann 7398
To:    PLIORIO

Is it true that you have abandoned the telephone so much that you don't even have a functional answering
machine?  That great tool of journalism jettisoned for the higher ground of higher tech?? Or did you have
the same experience I did - you lost the book that went with your new answering machine right before
the memory filled up, and the machine became useless because you didn't know how to unfill the memory.
(Sad but true.) Being a good democrat, I threw money at the problem and now have a new answering
machine with a tape! (And awful sound quality, but oh well.)
I just wanted to gab with you about film - 'tis the season, after all.  What do you think of The Big
Lebowski (feel free to forward any stuff you've written.)  The Cleveland International Film Festival is
happening now and I saw the new David Mamet film, "The Spanish Prisoner." It reminded me of The
Usual Suspects.  I liked it.  But I think it's a guy film.  Filled with puzzles.  Good for computer geeks.
Even the New Yorker has a puzzle in it!  I disapprove. (Tina Brown didn't consult me, alas.)
We see John Sayles's "Men With Guns" on Saturday.
I almost forgot - the title of this post - guilt inducement - refers to the feeling I get from e-mail that it's
like a cosmic game of tag, where the person who didn't write last is "it".
My teeth hurt (Imagine Mick singing it in Beast of Burden instead of "My feet hurt.") which is a sure
sign of impending old age.  It hasn't decreased the amount I eat, but has radically increased the amount I
pick my teeth.  Very attractive
Well, I'll leave you with that little mental image, right after I ask if you've read Harry Crew's latest.
Well, have you?
No hurry to write back........you're it!  XXX, Ann W. Clevo.
Subj:    Friday
Date:    99-05-21 15:02:57 EDT
From:    PLIORIO
To:    Jjiorio

Dear Dad,

I heard about your bout of arthritis from mom.  There's a new wonder medicine on the market for it
called MSM.  The actor James Coburn, who used to have severe arthritis, recommends MSM highly. 

Anyway, hope everything else is okay.  All's well here.  By the way, here's the front page of the New
York Times for this day in 1927, when Lindbergh arrived in Paris.  Later, Paul 

This event took place on May 21, 1927, and was reported in The New York
Times the following day. 

Lindbergh Does It! To Paris in 33 1/2 Hours; Flies 1,000 Miles Through

Subj:    Re: Wednesday
Date:    99-05-19 20:06:30 EDT
From:    Ioriod
To:    PLIORIO

Dear Paul - Hope something turns up with all these leads.
Yes, Jay will be 44!  How could that be?  I know it's a cliche, but truly where did all the years go?  Much
too fast.
I hope to go to N. J. next month - sort of a belated happy birthday for Jay and to see all the Iorios,
especially Antionette.  It will just be a short visit, but I do hope to get to the "City" for one day.  We'll
see.  I can't be sure that Daddy will go, but I think he will.  He has so many aches and pains that he hates
to go anywhere and he is finding it somewhat difficult to walk for long periods of time.  But, it's arthritis
(sp?) and it seems to be the Iorio curse.   However, he keeps active here but is more comfortable at
home.  The doctor just gave him some new medicine so that will probably help.
Buppy gave a speech to a group of about 300 people who had just become American citizens.  She said
they came from every part of the globe and that it was a very moving experience.  So many of them just
cried when they were given their citizenship.  This is, of course, just after Buppy had visited Ellis Island
which she mentioned in her speech.  I remember our visit to Ellis Island as a very special day we had
together.  We must do things like that every so often.
Take Care.  Love, MotherSubj:    Re: Monday, Monday
Date:    99-05-18 16:42:20 EDT
From:    Ioriod
To:    PLIORIO

Dear Paul,
Wow! the New Yorker.  That's great; I look forward to reading it.  We subscribe to the New Yorker and
it is one of the magazines I go through every week.  I really like it.
Frank has left and Jay Newman leaves for Spain the end of the month.  We are busy at home.  I work all
day and don't see too much progress so I do a little every day - the yard, my finances are being put on the
computer, cleaning out Jay's closet and the laundry room.  (Can it all be done in one lifetime?  I'm
beginning to think not.)
Otherwise, no new news - we're OK.
Take care.  Love, Mother.Subj:    Re: On this day, 1945
Date:    99-05-16 12:27:53 EDT
From:    Ioriod
To:    PLIORIO

Dear Paul,   Thanks so much for the Mother's Day gift.  I will put it in my car so that I can listern to some
worthwhile music when I drive.
Speaking of music - we are going to a memorial recital for Jack Abram tonight.  It is being held at the
Performing Arts Center and some pieces by Beethoven will be played.  It is for his memorial fund.
Looking forward to it.
Been busy as usual trying to get this house and yard in some order.  The yard alone seems as if it could
take a lifetime.  But, I am determined to have this place looking good.
It's a big day for Buppy.  She is the commencement speaker at Plant High School.  Hope it goes over
well; she wrote a really good speech.
Frank is packing up his truck for Nova Scotia today and I don't envy him the trip.  They will be driving a
U-Haul filled with furniture and pulling a car.  And, it is not a short trip!  Even when they get to Nova
Scotia there are a lot more hours of driving to get to where they have the house.  But, they are excited
about it and I hope all turns out well for them.
No more news on this front.  Hope all is going well with you.
Take care and thanks again for the gift. 
Love, Mother
Subj:    Re: Friday
Date:    99-05-14 20:14:57 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul:  Exactly the way I feel about Starwars.  But I would like to see  "Tea with Mussolini."
Had a big storm today and it broke the drought in this local area.  Good luck, dadSubj:    Re:
Wednesday
Date:    99-05-13 10:47:39 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul:  Furthermore, we have no American embassy in Tibet.
The summer pattern has taken over here. And the work goes on. Not much news from anywhere and I
figure no news is good news.  Good luck, dadSubj:    Re: Monday
Date:    99-05-11 17:04:53 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: All I can do is wish you luck -- someone has to come through.  You have talent in that area and it
should  get someone's attention.  Meanwhile all goes okay here.  I chopped some wood as a relief from
transferruing documents a new word format.  What happened to the old typewriters?  Good luck,
dadSubj:    Re: On this day, 1945
Date:    99-05-10 10:15:18 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul:  The news reports are interesting.  At the time I was sitting on a wooden box at a Russian camp.
The loudspeakers announced the end and before I knew it there was dancing and drinking of vodka.  I
was part of the circle and when the bottle came to me I had to drink.  In a half hour, I wasn't dancing very
well. 
That's it from here, dad

Subj:    Re: Joke by Clinton
Date:    99-05-03 12:04:10 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: The check was already sent to the company.  But there shouldn't be any trouble.  We have all the
proof.  dadSubj:    Re: Joke by Clinton
Date:    99-05-03 08:16:13 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul:  It's a good one.  But it goes beyond a joke.  It is possible that down the line someone who is totally
out of politics might review his application and put him in for food stamps.  Afterall,  I've been with USF
for 36 years and no matter where I go there, I'm always asked how I spell my name, or who I am, and
viewed  with great suspicion.  I feel like Willy Loman -- every one knew me at USF, I was big at USF. 
This weekend we will be giving a dinner for Frank, Newman and Wylys.  They are all leaving town --
Frank to Nova Scotia, Newmans to Spain, and Wylys to Paris. I'm staying put. 
Weather is still great, but I'm afraid El Nino is taking over from La Nina.  be seeing you. dadSubj:    Re:
Saturday
Date:    99-05-02 11:03:56 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: yes, long time no hear.  But I figured you were doing okay.  I'll be looking forward to the Chron
article. 
Nothing much to report from here.  It's just a lot of work all over the place.  Mother is finding out that
retirement increases the workload.
The weather has been record breaking in low temperatures for this time of year.  Imagine 52 to 68
yesterday.
We'll manage to send the rent.  Keep going on the job front.  Ciao! dadSubj:    Re: Saturday
Date:    99-05-02 11:24:34 EDT
From:    Ioriod
To:    PLIORIO

Dear Paul,   I'll send the money.

Sorry to hear you say something negative about Valeria.  Long time friends are hard to come by and it is
not to anyone's advantage to hold grudges real or imagined.  Life is too short.

Congratulations on your cover story.  We're anxious to read it - but send it by regular mail.
Take care.  Love, Mother.Subj:    Re: German translator found!
Date:    99-05-02 17:40:13 EDT
From:    j.iorio@ieee.org (Jay Iorio)
To:    PLIORIO@aol.com

LA Dude!


> Disregard the request for a German translator;  I found one at the Goethe
> Institute.

Whew, that's a relief. I'm sure I know somebody who knows German (Paul
Fernandez, whose email by the way is seropolo@outremer.com, knows only a
little German, I believe -- a feisty little Bavarian named Horst, ba da boom),
but I can't think of anybody, either offhand or on-hand. Anyway, the story
sounds intriguing -- this connection to Denver, trenchcoats, etc. I want to
hear more.

> P.S. -- What's up with "Saturday"?

I'm aiming for completion (i.e., having boxes of shrink-wrapped Produkt) at
the end of the summer, with web-release and assorted other activities
thereafter. Man, the closer it gets, the more little details there are to deal
with. I have a new appreciation for what kind of work a label actually has to
do. I'm re-singing a few songs, tightening things up in general, and doing
final sweetening in my new recording environment (hard-disk -- yow! my Mac is
the most amazing tape recorder ever!), and I'll be scheduling a session with a
mastering studio within a couple of months. Meanwhile, I'm working on album
art and trying to get artist friends to contribute some eye and general
design. As soon as I have the mixes more or less completed, I'll send you a
CD.


ROMAN AROUND: So Polanski's in Italy? Man, I just don't get answering-machine
messages like that. "Hello, Jay? Leonardo -- I'm in Belize..." Have you spoken
with him yet? I'd love to hear/read the details (and everything else, too).
You ought to make a cassette of all your most interesting answering-machine
traffic, send it to me, and I'll burn ya a CD! Man, from a sampling point of
view, a few loops of ol' B2Bob could be just the right touch for that
Industrial dance mix!

BADA-BING: Are you familiar with The Sopranos, the HBO series that ran 13 or
so episodes early this year and is going to return in January 2000? Yow, what
a cool piece of work. They're going to re-broadcast the whole first season
starting in June. If you can get your paws on an HBO-subscribed remote
control, you won't regret it. This is assuming, of course, that you haven't
seen it already ("oh yeah, I was on the set..."). You've probably at least
read about it: it's an engaging and complex weekly hour-long drama about a
Northern New Jersey mob family, the Sopranos. Tony Soprano is the central
character, and for rather involved reasons he has been seeing a psychiatrist,
which does not sit well with his fellow secrecy-obsessed mobsters, including
his mother. An intense, almost mythological vibe plays alongside the
day-to-day of a Family man in Essex County. Great writing, acting, everything.
The opening sequence is brilliant. Totally cool choice of music throughout.
You will die when you hear the language (he's got a boat called "Stugatz", etc
etc etc). I've only seen the last several episodes (thanks to Dave's VCR), and
I'm hooked. I think you'd love it. I'm going to tape them all this summer and
I'll make copies if you want.

GIMME TWENTY, RIGHT NOW! -- Don't remember if I told you that I've not only
joined a gym but have also been working with a personal trainer, a Chan Tharp
professional sadist the likes of whom I cleverly managed to avoid throughout
my high-school years but am now paying good, grown-up money to torture me
three times a week. This has been going on for about two months now, and I am
indeed starting to look and feel better. Next time you see me, I'll be
carrying a couple of mountain bikes and water bottles, wearing those skintight
shiny bicycle shorts: "c'mon dude, let's go rock climbing!" Or maybe not.
Anyway, I'll let you know how this progresses. You know, I've realized how
little torture it would take to get me to talk -- I'm just being honest here.
They'd put me on one of those medieval Magnum weight machines and dial up the
weight. "Ten more!," he'd slur through a toothless Mississippi laugh. "No! No!
I'll talk!" Or they could use the mysteriously named "elliptical
crosstrainer," a truly wicked stand-up bicycle hooked up to a nasty little
computer that displays a runner's silhouette and illuminates the body sections
that are being "worked" -- there should be flames coming off the display. Now
when I see a guy with those intense abdominal muscles (as Bart says, "you
could grate cheese on those abs!"), I have a new-found respect for exactly
what's involved (as Milhouse says, "aww can't I just have the surgery?").

Well, nuffa my yakkin. I'll try to get you on the phone either tonite or later
in the week. Hope things are good. Talk to you soon

--jaydude

Subj:    keeping in touch
Date:    99-05-01 12:53:53 EDT
From:    Ioriod
To:    PLIORIO

Dear Paul,  Haven't heard from you in a few days and hope everything is OK.  We are fine here and
except for Daddy's book club on Thursday, everything is quiet.  Vi asked about you and said she will e-
mail soon.
Drop an e-mail when you can so that we know you are all right.
Love,  MotherSubj:    Re: My gift is------------
Date:    99-04-27 21:00:17 EDT
From:    PDIorio
To:    PLIORIO

IRK!!!!

Subj:    Style query
Date:    99-04-28 12:40:19 EDT
From:    leibyr@washpost.com
To:    PLIORIO@aol.com

I'm taking a look at your query and will be in touch.
Richard Leiby, Style assignment editor.

---------------------- Forwarded by Richard Leiby/news/TWP on 04/28/99
12:39 PM ---------------------------


John Pancake
04/27/99 11:05 AM

To:   Richard Leiby/news/TWP@WashPostMain
cc:

Subject:  Style query


---------------------- Forwarded by John Pancake/news/TWP on 04/27/99 11:04
AM ---------------------------


PLIORIO@aol.com on 04/26/99 10:48:53 PM

Please respond to PLIORIO@aol.com

To:   pancakej@utility.washpost.com
cc:    (bcc: John Pancake/news/TWP)

Subject:  Style query




26 April 1999

Mr. John Pancake
Style section
The Washington Post

Dear Mr. Pancake,

I'd like to pitch a media/technology story to you for the Style section
about
the Columbine

Subj:    Re: Monday
Date:    99-04-26 12:02:57 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul:  Mark and Pam left in separate planes during the morning on Friday.  They landed in North and
South Carolina because of the bad weather in NY.  They finally got there during the evening. They
returned yesterday and ate up a storm.  The kids stayed with us and had great fun.  That's about it,
dadSubj:    RE: query
Date:    99-04-26 09:55:16 EDT
From:    dsimmons@villagevoice.com (Doug Simmons)
To:    PLIORIO@aol.com ('PLIORIO@aol.com')

Can't use it. We have other assignments working on the topic. Doug

-----Original Message-----
From:    PLIORIO@aol.com [SMTP:PLIORIO@aol.com]
Sent:    Monday, April 26, 1999 8:02 AM
To:    dsimmons@villagevoice.com
Subject:    query

26 April 1999

Mr. Doug Simmons
Managing Editor
The Village Voice

Dear Doug, 

I'd like to pitch a story to you for the Voice about the Columbine massacre. 
I've included a rough sketch of the idea. 


Subj:    test
Date:    99-04-23 16:53:35 EDT
From:    PLIORIO
To:    PLIORIO

Which is more revealing:  the responses given to a word-association test, or the words chosen in he first
place?   If you, say, give Graham a word-assocation test and use the word "breast" three times, you're
probably the one with the breast fixation, not Graham, no matter what his responses are.  Subj:    Re:
Friday
Date:    99-04-23 20:09:48 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: The reply could take weeks.  If the job was publically advertised, there could be hundreds of
applicants. 
Pam and Mark went to New York on separate planes, but both landed half way there because of bad
weather.  It took them five hours to get to the city.  Meanwhule neither knew where the other was. 
That's it from here, dadSubj:    RE: noah
Date:    99-04-23 15:24:00 EDT
From:    wiegand@sfgate.com (David Wiegand)
To:    PLIORIO@aol.com ('PLIORIO@aol.com')


Hey. sorry the murray thing didn't work out. truly ridiculous on his
part. I told them I'd actually rather have you do the story than most of my
staff writers. But anyway. water under the bridge. Re Noah: since it's
running on a saturday, which is a smaller paper normally, keep it tightish.
thnx

Subj:    Re: Thursday
Date:    99-04-22 22:30:21 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul:  here's a cliche -- a watched pot never boils.  dadSubj:    Re: bocce, etc.
Date:    99-04-22 15:41:07 EDT
From:    Ioriod
To:    PLIORIO

Dear Paul - I am planning to take an artificial estrogen drug for the osteoporous.  My doctor gave me a
subscription for it last September, but for some reason I haven't started taking it, but I will.  The drug you
mentioned sounds as if it is for osteo arthritis which is different.  But, thanks for keeping an eye out for
something for me.
I still haven't gotten into a pattern with my retirement schedule, but I think it will emerge.  I have a lot of
catching up to do around here which should take the better part of the rest of the year.
As you know, Buppy is turning 40 next week and Mark is taking her on a "surprise weekend" somewhere
and we are taking care of the kids. It will be fun to have them here for the week-end.
All for now.  Take care.  Love,  MotherSubj:    Re: Wednesday
Date:    99-04-21 20:05:19 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: Yes, get him to a psychiatrist.  A Russian one would treat him like a rat.
I wouldn't worry about the response.  They take their time with those things.  Heating up here too.  Good
luck. dadSubj:    Re: Tuesday night
Date:    99-04-21 12:38:26 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul:  Nike stole mother's idea.  She said we should spend the equivalent of one stealth bomber and open
up factories in Albania and make it a showplace of the Balkans. All the Serbs would become willing
refugees.  dadSubj:    Re: Monday night
Date:    99-04-20 16:29:49 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul:  Still in recovery time here.  How about Benigni telling his son that the Kosovo refugees are in a
contest to see who can lose the most possessions in one day -- and the winner will win Albania?  enuff
sed   dadSubj:    Re: Monday
Date:    99-04-19 17:49:45 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: It would be great if the job materializes, but if not, you're no worse off and you'll have the impetus
to latch on to something else. At any rate, good luck.  I hope you mentioned a future show having to do
with vacation spots in Kosovo. 
Getting responses about the party and everyone seems to be happy.  Has to be the aftereffects of all that
wine.  More later, dadSubj:    RE: Monday
Date:    99-04-19 12:54:53 EDT
From:    wiegand@sfgate.com (David Wiegand)
To:    PLIORIO@aol.com ('PLIORIO@aol.com')

Oh, give me 800 words, probably. more or less as needed. Haven't pursued
altman yet, but will
get to it. Thanks

Subj:    Re: Saturday
Date:    99-04-19 12:07:02 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: Get a map of the Balkans and try following the route you took and the times.  If you follow the
raillines you can come up with the towns.
The party is over and we're shot.  Five lasagnas and 22 bottles of wine disappeared --plus a lot of other
stuff, but it was fun.  And the weather was perfect -- right around 70. 
That's all -- too tired to think.  Meanwhile good luck on the test results, dadSubj:    RE: Wyle
Date:    99-04-16 17:41:52 EDT
From:    wiegand@sfgate.com (David Wiegand)
To:    PLIORIO@aol.com ('PLIORIO@aol.com')

ok. let's go for the 30th then, which is a friday and better read. would
need the story by 11 a.m. on the 29th. Thanks

Subj:    Re: Friday
Date:    99-04-16 16:31:19 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: Just taking the test  is an honor.  I don't think they bother with people who don't have the potential.
So good luck.  You won't be any worse off than you are now.  We're working like dogs (where's that
expression come from -- dogs don't work.)  for the party.  Forty four people are a lot of people to cook
for.  More  later  dadSubj:    FW: noah
Date:    99-04-16 12:41:24 EDT
From:    wiegand@sfgate.com (David Wiegand)
To:    pliorio@aol.com ('pliorio@aol.com')


Hi Paul. This is the time I've gotten from Denise at TNT for Noah. It's not
very long, but maybe we can squeeze a bit more out of them. It gets our foot
in the door at any rate and you have spoken to him before. Also, there's an
interv. with him in the new movieline mag. just a shorty, but ok. At any
rate, if you file the story by Thursday morning by 11 a.m., I can sked it
for the Friday paper; if you get it to me by Thursday evening, I can put it
in the Saturday. Which is doable? In either case, story shouldn't be
exhaustively long. And with a 15 minute interview, I wouldn't expect it to
be. Let me know and I'll skedule accoridngly. Thanks. And you should contact
denise godoy directly to confirm the interview, obviously.
> ----------
> From:     Godoy, Denise [SMTP:Denise.Godoy@turner.com]
> Sent:     Friday, April 16, 1999 5:24 AM
> To:     "David Wiegand"
> Cc:     O'Brien, Carrie
> Subject:     RE: noah
>
> David - 3:15-3:30 (PT)  is what we have scheduled for Wed., Apr. 28.  Is
> that
> okay? 
>
> didn't he do a Pirates story a few months ago?
>
> Carrie - see Paul's number below. He is an in-person interview, but here's
> his
> number for your files.
> __________________________________________________________________________
> __
> ___
> Subject: RE: noah
> From:    "David Wiegand" [SMTP:wiegand@sfgate.com] at TBSCENTRAL
> Date:    4/14/99  5:52 PM
>
>      Hi denise. do we have a specific date yet for Paul's talk with Wyle?
> I want to sked it in the paper. Also, are you in direct contact with him.
> He's at
>
> 213-882-6504, for your files. thanks
>

Subj:    RE: noah
Date:    99-04-14 17:53:50 EDT
From:    wiegand@sfgate.com (David Wiegand)
To:    PLIORIO@aol.com ('PLIORIO@aol.com')

hi. are you in touch with denise directly about wyle? you don't have
to be. i can be, but didn't want to start bugging her about an exact date if
you were already doing so, and she said she's worked with you before

Subj:    Re: Monday
Date:    99-04-13 08:44:58 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: We'll send it to you.  Right now I'm leaving with Frank to go to Sam's -- a discount store.  Be
talking, dadSubj:    Re: Friday night
Date:    99-04-12 12:13:33 EDT
From:    Ioriod
To:    PLIORIO

Dear Paul - I will go to the Credit Union to get a copy of the check.  It has been years since any bank
sends back the cancelled checks but the CR will have a copy.  I'm trying to do my income tax, so I can't
do it this minute.  They did tell me that it was cleared on March 22.  Shall I send the copy to you or to
the rental agency?  Let me know.

I guess you realize how excited we are about your prospect.  I know you don't need or want my advise,
but use the card to buy a nice COLORED shirt.  I don't think they are the white shirt kind.  The very best
of luck.
Take care,  Love, Mother.Subj:    Re: Friday night
Date:    99-04-12 12:13:33 EDT
From:    Ioriod
To:    PLIORIO

Dear Paul - I will go to the Credit Union to get a copy of the check.  It has been years since any bank
sends back the cancelled checks but the CR will have a copy.  I'm trying to do my income tax, so I can't
do it this minute.  They did tell me that it was cleared on March 22.  Shall I send the copy to you or to
the rental agency?  Let me know.

I guess you realize how excited we are about your prospect.  I know you don't need or want my advise,
but use the card to buy a nice COLORED shirt.  I don't think they are the white shirt kind.  The very best
of luck.
Take care,  Love, Mother.Subj:    Re: Chron
Date:    99-04-11 07:06:10 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: We'll be awaiting the articles. They should start running your picture soon.
Mother was honored again at the Weatherfords last night. We all went reluctantly, but it turned out to be
one of the best get togethers  this year.  Today I will use my freedom from guests to work on the grounds
and do some work on the computer and maybe fix a toilet.  That's it from here, dadSubj:    phone call
Date:    99-04-09 18:06:02 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul,  There was a phone message left on our machine:
Debra Wells 1-800-448-2150
Have no idea what it is about.  Maybe just trying to sell something, but she specificaly asked for you.
Said trying to locate you.
So, do with it what you want.
Love, MotherSubj:    Re: Wednesday afternoon
Date:    99-04-09 11:50:20 EDT
From:    Ioriod
To:    PLIORIO

Dear Paul, 
An interview with Robert Altman?  That would be great.  Doesn't he have a new picture coming out that
he financed himself?  Hope it works out.
Doris Weatherford is someone we have known for years.  Her husband is in the philosophy dept. and they
both are very active in the Democratic Party.  She has also been a Board member of HCC.  She has
sometimes been a good political advisor for Buppy.  She also has about five books published on issues
concerning the history of women.
Did you know that Tony Zaitz's wife died?  Went to the viewing and saw George Fee whom we haven't
seen in a long time.  He's the same - always good for a laugh.
Daddy hunted for the diary you wanted and we're putting in the mail today what we found.  Not sure it is
what you want.
Joan and John are not coming - busy at work and don't want to leave because Aunt Antionette is so sick -
or so they say.  Frankly, it is a great relief for us because we have so much work to do to get readyfor the
bocce party  and I have to finish the income tax.
Hear it's cold out there.  Sounds good to me right now; it's as hot as summer here.
Take care.  Love, Mother.Subj:    Re: Thursday
Date:    99-04-08 16:48:51 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: I think the Hemingway work has been worked over by others, but it'll be interesting.
Congratulations on the Kubrick article.  As for the material in the box, I can send as much of it as you
want.  As far as I can see, most of it is class notes.  Relief! Johnny and Joan are not descending this
weekend.  That makes it easier all around.  dadSubj:    Re: Wednesday afternoon
Date:    99-04-08 11:43:43 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul:  I think I found your journal.  It does not have a cover.  They are loose sheets of 5 1/2 by9. I will
send these to you and conduct search phase two.
The temp here hit 89  two days ago and  so did the humidity.  Back to work, dadSubj:    Re: TO MOM:
SURPRISE!
Date:    99-04-07 16:50:48 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Dear Paul, The party was a success and if you had made it here, it would have been a super success.
I was surprised because I had thought too much had already been made of my retirement and I certainly
didn't expect anything else.  The food was good as well as the company and I was completely surprised
when Jay showed up.  Doris Weatherford is giving me a dinner on Saturday and then that will have to be
the end of it all. 
I am now officially retired and am working harder than ever trying to get the grounds ready for our bocce
game.   It feels as if every bone in my body hurts - especially my knee. 
Of course, to complicate matters, Joan and John are arriving on Sunday for a visit.  I'll put them to work.
My e-mail address is IORIOD @ aol .com.
Hope all is going well with you.  Take good care of yourself. 
Lots of love,  Mother.Subj:    Re: Wednesday
Date:    99-04-07 16:42:07 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Dear Paul, Glad the check problem was straightened out.  You want to keep in good status with the
landlord and I''m glad it was their fault.  Hope all is good with you.  Love, Mother.Subj:    Re:
Wednesday
Date:    99-04-07 16:36:28 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul:  Sounds great about the check and the rent.  But if you need help let us know.  Clearing the
grounds for the bocce party.  Had Caitlin and Graham work on the grounds.  Graham chopped down two
three inch trees -- not bad.  He proudly sports a blister. That's it -- dadSubj:    RE: Wednesday
Date:    99-04-07 11:19:33 EDT
From:    wiegand@sfgate.com (David Wiegand)
To:    PLIORIO@aol.com ('PLIORIO@aol.com')

Well, yes, re Garry, but he won't talk. He was actually just in berkeley
doing a talk, but he has steadfastly refused to be interviewed by the press.
that may change with the tv show, but i doubt it. we tried like hell when he
was here. that's why i was going to go for altman
Subj:    Re: Tuesday
Date:    99-04-07 16:32:59 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: See what the company says.  We can trace  the check to see who cashed it. All's fine. dad
Subj:    wyle
Date:    99-04-06 15:51:45 EDT
From:    wiegand@sfgate.com (David Wiegand)
To:    PLIORIO@aol.com ('PLIORIO@aol.com')

Hi. sending the tape of Pirates off today. If you could watch and send it
back asap, i'd appreciate it. i want to fashion a bunch of stories around it
for june 13 pink issue, which is where I'd like your Robert Altman piece to
be but I havent scoped that story out yet.
ciao

Subj:    check
Date:    99-04-06 09:59:47 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul:  The check was sent and it was cashed on March 22.  The number of the check is 4924.  Let them
know and see what they say. dadSubj:    Re: By the way
Date:    99-04-06 08:08:02 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: We'll check on the check.  I'm sure we sent it.   How does it go for this month -- are you able to
cover it?  dadSubj:    Re: Monday
Date:    99-04-05 16:31:07 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: I have just begun to look for the journal.  I'm sure we'll find it.  The last few days have been hectic.
Mother was really surprised  when she entered the Wyly house.  Then an hour later there's a knock on the
door and Jay shows up.  A real shocker!  I had given him directions, but I never thought he would find it.
We had a great time.  Jay stayed until the next day.  Now I'm trying to recuperate from the stress of the
clandestine operation.  I don't mind the double O 7 role as long as it's only to pose for pictures.
Had to spend the day inviting people over for the bocce party.  Things will get done and the journal will
be found.  be talking later dadSubj:    RE: Iorio
Date:    99-04-02 18:21:19 EST
From:    wiegand@sfgate.com (David Wiegand)
To:    PLIORIO@aol.com ('PLIORIO@aol.com')

One thing on the radar screen, but still vague at this point, is a robert
altman interview. I was thinking of  him re his and garry trudeau's new TV
pilot, Killer App, which is supposedly set in the silicon valley, as part of
that june package. but it's still circling at this point.

> ----------
> From:     PLIORIO@aol.com[SMTP:PLIORIO@aol.com]
> Reply To:     PLIORIO@aol.com
> Sent:     Friday, April 02, 1999 2:53 AM
> To:     wiegand@sfgate.com
> Subject:     Iorio
>
> David,
> I'm glad we can get Wyle in person.  And if there's any other story you
> want
> covered down here, please let me know. 
> Paul
>

Subj:    Re: Thursday
Date:    99-04-02 17:34:56 EST
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul:  I wish we had a bit of your weather.  Here it's summer already and I'm looking forward to October.
Tomorrow is the party and I think Newman almost blew it when he called to say he hadn't received an
invitation, but I might have smooth things over -- secret agent 006.  Tell you about the party later,
dadSubj:    RE: Pirates
Date:    99-04-02 00:08:50 EST
From:    wiegand@sfgate.com (David Wiegand)
To:    PLIORIO@aol.com ('PLIORIO@aol.com')

Hi. I think actually I'll probably put the Wyle story in now. will find a
date and let you know. The reason is that wires will send it out anyway.
Business and I are still mulling what they'll do, which is why i wanted them
to see the tape now. i'll send it monday. i suspect they'll try to get apple
and microsofties to weigh in on it, that kind of thing. anyway, won't be any
conflict with your story, since yours will run probably on may 31 or june 1,
depending on when they give you wyle.

Subj:    RE: Noah Wyle
Date:    99-04-01 20:06:20 EST
From:    wiegand@sfgate.com (David Wiegand)
To:    PLIORIO@aol.com ('PLIORIO@aol.com')


Hi. Denise at TNT confirms they'll give you Noah live, 30 minutes.
Not sure of date yet, either the 28th or 29th of april. she'll let me know
in a couple of days and i'll sked the story then.

Subj:    RE: wyle
Date:    99-03-31 20:02:54 EST
From:    wiegand@sfgate.com (David Wiegand)
To:    PLIORIO@aol.com ('PLIORIO@aol.com')

Actually, let me keep the tape and I'll send it off on Monday. I'd like the
business editor to see it first.

> ----------
> From:     PLIORIO@aol.com[SMTP:PLIORIO@aol.com]
> Sent:     Thursday, March 25, 1999 12:16 PM
> To:     wiegand@sfgate.com
> Subject:     Vikram Seth story
>
> Dear David,
>
> Good hearing from you.  I'd love to do a story about Vikram Seth and his
> new
> book.  What are the particulars and when do you want it?
> Paul Iorio
>  
>
Paul: All you have to do is elaborate on what you've written, splice in some anecdotes that  show the
harmony of diverse people as well as  the dark undercurrents that were there and you have an article you
can send around to different papers or to your editor.  try it.
Things are still hectic.  I took the lasagnas over to the Wylys.  Also took over a six foot mural of
photograps of mother from 1940 to 1999.  You're in it too.   Today is mother's last day and  we may go
to a restaurant to eat --maybe.  I'll know in a half hour.  that's all  for now -- dadSubj:    Re: Bulworth
Date:    99-03-30 21:47:28 EST
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: The only smile I got out of Bulworth was in the fleeting appearance of George Hamilton. 
dadSubj:    Re: Monday
Date:    99-03-30 21:45:41 EST
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul:  That itinerary you gave is really interesting.  It would be worth an article about how you found the
people and what your impressions where.  You're right, under Tito they lived next to each other in
harmony. Ask the paper if there's any interest. 
After all the food making I'm dead and barely have enough energy to keep Mother from getting close to
the hidden areas. Being a spy can't be easy.  More later, dadSubj:    Your query
Date:    99-03-30 17:57:43 EST
From:    ccotts@villagevoice.com (Cynthia Cotts)
Reply-to:    ccotts@villagevoice.com (ccotts@villagevoice.com)
To:    pliorio@aol.com ('pliorio@aol.com')

Dear Paul Iorio,

Your fax did not end up in my mailbox until today, so I apologize for the
delay.

I'm not sure that I'm an expert on this, because I haven't written for
daily newspapers. It seems to me not unusual that editors cobble together a
story using both material gathered by their own reporters and material from
wire reports -- although I remember seeing that done more with beat
reporting, bread and butter stuff like law enforcement or world politics,
than with entertainment reporting.

I understand why you would feel uncomfortable with the practice, just
speaking as a writer. But before making any kind of judgment I would want
to ask one of the wire services if this is a permissible use of their
reports. My hunch is that it is, as long as some credit is given at the
end.

Let me know if you'd like me to look into this more. I think it's
interesting, but generally speaking, it doesn't strike me as an obvious
plagiarism issue.

Best wishes,

Cynthia Cotts

Phone: 212-475-3300 x3208
Email: ccotts@villagevoice.com


Subj:    Re: the Yugoslavia journey
Date:    99-03-29 16:58:40 EST
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: I don't think Mr. M has a rat's chance of ever getting Croatia, Slovene, Bosnia back. Yugoslavia
was created artificially by the western powers and Tito held it together by force.  But Yugoslavia was
never meant to be.  Six hundred years of bad history pulls it in every direction. If Nato is thinking
anything, it is thinking of bombing Serbia back to the stone age so that in the near future you don't have
Macedonia, Albania, Greece and Turkey going to war over it all.  Goodbye American and all the ships at
sea. 
We saw Bulwaorth last night -- a terrible picture.   dadSubj:    Re: Saturday
Date:    99-03-29 16:51:57 EST
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul:  Half the wine is in containers and ready to go. It's good. Now to get ready for the secret party on
Saturday.  Mother has no idea of what is happening so far.  The three lasagnas I have to make may give
her a hint.  I'll manage to hide them.  Back to work, dad

Subj:    Re: Post-Oscars
Date:    99-03-26 17:30:03 EST
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: Received the newspaper and it's great. They gave you top billing. And Monica will draw everyone's
eye right to it. 
There's a lot of fuzzy thinking out there.  Your analysis of the Kazan affair is right. When it happened it
was the committee that was the enemy of the constitution.  Have you seen Woody Allen in THE FRONT.
It's about the blacklisting.  See it if only for the last line of the film.
The Binigni critic is some critic. Obviously he knows very little about satire. Sure -- put a gun in the kid's
hands and tell him to kill nazis -- I would say both the kid and the film would last about 10 seconds. As
for evil going away by laughingly ignoring it, the critic didn't stay for the ending.  It doesn't go away. The
father is killed. And the kid and wife , as many victims of the war, survived. 
Now for putting the wine in bottles. Talk to you later. dadSubj:    Re: Wednesday
Date:    99-03-25 17:46:28 EST
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: I'm glad to receive your version of the events. Seems that Spielberg expected something if he
brought a candle with him.  Probably had another one in his pocket. Unfortunately, it wasn't used, but I
do think Ryan should have gotten the best picture award.  So it goes.
Things are moving fast here, but I think I have control of  most of it until John and Joanie arrive.  I'll just
keep moving on.  Th

RE: Noah Wyle
Date:    99-03-25 15:53:44 EST
From:    wiegand@sfgate.com (David Wiegand)
To:    PLIORIO@aol.com ('PLIORIO@aol.com')

Cool. Am awaiting the ok from TNT that we get him live. will be intouch

> ----------
> From:     PLIORIO@aol.com[SMTP:PLIORIO@aol.com]
> Sent:     Thursday, March 25, 1999 12:46 PM
> To:     wiegand@sfgate.com
> Subject:     Noah Wyle
>
> Dear David,
>
> I'm definitely interested in talking to Wyle.  (Sorry to hear about Seth.)
> By the way,  I previously interviewed Wyle, albeit briefly on the phone,
> about
> his role as Jobs in "Silicon" for the daily Datebook section (November 16,
> 1998).  So I'm familiar with the subject and ready to do a new article.  
> Paul Iorio   
>


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To: "'PLIORIO@aol.com'"
Subject: RE: Noah Wyle
Date: Thu, 25 Mar 1999 12:50:48 -0800
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Subj:    RE: Vikram Seth story
Date:    99-03-25 15:33:13 EST
From:    wiegand@sfgate.com (David Wiegand)
To:    PLIORIO@aol.com ('PLIORIO@aol.com')

actually, if you're up for Noah Wyle, I'd rather have that done than Seth
out of LA. I can get Seth done here and I'm broke (alas).

> ----------
> From:     PLIORIO@aol.com[SMTP:PLIORIO@aol.com]
> Sent:     Thursday, March 25, 1999 12:16 PM
> To:     wiegand@sfgate.com
> Subject:     Vikram Seth story
>
> Dear David,
>
> Good hearing from you.  I'd love to do a story about Vikram Seth and his
> new
> book.  What are the particulars and when do you want it?
> Paul Iorio
>  
>


----------------------- Headers --------------------------------

Subj:    RE: Vikram Seth story
Date:    99-03-25 15:22:12 EST
From:    wiegand@sfgate.com (David Wiegand)
To:    PLIORIO@aol.com ('PLIORIO@aol.com')

Hi. In may. Have to check the dates. Also, while I'm at it, I'm trying to
get access to a live interview with Noah Wyle in LA on April 27-28, in
connection with his role as Steve Jobs in the TNT Pirates of the Silicon
Valley, about Gates and Jobs. You available for that? I think I may actually
run the story in June to advance the actually airing of the film

> ----------
> From:     PLIORIO@aol.com[SMTP:PLIORIO@aol.com]
> Sent:     Thursday, March 25, 1999 12:16 PM
> To:     wiegand@sfgate.com
> Subject:     Vikram Seth story
>
> Dear David,
>
> Good hearing from you.  I'd love to do a story about Vikram Seth and his
> new
> book.  What are the particulars and when do you want it?
> Paul Iorio
>  
>

Subj:    Re: Oscar night
Date:    99-03-22 18:04:30 EST
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul:  Don't you need a helper when you go to those interviews?  Things keep heating up aropund here
with guests, welcomed and unwelcomed.  That's all for now, dadSubj:    RE: rent, authors
Date:    99-03-24 17:42:39 EST
From:    wiegand@sfgate.com (David Wiegand)
To:    PLIORIO@aol.com ('PLIORIO@aol.com')

Hi. you were right. rent was terrific. check's in the mail. grazie. You do
authors too? I'm thinking of Vikram Seth, who wrote a booklength poem called
golden gate and has a new book coming out in May. Need an LA writer. pass if
you want. Just thought I'd ask you first. nice oscar parties thing.

> ----------
> From:     PLIORIO@aol.com[SMTP:PLIORIO@aol.com]
> Sent:     Friday, February 12, 1999 2:21 AM
> To:     wiegand@sfgate.com
> Subject:     Iorio
>
> Dear David,
>
> I'd agree with you if it were a statement of fact -- as in, "Rent" has
> played
> 29 theaters."  We could of course state such a fact without sounding like
> someone else.  But this is a statement of critical opinion -- as in,
> "Daphne
> adds a wistful air to the production."  And that critical opinion sounds
> very
> much like someone else.  In my opinion, it's always wise to avoid even the
> appearance of, er, imitation.  Anyway, that's my humble view, for what
> it's
> worth. 
>
> By the way, who is this Miles Krueger.  Paul
>

Subj:    Re: Friday
Date:    99-03-19 17:36:40 EST
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul:  I printed out the article and will read it later. Seems that Joanie and John will be here next month.
Just what I need.  Be saying more later. dadSubj:    Re: Wednesday
Date:    99-03-18 18:14:57 EST
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul:  I agree on Kazan.  At the same time he was naming names, Arthur Miller refused. And Kubrick
should be given an honor -- something more than an Oscar.  Ultimately, it's history that gives the honors.
In an hour I'll be leaving for the book club to discuss Russo's Straight Man.  Not a very good book.  He
was in my position at Colby College and though he sets his novel in Pennsylvania, there is a recognizable
Waterville, including Pleasant Street.  That's all from here, dadSubj:    Re: Tuesday
Date:    99-03-17 17:32:35 EST
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: Let me know if there's room for me at those parties.  I  think it will be a Ryan evening.  All else
seems a toss up.  Your article arrived and I liked the density of it -- the amount of information per square
inch. 
Here all is quiet and in a recovery mode.  Lou doesn't look well and the joy doesn't seem to be there.  he
has big financial problems.  In other words he has to sell his house to survive and then at a very low level.
It's very complicated  (or maybe simple) and sad.   Now if anyone else calls to say they are dropping in,
I'll come to LA  Enough for now, dadSubj:    Re: Sunday
Date:    99-03-15 17:47:46 EST
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: Good luck on the job front.
Lou and Vera and Karen and husband and twins left this morning.  I feel post partum collapse.  It was
hectic.  But now I can recover and hope that no one else calls to tell me that he is honoring me by a visit.
That's all for now, dadSubj:    Re: Sunday
Date:    99-03-11 16:48:04 EST
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: The rent was sent on Monday.  Mother had a farewell reception at the school.  Turned out to be
quite a thing.  She made a speech which was really good.  She has surreptiously become a good public
speaker.  Lou and family will descend tomorrow evening.  We're bracing.  Tell you more later, dadSubj:
Re: Thursday again
Date:    99-03-05 17:53:02 EST
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: Nothing new here except that the Kimmels have arrived and are now off to Frank's.  I'm still not up
to it.  But I am getting better and who knows, tomorrow I may be normal. We'll see.  dadSubj:    Re: flu
Date:    99-03-04 16:51:40 EST
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul:  I received the article today and read it.  It is excellent.   It gives some good background on the
work. 
I did see Binigni and he's absolutely wild when he gets going.  Simon seemed to be taken by him and
became part of the mood.
The flu goes on.  Marginally better. But still very weak.  Frank will take care of the Kimmels.  That will
help enormously because I'm really not up to it.   Tommy Reim will stop in on Sunday.  I'll be okay by
then.  Seems he is working out a deal with the Chinese on a new optometric procedure  he developed. 
More next time, dad     Subj:    flu time
Date:    99-03-04 09:30:20 EST
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul:  Did you get the checks you expected?  And are they enough to cover the rent?
This has been a disaster of a week.  I got the flu and for three days I was in complete immobility.  I think
I'm recovering, but still a bit  wobbly.  Meanwhile the Kimmels will show up tomorrow.  Tommy Reim
called to say he was stopping in, and next week Lou and the family come down.  I'll do what I can and
that's about it.  I'll give you more on my condition tomorrow.  dadSubj:    Re: Sunday
Date:    99-02-28 15:06:30 EST
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul:  Thanks for thinking about my future, but I haven't completed the major works yet.  Then maybe I'll
think about what to do with the crumbs. 
We're still working on the house.  Ithe Kimmels will be here on Friday.  The following week will be Lou
and Vera and Karen's family.  After that it will be some surprise party for mother's retirement. But I
haven't been able to get much together yet.  I just hope this weather stays cool so I can work on.  That;s
all from here.  dadSubj:    Re: Wednesday
Date:    99-02-24 19:26:02 EST
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: Have you seen Benigni in Night on Earth in which he plays a taxi cab driver who picks up a priest
and  then makes a  hair curling confession that kills the priest.  It's hilarious.  I just drank half a bottle of
my wine taht I've kept for three years. I dismissed it as having no alcohol.  That was a big mistake.  BVe
talking   dadSubj:    Re: Tuesday
Date:    99-02-24 07:19:49 EST
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul:  All that kid had to do was hit the swastika once and that would be the end of the film. I agree that
it's great up to the green horse.  The trouble is that the mood changes. It is a bit of social satire and very
funny, but when the game is projected into the concentration camp, the horrific overwhelms the comedic.
Weather is very chilly here. La nina is just playing around until her big brother arrives. 
Finished all the work in the family room -- now to replace everything.  That's it, dadSubj:    Re: Friday
Date:    99-02-22 09:31:58 EST
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: Enjoy the weather! It's 40 out there and I just took an outdoor shower.  It's great.  Now I'm trying
to get my legs to move.  dadSubj:    Re: Tuesday
Date:    99-02-18 20:59:48 EST
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul:  Before you know it I'll be able to claim youthful indiscretions.

The color of the family room is the same -- just cleaner looking. Also, on the west wall I built a wall unit
-- six by six.  We can use it for storage and display.  I'm almost through with it and that's working since
5:30 this morning without taking time out for lunch.
Another cold front is due on Saturday and that means good working weather.  All else is fine.  dadSubj:   
is my face red!
Date:    99-02-18 11:47:35 EST
From:    j.iorio@ieee.org (Jay Iorio)
Reply-to:    j.iorio@ieee.org
To:    PLIORIO@aol.com (Paul Iorio)

dude!

Major apologies for not getting back to you -- I screwed up. Turns out
you named your email the same as two of my staff members name their
weekly reports to me, which I automatically throw into a separate
folder, collect for a while, and then glance over. So today I'm going
through these emails from Bob and Walter only to find one that mentions
getting great seats for Rent. Whaa? Oh No! Again, mucho sorry.

Anyway, down to business:

> Mom forwarded the annual joint holiday-card-from-Char.  Want me to
send it to
> you?

Oh, no thanks, but it is nice to know she sent a card. If you talk/write
to her, send her my regards.

>Also received a St. Michael's newsletter from last year.   Apparently
Bup
>became publicist for a day and (unbeknownst to me)  sent them a bio on
me --
>and on you.  (By the way, congrats on your new job at ATTT.)  Wanna see
it, if
>you haven't?

Ah yes, this one got me kinda chagrined last year when I first saw it,
but there was nobody to complain to. At least you came off okay --
writer in el lay and all that. I had written (but not yet sent) a witty
little paragraph (about ME, thank you very much) that talked about
making lots of noise in the woods and so on, but, oh well. And by the
way, that job at ATTT never materialized...

>I saw "Rent" the other night for the first time.  What a knock out!  It

>actually surpasses its wildest praise.  Never seen anything like it.
Plus my
>seats were great:  third row, orchestra, dead center for a play that
has to be
>seen up close.

Lucky you! How'd you manage to get diCaprio's seat?

>P.S. -- Did you hear that Cousin Danny is going to appear on the TV
show
>"Homicide" the first week of Feb?

I heard but didn't get to see it. Did you? I have my own imaginary
rendering of the set, where Danny stops the action, locks horns with the
director about the believability of his lines, and the cast slowly
starts to clap (based on the Simpsons episode in which Homer becomes the
voice of Poochie, the misguided canine addition to the Itchy & Scratchy
Show, and gives a heartfelt defense of his character on the set -- the
cast slowly claps, people wipe a tear, and the next day he's fired). If
you have a tape, let me know.

Anyway, everything's fine here. I don't remember if I told you, but I
managed to turn my job into part-time (with benefits), working at home
100%. This has freed up the time I need to complete this album I'm
working on (working title: Saturday). I'll send you a rough CD-R (sans
cover art etc) as soon as it's ready. This shit takes a lot of time!
Let's not even talk about setting up the website, which I hope to have
up by summer.

Anyway, enough of my yakkin! Hope all's well with you. Give my regards
to The Koast. Talk 2U soon dood

--j



Subj:    Re: POLANSKI INTERVIEW (EDITED VERSION)
Date:    99-02-17 17:16:05 EST
From:    Stephan_Talty@condenast.com
To:    PLIORIO@aol.com



paul --

my apologies for taking so very long with this. as you may have heard,
there's been an upheaval here with
the editorship, and i hadn't been able to get any feedback on pieces. the
word on the polanski interview is
that it's strong but just not for us. i wish i could take the piece, but i
have to pass.

to make up partly for the long delay, i've taken the liberty of forwarding
the piece to aaron gell,
film editor at time out new york (an arts & entertainment weekly that's the
sister mag of time out london).
he has more room and might be able to run it. hope that's ok and good luck
with placing it.

best/s.




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Subj:    Re: AOL on the fritz
Date:    99-02-16 18:07:18 EST
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul:  After readuing your piece on Rent I would like to see it. It has a lot of information per pixel.
Work goes on here.  Mother was off Monday (in honor of Clinton) and we painted the entire family
room.  Looks great  Now to reassemble the junk. 
Did  you hear about the presidents who went to see the Wizard of Oz?  Carter says, " I was told that with
Iran I lacked courage."  No problem says the wizard.
Reagan says. "I have been told I don't have a brain."  We'll give you a brand new one, says the Wizard.
Bush says, "People told me I lacked heart."  Here's a heart for you," the Wizard says.
Clinton remains silent for a long time.  The Wizard says, What was your problem?
Clinton says, "Where's Dorothy?"
That's ot, dadSubj:    Re: Wednesday
Date:    99-02-11 05:52:18 EST
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul:  Finally we're going to get a cold front this weekend.  I'll be able to use some of that wood I've been
chopping.
Remember Chamonix after we came out of the Mont Blanc tunnel? That's where the avalanche has
occurred.  You don't have to worry about avalanches, but watch them mud slides.
All is busy.  More later when it reaches the level of significance.  dadSubj:    RE: Iorio
Date:    99-02-12 16:59:33 EST
From:    wiegand@sfgate.com (David Wiegand)
To:    PLIORIO@aol.com ('PLIORIO@aol.com')


His early death, tragic to
begin with, became an even more poi
gnant event after New York critics and
audiences turned "Rent' into a ma
jor hit.

that's the sentence I added. It isn't imitative of anything because
I don't even know what line in the Times, la or NY, you're talking about. It
is a statement of fact that reflects what happened at the time. Now, Paul,
let's let it go, ok?



Subj:    Re: Friday
Date:    99-02-12 16:40:25 EST
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: Walk with your head in the palms.  I know what those close calls are like. And 200 bucks for
emergency room is just the entrance fee. Two thousand is more like it. One of my friends went in for a by
pass -- it's over $100,000 and still counting.  Without insurance he would have lost everything.
What I meant by significance was that most of the stuff that goes on here is not worth talking about --
like chopping wood, fixing the sink, raking leaves, killing wasps, etc.  But they all take time. We called
one guy in for an estimate to paint the ceiling of the family room.  He  wanted $500.  I can do it for $50 -
- and that's using good paint.  Anyway, things are rolling busily along.   Clinton dodged the bullet again.
The house managers must feel likes assholes which of course they are.  Here's a Clinton joke.  It seems
that he  pardoned Hinckley and told him he had served enough time and that he should go out into the
world.  Then a PS: By the way Kenneth Starr is going out with Jody Foster.
That's it, dadSubj:    RE: Iorio to Wiegand
Date:    99-02-11 16:49:54 EST
From:    wiegand@sfgate.com (David Wiegand)
To:    PLIORIO@aol.com ('PLIORIO@aol.com')

dunt like as many have noted. too vague. readers are smart. they know there
were lots of stories and it's just easier to acknowldge

> ----------
> From:     PLIORIO@aol.com[SMTP:PLIORIO@aol.com]
> Sent:     Wednesday, February 10, 1999 11:35 PM
> To:     wiegand@sfgate.com
> Subject:     Iorio to Wiegand
>
> DATE:     Feb. 10
> TO:         David Wiegand
> FROM:    Paul Iorio
>
> Regarding the poignancy thing, maybe we can say, "As many have noted,
> Larson's
> death..."
>
> I've never heard of Miles Krueger and the Institute of American Musical
> Theater.  Who is he and what is it?  I'm curious.  Paul
>
>
>

Subj:    RE: Iorio to Wiegand
Date:    99-02-10 12:29:55 EST
From:    wiegand@sfgate.com (David Wiegand)
To:    PLIORIO@aol.com ('PLIORIO@aol.com')

Well, i think the sentence is gonna be close no matter what we do, because
the fact is that the fact is, you know? I also wanted to note that larson's
death had something to do with why audiences went to see it. anyway. you
ever heard of Miles Krueger and the Institute of the American Musical
Theater, by theway?


Subj:    Re: Monday
Date:    99-02-09 17:40:00 EST
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul; In March the weekends are taken up.  Herb Kimmel will stop in the first weekend, Lou, Vera and
daughter with kids will be here the next week.  Mary and George are planning to come.  And Joanie and
Johnny didn't give a date.  In the midst of this there is a bocce party which I may have to call off, a party
for mother I can't call off and Sunday dinners. At least today I finished cutting the entire tree that fell.
Also I put finishing touches on 3000 photos I put on a cd rom.  You''ll get a copy but you will need
another computer.  more later, dadSubj:    RE: IORIO STORY TO WIEGAND
Date:    99-02-09 17:12:54 EST
From:    wiegand@sfgate.com (David Wiegand)
To:    PLIORIO@aol.com ('PLIORIO@aol.com')


hI Paul. Rent's a terrific story. Thanks a lot. Only one question:
is Faust current, or upcoming? I confess the name Randy Newman always makes
things disappear from my
radar screen. The only cut i made was your response to her testicle
line, only because I usually try to avoid first person in stuff. but her
laughing long and loud or whateveractually works fine without your
castration. I also added a line about larson's death, that it added
poignancy once Rent opened, implying that it became an oft-told sales hook
for the play. I'm so cynical.
anyway, nice job.


Subj:    Re: Saturday
Date:    99-02-08 15:35:03 EST
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul:  We've received your article and it looks and sounds great.  If I didn't know you I would have read
it anyway.
I would have answered earlier but I've been busy 24 hours a day.  Worked on the fallen tree, worked on
the house in anticipation of the onslaught of relatives next month, worked on a  secret party for mother's
retirement next month, worked on putting 3000 photos on a cd rom for you guys, etc etc. And the damn
weather remains too warm.  
We watched Homicide as well and found no one who vaguely resembled Danny.  I hope his scene didn't
end up on the cuttring room floor.  Entertainment is a brutal business. At least he can practise at being a
real lawyer on  some homicide.  That's it from here. Good luck on the job search. Dad

5-21-99/MSM/jjiorio
Subj:    Happy B-day!
Date:    05/22/99
To:    j.iorio@ieee.org

Hey dudewinski,
Happy birthday!  I tried to call earlier but your answering machine isn't kicking in.  I'll try later.  Have a
fun day!  Dudwinski west.

Subj:    Costello query
Date:    05/25/99
To:    jassullivan@earthlink.net

Dear James,

Thought I'd check back about doing a possible Elvis Costello interview. Costello's in L.A. for a few days
in a few days.  Are you interested in a quick-turnaround piece to coincide with Fleadh?  I'm at 323-882-
6504 or pliorio@aol.com.  Thanks, Paul Iorio

Subj:    Please forward to Kinsey Lowe
Date:    06/02/99
To:    calendar.letters@latimes.com

(PART ONE OF A TWO-PART E-MAIL)

DATE:      3 JUNE 1999
TO:           KINSEY LOWE
FROM:     PAUL IORIO

Dear Kinsey,

Here's a revised version of one of the two "Chinatown" stories.  I'll send the other article by e-mail either
today or tomorrow, after I interview Robert Towne (I'm set to talk with him this morning).   I'd like to
include some of Towne's remarks in the Polanski piece. 

With regard to Faye Dunaway, it looks as if she's not going to comment for this story, despite my
repeated requests (in writing and on the phone) for an interview. 

If you'd like to discuss this further, please feel free to call me at 323-882-6504 or e-mail me at
pliorio@aol.com. 

Thanks for your time.

Sincerely,
Paul Iorio
1332 N. Detroit Street
#5
Los Angeles, CA  90046
Ph.:  323-882-6504
===================================================
Returning To The Scene of the Crime...25 Years Later


-- 30 --

Subj:    Please forward to Kinsey Lowe
Date:    06/06/99
To:    calendar.letters@latimes.com

DATE:         6 June 1999
TO:              Kinsey Lowe
FROM:         Paul Iorio

Dear Kinsey,

Here's the "Chinatown" story. 

My main sources are director Roman Polanski,  writer Robert Towne, and
producer Robert Evans.  Other sources include production designer
Richard Sylbert,  associate producer Doc Erickson, and an early draft of
"Chinatown" (read to me by Towne).  I interviewed Polanski on Dec. 29,
1998 by phone.  I interviewed Towne on June 3, 1999 and Evans on June 4,
1999.  All three conversations were audiotaped and completely on the
record.  All quotes in this story are from my own one-on-one interviews
and have never been published anywhere.  

Nicholson and Dunaway didn't respond to repeated requests for interviews. 

In the fourth and fifth paragraphs, I've summarized the movie's plot and
main credits, which I think belong in this story rather than in the "locations"
piece, where they originally appeared.  (I'm e-mailing to you a revised
version of the introduction to the locations piece, reflecting the deletion of
the two paragraphs and the addition of another graf.) 

I'm also including a brief sidebar, "Solving Mysteries of 'Chinatown''s
Plot," in which Polanski and Towne address a few enduring questions
about the movie's story.  

The article runs around 2,700 words (3,100 words with the sidebar). 

Thanks for your interest.  Let's talk soon. 
Sincerely,
Paul Iorio
1332 N. Detroit St.
#5
Los Angeles, CA   90046

==================================================
Backstage Secrets of "Chinatown"


DATE:      22 June 1999
FROM:     Paul Iorio
TO:          Ruthe Stein

Ruthe,

Here are the "Wild West" stories.

The Will Smith quotes are from a roundtable interview with Smith that I
attended on June 21st.  The Barry Sonnenfeld quotes are from a one-on-
one interview I did with him on June 21.  My description of the "Wild
West" film is based on a screening I saw on June 20th.  My description  of
Smith's concert at Dodger Stadium is based on seeing his June 12th show
there.   (Because the Smith interview was a brief roundtable and not a one-
on-one, I wasn't able to ask him the question about what decade he
would've wanted to make films in.)   

The articles run around 2,000 words. 

Feel feel to call me if you have any questions. Thanks for the assignment. 
Paul
================================================= 
Will Smith, Wild on the "Wild" Set

By Paul Iorio

Will Smith and director Barry Sonnenfeld have terrific chemistry together
professionally and personally -- perhaps too much chemistry.  Onscreen,
the
30 --
Subj:    For the record...
Date:    06/21/99
To:    steinr@sfgate.com

Dear Ruthe,

For the record:  in my memo accompanying the "Wild West" stories that I e-mailed to you earlier today, I
dated the memo the 22d (it should have been dated the 21st) and wrote in the memo that the interviews
had happened on the 21st (they were on the 20th) and that the screening had happened on the 20th (it
was on the 19th).  (Whew!  What a day!)

Of course, none of this affects the actual stories themselves.  All the facts in the articles are correct and
were double-checked and triple-checked for accuracy.  
Paul Iorio

Subj:    dream by candlelight
Date:    06/24/99
To:    pliorio@aol.com

I dream by candlelight of torches in the meadow and geysers of flame in the lake.

Subj:    Friday
Date:    06/25/99
To:    ioriod@aol.com

Dear Mom,

Thanks for the phone moola. 

As I told dad, I have a piece in this Sunday's SF Chronicle, which I'll send to you.  (Also, a date has been
set for my "Chinatown" articles -- I'll keep you posted.)

Hope your Trenton trip went well.  Didn't get to talk with you on Father's Day.  Dad says he was able to
speak with Antoinette.

Anyway, things are busy here.  Hope all's well.  Love, Paul

Subj:    Please forward to Kinsey Lowe
Date:    06/25/99
To:    calendar.letters@latimes.com

DATE:       25 June 1999
TO:            Kinsey Lowe
FROM:       Paul Iorio

Dear Kinsey,

Here's a new opening paragraph for the "Chinatown"/Polanski article.  I've
moved some material from the last paragraphs to the intro and so have
revised the end as well.  (And I've made slight changes to two other
paragraphs.)

I'm also including a note about one of the points in the "Locations" piece. 

Please feel free to call me at 323-882-6504 or e-mail me at pliorio@aol.com,
if you have any questions. 

Thanks for your interest. 

Sincerely,
Paul Iorio
1332 N. Detroit St.
#5
Los Angeles, CA   90046
========================================

NEW OPENING PARAGRAPHS
(PARAGRAPHS ONE THROUGH FOUR):

Roman Polanski's "Chinatown" is being released on DVD later this

year, but Polanski himself won't be coming to town to prepare or promote

it.  The director still can't enter the U.S. without risking possible arrest for

having had sex with a teenage girl in the 1970s.    (He fled the States in '77

rather than face a probable prison term and now lives in Paris with his wife

and two children.)  So the task of timing the film for DVD has fallen to

writer Robert Towne, who won an Oscar for his "Chinatown" screenplay.

Polanski's legal problems obviously also preclude him from doing

press interviews in the States.  In recent years, his relatively rare

conversat

Subj:    Monday
Date:    06/28/99
To:    jjiorio@aol.com

Dear Dad,

Yes, Ventura throwing Bush through a window would be a funny sight gag. (And when he lands, Bradley
can toss him through a basketball hoop for good measure.) 

Bush never understood the mathematics of real life outside his own family, which is:  Redneck + Harvard
= Redneck.   He forgets that the Kennedy kids had something on the ball before and after attending
school. 

Anyway, I just sent you my latest article, along with a couple gifts for the kids.  One gift is for Caitlin for
her birthday, the other for Graham, whose birthday I forgot in January.  Please pass them on. 

All's hot here.  And getting hotter.  I'm just glad I'm not in the Valley (where Houk lives) where
temperatures are often 20 degrees hotter than in the basin.  Hope all's well.  Take care.  Later, Paul

Subj:    Kubrick Grimace
Date:    06/29/99
To:    Susan_Kelly@newyorker.com

DATE:        JUNE 29, 1999
FROM:       PAUL IORIO
TO:            SUSAN KELLY

Dear Sue,

I'm glad you can use the Grimace piece.

Here's the copy I submitted to you in March  (the only difference
is the paragraph about "The Shining," which I've tightened). 

If you have any questions, please feel free to call me at 323-882-6504 or
e-mail me at pliorio@aol.com. 

Thanks for your interest.
Paul Iorio
======================================================

How I Le

Subj:    Tuesday
Date:    06/29/99
To:    jjiorio@aol.com

Dear Dad,

Just got word that my Kubrick piece for The New Yorker runs this week.  Later, Paul

Subj:    Chinatown story
Date:    06/29/99
To:    Sherry.Stern@latimes.com

DATE:       29 June 1999
TO:            Sherry Stern
FROM:      Paul Iorio

Dear Sherry,

As I mentioned on the phone,  I'm very pleased with the edited version of the "Chinatown" story.  The
editing improves it at almost every point. 

In my opinion, the only sentence that needs to be revised is the line about Jane Fonda  (It begins, "Early
on, Jane Fonda...). 

Elsewhere, here are answers to some of your questions: 

I went back to my Robert Towne interview tape in which he explains, albeit vaguely,  why the Harry
Dean Stanton scene and the opening Curly scene were cut.  He says:  "They did not sit with the flow of
the movie" and "If you try to get everything in [the movie], it wouldn't be as good as it is now." 

Towne is currently in Australia.  But his wife tells me to expect a call from him within 48 hours to talk
about the specifics of the DVD release.   (If it's okay with you, I'd also like to make one final try at
interviewing Jack Nicholson -- through Towne, who is friends with Nicholson and might be able to
arrange a quick phoner.) 

I've also confirmed that Robert Evans was in fact the head of production at Paramount while producing
"Chinatown" for his own production company.

Sorry about the mix-up earlier with regard to Richard Sylbert's telephone number.  As I mentioned, he's
at 310-659-8897.

If you'd like to discuss this further, please feel free to call me at 323-882-6504 or e-mail me at
pliorio@aol.com. 

Thanks for your interest. 

Sincerely,
Paul Iorio
Subj:    Additional comments
Date:    06/29/99
To:    sherry.stern@latimes.com

Dear Sherry,

After going through the "Chinatown" story in a more detailed way, I'd like to make a few line editing
suggestions. 

I propose we change the sentence about Polanski watching "Chinatown" with his wife.  It now reads "he
didn't even recognize his film because it was so chopped up with commercials."  But Polanski's stated
reason for not liking the French TV version was because it was a bad print.  I suggest we change the
above phrase so the sentence reads:  "At first, he says, he didn't even recognize his film because it was a
bad print dubbed in French." 

Also, my research indicates that "Chinatown" was first released on June 21, 1974, not on July 12, 1974,
as stated in the revised story. 

Two minor points:  I propose that the sentence that reads "Robert Towne, now 64, also likes the film
now..." be revised so that the first "now" is deleted.  And in the first paragraph, I suggest that we simply
call it "the quintessential Los Angeles movie" and omit the word "perhaps." 

Also, the sentence that begins "Polanski nor Towne were truly unhappy" appears to be in error. It
probably should read:  "Polanski and Towne were truly unhappy..."

If you'd like to discuss this further, please feel free to call me at 323-882-6504 or e-mail me at
pliorio@aol.com. 

Thanks for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,
Paul Iorio
Subj:    Sylbert article
Date:    06/29/99
To:    Sherry.Stern@latimes.com

Sherry,

The changes to the Sylbert piece are great.  I'll work on a new lede for it, incorporating Towne's remarks.
I'll further research the movie's release date (even if it means finding the L.A. Times for June 21 or July
12, 1974 on microfilm and looking at the movie ads).   Hopefully I'll have the info tomorrow (or
Thursday at the latest). 
Paul

Subj:    Chinatown/Wednesday
Date:    06/30/99
To:    Sherry.Stern@latimes.com

Sherry,

I called Towne in Sydney, Australia last night, and he made some useful comments.  Here are some
suggested revisions. 

First,  let me say that I like the spirit of the new lede of the Polanski article, but would like to simplify it
and the rest of the opening graf a bit.  After all, we make the point about "'Chinatown' being a Los
Angeles movie not a Hollywood movie" in the locations piece.  Also the second sentence doesn't initially
make clear what movie we're talking about.  So I suggest we clarify and simplify the opening graf this
way: 


Hollywood may be obsessed with youth, but some films remain forever young and even improve with
age.  On the eve of the 25th anniversary of "Chinatown," the film's creators have revisited the movie and
are somewhat surprised to find that it holds up better than it did back when. 

One evening not long ago, "Chinatown" director Roman Polanski happened upon...   ETC.
----------

Also, Jack Nicholson is out of state right now, so he won't be commenting.  And the review of
"Chinatown" in the N.Y. Times ran on June 21, 1974. 

That's it for now.  Let's talk soon.
Paul

Subj:    Guess who I talked to?
Date:    07/01/99
To:    j.iorio@ieee.org

Hey Jay,

So guess who I talked to this morning?  The photographer who took the famous picture of Ruby
shooting Oswald.    Fascinating recollections.  Afterwards I thought of the picture you sent to me of that
Dallas power trio, still on my wall. 

Anyway, I'm told that a brief article of mine (on Kubrick) will appear in the next issue of the New Yorker
magazine.  And my "Chinatown" articles will definitely run in the L.A. Times on Thursday.  Check 'em
out!

Heard you saw mom and dad during their trip to Jersey. They say they enjoyed the visit.   Hope all's well.
Later, Paul

Subj:    Friday
Date:    07/02/99
To:    jjiorio@aol.com

Dear Dad,

I don't think I'll be able to cover July rent.  I'm receiving one check this week but my other checks won't
come for a couple more weeks.  Can I borrow the rent (again)?  If it's a problem, forget it;  I can always
try to borrow elsewhere.  The good news is that August and September look good financially.   And I'm
now well-positioned to get a full-time job. 

Anyway, enjoy the Fourth weekend.  Later, Paul

Subj:    SYLBERT/FRIDAY
Date:    07/02/99
To:    Sherry.Stern@latimes.com

Sherry,

I think the edited version of the sidebar works well (and is an improvement over my draft). 

The strikethroughs came through and the question from the copy desk is there (but not in bold). 

Regarding the City Hall question, the answer is yes, the scene was shot inside L.A.'s City Hall.  If you'd
like, perhaps we can make that clearer by adding an extra Sylbert quote:  "The meeting was shot...in the
chamber [at L.A. City Hall].  All I did was put a huge picture of Roosevelt on the wall."

The only other point worth mentioning is the fact that we refer to Hollis Mulwray as Mulwray (when he
shares the last name with Evelyn).  Perhaps we should refer to him as Hollis after the first mention.  This
is a minor point;  after all, there is no potential for confusion except in the City Hall graf and the Pig N
Whistle graf (where Hollis's gender isn't mentioned).

By the way, congratulations on finding the location of the final scene.  Three sources (including Sylbert)
simply could not recall where in Chinatown it took place when I asked them. 

Incidentally, I just ran across this sentence by a writer in last Sunday's San Francisco Chronicle:
"Screenwriter Robert Towne uses Chinatown as a metaphor." My lede (written way before I saw the
article) and that sentence both mention Chinatown as a metaphor (albeit for different things).  Do you
think there's an appearance problem in terms of similarity? 

Anyway, thanks for sending me the edited version.  I'm very pleased with it.  Let's talk soon.  Paul

Subj:    Friday afternoon
Date:    07/02/99
To:    jjiorio@aol.com

Dear Dad,
Thanks once more.  Hopefully, I'll be able to pay August, September and beyond.  Take care.  Later, Paul

Subj:    Chinatown answer
Date:    07/06/99
To:    Sherry.Stern@latimes.com

Sherry,

Sorry I missed your call (and e-mail) this afternoon.

Here's a suggested revision of the 'Whistle' graf that includes the info from the copy desk: 

The Pig n Whistle

The Pig 'N' Whistle restaurant appears in the film as the backdrop for an argument between Cross and
Hollis Mulwray, captured in clandestine photographs by Walsh, Gittes's associate. 

In Real Life:  Though there was once a Hollywood restaurant called the Pig 'n' Whistle, the one that
appears in the film is actually the Pacfic Dining Car restaurant (1310 West Sixth St.), at Witmar and
Sixth, just west of downtown L.A.  The Dining Car was built in 1921, in the heyday of the Mulwrays. 

Sylbert:  "The real restaurant was the oldest restaurant, it was near City Hall and it was the most popular.
It was the obvious place for these guys to meet.  It was the place."

Hope that helps.  Paul
Subj:    Wednesday
Date:    07/07/99
To:    jjiorio@aol.com

Dear Dad,
Sorry to hear that Antoinette has died.  She did hang on longer than could be reasonably expected.  But
still, it's a loss to the family.  Please convey my condolences to Keith, Gary and all others. 

Too bad that mom has a cold;  the fever part is what concerns me.  It's probably just the flu. 

Incidentally, while you're in Trenton, tell Uncle Louie that my next interview is with -- get this -- his old
idol Robert Goulet (remember how he used to like Goulet).  Me, I could care not a whit for Goulet or
anything Vegas, but a job's a job.

Well, tomorrow's papers are all printed up and ready to go and the "Chinatown" stories are definitely in
them (on the cover of the Weekend section).  I'll send you copies.  It'll also be on the internet, at
www.latimes.com (and click on the Calendar section).  There's even a brief announcement in today's
Times. 

Anyway, hope all's well.  Have a safe trip to Trenton.  And tell mom to get well soon!   Later, Paul

Subj:    Get well soon!
Date:    07/07/99
To:    ioriod@aol.com

Dear Mom,

Dad tells me you've got a cold and an occasional fever.  What does the doctor say about it?  Let me
know.  It's probably just the flu.  Anyway, get well soon!

On other subjects, my "Chinatown" articles in the L.A. Times are in tomorrow's paper (there's even a
brief promo for it in today's paper).  I'll send you copies, but you can also find it on the internet at
www.latimes.com (and click on the Calendar section). 

My brief piece in The New Yorker also runs this week. 

Anyway, take care.  Talk with you soon.  Love, Paul

Subj:    Chinatown
Date:    07/08/99
To:    jjiorio@aol.com

Dear Dad,

The "Chinatown" stories are out and came out very very well.  It's the cover story of the Calendar section
and is also mentioned with a picture on Page One. 

I just sent the paper to you but you really might want to venture downtown and buy a copy so you can
experience it with everyone else. 

Take care.  Later, Paul

Subj:    Today's paper
Date:    07/08/99
To:    Sherry.Stern@latimes.com

Sherry,

Thanks for sending along the letters. 

I saw the articles this morning and am very pleased with how they turned out.  In fact, the stories were
edited (and produced)  as well as any story I've published since 1981.   Thanks to you, the photographers
and the graphics people. 

I have another article idea -- and it's not on "Chinatown" and it's not very long -- that I'd like to submit to
you either later today or tomorrow morning (after I listen to tapes of an interview).   I'll send an e-mail
later, if that's okay.     

Paul

Subj:    Get well soon (again)
Date:    07/08/99
To:    ioriod@aol.com

Dear Mom,

Dad tells me your tests have so far come back negative.  It's probably just a regular cold or a virus, a
result of having traveled up to Trenton.  Anyway, perk up, eat healthy and get plenty of rest. 

Meanwhile, the "Chinatown" stories ran in today's L.A. Times and have been generating positive e-mail
to the newspaper from readers since early this morning.  You'll receive your copy on Saturday (it's also
posted on the internet at www.latimes.com. 

Anyway, get well soon.  And keep in touch while dad's away in Trenton.  Love, Paul
Subj:    query
Date:    07/09/99
To:    Sherry.Stern@latimes.com

Sherry,

Thanks for the e-mail about the "Chinatown" articles. 

Now for a new query.  Because it involves a TV movie (and not a feature
film), I'm pitching it to you instead of Rich. 

I'd like to write a short feature on an upcoming TNT documentary,
"Moment of Impact: Stories of the Pulitzer Prize Photographs,"  which
premieres on the channel on Sunday, July 18th.   The documentary
examines six Pulitzer prize-winning photos and includes a ten-minute
segment on the famous picture of Jack Ruby shooting Lee Harvey Oswald
in Dallas in 1963. 

In the article, I'd like to focus on the Oswald-Ruby photo, the de facto centerpiece
of the documentary.  I propose we tell the story behind the shot, while also
briefly mentioning the other pictures in "Moment of Impact" and the
documentary itself.   The way I see it, this would be more of an article on the
making of an iconic photo -- and the events surrounding it -- rather than on
the documentary itself.  

Several days ago, I interviewed the person who shot the Oswald-Ruby
photograph, Robert Jackson.   In a one-hour interview, Jackson -- a witness
to both the JFK assassination and the Oswald killing -- talked in detail
about the tragic weekend that began on a Friday morning (Nov. 22d) with
President Kennedy's murder in Dallas and ended on a Sunday morning with
the shooting of Oswald. 

Jackson was one of three people who claim to have witnessed a rifle being withdrawn from the 6th floor
window of the schoolbook depository (at a moment when his camera wasn't loaded) on the 22d.   And
he's the only photographer who shot Oswald at exactly the same moment that Ruby did. 

Jackson, who was later interviewed by the Warren Commission,  brings out
fresh details about the weekend, details not in "Moment of Impact."
Though he doesn't subscribe to JFK conspiracy theories,  he does admit
that certain facts surrounding the assassination are puzzling.   For example,
he claims he was never asked by the Warren Commission (or any other
official investigators) about the shooting of Oswald, even though he was a
prominent eyewitnesses.  (He was interrogated only about the JFK
shooting.)  

Also, Jackson, one of the few people who got a close look at Oswald's
wounds as he was being put into an ambulance, clearly recalls there was
absolutely no blood on Oswald or on his clothing (as one can see in
another Jackson photo).  Of course, the official explanation is Oswald bled
internally.    Even so, Jackson finds it curious that later published pictures
show Oswald wearing a very bloody shirt.

But most of the story would center on circumstances surrounding the taking
of the photo for which Jackson won a Pulitzer. 

I propose a feature for the next issue of Calendar Weekend (the 15th) of
around 1,000 words.  I could have the story to you by Monday the 12th --
or sooner -- if you're interested.         

What do you think?
Paul

Subj:    Sunday
Date:    07/11/99
To:    ioriod@aol.com

Dear Mom,

Glad to hear the fever part of the illness is gone.  Keep rested and eat healthy. 

Thanks for your response to the "Chinatown" story.  I too am very pleased with it. 
Reaction to the story has been positive. 

Meanwhile, we're expanding The New Yorker piece, so it won't run for another couple weeks.  Stay
tuned. 

Anyway, take care.  Love, Paul
Subj:    Grimace notes
Date:    07/12/99
To:    Susan_Kelly@newyorker.com

Dear Sue,

Here are the points at which each Kubrick Grimace occurs (along with a
few changes to the article).   In each instance, I've noted the minute the
Grimace happens onscreen.
===================================
"A Clockwork Orange"

There are plenty of Grimaces here (starting with the very first frame), but
the ones mentioned in the story are:

"Alex races his Durango-95"   ---  nine minutes into the film
"sips spiked St.-Estephe"  --- 115 minutes in
"listens to The Ninth"  --- 19 mins
"Beethoven seems to Grimace"  -- 19 mins
"Frank Alexander"  -- 110 mins
===================================
"The Shining"

Again, an over-abundance of Grimaces.   The restroom-related ones
happen at the 74-minute and 86-minute marks.  The "raging with an ax"
occurs at 133 minutes. 
===================================
"Lolita"

The six major grimaces by Humbert occur after Humbert is asked by a
nurse to move his car (129 mins),  when he's handed a letter by the maid
(46 mins),  when he receives a phone call saying his wife his been hit by a
car (65 mins),  while he consoles Lolita in a motel room (97 mins),  while he
sits in the bathtub and talks to vistors (67 mins),  and when he fights with
Lolita (117 mins).

Also, Humbert cowers profusely at 150 mins. 
===================================
"Dr. Strangelove"

George C. Scott's grimaces in the War Room begin at the 25-minutes into
the film (there's a great one at 79 mins).   He also grimaces after returning
from the bathroom (14 mins). 
===================================
"Killer's Kiss"

One could make a case that Davy Gordon grimaces in the film's very first
sequence.  But his grimace isn't combined with a facial quiver until he's
revived in the ring at the 15-minute, 30-second mark. 
===================================
"The Killing"

The Maurice character grimaces before punching a bartender (55 minutes).
(And there's a classic Cower by George Peatty at 40 minutes.)
===================================

"2001: A Space Odyssey"

The chimp-grimace to which I'm referring happens fifteen minutes and
thirty-three seconds into the film.
===================================

"Full Metal Jacket"

"Leonard's last lethal look" occurs 43 minutes in.
===================================
"Barry Lyndon" 

The Grimace "from Capt. Potzdorf" happens at 63 minutes. 
===================================
Also, I note in the story that the Grimace precedes a fist-fight in four films.
The four films are: 

"Dr. Strangelove":   Gen. Turgidson grimaces before his fight with the
Soviet ambassador (37 minutes).
"Barry Lyndon":   Barry Lyndon has a fight with his step-son after
grimacing (84 minutes).
"The Killing":   Maurice grimaces before punching a bartender (55 minutes).
"Lolita":   Lolita hits a grimacing Humbert during an argument (117
minutes).
[Also, in "A Clockwork Orange,"  Alex grimaces before raising his fist at
Joe (the lodger), but doesn't actually throw a punch ( 91 minutes).]  
===================================
In the article, I mention that three pictures (besides "Full Metal Jacket" and
"A Clockwork Orange")  have grimaces that take place in or near a
restroom.  The three pictures are: 

"The Shining," where there is grimacing during two separate restroom
scenes, noted above. 
"Dr. Strangelove," when Turgidson returns from the bathroom (at 14-
minutes). 
"Lolita," when Humbert grimaces mildly in the bathtub at the 72-minute
mark.
===================================

Now for a few suggested revisions to the story. 

Because Kubrick has passed away,  I propose that we change the sentence
that begins "The Cower is the kind of gesture..." to the following:

The Cower is the way Kubrick himself probably reacted to his own first
feature, "Fear and Desire,"  a 1953 movie he regarded as an enduring
embarrassment.

I propose two other minor changes:

In paragraph five, I refer to "Full Metal Jacket" as "the director's most
recent release."   Perhaps that phrase should be changed to "the director's
previous release."

In paragraph seven, I say "['Barry Lyndon'] is halfway over before we see
the first one..."    I suggest we change that to "['Barry Lyndon'] is nearly
halfway over before we see the first one..."


That's all for now.   I'll be seeing "Eyes Wide Shut" this week (either at a
screening or when it opens on Friday) and will be on the lookout for new
Grimaces. 

Please feel free to call or e-mail me if you'd like to talk further.  Thanks for
your interest in this.

Paul Iorio
Subj:    Monday/answer
Date:    07/12/99
To:    Sherry.Stern@latimes.com

Sherry,

Thanks for the question. 

The way I see it, if the locations manager is defined as the person who chooses the locations for a movie,
then the de facto locations manager is Richard Sylbert. (And,  of course, we noted his role in the 4th graf
of the locations piece.)    Was there such a job title as locations manager back in '74?   Certainly there
were people who did that job but not necessarily with that title.

I received a call from a person named Ed (his last name was garbled) at The Times about the question,
and left a message similar to the above. 

Thanks for the e-mail. 

Paul
Subj:    Monday
Date:    07/12/99
To:    ioriod@aol.com

Dear Mom,

Sounds like you're getting better.  Let me know what the Dr. says.

I'll let you know when the NYer piece (on Stanley Kubrick) runs. 

Anyway, back to work for me.  I interview Robert Goulet for the Chronicle tomorrow so I'd better get
back to work.

Take care.  Love, Paul

Subj:    Chinatown
Date:    07/12/99
To:    JStokesPas@aol.com

Dear Jeff Stokes,

Thanks for your e-mail about the "Chinatown" article.  Yes, I would like to know the exact address of
Evelyn Mulwray's house.  I'm at pliorio@aol.com.  Paul Iorio

Subj:    Get well again!
Date:    07/13/99
To:    ioriod@aol.com

Dear Mom,

The Lyme doesn't sound like it's going to be serious.  That's good.  Just rest and don't get dehydrated.
And stay away from those deer ticks!    (In fact, everyone who has spent the night at Jay's place in recent
years should be alerted to the risk.)

Anyway, keep me informed on your progress.  Stay well!  Love, Paul
Subj:    Tuesday
Date:    07/13/99
To:    jjiorio@aol.com

Dear Dad,

Thanks for the feedback on the stories.  I agree they turned out well, and the e-mail and letters from
readers has been positive.

The New Yorker piece is being expanded as we talk;  it should run in another couple weeks. 

I spoke with mom a couple hours ago and she sounds relieved it's only Lyme.  Good to know she'll be
well soon.

The funeral sounds uneventful.  By the way, in researching Goulet for this new story, I'm starting to see
how Uncle Louie probably once identified with him.  (In the Eighties, he definitely had that Goulet look.)
When I finish the story, I'll pass along my "Best of Goulet" CD to him, if he wants it. 

Anyway, things are busy here.  I get to see "Eyes Wide Shut" tomorrow.  Hope all's well.  Later, Paul

Subj:    Eyes Wide Shut
Date:    07/15/99
To:    Susan_Kelly@newyorker.com

Sue,

I saw "Eyes Wide Shut" late last night, and it's jammed with grimaces (around 20 of them).   I'll write a
few new sentences for the story and e-mail them to you later today, if you'd like. 

Incidentally,  my piece doesn't mention the grimaces in "Paths of Glory" and "Spartacus,"  though there
are a couple in both movies (all of them unremarkable).        

Let's talk soon. Paul

Subj:    Kubrick
Date:    07/15/99
To:    j.iorio@ieee.org

Mister Duuude,

Thanks mucho for the Kubrick vids.  Great gift.  (But why isn't "Eyes Wide Shut" in there?)  Later, Dude
West

Subj:    I'll be back after 3PM
Date:    07/15/99
To:    ioriod@aol.com

Dear Mom and Dad,

I just got your Happy Birthday call.  Thanks a lot.  I'll be mostly out this afternoon until around 3PM my
time, so that would be a good time to call.   Love, Paul 

Subj:    grimace revision
Date:    07/15/99
To:    Susan_Kelly@newyorker.com

Sue,

Here are suggested revisions of paragraphs four and five, incorporating material
on "Eyes Wide Shut."   If you'd like more about "EWS,"  please let me know.  
Thanks.   Paul

=================================================

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Grimace
Subj:    Paging Buppy!
Date:    07/15/99
To:    pdiorio@aol.com

Dear Buppy,

So where did my dear sister take off to after calling?  Give me a call!  I wanna hear all about the new
house, etc.  Love, Paul

Subj:    Friday
Date:    07/16/99
To:    justv@mindspring.com

Hey V, Missed your call yesterday.   I'll try you or you can try me again.  Hope all's cool. Thanks for the
greeting card.  Love, Paul
Subj:    Friday
Date:    07/16/99
To:    ioriod@aol.com

Dear Mom,

Thanks for all the birthday stuff.  Good talking with you.

Let me know how the antibiotic treatment goes.  I'm not so concerned about the Lyme (which you caught
early) as possible secondary things, like dehydration.  As much as possible stay sedentary (sp) for the next
couple weeks.   Watch videos and read books.   I'll try to send you a movie or book.  Take care.  Love,
Paul

Subj:    Saturday
Date:    07/17/99
To:    ioriod@aol.com

Dear Mom,

Sounds like you're on the way to complete recovery. 

Woke up to the news of JFK, Jr.  I feel terrible about it.   As of right now, they still haven't found the
plane, but it looks like he's gone.  Unbelievable.  And on the 30th anniversary of Chappaquiddick (sp),
too. 

Anyway, take care.  Love, Paul

Subj:    Sunday
Date:    07/18/99
To:    ioriod@aol.com

Dear Mom,

You're only a few days into a three-week antibiotic regimen, so I wouldn't expect miracles just yet.  But
you do sound great. 

Re: JFK, Jr.  The person I feel sorry for most, besides Caroline, is Mrs. Bessette (sp), who just lost two
of her three daughters. 

Anyway, things are fine here.  Take care.  Love, Paul

Subj:    Sunday
Date:    07/18/99
To:    justv@mindspring.com

Hey V,

Missed thy call.   Thine time zones make calling impractical, so here's e-mail.

Saw the reunited Blondie at Dodger Stadium some weeks back, in a vast show featuring -- get this --
Ricky Martin, UB40, Will Smith, Hammer and Nancy Sinatra. 
Blondie was fun.  They played Dreaming, Hanging on the Telephone, Maria, Tide is High,  Call Me,
Rapture, One Way or Another,  and Heart of Glass, roughly in that order.  They didn't play La Vida
Loca.  Will Smith was also exciting.

Anyway, hope all's well.  Later, Paul
Subj:    Monday
Date:    07/19/99
To:    ioriod@aol.com

Dear Mom,

Looks like you're energy is returning (right on schedule, too). 

Weather here is usually comfortable all year, except when the hot wind blows from the Mojave.
Surprisingly, the weather is far more influenced by Alaska than by Mexico. 

Today, I'm on deadline for the Chron (Goulet, this time), so back to work I go.  Take care.  Love, Paul

Subj:    Goulet
Date:    07/19/99
To:    wiegand@sfgate.com

David,
If the new deadline is the 28th, then that would allow me to see Goulet in "La Mancha" at the Cerritos
Center on the 27th, which would make the story much better.  

So I'll send it on the 28th, if that's okay. Where do I send it and who do I send it to?
Paul
Subj:    Tuesday
Date:    07/20/99
To:    ioriod@aol.com

Dear Mom,

Just a couple more weeks and you'll be off the antibiotics.  Patience, patience. 

Letters and e-mail are still coming in about the "Chinatown" articles, all of them enthusiastic.  I really
have to thank you and dad, because without the support of you two,  the story never would've happened. 

I'm sure Bup is quite overwhelmed with the move, which is a big event, particularly with kids.  But the
new house sounds palatial and well worth the effort.   

Anyway, back to work for me.  Take care.  Love, Paul

Subj:    Top Ten Things I'd Mention on the Phone
Date:    07/20/99
To:    justv@mindspring.com

Dear Dixie Chick (aka, V),

I'd call but it's after twelve my time, past three yours, and too early by either count.

Thanks for the happy birthday wishes.  Hope all's well on the Gulf coast.  Here are the:

Top Ten Things I''d Mention If We Were on the Phone

10.  L.A. is usually cool weather-wise, not hot and not always warm. 
9.   "Election" is a very funny movie
8.   I almost moved back to Manhattan last spring, after nearly landing a job writing for a TV show. 
7.   Do you realize I lived in (or around) Manhattan for 17 continuous years?   Does that make me
qualified to run for the U.S. Senate from New York (while continuing to live in L.A.)?   Manhattan is on
the Great Lakes, isn't it? 
6.   If you had been in my grade in school,  you would have a different outlook on things. 
5.   Have you seen "Rent" yet?
4.   The Italy trip sounds good.  Used to live there.  When in Rome, visit Little Italy. 
3.  We can't get a divorce because we were never married. 
2.  Daniel Patrick Moynihan is secretly planning to run for the U.S. Senate from Arkansas.  
1.   Wear sunscreen. 

And take care.  Later, Paul

Subj:    More Top Tens
Date:    07/21/99
To:    justv@mindspring.com

Dear Dixie Chick,

Gee, I started something.

10.  You mentioned Ontario.  When in Ontario, visit Toronto.

9.    "Shagged" is very funny.

8.     No comment

7.   I would, but I hear Roger Clinton has it all sewn up (you went to HS with him, no?  He's such an
artist). 

6.   But mine's more valid. 

5.  Good, go (it's playing northeast of Ybor).

4.   You've not seen it?

3.   Uh, a joke.

2.   Oh oh

1.   Wear sunscreen

FYI, e-mail says "after twelve."

Subj:    Goulet
Date:    07/21/99
To:    wiegand@sfgate.com

David,

I called Goulet's management office and someone there also seemed to know nothing of Goulet's
supposed "cancellation."  (She's checking with Goulet's wife about it.)  And as I said the San Jose PAC is
still selling tickets.  Sounds mysterious.  I'll dig further.  Paul 

Subj:    Mancha announcement
Date:    07/21/99
To:    wiegand@sfgate.com

David,
Here's the press release from Tim Choy about the "La Mancha" cancellations, as I received it.  Paul

Subj:    La Mancha announcement
Date:    99-07-21 15:46:50 EDT
From:    dcpub@earthlink.net (Davidson & Choy Publicity)
Reply-to:    dcpub@earthlink.net
To:    pliorio@aol.com
CC:    Tim@concentric.net, Choy@concentric.net, Davidson@concentric.net, &@concentric.net,
Choy@concentric.net

Following is the Man of La Mancha  announcment which was issued
yesterday.

MAN OF LA MANCHA 
Contact: Michael Miller, Tim Choy 323/954-7510

20 July, 1999-- Due to logistical difficulties with the touring aspects
of the production, the following dates of "Man of La Mancha" have been
canceled: California Center for the Arts in Escondido (August 3 to
August 8); San Jose Performing Arts Center (August 10 to August 15); and
The Alex Theatre in Glendale (August 17 to August 22). The performances
at Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, July 27 to August 1, will be
performed as scheduled. Tickets for Escondido, San Jose, and Glendale
can refunded at point of purchase. 

For information, patrons can call:
California Center for the Arts in Escondido - 619/220-8497
BASS Ticketing, San Jose - 800-352-0212
The Alex Theatre - 800-233-3123

Tickets for the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, located at
12700 Center Court Drive in the Cerritos Town Center Complex are still
on sale.   Performances are from July 27 to August 1.  Tickets are on
sale at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts Box Office, at
800-300-4345 or 562-916-8500.

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Subj:    Thursday
Date:    07/22/99
To:    wiegand@sfgate.com

David,  I forgot to mention it, but could you throw me a few bucks to cover expenses and time for
interviewing/researching Goulet?   Thanks.  Paul
Subj:    Thursday afternoon
Date:    07/22/99
To:    wiegand@sfgate.com

David,

Thanks for arranging a small amount for the Goulet work. I'll keep the interview in my files in case the
Chronicle ever wants to use it. 

I appreciate the opportunity to write for the Chronicle and look forward to doing more stories for you.
Again, thanks.  Paul
Subj:    Thursday
Date:    07/22/99
To:    ioriod@aol.com

Dear Mom,

Looks like the antibiotics are working.  Keep it going. 

I don't see how the Visa could be over $600.  The only two big items on it are a tape recorder for work
($64) and the power bill (around $70).  If there are any suspicious items, let me know. 

All's well and busy here.  A new story for the Chron is coming up.  Take care.  Love, Paul

Subj:    Friday
Date:    07/23/99
To:    ioriod@aol.com

Dear Mom,

The Visa figures are correct.  (Incidentally, the videos are for research for work and Centerfold is not that
kind of newsstand, but the place where I buy the Chronicle.) 

Regarding the antibiotics:  my only question is whether there is effective absorption of the antibiotics if
they're taken after a meal.  I'm sure there is, but I guess it's worth asking.

Got an Instant Message from Debbie, Danny's daughter.  (Jay had given her my e-mail address when he
was in Trenton.   Because Danny is my cousin, she must be my second cousin, right?)    Anyway, she
seemed very friendly, has been married for nearly two decades (to a guy just promoted to police captain),
and says Danny (Sr.) "works too hard."  Kay's condition is "the same."   She sounds nice. 

Anyway, all's well here.  Take care.  Love, Paul
Subj:    Kubrick
Date:    07/25/99
To:    Susan_Kelly@newyorker.com

Sue,
]
I've just come upon a find in the Grimace research department.  In the documentary short "The Making of
'The Shining,'" there is footage of Stanley Kubrick explicitly coaching a grimace out of Jack Nicholson
while filming a scene.  "You couldn't find some way of sort of not looking at her and looking down as
you say the line?," Kubrick asks Nicholson, as the director imitates a classic eyes-up and face-down
grimace.  If the piece hasn't run already, I'd like to include this somehow.  Thanks.  Paul

Subj:    Sunday
Date:    07/25/99
To:    ioriod@aol.com

Dear Mom,

Your energy will probably return after the three weeks are up and you've had a chance to resume your
regular schedule of exercise.  (And when you're off the anti-biotics.)

Wilmin, a near-Ph.D?  I still remember him as the kid who poked Zeus in the eye!

Sorry to hear about Danny and Kay.  In my opinion, Kay's case shows that surgery should be used only as
a very last resort.  I'm going to try to connect with Danny Sr. at some point. 

Say hi to Buppy and the family when you see 'em.  Wish I could attend some of those Sunday get
togethers!  Take care.  Love, Paul

Subj:    Wadsworth Mansion
Date:    07/27/99
To:    j.iorio@ieee.org

Hey J,
Have you been listening to KIEV lately?  Last week was something;  they played something I had never
heard before, the one hit by a great Brit band named Wadsworth Mansion.  The song is called "Sweet
Mary" and sounds like it later influenced the Attractions and Alice Cooper.   Ever heard of 'em?  Paul

P.S. -- Thanks again for the Kubrick set.  Incredible stuff (and includes the original ads for each movie). 

Subj:    Wednesday
Date:    07/28/99
To:    ioriod@aol.com

Dear Mom,
Keep with the antibiotics, stay indoors and conserve energy until you feel better.
That's my advice!

The heat in the NY/NJ area sounds hellish.  Out here it's mild, even cool at night. 

Re: Xmas.  I bet I can get a ticket for a couple hundred bucks if I start today, which I'll do.  I'll plan on
arriving December 23 and leaving December 26 (it's a weekend, this time). 

Anyway, take care.  Love, Paul
Subj:    WJAY
Date:    08/02/99
To:    j.iorio@ieee.org

Hey Guag,

Many thanks for the WJAY sampler.  "Sweet Mary" is great on CD (I had only half of it taped from
KIEV).  "Big City Miss Ruth Ann" is a fun rarity.  And "Star" is a fave from the 70s.  Very cool stuff. 
Hope all's well.  Paul
Subj:    Fright films
Date:    08/03/99
To:    steinr@sfgate.com

Ruthe,

Here's the horror story. 

My sources include M. Night Shyamalan, director of "The Sixth Sense";
David Koepp, director of "Stir of Echoes";  Joanne Cantor, University of
Wisconsin professor and author.  All spoke on the record and on
audiotape. 

Thanks for the assignment.
Paul
======================================
At the End of the Millennium, the Public Has an Appetite for Fright

By Paul Iorio

As the millennium draws to a close, moviegoers everywhere are developing
a big appetite for fright.


Subj:    Tuesday
Date:    08/03/99
To:    jjiorio@aol.com

Dear Dad,

I hear the weather is extremely hot in FLA, just as it is in NY and NJ.  The weather here is a big mild
surprise (last year at this time, temperatures were over a hundred for weeks, making the outdoors
completely unusable in the day).

Just finished a new story for the Chron mere minutes ago (on horror movies). Will send it when published
(on Wednesday). 

Anyway, hope all's well.  Later, Paul
Subj:    Wednesday
Date:    08/03/99
To:    Susan_Kelly@newyorker.com

Sue,

Just wondering when you plan to run the Kubrick piece.  We haven't spoken since you decided to expand
it a couple weeks ago.  Paul
Subj:    Wednesday
Date:    08/03/99
To:    jjiorio@aol.com

Dear Dad,

The '76 Florence program was great but doesn't interest me as much as the '70 one.

On the home front, I regret to say I've not yet received checks I'm supposed to get and am a bit
concerned about being late with the rent.  Is it possible to borrorw August rent?   If it's going to cause
any problem, then don't send it.  I can always talk to the landlord and get a delay, or pay part of it, or
work out some kind of arrangement.  And if I receive my paycheck within the next week or so, I can
probably pay back part or all of it to you.  Please let me know. Thanks. 

Hope all's well.  Later, Paul
Subj:    Wednesday
Date:    08/04/99
To:    Sherry.Stern@latimes.com

Sherry,

I have to thank you again for the great job everybody did on the "Chinatown" articles.  All letters I
received from readers were postitive.  (Several were interested in revealing the mystery address of Evelyn
Mulwray's house!)

I was wondering whether we could work out some payment arrangement for the articles.  In the early
development of the stories, before the stories became what they became, Rich Nordwind and I talked
about a $750 price, $500 of which he paid me last spring.  But that was when the main story was merely
a Polanski Q&A.  Of course, it later became a more extensive article, requiring additional work, time, and
expenses.  So perhaps we can agree upon a price (beyond the $500) consistent with whatever you pay
freelance contributors to the Weekend section.  (My social security number is 266-47-8341.)

Thanks for your time.  And I hope to be able to do stories for you in the future. 
Paul Iorio

Subj:    Wednesday afternoon
Date:    08/04/99
To:    Sherry.Stern@latimes.com

Sherry,

Yes, I was already paid $500, so the only additional amount would be $500. 

Hope to work with you again.  Let's talk soon.
Thanks, Paul
Subj:    Thursday
Date:    08/05/99
To:    Sherry.Stern@latimes.com

Sherry,

In going over previous payment records for my stories for The L.A. Times, I found that I had been paid
$850 each for my two previous pieces (on actor Troy Garity and on comic book movies), which each ran
around 2,000 words.  In contrast, the "Chinatown" articles, with a combined wordage of almost 5,000
words, are going for $1,000 total.    Shouldn't the "Chinatown" payment be brought more in line with the
rate for my previous stories for the Times?    Paul
Subj:    Thursday
Date:    08/05/99
To:    jjiorio@aol.com

Dear Dad,

Thanks for the rent. 

I'm working on solving the financial problem. Whatever works, I do more of.  Whatever doesn't work, I
do less of. 

The new Chron story was sent to you yesterday. Hope all's well.   Later, Paul
Subj:    Thursday
Date:    08/05/99
To:    ioriod@aol.com

Dear Mom,

You're right -- it's $533.   You're also right about the apartment being in a nice central location.

I'm working on the financial situation.  Hope to have a solution very soon. 

Meanwhile, I sent the new Chronicle story to you yesterday.

Glad to hear the antibiotic regimen ends Saturday.  Sounds like you're cured! 

Anyway, take care (and stay out of the sun).  Love, Paul
Subj:    Thursday afternoon
Date:    08/05/99
To:    Sherry.Stern@latimes.com

Sherry,
The amount you mentioned is fine.  Thanks.  Paul
Subj:    diamonds
Date:    08/05/99
To:    pliorio@aol.com

If I suddenly found a bag of diamonds on the lawn and went into the diamond selling business, my career
wouldn't be worth anything if I didn't know how to negotiate a fair price.  As I said, the problem and only
problem is in my ability to negotiate a fair price for my work.  And that is being corrected. 
Subj:    Friday
Date:    08/06/99
To:    ioriod@aol.com

Dear Mom,

I'm very glad you're cured.  But I wouldn't get on the treadmill until the doctor says its okay. 

An infectious disease such as Lyme is like slander.  When you first hear slander, you think it's an isolated
instance. You tell people, hey I'm being slandered, but nobody believes you.  It's only when the slander
spreads out of control that you realize that people are in fact spreading a malicious rumor.  By then, it's
too late -- too many people have already been infected.  (By the way, the city is actually called Old Lyme,
Ct.)

So did you get the latest Chronicle in today's mail?  It's not a major story (and the editing left something
to be desired) but it turned out OK. 

Anyway, back to work.  Hope all's well.  Love, Paul
Subj:    Friday
Date:    08/06/99
To:    jjiorio@aol.com

Dear Dad,

Yes, go see "Blair Witch."  It's an imaginative idea well done.  And the story behind it is amazing;  they
made it for $50,000 (in an industry where $8 million is considered low budget) and it's currently the
number one film in the nation.  (The two directors, I think, are from the Orlando area.)  So go out and
use your camcorder!  You've always had good ideas.  

I haven't seen my Kubrick story in the New Yorker yet.  Hmmm.  I sure hope the NYer isn't mad because
I wouldn't sell them my Polanski interview earlier this year (they wanted to buy it but I had already sold it
to the Times). 

Anyway, back to work.  Take care.  Later, Paul

Subj:    Saturday
Date:    08/07/99
To:    ioriod@aol.com

Dear Mom,

Thanks for your words on the new story. 

Your energy level seems to have returned to normal, if your energetic e-mail is any indication!   The
scoreboard reads:  Lyme 0, Mom 1. 

Yes, I remember Jody and Buck.  I wonder how Roland turned out.  Courtney was a great place to grow
up and is full of memories when I revisit it.

I don't know how Buppy has all the time and energy to do what she's doing -- she deserves an award. 

So far I've checked several airlines about December and prices are pricey;  the lowest so far is around
four hundred.  I'm still checking other airlines. 

Anyway, it's Saturday, I've finished cleaning up the place and will do laundry next.  Hope all's well.  Love,
Paul

Subj:    Sunday
Date:    08/08/99
To:    ioriod@aol.com

Dear Mom,

Congrats on finishing the antibiotics!

I'm curious about where exactly I lived in early childhood. I know that 1957, 58, 59, 60, 61 were all in
Waterville. 1962 must've also been Waterville, because I remember starting school there. So when was
Miramar?  Was that early '63?  And Tampa was late '63?  What's the exact chronology?

Anyway, today's Sunday. No earthquakes or monsoons to report.  Hope all's well. Love, Paul
Subj:    Monday, Monday
Date:    08/09/99
To:    jjiorio@aol.com

Dear Dad,

Mom has made Lyme the trendy ailment of the moment.  (Hope Ollie caught it quick.  Sounds like Vera
didn't catch it quick enough.)

Buppy sounds ultra-busy with the kids, the move, etc. 

After loading up the camcorder, you need the following items:  actors, actors with time to learn script, a
script, Tylenol, a distributor, and a tear-soaked rag for when nothing comes of it. 

All's well here.  Weather's heating up after some unseasonable cool. Take care.  Later, Paul
Subj:    Tuesday
Date:    08/10/99
To:    ioriod@aol.com

Dear Mom,

The chronology you sent is eye-opening;  I had no idea that 61-62 was spent in Miramar, preceding
another near-year in Maine.  I'd always thought that I lived in Maine until moving to Miramar and Tampa
in '63. 

So was Buster the dog run over in front of the Pleasant Street house or Sidney Road?   Was the lumber
yard (and paint store) near Pleasant or Sidney?  Was the big picture window overlooking a big snowy
backyard at Sidney or Pleasant?  And what about the church on the corner:  which house was that near? 

Anyway, all's well here.  Take care.  Love, Paul

Subj:    Tuesday
Date:    08/10/99
To:    jjiorio@aol.com

Dear Dad,

I remember "The Weird World of LSD" and "Ole Slick," though I recall "Slick" as decidedly G-rated.  I
always thought your short stories would've made better movies, particularly "...And Death Came as a
Child" I think was the title, definitely "Supereight,"  "The Strange Talent of Clyde Watson,"  "Siege of
Manhattan" (a
better movie concept than a story), and the story in which there is a supermarket riot at the end (one of
your best, though I can't recall the title).  I have almost all of your stories saved in storage in New York.)

So that's how you got your reel-to-reel -- on which you recorded some great pop music.  Your tapes of
'66, '67 and '68 include the best songs of that time. 

Anyway, take care and stay away from deer ticks.  Later, Paul 

Subj:    Tuesday afternoon
Date:    08/10/99
To:    ioriod@aol.com

Dear Mom,

The paint store must've been Pleasant, because I remember taking Buppy there (they'd give us brochures
with individual color samples and we used to be wowed by the colors).   School was to the right of the
house, if I'm correct.  The Showenthalers (sp) must've been Sidney neighbors. 

Out here, there was a mass shooting in L.A. this morning at a Jewish Center to the north.  It's big news
here.  The gunman is still on the loose. 

All's well here.  Take care.  Love, Paul

Subj:    Tuesday afternoon
Date:    08/10/99
To:    jjiorio@aol.com

Dear Dad,

Send the new stories when you finish 'em.  (You ought to scan them onto a website.)

Back in Waterville, you used to appear on a TV show.  What show was it, where did it air, and are there
are videotapes of it in existence?  Also do you remember the addresses of the house on Sidney and the
one on Pleasant? 

Anyway, all's well here.  Take care. Later, Paul

Subj:    Iorio story
Date:    08/11/99
To:    Arthur.Spiegelman@reuters.com

TO:         ARTHUR SPIEGELMAN
FROM:    PAUL IORIO

Arthur,

Here's the story.  So far as I know, no news organization has yet run an interview with Bill Wells, the
uncle of the alleged gunman in the Granada Hills shootings.  My interview with him is on the record and
on audiotape. 

Wells cut off the interview before I could get the name of Buford, Jr.'s mother, who is Wells's sister.  I
tried calling him again to get her name, but Wells changed his phone number an hour after our interview. 

If you have any questions, I'm at 323-882-6504 (or pliorio@aol.com).

Thanks for your time. 
Paul Iorio
=================================================

Furrow's Uncle Calls Nephew 'Normal American Boy'

By Paul Iorio

The uncle of the suspected gunmen in the killings at a Jewish community center in Granada Hills calls his
nephew "a normal American boy" who was "raised in a good Christian family." 

"He grew up in a good family, went to school and had good jobs," says Wells of his nephew, 37-year-old
Buford O'Neal Furrow, Jr., accused in the shooting in which  five people were wounded.   "I don't know
what happened to him."  Furrow, Jr. is also being charged with the murder of a postal worker that
occurred shortly after the Granada Hills shooting. 

Wells,  who owns a music shop and "picking parlor" in Columbia, South Carolina, gave Reuters an
exclusive glimpse into the household in which the Furrow, Jr. was raised.  He says he had been in regular
and recent contact with the parents of the alleged gunman, though he hadn't seen Furrow, Jr. himself
since 1963. 

Wells claims that the household in which the younger Buford grew up was not racist or anti-Semitic. 
"My sister [the mother of the alleged gunman] was not raised that way and so far as I know Buford [Sr.]
was not raised that way either," he says.   "They're just good ol' mountain people that grew up in Virginia
and were patriotic and loved the Lord."

He says that the parents of the Buford, Jr. never mentioned that there was any kind of problem with their
son, who he and they called Neal.  "He always held a good job and was a normal American boy as far as
we knew," he says.

Wells says Buford, Sr. lived for a time in the Roanoke, Virginia area.  "As far as I know, Neal has spent
most of his time out in the western states because his dad was retired from the Air Force," he says. 
"[Buford, Sr.]  loves bluegrass and country music." 

Wells, who changed his phone number an hour after being interviewed by Reuters,  says he has not yet
been able to get through to Furrow's parents on the phone to talk with them about the shootings. 
-- 30 --
Subj:    Merry Birthday!
Date:    08/11/99
To:    justv@mindspring.com

Dear V,

Merry Birthday to you!  (Sorry for the belated greeting.)

So now that you're 19, y'oughta start thinking about...

And grazie for the tasteful card (which I received in today's mail). 

xxx,
Paul
Subj:    Thursday
Date:    08/12/99
To:    ioriod@aol.com

Dear Mom,

Thanks for the info about Waterville.  Very interesting.  One day I'll revisit the place. 

Yesterday I interviewed Buford Furrow's uncle for Reuters -- a mini-scoop!  The uncle knew the
gunman's parents who he described as church-going mountain people.  This Furrow guy is one sick
reptile. 

Anyway, all's well here.  Take care.  Love, Paul

Subj:    Thursday
Date:    08/12/99
To:    jjiorio@aol.com

Dear Dad,

So you were live from Poland Springs!  Live is tough.  Have you ever seen -- really seen -- Rather or
Brokaw live and away from all scripts?  Rough stuff even for them. 

I'd stay away from the roof unless you want to end up like Christopher Reeve, who I hear is not having
much fun these days. 

Yesterday I tracked down and talked exclusively to the uncle of Buford Furrow for Reuters -- a scoop!
The uncle basically says Furrow came from a redneck religious family. 

Anyway,  all's well here.  Take care.  Later, Paul

Subj:    Friday
Date:    08/13/99
To:    jjiorio@aol.com

Dear Dad,

Looks like Reuters is running my Furrow story today.  They're very pleased that I was able to track down
his uncle -- no one else has that.   A definite scoop. 

Weather sounds hot in FL.  Out here, it's hotter than it was, with a high of 81 or so.  It's usually in the
70s.  

Anyway, it's Friday afternoon and the weekend beckons.  Another good week.  Later, Paul 

Subj:    Monday
Date:    08/16/99
To:    jjiorio@aol.com

Dear Dad, 

Caitlin should be taught the simpler (and far better) word, which is braggart.   Also, gently teach her
another word:  pompous.  Guide her to greatness! 

So what do you think of the Iowa poll?  Once again, the Republicans don't have anyone to nominate.
Bush may be the frontrunner now, but once people come forward about his prior cocaine use, it'll be all
over.  Forbes should try the Senate first.  And Liddy Dole is an airhead -- and callow. 

Anyway, back to work here.  Hope all's well.  And remember mom's birthday.  Later, Paul

Subj:    Today's paper
Date:    08/16/99
To:    jjiorio@aol.com

Dear Dad,
Here's an interesting article on the front page of today's Washington Post about Steve Forbes.  Turns out
he's not quite as rich as everyone thought.  Later, Paul
------------------------------------------------------------------
For Candidate Forbes, Wealth Isn't a Blank Check

Diversity of Holdings Complicates Push to Keep Up With Bush in Dollar  Race

By David S. Hilzenrath
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, August 17, 1999; Page A01

The lush Pacific island that presidential candidate Steve Forbes and his
siblings inherited from their father is for sale, its coral reefs and
coc

Subj:    Iorio
Date:    08/16/99
To:    Susan_Kelly@newyorker.com

Sue,
As I mentioned on the phone, my address is 1332 N. Detroit St., #5;  Los Angeles, CA  90046.  And my
social security number is 266-47-8341.  Thanks.  Paul Iorio

Subj:    Tuesday
Date:    08/17/99
To:    j.iorio@ieee.org

Dear Dude,
I just heard about Paul Fernandez and boy am I bummed about it.  When I saw him last Christmas, I
thought he'd make it into old age like someone with a chronic disease, a diabetic.  So it's a big shock.  He
was just about the smartest guy I ever met -- and one of the warmest.   I'll try calling later.  Paul

Subj:    Tuesday AM
Date:    08/17/99
To:    ioriod@aol.com

Dear Mom,

Thanks for telling me about Fernandez.  What a tragedy. When I saw him last December, I figured he'd
pull through into old age.  He was just about the smartest person I ever met -- and one of the warmest.
Take care.  Love, Paul
Subj:    Tuesday AM
Date:    08/17/99
To:    jjiorio@aol.com

Dear Dad,

I just heard about Paul Fernandez.  Very sad.  When I saw him last December, I was convinced he'd pull
through into old age.  No such luck.  I've always said he was just about the smartest person I ever met --
and one of the warmest.  A real tragedy.  Take care.  Later, Paul


Subj:    Fernandez
Date:    08/17/99
To:    jjiorio@aol.com

Dear Dad,  I couldn't agree more about how untimely Fernandez's death is.  He lived about as long as
JFK, which aint long.  In the Eighties, I thought he'd go any day.  But in the Nineties, with all the new
drugs available, it looked like he'd make it to old age.  Others with AIDS, like Russell Young, are still
around (though ailing) and probably will be for some time. 

He would've enjoyed the Iowa poll and 2000 race.  He's gonna miss the unraveling of George W., the
vanity campaign of Forbes, and the third-party candidacy of Buchanan which will guarantee a Gore
victory.  Later , Paul


Subj:    Wednesday
Date:    08/18/99
To:    jjiorio@aol.com

Dear Dad, 

Well, Fernandez did after all live longer than RFK, MLK, JFK (Jr. and Sr.), Edgar Allan (sp) Poe, John
Lennon, and almost twice as long as Kurt Cobain. I only wish he had left behind the Broadway play or
novel or body of journalistic (or academic) work that he was obviously so capable of creating. 

Have you been following the Istanbul quake?  Haven't heard whether Haghia Sofia (sp) or Topkapi have
been damaged.  A 7.8 in LA wouldn't cause more than a hundred deaths because we're built for it.  But
out there, whooe nieghborhoods are made of wood and retrofitting just doesn't happen.  It must be one of
the worst kinds of death, being trapped alive and conscious beneath a layer or two of concrete.

Anyway, hope all's well. Later, Paul

Subj:    Thursday
Date:    08/18/99
To:    jjiorio@aol.com

Dear Dad,

The Blue Mosque, Topkapi, etc. were in neighborhoods damaged badly by the quake.  Maybe they had
undergone retrofitting, I don't know.

Out here, we're way overdue for a big quake from San Andreas.  The last one we had was a 5.0 a couple
years ago, which I felt.  The terrible thing about a quake when it's happening is that you don't know how
long it's going to last or how intense it's going to get.  It's usually over in five to fifteen seconds, but then
you don't know whether it's merely a foreshock, signalling (sp) a greater quake to come in a few minutes.
What people don't often mention is that you tend to hear a quake before you feel it -- it has this horrible
industrial sound of big objects being lifted.

I saw George W. blow up on the news tonight when asked about his cocaine past.  Thin-skinned, he is. 
And this is -- what? -- five months before the first primary.  He won't make it to New Hampshire with
that attitude.  If he doesn't like the questions, he should stay in private business. 

You read it here first:  the Republican nominee will be John McCain -- slow and steady wins the race. 
George W acts like he's running for president of a Texas fraternity.  Forbes may not be retarded but he
looks that way.  Liddy Dole is a dope,  plain and simple, and far less of a feminist than Bill Clinton.
Buchanan's day has passed.  Gary Bauer has been hired by Forbes to mow Jay's lawn.  So it'll be McCain,
a sober guy, tested by the hell of war, seasoned by the Senate.  Me, I'm supporting Gore because I can't
vote for Clinton for a third term.  (I would if I could.) I think it's time the Demos cut the Bradley crap
and united behind Gore, so there's no split when it comes to fighting the real enemy.   

Anyway, back to work.  Hope all's well.  Later, Paul

Subj:    query
Date:    08/19/99
To:    Sherry.Stern@latimes.com

Sherry,

I promise this pitch has nothing to do with Noah Cross or the Mulwrays!

My new story idea is a lifestyle/pop culture piece for Weekend.   It's a consumer guide to Los Angeles-
area hynotherapists, a subject that's about to be made more timely by the release on September 17th of
David Koepp's new movie "Stir of Echoes," which is partly about hypnosis. 

This is not really a movie article, though "Stir of Echoes" does provide a hook for the article.  Rather this
is a practical consumer guide that assesses hypnotherapists in the area (and possibly online). 

In the story, I would simply undergo hypnosis by several area hypnotists and report my experiences.  I'd
write about what actually happens during hypnosis, how the experience varies from service to service,
and who the legitimate practitioners (and the questionable ones) seem to be. 

The article might begin by noting the release of "Stir of Echoes," describing the film (which is about
someone who is hypnotized for fun at a party and has a wildly adverse reaction), and quoting Koepp
about his experiences with hypnosis.

Koepp and actress Illeana Douglas -- who stars in the film -- underwent hypnotherapy before shooting
the film. "Illeana and I both got hypnotized to see what it was like," Koepp told me recently.  "It's
different than I thought.  There's not that blacking-out thing, it's not like I portrayed it in the movie.
You're always there, you're always in control, but definitely things are swimming up out of your
subconscious," he says, while noting that eight percent of the population has a more extreme reaction.  

"You've seen hypnosis in movies a million times and it's always the same," says Koepp.  "It's those
objective shots of two people sitting across from each other and then an actor pretending to be
hypnotized.  And I thought,  we'd never seen it exactly from inside the brain of the hypnotized person as
they picture what they're told to picture." 

Just as Koepp tries to show the effects of hypnosis from a subjective angle, I'd like to write a story from
the angle of the hypnotized person (me).  I suggest the story (or most of it) be told in segments that
describe my experience with each hypnotherapist in the following manner:

BOROCH ANN HYPNOTHERAPY, 8380 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles (323-658-5546)

Vital Statistics:    Certified by TK, with two resident hypnotherapists.

My Experience with the Hypnotherapist:   I was brought into a dark room and told to think about the
spinning Ferris wheel in Santa Monica....etc.....
------------------------------------------------
CENTRO DE HIPNOTHERAPIA, 3130 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles

Vital Statistics:    It serves mostly Spanish-speaking clients and is certified by TK..

My Experience with the Hypnotherapist:   I was told to relax and was shown pictures of the word
'Sleep'....etc...
--------------------------------------------

In my view, there are two ways to approach this story.  The first would be to visit each hypnotherapist as
a paying client and then report the results.  The other way would be to visit them as a reporter and
request a complimentary hypnotism session for the purpose of writing about their service.   I favor the
latter approach. 

I propose this story for the September 16th issue of Weekend, which is the day before "Stir of Echoes"
hits area theaters.  I could have it finished by Labor Day (the 6th) or before.  I've already seen the movie
and have interviewed Koepp.  I see it as a 2,000 word article. 

Please feel free to call me (at 323-882-6504) or e-mail me (at pliorio@aol.com) if you'd like to discuss
this.  Thanks for your time and consideration. 
Paul Iorio
Subj:    Thursday AM
Date:    08/19/99
To:    jjiorio@aol.com


Dear Dad,

Definitely change channels.  Most of the reports are out of Istanbul (that's where Bill Richardson was). 
50 miles is nothing in a 7.3 earthquake; Izmit and Istanbul share equal damage.  In fact, this one was felt
hundreds of miles away in Ankara. 

I don't see McCain as a veep -- he's got way too much stature.  The GOP is  cynically reserving Liddy
Dole for veep, thinking that stupid voters will see it as a gender issue.  (Do people know she opposes
abortion?  She's one of the least feminist candidates of the bunch.) 

Anyway, hope all's well.  And definitely change channels. I recommend ABC's Nightline, which is serving
up excellent reports from Istanbul nightly.  Later, Paul

Subj:    Hi Debbie
Date:    08/19/99
To:    AR2130@aol.com

Dear Debbie,

Thanks for your Instant Message the other week.  It was great talking with
you. 

I thought I'd send your dad an e-mail message but don't know his address.
So (if it's okay) I'm sending my letter to him with this note.  Could you
possibly forward it to him?  Thanks a lot. 

Hope all's well with you the family. 
All the best,
Paul Iorio
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Dear Danny, 

Long time no hear. 

First things first.  I'm sorry to hear about Kay's health and hope she
recovers.   I fondly remember speaking with her a mere five years ago in
Brigatine (sp) and she seemed well.   My hopes are with her.  Please give
her my best. 

I wanted very much to attend Aunt Antoinette's funeral but could not take
off from work during a particularly busy time.   She'll be missed and
remembered fondly. 

So how are you?  What kinds of cases have you been trying?   As I told
Debbie, I still don't know how you managed to attend night school AND
work at the same time back when. 

Me, I moved out to Los Angeles three years ago after living for seventeen
years in (or around) Manhattan.  (Overhead costs are about half of what
they are in the New York area.)   I write and report mostly for the San
Francisco Chronicle newspaper and occasionally for the Los Angeles
Times and others.  

Anyway, hope all's well with you and the family.   See you at the next family
gathering! 

All the best,
Paul Iorio
1332 N. Detroit St. 
#5
Los Angeles, CA   90046
(ph.: 323-882-6504/e-mail:  pliorio@aol.com)
Subj:    Friday
Date:    08/19/99
To:    jjiorio@aol.com

Dear Dad,

A quick look at today's paper says 450 are dead in Istanbul (a very conservatie estimate), which is also
affected by a quake-related tidal wave and oil refinery fire. 

For McCain, it's the top spot or nothing.  Somehow I think Liddy's grabbing days are over. 

Tired eyes may indicate an infection.

Regarding '34,  it's hard to analyze the vote tally given the fact that coercion was a big factor  (his storm
troopers were posted outside polling places).  

Anyway, all's well here.  Take care.  Later, Paul
Subj:    Countdown to 71
Date:    08/19/99
To:    ioriod@aol.com

Dear Mom,

Eight days till 71!

I'll tell you what your gift is.  It's a --------------------------------------------------. [redacted by the CIA].

Take care.  Love, Paul
Subj:    Friday
Date:    08/20/99
To:    jjiorio@aol.com

Dear Dad,

Staggering figures.  That means the Istanbul body count is way in the thousands now.  (The 450 number I
mentioned was from yesterday's paper, reported Wednesday when the total dead was merely a few thou.)

Maybe V will run into Buck and Jody. 

I bought mom a nice gift yesterday -- and an even better card.  Can you believe 71? 

Take care.  Later, Paul
Subj:    Saturday
Date:    08/21/99
To:    jjiorio@aol.com

Dear Dad,

Yes, the better-built buildings stood.  (The older ones, here as there, had to be retrofitted to conform to
current code.) 

George W. keeps getting dogged by coke questions.  It's really a way for the public to see whether he can
stand the heat, is he tough enough for the job, can he withstand persistant questions.  Clinton was able to.  

Trying to get witnesses to Bush's coke use is tough because everyone back in the 70s was too stoned at
social occasions to be credible. I remember the seventies;  between you and me, Valeria used to do large
quantities of cocaine regularly.  (Everyone tried to get her to stop.  By the time Roxanne was in the
womb,  V was down to mere pot and booze. I have no idea what she does now.)   That makes her
memory unreliable;  in her coke haze, she used to think that things I joked about were actually true (like
getting drunk for a final exam -- not true).  Likewise, the people around George W. were probably
equally stoned at the time and therefore are unreliable witnesses. (No judge would listen to them.)

Anyway, it's a warm Saturday outside.  Hope all's well. Later, Paul
Subj:    Mi-go-la-ma
Date:    08/21/99
To:    jjiorio@aol.com

Dear Dad,

Wondering about a collection of Italian folk music that you used to play decades ago -- very haunting
folk songs in Italian.  One of the songs in the collection had a chorus of  "Mi-go-la-ma/mi-go-la-ma"
(spelled phonetically).  Do you recall the name of that collection or who the songwriters and singers
were?  Later, Paul

Subj:    Monday
Date:    08/23/99
To:    jjiorio@aol.com

Dear Dad,

Bush should simply say he did or didn't, yes or no, the way every other candidate has.   By not denying it,
he's admitting it.   There is a proper time and place for evasiveness in life  (such as when you're dealing
with war strategy, nuclear codes, the particulars of a competition, etc.) but this aint the time or place.
Further, he (unlike Gore) has to woo the religious right to get the nomination, and the Bauer crowd will
indeed hold cocaine use against him.  

I'd definitely be interested in a tape of "MIchelma" and the other songs on that album.  I remember
several tracks and occasionally play them on the guitar. 

Good luck with the leaks (but try to avoid the roof).  Take care.  Later, Paul
Subj:    Monday
Date:    08/23/99
To:    ioriod@aol.com

Dear Mom,

I figured you'd enjoy the Hemingway novel (and the card).  Happy birthday!  (I'll call Saturday.)

Glad Mack is leaving. Senator Nelson has a great ring to it. (And so does President Gore.)  Another
campaign season is coming around, which is always exciting. 

You sound like you've returned to your pre-Lyme energy level.  Keep on rolling. 

All's well here.  Take care.  Love, Paul

Subj:    Tuesday
Date:    08/24/99
To:    jjiorio@aol.com

Dear Dad,

In 1927, I was thirty years from being born.

I e-mailed Danny and he e-mailed back.  He seems fine, considering.  This weekend, he and various
family members will go to Trenton to celebrate a birthday (of Aunt Mary's husband George).  Kay's
condition doesn't seem completely hopeless;  she does have some mobility.  She does have to sign instead
of talk but so do millions of deaf people (who have the added disadvantage of not being able to hear). 
That said, her condition is not improving and is not expected to. 

No rush on the Murollo.  And if it's any trouble, forget it.  I do remember when you first brought home
the record -- it was like nothing I had ever heard.  It was so spare and austere and heartfelt.  I think I
remember that you put it on reel to reel early on so that the LP wouldn't wear out. 

Anyway, weather's hot here this afternoon.  Must get to work. Take care. (And keep thinking Senator
Nelson and President Gore!).  Later, Paul
Subj:    Thursday
Date:    08/26/99
To:    Jjiorio@aol.com

Dear Dad, 

I hear Danny's health is very bad.  He did mention his faith in religion.  But for me, the concept of heaven
isn't very useful because I know deep down it's not true.   It's like taking sugar for cancer and being told
it's a cure;  for awhile, you may even think it's working;  but when one realizes it's delusion, one is more
depressed.  But if that's what gets him through the night, fine.

Never knew Lombardi.  I read that scandal did him in.  My links to UF are minimal at best;  I haven't
returned even for a visit since I left more than 20 years ago.  I feel more closely connected to CUNY,
where I worked and had an office in '95 and '96. 

I'll call Saturday for mom's birthday. All's well here.  Summer heat has finally arrived.  Take care. Later,
Paul

Subj:    Thursday
Date:    08/26/99
To:    jjiorio@aol.com

Dear Dad,

I remember ol' Harvell and having fun arguing philosophy at the Prinz Brau or where ever.  A nice guy,
though I recall he was really into one of the Testaments (new or old, I don't remember). Maybe I'll catch
him.

You've got hurricanes, I hear.  Out here, we've got heat heat heat.  Summer has arrived just in time for
the fall.  Take care.  Later, Paul

Subj:    Monday
Date:    08/30/99
To:    ioriod@aol.com

Dear Mom,

Hope the birthday celebration went well. 

And thanks for sending the Lombardi clips.  But to be honest, the reporting and writing of the Trib is so
amateurish that I couldn't really get through it.  Far better was the St. Pete Times account, which cut
right to the core (he robbed the university of $74,000 or so).  The SP Times is clearly one of the best of
the Gulf Coast papers, right up there with the Houston and New Orleans papers. 

Anyway, hope all's well. All's hot here.  Take care.  Love, Paul
Subj:    Monday
Date:    08/30/99
To:    jjiorio@aol.com

Dear Dad,

Yeah, I called Saturday afternoon to Bup's but Harvell wasn't around.  Talked to Mark instead and later
to mom. 

All's well and hot out here.  Cooler whether expected domani.   Take care.  Later, Paul
Subj:    Monday
Date:    08/30/99
To:    BCK@qis.net

Dear Danny,

Great hearing from you.  Wish you were out here. 

Sounds like things are busy with you and the family.  I wish Kay the best.  One never knows what
medical science might come up with in the next months and years to improve her condition.

My mom's Lyme disease is gone now, after three weeks of antibiotics.  I hear that Aunt Ollie (sp?) has it
now. 

In terms of work, I'm reporting for the Chronicle as a fairly regular freelancer, but am trying to turn it
into a staff spot.  I also write for others like the L.A. Times and Reuters.

How did Uncle George's birthday party turn out?  If you see him,  please say hello from me.

If you're out in L.A., come visit me.  I'll serve up some lasagna for both of us and anyone you bring
along!  Hope everything's well.   All the best,  Paul

Subj:    Tuesday
Date:    08/31/99
To:    jjiorio@aol.com

Dear Dad,

Very funny heads.  Here's my collection of very unlikely headlines:

Gary Bauer Called Sexiest Man Alive
Quayle Spotted With Norman Mailer at Elaines
Bush Jr. Says He Hasn't Masturbated in Public Since Turning 45

Take care.  Later, Paul
Subj:    Tuesday
Date:    09/01/99
To:    jjiorio@aol.com

Dear Dad,

The check-up sounds grreat. 

Storms have come to seem so exotic lately, since we don't get 'em often. Weather's cool for now and the
Labor Day weekend. 

I might just journey out to Pasadena this weekend to sightsee -- it's supposed to be interesting and is just
a city bus ride away. 

Take care.  Later, Paul

Subj:    Thursday
Date:    09/02/99
To:    jjiorio@aol.com

Dear Dad,
Never knew what the initials KGB stand for until now.  What's the translation?   I do know the KGB did
such a great job that the Soviets went out of business.  Meanwhile, the CIA did such a great job that they
couldn't see that the Soviets were going out of business.  A good investigative reporter is generally better
at finding out secrets than employees of government (or corporate) intelligence agencies.

It's hot here, too -- and then it's not.  And then it is again. I'd advise not working in the yard in the day at
all.  Hot humid weather is very unhealthy. 

Anyway, take care.  Later, Paul
Subj:    To Debbie
Date:    09/03/99
To:    AR2130@aol.com

Dear Debbie,

Thanks for your letter (and for forwarding the e-mail to your dad).

Sounds like you're incredibly busy, what with work, kids and family life.  Your husband's promotion is
impressive.

It's difficult to believe your daughter Alicia is almost old enough for college. 

Wilmin had a child?!  I still remember him best from an old family photo in which he's a little kid poking
Zeus-the-dog in the eye!  He's sure come a long way.

I haven't been back to NY or NJ since leaving three years ago -- but I intend to visit soon.  If I do, I'll let
you know so we can connect. 

Anyway, hope all's well.  Give my best to your dad, mom, Wilmin, Danny and Alyssa -- and Aunt NaNell. 

All the best,
Paul
Subj:    CARS THAT TRIED TO RUN ME DOWN
Date:    09/03/99
To:    pliorio@aol.com

Note from Paul Iorio to Paul Iorio:

In recent years and months, there have been several cars and vans that have seemingly purposely tried to
hit me.  These are more than just innocent dangerous drivers, if there is such a thing;  in fact,  I've now
found that I wrote down the license number of one car during two different incidents -- meaning the same
Porsche tried to run me over twice!

Anyway, for the record, here are the plate #s of a few of the close calls:

Two instances of same Porsche:
IEJF903 (CA plate) caused a near collision on two
occasions
===============
11/14/97, LaBrea @Sunset @10:30 AM
Lic.: 2BSG446
===============
LaBrea @Detroit/dangerous driver
Lic.:  1LLA846 or 1llA846
==================
In 96:  2V702550

So there you have it.

Subj:    CARS THAT HARASSED ME
Date:    09/04/99
To:    pliorio@aol.com

Note from Paul Iorio to Paul Iorio:

In recent years and months, there have been several cars and vans that have seemingly purposely tried to
hit me.  These are more than just innocent dangerous drivers, if there is such a thing;  in fact,  I've now
found that I wrote down the license number of one car during two different incidents -- meaning the same
Porsche tried to run me over twice!

Anyway, for the record, here are the plate #s of a few of the close calls:

Two instances of same Porsche:
IEJF903 (CA plate) caused a near collision on two
occasions
===============
11/14/97, LaBrea @Sunset @10:30 AM
Lic.: 2BSG446
===============
LaBrea @Detroit/dangerous driver
Lic.:  1LLA846 or 1llA846
==================
On January 18, 1998, at 2:50PM
Calif license 2ZXB260
Obviously orchestrated event on Detroit St. across from my place.  On my side of the street, two police
cars are parked at curb with at least two cops outside cars, watching me as I cross street.  Meanwhile, a
woman with a foreign accent directs a car pulling from her driveway to pull back into my path (as if I'm
supposed to be provoked).  As the car pulled away, I took the license number with recorder.  Possibly
lives across street. 

In 96:  2V702550

So there you have it.

Subj:    Sunday
Date:    09/04/99
To:    jjiorio@aol.com

Dear Dad,

This joke from Bill Maher:  his mother was Jewish and his dad Catholic.  He used to go to confession
with an attorney. 

In researching the Buford Furrow case, I discoverd that Furrow, after murdering the postman and
shooting schoolkids, took a cab right to my neighborhood and was walking around exactly one block
away from my apartment.

Out here, all the windows in LA are wide open because the weather has cooled nicely.  Very nicely.  

Take care.  Later, Paul

Subj:    Sunday
Date:    09/05/99
To:    jjiorio@aol.com

Dear Dad,

Here're a few more:  He who lives by the gun gets shot by somebody else with a gun.  He who lives by
the pepper spray avoids a confrontation altogether.

A brand new 35mm print of "Chinatown" is playing at a theater a few blocks away in an hour -- don't
think I can resist. 

Anyway, stay well, be good.   Later, Paul
Subj:    Thursday
Date:    09/09/99
To:    ioriod@aol.com

Dear Mom,

I purchased the ticket on your card, and the amount should come to $319.62 (plus tax), a real buy.  As I
mentioned, I'll arrive Dece. 23 at 7:17 PM and leave at 7:36 AM on Dec. 26.

Thanks a lot.  Take care. Love, Paul
Subj:    Thursday
Date:    09/09/99
To:    jjiorio@aol.com

Dear Dad,

Your war remembrances are vivid.  I've always said you should take the time to write a personal
deconstruction of the war in story or book form and sell it.  I bet it'd fly. 

Anyway, I'd better get back to work.  Take care.  Later, Paul
P.S. -- The flight plans for X-mas have been made;  I'll arrive in the evening on Dec. 23 and leave in the
morning on Dec. 26th.

Subj:    Iorio/(Wells' phone number)
Date:    09/09/99
To:    Arthur.Spiegelman@reuters.com

Arthur,

It turns out Bill Wells, the uncle of Buford Furrow, did not change his phone
number, though his number was briefly inaccessible the morning after Furrow's
arrest. 

You can reach Bill Wells directly at 803-796-6477, where he runs a music
shop.  He's not giving interviews, so mine is either the only one or one of
the very few. 

Thanks for your time. 
Paul Iorio
323-882-6504
pliorio@aol.com


Subj:    Columbine query
Date:    09/09/99
To:    leibyr@washpost.com

DATE:       September 9, 1999
TO:            Richard Leiby, Style assignment editor
FROM:       Paul Iorio,
(e-mail:  pliorio@aol.com -- ph.: 323-882-6504)

I'd like to follow-up on my query of last spring (4/27/99) on the
usenet documents about Columbine that were posted before the
massacre.   Are you interested in a story for Style on it?

I've bookmarked all the postings mentioned in my pitch and still have
them on my computer.  If you'd like to see them, please let me know. 
So far as I know, no publication has yet reported on this aspect of
Columbine. 

If you'd like to discuss this further, I can be reached at 323-882-6504. 

Thanks for your time and consideration.
Paul Iorio
1332 N. Detroit St.
#5
Los Angeles, CA   90046

Subj:    Friday
Date:    09/10/99
To:    jjiorio@aol.com

Dear Dad,

Yep, I shall return for a few days and soon.  Tell 'em to hide their wives and girlfriends, 'cus Paul is back!

That joke about 3rd grader Mark was something.

Still think you oughta write about the war. 

So how's Bup's new place?  Did the move turn out OK? 

Weather's changed out here to cool.   Will soon shift to windy.  Later, Paul

Subj:    Saturday
Date:    09/10/99
To:    jjiorio@aol.com

Dear Dad,

I hear Hurricane Floyd is nearing the Cuba/Florida area with a mean kick.  Potential Catetgory 4.   

The scenes out of East Timor are horrific.  The reformists won and the government's sore and won't
abide by the results.  So the reformists have to somehow force them to honor the results.

In the prez race, Bush still doesn't look presidential.  Neither does Bauer.  Forbes looks more and more
like a child molester headmaster at a religious boarding school.   (Maybe we should quiz some kids in
Jay's neighborhood about him -- they'll give us the answer we want, I'm sure.)  Remember my previous
prediction about McCain?  Look at the New Hampshire polls -- it just might happen.

Anyway, take care.  Thanks in advance for the Morollo (sp) tape.  Later, Paul

Subj:    Floyd Alert!
Date:    09/14/99
To:    jjiorio@aol.com

Dear Dad,

Well, this Floyd is huge.  It's so huge that if it misses Florida, it still hits Florida.  Nobody's ever seen
anything like it.  It could lose half its power and still be a category one.

Take all precautions.  Heed all evacuation orders.  And if the worst happens and it decimates Tampa,
remember you always have a place to live in Los Angeles on ol' Detroit St.  (Mark can also stay here, but
only if he allows me to search him for drugs -- better safe than sorry!)  Out here, Floyd is the big news,
since we have no weather (just quakes). 

Finally traveled out to Pasadena last weekend (round trip:  two dollars and seventy cents).  Great town,
full of alleyways dating back to the 1870s and nice shops.  It also has a major US museum, the Norton
Simon, which has a major Van Gogh ("The Mulberry Tree" -- one of his own favorites), along with
Picassos and lots of Degas (he would've been a film maker today) and a great Utrillo.  Downstairs in the
special collection, the Rauschenberg ("Cardbirds" from '71, consisting of boxes flattened on the wall in
the shape of birds) was a big hit, with everyone stopping to look at it.  If you come visit, we'll put the
Norton Simon on the agenda. 

Anyway, take care.  And let me know how things progress with the hurricane.  Later, Paul


Subj:    "Dogma" query
Date:    09/14/99
To:    Stephan_Talty@condenast.com

DATE:       14 SEPTEMBER 1999
TO:            STEPHAN TALTY
FROM:       PAUL IORIO


Here's a sketch of a story I'd like to pitch to you for Details.  (I've also
included an alternate treatment of the story.) 

The article is about the controversy around Kevin Smith's new movie
"Dogma" and the antagonism toward the film by elements of the religious
right.    Though the Catholic League's opposition to it is well-known, this is
the first time the League has gone into such specific detail about its
complaint.  

In my interview yesterday with a Catholic League spokesperson,  I read to
him around a dozen potentially offensive passages from the script and
asked for his reaction to each one. 

The screenplay to which I'm referring in this story came from a reliable
internet site ("Script-o-Rama"), which has provided accurate scripts in the
past.  (One can access the screenplay by keying in www.script-o-
rama.com/table.shtml and clicking on the word "Dogma.")   I have not yet
seen the movie.   To verify the script's authenticity,  I matched bits of
dialogue in the film's promotional trailer with the corresponding dialogue in
the screenplay;  in each case, the onscreen dialogue matched the script
dialogue verbatim.    (Of course, there will likely be differences between the
final cut of the movie and the script -- and I've noted this in the piece.) 

My sources are:  Patrick Scully, communications director for the Catholic
League;  Paul deParrie, anti-abortion rights activist and editor of "Life
Advocate" magazine;  a script of "Dogma" from www.script-o-
rama.com/table.shtml;  an audiotape of the "Dogma" trailer;  the Catholic
League website;  the internet movie database;  a spokesperson for Focus on
the Family.    I've also phoned the following organizations but haven't
received a return call:  the Christian Coalition;  Gary Bauer for President
campaign;  the American Family Association;  and Prisoners of Christ. 

I see this as a 1,000-to-1,500 word story that uses one of the two sketches
as its basic structure, while including additional interviews with people from
Lion's Gate and Miramax.   (The sketches here are rough and have not yet
been fully fact-checked or edited.) 

"Dogma" is scheduled for release in November. 

If you'd like to discuss this further, please feel free to call me at 323-882-
6504 or e-mail me at pliorio@aol.com. 

As always, thanks for your time and consideration.

Paul Iorio
1332 N. Detroit St.
#5
Los Angeles, CA   90046
========================================
[sketch of story -- first treatment]  
Subj:    "Dogma" query
Date:    09/14/99
To:    dsimmons@villagevoice.com

DATE:       14 SEPTEMBER 1999
TO:            DOUG SIMMONS
FROM:       PAUL IORIO


Here's a sketch of a story I'd like to pitch to you for the Voice.  (I've also
included an alternate treatment of the story.) 

The article is about the controversy around Kevin Smith's new movie
"Dogma" and the antagonism toward the film by elements of the religious
right.    Though the Catholic League's opposition to it is well-known, this is
the first time the League has gone into such specific detail about its
complaint.  

Subj:    Tuesday
Date:    09/14/99
To:    jjiorio@aol.com

Dear Dad,

You'd like Pasadena and especially the Norton Simon, in many ways a weightier collection than the
Getty's.  Van Gogh knew he had really come up with a great one with "The Mulberry Tree"  (he wrote to
his brother three times about it).  But it's Degas who unexpectedly stands out as ahead of his time, with
clever experiments in space, perspective and motion, especially motion.  The first movies were being
made as he was ending his career with big canvas works that look cinematic.

Anyway, looks like Floyd'll spare FL, though you never know.  If it does veer to Tampa, do not try to
ride it out.  This is a bigger storm than you (or anyone else) has ever experienced, so the old rules don't
apply. 

Out here, it's dry and calm and cool.  All's well. Take care.  Later, Paul

Subj:    Murola
Date:    09/15/99
To:    jjiorio@aol.com

Dear Dad,

I received the Murolo and am listening to it now.  I sounds as great as I remember it.  Thanks a lot!

Regarding the canary song, I'll pass a copy on to OJ SImpson and others on death row. 

Glad Floyd missed you.  Take care.  Later, Paul
Subj:    Wednesday
Date:    09/15/99
To:    bck@qis.net

Dear Danny, 

I hear Hurricane Floyd is veering near the Baltimore area.  Batten down the hatches!   Hope all's well
where you are. 

Congrats to Wilmin!  A near-Ph.D.?  As I told Debbie, I still remember Wilmin as the little kid in the old
family photo who poked Zeus-the-dog in the eye! 

I can hardly believe that Debbie has a daughter who is now almost ready for college.  I hear Alicia is
interested in media or television journalism, in which case she might want to look at Columbia or UCLA
or Berkeley.

Aunt NaNell has always had indomitable spunk and spirit -- and a talent for enjoying life.  She may be in
her eighties now, but she's forever young in my book.  

The move out here finally seems to be paying off.  I'm probably one of the few people who likes both Los
Angeles and New York.  L.A. is really a company town (like D.C.).   And there are great things about
New York,  such as the Village, Little Italy, Chinatown, the pasta on Mulberry St., the hot looking
women of upper Fifth Avenue and definitely the calamari on Canal.

Anyway,  I haven't returned to NJ or NY since leaving three years ago, but when I do I'll try to connect
with you and the family.  Lobster fra diabolo sounds fine.  So does pasta fa sul and Chianti.  For now,
avoid Floyd and stay well.  Ciao, Paul

Subj:    Wednesday evening
Date:    09/15/99
To:    jjiorio@aol.com

Dear Dad,

This is an extrordinary batch of songs.  How did you come upon them?   Who is Murola? Did he have hit
records?  Did he write some of these songs or are they all traditional folk songs?   What record label did
Murola record them for? 

These songs would be perfect for the soundtrack of a certain type of film.  (If Scorsese heard this stuff,
he'd buy the rights in an instant.)

As expected, Floyd headed north.  But don't rejoice yet -- Gert is on its way.

Danny sent me a nice e-mail today, updating me on family comings and goings.  Sounds like his health
isn't so great;  he says, "I can't find a part of my body that doesn't have a problem."

Anyway, take care.  Later, Paul
Subj:    Thursday
Date:    09/16/99
To:    jjiorio@aol.com

Dear Dad,

Do you recall what record label Murolo recorded for?  

Went to the dentist for teeth cleaning this morning.  Sometime in the future I've got to get a tooth in the
back pulled because it's abscessed (another might be, too).

Danny's getting circumcised?   A useless procedure defended vigorously by those who had it done to
them at an age when they couldn't consent. 

Anyway, all's well here.  Weather's cool.  Later, Paul


Subj:    Leno query
Date:    09/16/99
To:    Sherry.Stern@latimes.com

Sherry,

Would you be interested in a Weekend feature about Jay Leno's regular Sunday night gig at The Comedy
& Magic Club in Hermosa Beach? 

I'd like to interview Leno about his work in Hermosa, report on a couple of his stand-up performances
there, and talk with the club owner and others about the backstage aspects of his performances.  I want to
give readers a sense of what they can expect from his shows and how they differ from his "Tonight"
work. And I want to find out why Leno still feels compelled to work a regular stand-up gig (unlike his
other television rivals).  

If you'd like to discuss this, I'm at 323-882-6504 or pliorio@aol.com.

Thanks for your time and consideration.
Paul Iorio

P.S.  -- For purposes of full disclosure,  I sent a letter last March to a "Tonight Show" producer asking to
be considered for a job as a writer.  But that's as far as it went -- absolutely nothing came of it.  I didn't
call them, they didn't call me, and I certainly would not approach anyone at the show again for work or
accept employment at the show in the future.

Subj:    Thursday afternoon
Date:    09/16/99
To:    jjiorio@aol.com

Dear Dad,

You lost me there about Durium.  All I know is that the Murola sounds exactly as I remember it as a kid.
Praise Durium, whoever they are and without whom we'd be without this music. 

Did your dad or mom listen to some of these songs?

All's well here, despite being drained by the dentist's visit this morning.  Take care.  Later, Paul

Subj:    Teeth
Date:    09/16/99
To:    jjiorio@aol.com

Dear Dad,

I asked my dentist about the cost of extracting a tooth.  He said he could refer me to a good cheap oral
surgeon who charges a couple hundred bucks.   In the meantime, I could sign up for Medicaid, which
might cover some of the cost.  The tooth is way in the back, so it won't matter much.   (And it's not
cancer, after all.) 

Anyway, let's see what I find out about Medicaid.  Later, Paul

Subj:    "Dogma" query
Date:    09/16/99
To:    Sherry.Stern@latimes.com

Sherry,

Here's a sketch of a story I'd like to pitch to you for Weekend.  (I'm not
entirely sure it's a Weekend kind of piece, but I thought I'd pass it on to
you in case you're interested.)   

The article is about the controversy around Kevin Smith's new movie
"Dogma" and the antagonism toward the film by elements of the religious
right.    I'd like to interview Kevin Smith, Harvey Weinstein, and executives
from Lion's Gate about the film, as well as its detractors on the religious
right. 

I've already interviewed a spokesperson for the Catholic League about the
film.  Though the League's opposition to it is well-known, this is the first
time it has gone into such specific detail about its complaint.  

Subj:    previous query
Date:    09/17/99
To:    ccotts@villagevoice.com

Dear Cynthia Cotts,

Belated thanks for taking time to answer my letter last spring.  I appreciate it.

As you may remember, my letter was about an article I wrote for the San Francisco
Chronicle;  an editor had added wire copy to the piece without attributing it until the end of the story. 

As I mentioned in my letter, the only reason I brought it up was because there had been several similar
prior incidents at the Chronicle.  For example,  in one story an editor had added factual errors to my copy
(copy that I had e-mailed to the paper).  In another, an editor inserted a seemingly plagiarized sentence
into my story (despite my vehement objections).   In another, an editor deleted an attribution ("according
to...").  And in a few stories, editors added grammatical gaffes that were not in the manuscripts I
submitted. (All this is documented by two-years of e-mail, which I've saved.)   Further, when I try to
discuss these points with some of the editors, they get defensive and don't do anything about it. 

Anyway, I mention all this to more fully explain why I sent you an e-mail in the first place. 

Again, many thanks for responding to my letter.  And keep up the great work on Press Clips, which I
read religiously. 
Sincerely,
Paul Iorio
Ph.: 323-882-6504
E-mail


Subj:    Scoop!
Date:    09/17/99
To:    justv@mindspring.com

Hey V,
So here's the scoop:  I'll be in (your) town for X-mas.  Let's connect.  (And keep telling your daughter all
those great things about me.)  xxx Paul

Subj:    By the way...
Date:    09/18/99
To:    ccotts@villagevoice.com

Dear Cynthia Cotts,

Please let me add one more point to yesterday's e-mail about the Chronicle. 

A lead sentence that I wrote on the movie "Chinatown" for the Los Angeles Times turned up in similar
form in a video piece on "Chinatown" that appeared in the Chronicle. 

Here are the two sentences:

MY LEAD:

"In 'Chinatown,' Los Angeles's Chinatown is more of a metaphor than a place, until the end of the movie,
when it becomes an all-too-real location."

THE CHRONICLE LEAD (actually the second sentence):

"Only the last scene of ['Chinatown'] takes place in Chinatown, but screenwriter Robert Towne uses it as
a metaphor for mystery and unknowing." 


So what's the chronology?  According to my computer records, I submitted the story (with the line in
question)  by e-mail on June 6th to the Times.  (At the time the line was graf ten of a rejected sidebar,
subsequently moved up to the lead by an editor and slightly revised by me.  The story itself had been in
the works for months.)  The Chronicle story with the similar line appeared on June 27th.   My article
appeared on July 8th.  For the record, before we went to press, I did mention the similarity to my editor,
who didn't see a problem.  

And indeed it is a borderline case and probably just an innocent coincidence.

Thanks again for your time. 
Paul Iorio
Subj:    Saturday
Date:    09/18/99
To:    jjiorio@aol.com

Dear Dad,

Turns out that a lot of the flooding from Floyd happened in Jay's neck of the woods, not yours.  I called
over to Jay and his answering machine is still working, which means that 1) the flood waters didn't reach
table level in his house (otherwise the answering machine would not be working) and 2) the electricity is
still on (which wouldn't be the case if his place had flooded).   So I'm sure he came out okay.  Let me
know if you hear anything.  Later, Paul
Subj:    joke
Date:    09/19/99
To:    jjiorio@aol.com

Dear Dad,
Here's a George Carlin joke:  "The day after tomorrow is the third day of the rest of your life."  Later,
Paul
Subj:    another joke
Date:    09/19/99
To:    jjiorio@aol.com

Dear Dad, Another Carlin joke:  May the forces of evil become confused on the way to your house.
Later, Paul
Subj:    Carlin query
Date:    09/20/99
To:    Sherry.Stern@latimes.com

Sherry,

Would you be interested in an advance piece on George Carlin for Weekend?

Carlin is coming to the area for one concert on October 17 at the Orange County Performing Arts
Center.  I'd like to interview him for a profile and career retrospective feature.

The story would cover Carlin from his origins as a relatively conventional comic in the Sixties through his
evolution as a counterculture hero in the Seventies to his status today as one of the great comedians of all
time -- arguably the fourth greatest stand-up, after Richard Pryor, Lenny Bruce, and Woody Allen. 

The article would examine the development of such classic sketches as "Seven Dirty Words" and
"Baseball," and would look at his current concert material and how the 62-year old comedian manages to
stay at the cutting edge decade after decade.  The story would also include samples from Carlin's shows,
records and books.

In terms of my credentials for writing about stand-up comedy,  I've reviewed live
performances by Steven Wright, Sam Kinison, Bob Goldthwaith, Rodney Dangerfield and others for
various publications, and have profiled comedians ranging from Al Yankovic to Richard Pryor (who I
interviewed, albeit briefly, in 1996).  (And in 1979 and 1980, I did stand-up comedy myself in Manhattan
clubs.  I haven't done it since and won't do it again.) 

I propose the Carlin piece for the October 14th issue of Weekend.  If you're interested, I'm at 323-882-
6504 or pliorio@aol.com. 

As always, thanks for your time and consideration.
Paul Iorio

Subj:    book
Date:    09/20/99
To:    pliorio@aol.com

I could grab 200 pages lying on the floor under my desk and bound them together with leather covers and
that would be a book.  It wouldn't necessarily be a good book.  But it would be a book.  There are poets
who write 12 lines and change the world. 
Subj:    Carlin query
Date:    09/20/99
To:    Kelly.Scott@latimes.com

DATE:     20 SEPTEMBER 1999
TO:          KELLY SCOTT
FROM:    PAUL IORIO

I'd like to propose an advance piece on George Carlin for Sunday Calendar.  (I'm the
freelance writer who wrote the "Chinatown" commemoration stories for Calendar Weekend in July.  I
also write and report for Reuters and the San Francisco Chronicle.) 
Subj:    Monday
Date:    09/20/99
To:    jjiorio@aol.com

Dear Dad,

Regarding your joke, I'm a big believer in putting blame exactly where it belongs.  If a woman gets raped,
a judge should not tell her, "You just won't take responsibility for what happened, you're always trying to
blame someone else."

I didn't know Jay wasn't at home during the flood.  I called him and told him to call me back or I'd call the
police to find out if everything was okay in his neighborhood.   He didn't call me back so I called the
Bedminster police department who told me that Bedminster wasn't affected by the flood. Still, his house
is right on the Raritan, which is the river that flooded.  Let's see what he finds. 

Harvey is set to hit west Florida, which is where you live, in a matter of hours, I hear.  But I don't think
it's at hurricane level. 

Anyway, out here, all's well.  I might -- might -- be interviewing George Carlin. I'll keep you posted.

Let me know what happens with Harvey.  Take care.  Later, Paul


Subj:    By the way
Date:    09/20/99
To:    Sherry.Stern@latimes.com

Sherry,

I have new information that may make the Carlin idea more of a Weekend story than an OC one. In the
same week as his area concert, he's reportedly releasing a boxed set of new and old material, including six
of his classic albums from the seventies.  Plus, a couple weeks later, he's appearing in the movie
"Dogma."   This may well be the perfect time for an in-depth Weekend feature on Carlin.  What do you
think?  Paul Iorio
Subj:    Carlin query
Date:    09/20/99
To:    Stephan_Talty@condenast.com

Stephan,

I have a better idea for a "Dogma" story than the one I pitched to you last week.  Are you interested in an
interview with George Carlin?

As you know, Carlin appears in the movie "Dogma," set for release on November 12.  He's also releasing
a boxed set of his new and old albums, including six classic albums from the seventies (reportedly due
Oct. 19).  And he's currently in the midst of a national tour. 
Subj:    query
Date:    09/20/99
To:    kurtzh@washpost.com

21 September 1999

Mr. Howard Kurtz
Editor
The Washington Post
1150 15th St., N.W.
Washington, D.C.  20071-7403

Dear Mr. Kurtz,

I'm a freelance writer and reporter for The San Francisco Chronicle, The Los Angeles Times and Reuters.
My stories have also appeared in the New York Times,  New York Newsday, Details, the Village Voice,
New Times (Los Angeles), Spy,  Die Woche, and other publications.  In October 1994, I wrote and
reported an article for The Washington Post's Style section.  (This list doesn't include the many
publications that have carried my wire reports or syndicated stories.)  

I'd like your opinion on an editing issue concerning one of my stories. 

A lead sentence that I wrote on the movie "Chinatown" for the Los Angeles Times turned up in similar
form in a video piece on "Chinatown" that appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle in the same two-week
span. 

Here are the two sentences:

MY LEAD:

"In 'Chinatown,' Los Angeles's Chinatown is more of a metaphor than a place, until the end of the movie,
when it becomes an all-too-real location."

THE CHRONICLE LEAD (actually the second sentence):

"Only the last scene of ['Chinatown'] takes place in Chinatown, but screenwriter Robert Towne uses it as
a metaphor for mystery and unknowing." 


What's the chronology?  According to my computer records, I submitted the story (with the line in
question)  by e-mail on June 6th to the Times.  (At the time the line was graf ten of a rejected sidebar,
subsequently moved up to the lead by an editor and slightly revised by me.  The story itself had been in
the works for months.)  The Chronicle story with the similar line appeared on June 27th.   My article
appeared on July 8th.  For the record, before we went to press, I did mention my concern about the
similarity to my editor, who didn't see a problem and overruled my objections.

And indeed it may well be an innocent coincidence. But there is a strong appearance -- just an appearance
-- that someone at the Times leaked my story to someone at the Chronicle while it was in manuscript
form.  I do, after all,  have a document that proves when I came up with the line. 

This is all the more troubling because similar things have happened before at the Chronicle.  In one
instance, an editor there insisted (over my vehement objections) on putting a seemingly plagiarized
sentence into a story I wrote on the play "Rent."    In another story, an editor added factual errors to my
copy (copy that I had e-mailed to the paper).   In another, an editor deleted an attribution ("according
to...").  And in a few stories, editors added grammatical gaffes that were not in the manuscripts I
submitted. (All this is documented by two-years of e-mail, which I've saved.)   Further, when I try to
discuss these points with some of the editors, they get defensive and don't do anything about it.  

If you'd like to discuss this further, please feel free to call me at 323-882-6504 or e-mail me at
pliorio@aol.com. 

Thanks for your time and consideration.
Sincerely,
Paul Iorio
1332 N. Detroit St.
#5
Los Angeles, CA   90046

Subj:    Carlin query
Date:    09/21/99
To:    Kolson@nytimes.com

DATE:        21 SEPTEMBER 1999
TO:            ANNE KOLSON
FROM:      PAUL IORIO

Would you be interested in an interview with George Carlin for Arts & Leisure (or the daily film section)? 

Subj:    Carlin query
Date:    09/21/99
To:    pancakej@washpost.com

DATE:       21 SEPTEMBER 1999
TO:           JOHN PANCAKE
FROM:      PAUL IORIO

Would you be interested in a profile of George Carlin for the Style section?  
Subj:    Tuesday
Date:    09/21/99
To:    jjiorio@aol.com

Dear Dad,
Jay called yesterday and left a message saying Bedminster was very high and dry. 

LA is about to get a very rare September thunderstorm due to the remnants of a Baja hurricane. 

Me, I'm still experiencing the jealousy of colleagues who can't get over the fact that I scored a big story
on Polanski in July.  The story behind bringing that story to press would make a nice article in itself; I had
to go way over the head of the movie editor to get the thing published.  Frankly, it's a miracle the thing
ever saw print, given all the rivalry. 

Anyway, all's well here.   Take care. Later, Paul
Subj:    Wednesday
Date:    09/22/99
To:    ccotts@villagevoice.com

Cynthia,

Thanks for your e-mail.  I agree with you that in most cases one should question the similarity in the ideas
rather than the similarity in the language. 

Regarding the Chronicle/"Chinatown" thing, I think there is a strong appearance that the line was leaked
from the Times to the Chronicle.  Three points cause that appearance:  1)  I sent the line to the Times
way before publication of the Chronicle article (in an electronically dated e-mail transmission that is still
in my and the Times's computers).  2)  It's too much of a coincidence to believe that virtually the same
original line about the same movie appeared within the same two-week span in two papers.  3)   The
"metaphor" idea is an insight that does not come casually;  it took around a hundred viewings of
"Chinatown" for me to come to the conclusions in my articles.  (A hundred is a low estimate.)  

Incidentally, the "Chinatown" stories were a big success, generating more reader response than any story
the Weekend section has ever run,  I'm told.  (And it almost never saw print;  I had to go way over the
movie editor's head to get it published.)

Again, thanks for taking the time to write to me.   Paul Iorio

Subj:    One other thing
Date:    09/22/99
To:    ccotts@villagevoice.com

Cynthia, 

Please let me add one more item about your e-mail. 

It's true that much of what I've described falls in the category of irresponsible editing.   But some of it is
also apparently dishonest editing.   I'm referring to an article earlier this year (2/28) in the Chronicle in
which an editor put a seemingly plagiarized sentence in my story on the play "Rent" and then played
dumb about it in his e-mail response. 

Here are the two lines. 

THE LINE MY EDITOR INSISTED ON PUTTING IN:

"His death became even more poignant after New York critics turned 'Rent' into a major hit."

THE LINE IN THE NEW YORK TIMES:
"Its reception has been made poignant by the fact that its creator, Jonathan Larson, died just before the
opening."   (from the New York Times's Arts & Leisure section, March 17, 1996)


And here is the e-mail conversation I had with my editor about the line, starting right after I submitted the
story: 

MY EDITOR (Feb. 9, 1999):
"Terrific story...I added a line about Larson's death, that it added poignancy once 'Rent' opened."

MY RESPONSE (Feb. 9):
"The New York Times ran a very very prominent front page feature in which its writer wrote: ''Rent's
reception has been made poignant by the fact that its creator, Jonathan Larson, died just before the
opening.'  Obviously we wouldn't want to write something similar to that sentence.  Perhaps we can use
the Times's quote and attribute it to them."

MY EDITOR (2/10):
"Well, I think the sentence is gonna be close no matter what we do, because the fact is that the fact is,
you know?"

MY RESPONSE (FEB. 10):
"Regarding the poignancy thing, maybe we can say, 'As many have noted, Larson's death...'"

MY EDITOR (FEB. 11)
"dunt [sic] like as many have noted [sic].  too vague.  readers are smart.  they know there were lots of
stories and it's just easier to acknowledge"

MY RESPONSE (FEB. 12)
"[The line] sounds very much like someone else.  In my opinion it's always wise to avoid even the
appearance of, er, imitation.  Anyway, that's my humble view."

[AT THIS POINT, MY EDITOR, APPARENTLY UPSET,  PLAYS DUMB AND  .  
PRETENDS I NEVER TOLD HIM WHAT I TOLD HIM ABOUT THE PARTICULARS.
THIS IS WHAT HE WROTE:]

MY EDITOR (FEB. 12):
"It isn't imitative of anything because I don't know what line in the Times, la [sic] or NY, you're talking
about.  Now, Paul, let's let it go, ok?"

He writes the above even though he knows I told him a few e-mails back that the line appeared in the
New York Times.  Ultimately, I was overruled and had to let it go.

The story clearly didn't need the line, and the incident raises questions as to why he wanted it in the story
in the first place. 

Anyway, I've probably gone on too long about all this, but I thought I'd bring it to your attention. 

Thanks for your time and consideration.
Paul Iorio
Subj:    plane ticket arrived
Date:    09/23/99
To:    ioriod@aol.com

Dear Mom,

Thanks for sending the e-ticket.  Quite a bargain.  (This may be the first time I didn't wait until
Thanksgiving to book a flight.)

Looks like the Floyd flood didn't flood Bedminster.  Jay chose the right time to get out of town. 

We're having a bout of uncharacteristic hot and humid weather here.  But the nights are cool. 

Anyway, hope all's well.   Take care.  Love, Paul

Subj:    By the way
Date:    09/24/99
To:    jjiorio@aol.com

Dad, By the way, what's this about Uncle Andy's by-pass?  Paul
Subj:    Monday
Date:    09/27/99
To:    jjiorio@aol.com

Dear Dad,

As I mentioned, the extraction is only going to cost a couple hundred.  I'll see what Medicaid will cover. 

Meanwhile, how's your cold? 

Danny says Andy is in surgery today for the blockage. By the way, it turns out that Danny is having a
circumcision because of diabetes. (He brought it up himself.) That suggests he has circulation problems
severe enough to affect his extremities.  Sounds like a bit more than circumcision. 

Anyway, so much for all the ER talk.  Out here things are fine and busy. Take care.  Later, Paul
Subj:    Caro Cugino Dan
Date:    09/27/99
To:    bck@qis.net

Caro Dan,

Very sorry to hear about Uncle Andy's clogged arteries.   Here's hoping Monday's surgery turns out well.
Please keep me posted (and give him my best wishes if you see him). 

Hope the crushed vertebra isn't anything serious.   Regarding the circumcision, sounds like you have
plenty to spare.  (Runs in the family!)

My dad's pasta fa sul is the best I've ever had, full of the hottest hot pepper around and a bit soupy.  Mine
is also hot but emphasizes parm,  beans and firm celery -- less of a soup, more of a meal. 

I'm developing a website that'll include most of my published articles since 1981,  but it's not done yet.  
Nowadays, if you search "Paul Iorio" on the web,  one of the things you'll find is an odd site about me
and folk singer Shawn Colvin,  even though I've never met the woman and have nothing to do with the
webpage.  (Should I sue?) 

Anyway, all's well and busy here on another deadline day.  Take care and keep in touch.    Ciao, Paolo
P.S. -- What does P.T. stand for?
Subj:    Tuesday
Date:    09/28/99
To:    jjiorio@aol.com

Dear Dad,
Glad your cold's gone -- if it comes back, see a doctor. 

Yeah, people are dying, even in my age group.  But frankly I feel very lucky to have made it through my
teens, twenties and thirties -- my youth.   The unluckiest are those who die before living out their youth. 

Speaking of luck, I was out in Beverly Hills over the weekend interviewing the magicians Siegfried and
Roy for the Chronicle. In the middle of the interview,  up walked none other than Jon Voight (the actor),
who stopped by our table to talk and join the interview.  Now I've got a much better story. 

Anyway, I'm on deadline again.  Good to hear Andy came out okay.  Take care.  Later, Paul
Subj:    Wednesday
Date:    09/29/99
To:    ioriod@aol.com

Dear Mom,
Please re-send your e-mail -- I accidentally deleted it before reading it! Thanks.  Love, Paul
Subj:    Wednesday
Date:    09/29/99
To:    jjiorio@aol.com

Dear Dad,

I'm also a big fan of Voight's, particularly of his work in "Midnight Cowboy" and "Deliverance."   I'll send
you the story when it appears in a couple weeks. 

Regarding the teeth, I'll call my dentist later today to set up an appointment for x-rays.  Then I'll proceed
from there. 

Take care.  Later, Paul
Subj:    teeth update
Date:    09/29/99
To:    jjiorio@aol.com

Dear Dad,

I'm going to call my dentist later today and make an appointment for x-rays.  If I can get some help with
the rent, then I can finance the whole thing.  My dentist does not accept credit payment but perhaps my
oral surgeon will.  So, can I borrow $400 of the rent?   If that's okay, make it out to Siewert and send it
to me so I can send the whole amount to the mgmt. co.    Then I can pay Dr. Corn with my own cash.
Meanwhile, I'll check into Medicaid or other programs that might help pay for it. 

Anyway, that's all for now. Take care. Later, Paul
Subj:    Thursday
Date:    09/30/99
To:    jjiorio@aol.com

Dear Dad,

Thanks for the rent.  I'm very aware of the importance of getting medical insurance.
I'm looking into medicaid and other government programs.  Unfortunately, too many jobs these days do
not come with medical insurance. 

Out here, desert winds are bringing 100-degree heat to the area -- feels like August. 

Anyway, I'm off for x-rays in an hour.  I'll let you know what I find when I get back.  Take care.  Later,
Paul


Subj:    X-rays better than expected
Date:    09/30/99
To:    jjiorio@aol.com

Dear Dad,

Just got back from the dentist.  The x-rays look far better than I thought they would.  Only two teeth are
affected.  I am so happy about that.  And both teeth are probably savable (sp).   I'll explain in greater
detail later. 

Regarding the rent, please send it to the management company (LB Property Management; PO Box
57063; Irvine, CA  92619-7063), if you'd like, and make it out to Lewis Siewert). This is for October
rent.  Thanks.  Later, Paul
Subj:    X-rays better than expected
Date:    09/30/99
To:    ioriod@aol.com

Dear Mom,

I just returned from the dentist and the x-rays look better than I thought they would.  Only two teeth are
affected and both are probably savable.  Details later. 

Thanks for the Visa payment, which will probably come in handy financing the dental work.  Anyway,
hope all's well.  Love, Paul
Subj:    Friday
Date:    10/01/99
To:    jjiorio@aol.com

Dear Dad,

Quite a relief to know there're no other big problems except those two teeth.  But the two teeth, both in
the back, will require a root canal in order to be saved.  I'm working out a financial plan with the dentist
now. 

But the root canals can wait a bit. First priority is to make sure the same thing doesn't happen to any
other teeth.  So I'm going to get a couple fillings this Friday, (which I can easily pay for).

I must say I expected far worse from the x-rays for two reasons:  1) I hadn't had an x-ray in 13 years.  2)
I used to smoke cigarettes.  But the x-rays are clean (except for the two teeth). 

Anyway, the heat wave's over here.  I'm on deadline again.  Take care. Later, Paul

Subj:    Canals here and there
Date:    10/03/99
To:    j.iorio@ieee.org

Yo Guag!

I know Aachen only from the well-known international expression, "Oh, my Aachen back!"   And most of
what I know about Amsterdam comes from Grange (who schooled in Utrecht),  "Pulp Fiction,"  and
listening to the cutting-edge Radio Amsterdam in Florence in the 1970s.  From your description,
Amsterdam sounds a bit like a hip vibrant Venice.  It's at the top of my list for future traveling.  (And I
hear the Van Gogh museum has all his major stuff.) 

So passports aren't checked at national borders anymore, eh?   What a difference a quarter century
makes.  Twenty-four years ago,  in communist Eastern Europe, I had to show my passport and visas at
every provincial capital.  

Pasadena is a very cool town.  It's about forty miles or so inland from the coast, with lots of vintage
record and book stores, and miles of perfectly preserved 19th century alleys (plus two very major
museums).  I was there sightseeing one Saturday and it was lots of fun. 

Not so fun have been my recent trips to the dentist. Finally had my teeth x-rayed for the first time in 13
years and the results are better than expected.  (Things looked bad when the dentist piped in "Dueling
Banjos" during the consultation.)   I thought I'd lose teeth but instead I merely need two root canals. 

One of the abscessed teeth is on the right side and the other on the left side.  The one on the right can
almost certainly be saved with a simple root canal.  The one on the left can probably be saved, but it's a
bit more complicated, since the bone has broken beneath the gum level  (thereby requiring a gum surgeon
to cut away the gum to reset a new lower gum level for that tooth).

My dentist knows someone who'll do the right side for $820 plus $505 for a crown.  The other one costs
the same (except for an extra $300 for gum surgery).

So my strategy is this:  I want to take care of the tooth on the right first, because it can be saved
relatively cheaply at this point (for a total of $1325).  I'll worry about the left side later. 

Now comes the hard part:  financing the root canal.  The dentist says Blue Cross covers it -- after a year
of membership.  So Blue Cross is out. And mom and dad are of course retired and could not possibly pay
the whole thing. 

So I'm simply going to have to go around and solicit donations from various friends and relatives, while
trying to get more work.  If I can get three or four people to kick in to the Save Paul's Teeth Fund to the
tune of, say,  $400 or so, then I can save the one tooth.  So if I were to get a few hundred from mom and
dad, and a few hundred from, say,  you and Bup in the next few months, then it could be done.

So what do ya think?   Do you have any other funding ideas?  Does IEEE offer a Brother Gets Drilled
Free Dental Plan? 

Anyway, come Friday I'm going to get a few teeth drilled so that no other teeth follow the same path. 
That's the first priority.                                

Hope all's well in 'minster.  Life's busy out here.  Later for you, Paul
Subj:    Siegfried and Roy story
Date:    10/05/99
To:    steinr@sfgate.com

Ruthe,

Here's the story on Siegfried and Roy and their new movie.

My primary sources are Siegfried and Roy;  actor Jon Voight;  manager
Bernie Yuman;  director Brett Leonard;  and Michael Lewis, CEO of 
L-Squared Entertainment.  All quotes are from my own audiotaped interviews.
(All six interviews were done one-on-one and in person at the Four Seasons
Hotel in Beverly Hills on September 25th.) 

Other sources include the movie "Siegfried and Roy: The Magic Box";  the
movie "National Lampoon's Las Vegas Vacation";  and the movie "Lookin'
To Get Out!" 

The incident in which a tiger killed another tiger at the Secret Garden was
reported in a news story that ran in the Las Vegas Review-Journal on
January 18, 1997 and was further confirmed to me by a spokesperson for
the Performing Animal Welfare Society.

And Siegfried's age is a matter of dispute (a fact that's mentioned in my
article);  the "Encyclopedia of Magic and Magicians" says he's 56 while
Vanity Fair magazine claims he's 60.    

I've seen the duo's magic act in the three movies mentioned above
and on various TV talk shows (as well as in my own interview when Roy
did his coin trick with my quarter).  And so I do mention those
performances, because I've seen them first-hand.  However, I've not seen
their long-form show at the Mirage Hotel, so I don't describe it in the story. 

The Siegfried and Roy movie opens at the Metreon in SF on October 22d.

If you'd like to discuss this, I'm at 323-882-6504 or pliorio@aol.com
Thanks for the assignment.
Paul Iorio

P.S. -- Even though you're probably getting photos from someone else, I've
taken the liberty of sending pictures of S&R to you by priority mail.  (You
should receive them by tomorrow morning.)
===================================================

Siegfried and Roy's Latest Grand Illusion

By Paul Iorio

Magicians Siegfried and Roy are talking about their new movie, the IMAX

Subj:    Wednesday
Date:    10/05/99
To:    jjiorio@aol.com

Dear Dad,

I've been discussing the root canals with my dentist and am thinking through a plan that might work
financially and otherwise.  I'll talk with him again Friday when I return for some drilling.

The teeth involved are not wisdom teeth and should be saved.  The one on the upper right can almost
certainly be saved with a simple root canal; that's the one I want to focus on first in the next couple
months.  The other one, on the lower left, is a somewhat more complicated situation that I'll explain later;
it may not be easily savable. 

Anyway, I just finished a new article for the Sunday Chron that'll appear in ten days (the story with Jon
Voight, etc.).  I'll send you a copy. 

All's well here. Take care.  Later, Paul

Subj:    Wednesday afternoon
Date:    10/06/99
To:    jjiorio@aol.com

Dear Dad,

Haven't heard from Dan for a couple weeks -- and he had been writing regularly.  In his last e-mail to me,
he said he had "a crushed vertebra in [his] thoracic spine."  But this was before he had tests.  A tumor on
the spine can be treated, if it's not too far advanced.   And you're right:  pain in the arm pit and chest does
sound heart related.  (As always, my lips are sealed.) 

Regarding NaNell, I'm sorry to hear about her problems with her daughter and son in law.  But at least
Dan seems to truly appreciate NaNell.  And everyone else thinks she's great.  If I were rich, I'd make an
anonymous donation to her bank account (after buying you and mom a Tuscan villa)!

I agree that I should keep my teeth -- every one of 'em, if I can.  I refuse to lose my teeth like a damn
hillbilly.  Friday, I get drilled to stop the slide.  I'll talk further with my dentist about the canals.  I'll keep
you posted. 

Anyway, a heat wave arrives tomorrow -- it'll approach 100 degrees for a few days.  Hope all's well.
Take care.  Later, Paul
Subj:    Friday
Date:    10/08/99
To:    ioriod@aol.com

Dear Mom,

You're right -- I should do what's necessary to save my teeth.  In a few hours, I'm going to the dentist to
get a cavity filled and to get further consultation about the canals. 

I didn't know you had had a root canal.  Whatever the discomfort is, I'm having it done within the next
couple months. 

Anyway, I finished a new story for the Chronicle a couple days ago, which will appear in about a week.
I'll send you a copy. 

Out here, the heat is in the hundreds due to Mojave winds. 

Hope all's well.  Take care.  Love, Paul
Subj:    Friday
Date:    10/08/99
To:    jjiorio@aol.com

Dear Dad,

So Dan's "crushed vertebra" is actually cancer?  Is it a terminal condition or can it be treated with
surgery?  I wish him the best.

As a sidenote, I wonder whether those power lines near his Randallstown house have had anything to do
with all the illness in his family.  (Remember we used to speculate about that twenty years ago?)

Anyway, I'm off to the dentist in a few hours for some drilling.  Fun. 

My new Chron story appears in around a week, but I'll give you and mom a sneak preview.  Here it is.
Take care.  Later, Paul
--------------------------------------------------------------
Siegfried and Roy's Latest Grand Illusion

By Paul Iorio

Magicians Siegfried and Roy are talking about their new movie, the IMAX
Subj:    Saturday
Date:    10/08/99
To:    jjiorio@aol.com

Dear Dad, 

The non-surgical idea sounds sound for Dan because the spine is truly not to be messed with unless
absolutely necessary.  Keep me posted. 

Just had a deep cavity filled.  Dentist says if I had waited another couple months, the tooth would've
turned into yet another root canal case (since the decay had eaten nearly to the nerve).   So we saved it
with simple drilling.  Modern denistry is so pain-free or nearly so;  it's hours later and I don't have that
drilled feeling.  Plus, he used tooth-colored fillings, something that wasn't available even ten years ago.
Next Friday, I'm getting another one drilled.

I left the dentist's office with a mouthful of novacaine -- and the heat outdoors was near 100.  Funny, we
had the coolest summer on record and now in mid-October we're getting baked by Mojave winds. 

All else is well.  Take care.  Later, Paul
Subj:    Back from the dentist!
Date:    10/08/99
To:    ioriod@aol.com

Dear Mom,

I'm back from the dentist, who filled a deep cavity.  Turns out that if I had waited a couple months, the
tooth would've become yet another root canal case (since the decay had come very close to the nerve).
But deep drilling was able to save the day.  Plus, he used tooth-colored fillings, so you can't even see the
repair.  Next Friday, I'm going back for a more minor cavity. 

Anyway, thought I'd let you know.  Take care.  Love, Paul

Subj:    joke
Date:    10/09/99
To:    pliorio@aol.com

once knew a prostitute who was into crossword puzzles;  she was always trying to get seven down. 
Subj:    v
Date:    10/09/99
To:    pliorio@aol.com

V,

Pasadena is a beautiful town, with two major museums (a major Van Gogh) and miles of alleys from the
late 1800s (built in the days when your distant ancestors were on the run from the Union Army). 

Subj:    nukes
Date:    10/06/99
To:    pliorio@aol.com

the possibility of species self-annihoilation through tecghnicology, nuclear weapons, which makes this
millenium and this cnetiryu radicalluy different from nay ither that came before it.  
Subj:    Re: Friday
Date:    99-05-21 19:17:43 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul:  Just think -- Lindy was praised for going to Europe.  At the same time we were unpraised for
coming to the U.S. Maybe we should have taken a plane.  All's quiet here with daily storms.  Caitlin and
Graham received honors at Magdalene school and they pretended they didn't know us.  Take care and
good luck, dad

Subj:    Re: Jay's birthday
Date:    99-05-23 10:33:08 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul:  I can't imagine the "Lucky Salvatore up in the sky." The rhytm just isn't there
By the way, at this very moment CBS morning show is using the Hillsborough River as it's closing movie
clip -- it looks good.
There  are many things in common with all these killers.  Notice you never get a black.  I suspect that the
main trait is alienation. The blacks are define either by society or by themselves, for good or bad, they
know who they are.  The whites in those areas of the country that produce these monsters, have trouble
defining themselves.  Yes, they're white, but what does it mean?  Without any other strong identification,
they are a breeding ground for alienation and alienation is a breeding ground for sociopathology.  That's
my lecture for today.  dad
Subj:    Re: Costello query
Date:    99-05-25 14:54:06 EDT
From:    jassullivan@earthlink.net (James Sullivan)
Reply-to:    jassullivan@earthlink.net
To:    PLIORIO@aol.com

Hi Paul,
Sorry I didn't get back to you again. I did an interview with him myself
last week when another one we'd planned with John Prine fell through.

Feel free to pitch me on other stuff. Thanks!
James

Subj:    Re: Monday
Date:    99-05-26 17:10:42 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul:  What's this about being under the weather?  ere there's just weather.  dad
Subj:    Re: Thursday
Date:    99-05-29 09:29:20 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: I got your web page. It looks great.  But later when I tried to get on to show mother, it wouldn't do
it.  I'll try again.  Great luck on the jobs, dad
Subj:    Re: Happy memorial day!
Date:    99-05-31 09:07:21 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: Happy memorial day!  Yesterday I spoke at the Italian cemetery in Ybor.  Had a good crowd  and
all went well.  I met one camera man there and he said he had a brother in L.A. who does some film
work.  His name is Joe Camerieri  and his email is ShortFilm@aol.com.  Seems he also has a web page at
www.oneofmanyfilm.com
All in all, an interesting few hours.  Weather here is definitely summer. Ciao, dad

Subj:    Re: Sunday
Date:    99-06-08 09:23:40 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: I know what you mean by being disconnected.  I've been having trouble and you never have enough
information to proceed with confidence. Afterall, the whole thing is simple if you have complete
information. I think Bill Gates has purposely made it this way -- that's the way gods work.
Mother is in Sarasota with the kids while Pam addresses the supervisors of election. Chances are she'll be
made president of the statewide organization.  They return today, so I've got to clean up my act -- and
the place.  Good luck, dad
Subj:    Re: Wednesday
Date:    99-06-10 16:33:59 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: I've never been to Key West.  If it were 100 miles away I would go, but to travel all day to see
more sand and sea is a bit much. 
In about a week we'll be going to New Jersey. The family will get together on Friday afternoon.  I hear
Antoinette isn't doing very well.  Her blood pressure was down to the thirties.  Not good at all.
Meanwhile too much to do here.  dad
Subj:    Re: Thursday
Date:    99-06-11 17:35:24 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul:  Too bad about the Stone thing.  The last time I saw him on TV he looked washed out.  He may
need some help. 
All is quiet. Next Thursday we go north, but I would just as soon stay put.
Summer is here. Thunderstorms everyafternoon.  I can hear the thunder now.  So long for now, dad

Subj:    "Wild Wild West"
Date:    99-06-15 18:52:38 EDT
From:    sspicer@lanese.com (Shelley Spicer)
Reply-to:    sspicer@lanese.com (Shelley Spicer)
To:    pliorio@aol.com (Paul Iorio)


MEMORANDUM   
via e-mail: pliorio@aol.com


Date:    Tuesday, June 15th 1999

To:    Paul Iorio, SF Chronicle

From:    Shelley Spicer

Subject:    "Wild Wild West" - Press Junket

cc:    Ruthe Stein

*****************************************************************************

Attached please find a schedule from Warner Bros. for the "Wild Wild West" junket being held this
weekend in Los Angeles.

As you can see from the attached, the screening will be held on Saturday, June  19th, 6:30pm at the
Mann’s Bruin Theatre (948 Broxton in Westwood).  Should you want a ride to the screening, there will
be a bus leaving the Four Seasons Hotel at 5:45pm.

Paul, it would be a good idea for you to check in with Warner Bros. in their hospitality suite at the Four
Seasons Hotel on Friday or Saturday afternoon.  They will have a press kit for you and at that time.

Your one-on-one interview with Barry Sonnenfeld will take place on Sunday, June 20th at 8:00 a.m.,
please check in at the Warner Bros. hospitality suite by 7:45am.  The roundtable interviews will begin at
approximately 9:00am and end around 1:00pm.


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to give me a call at 415/547-9610.

Subj:    Re: Tuesday
Date:    99-06-15 16:49:04 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: Antoinette will be spending two or so days in the hospital and then go into hospice. That means she
has about two weeks to go. Her sons are making arrangements for the funeral.  It's too bad.  The trip
won't be a happy one. We'll be leaving Thursday and come back Sunday. In a few weeks we'll be going
up again.
Things are going okay here -- just busy. 
We sent the fifty by regular mail, so you should be getting it in two or three days. Lots of luck on the job
front, dad

Subj:    Re: Tuesday night
Date:    99-06-16 10:15:37 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: Antoinette gets worse as we write.  Her heart rate is down to 34 and the doctors told her there's
nothing more they can do. I don't think she is in any shape to answer phone calls.  She has three sons --
Gary, Keith and Kenneth.  I don't know which one you would be referring to and I suspect you don't
unless you see them. I don't know any of their addresses.  I think Keith came to Pam's wedding and he's
the one you might have met. He lives somewhere in Florida.
I'm getting the house in shape before we leave tomorrow morning. I'll give you more information when
we return on Sunday.  dad

Subj:    THE FLINTSTONES schedule
Date:    99-06-16 12:53:03 EDT
From:    wendy.kupsis@unistudios.com (Kupsis, Wendy)
To:    pliorio@aol.com ('pliorio@aol.com')

Hi Paul,

I received your message so below is info on tomorrow night's event:

5:45PM        Latest you should arrive at the Four Seasons Hotel (300 S.
Doheny Dr.).  Check
in at the Universal Hospitality Suite 214.

6:00PM        Bus departs hotel for quarry

6:45PM        Arrive at location

6:45PM
to        Cocktails and BBQ--presentation by filmmakers--wardrobe
fashion show
8:30PM

8:30PM
to        Observation of filming
10:00PM

Shuttles will begin taking press back to hotel at 9pm.  The final shuttle
will be at 10pm.

As I said, we will have two staff photographers so I will be able to provide
you with stills or slides from the event.  Please feel free to call me at
818/777-4779 with any questions.  Otherwise, I look forward to seeing you
tomorrow afternoon!


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Subj:    Re: Wednesday
Date:    99-06-16 20:04:48 EDT
From:    Ioriod
To:    PLIORIO

Dear Paul,.
Putting the last things in the bag for our trip tomorrow.  the plane leaves at 8:30 so we have to get up
early.  Mark will take us to the airport and pick us up on Sunday.  We won't get in until about 6 P. M. on
Father's Day and will probably eat at Buppys before coming home.
Antionette is very bad. In fact, she is now in the hospital.  Her blood pressure is so low that I don't know
how she can even sit up.  Her time has come and I hope it will be as painless as possible.
Just to keep you up on the news.  You great aunt, Ethel Lockett, Pop-Pop's sister died in May at the age
of 86.  I haven't seen her for years but a cousin of mine (whom I haven't seen in years also) called.  There
is just one Lockett left - Aunt Lillian who is 96.
Did Daddy tell you about Tea with Mussolini?  If you haven't seen it, do so.  The characters are
absolutely wonderful and the shots of Firenze  overwhelmed me.  (I've got to go back).  It beings
together the two cultures - English and Italian - which is you.
If things don't go too badly in Trenton, Daddy and I will go the the "City" for a day.  New York in June
sounds wonderful to me and Jay said the weather is perfect - which it is not here.
All for now. Take care.  Love,  Mother

Subj:    Re: Wednesday
Date:    99-06-16 21:02:42 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: I wouldn't worry about going to the funeral. That would be an expensive trip. Before long there will
be NaNell, Danny, Kay, and George and that's counting only those who are on the brink. We will convey
all the sentiments and so on. 
I'm packing and I'm debating whether to take my suit for a funeral. Chances are I will have to go back in
a week or so.  Talk to you when I get back.  Meanwhile, good luck, dad

Subj:    Re: Monday
Date:    99-06-22 17:05:39 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: I received your gift and it's something I don't have.  I'll enjoy it.  I do have some pictures from
Trenton and I'll send them along as soon as I print them. And when you get Graphics capability, I'll send a
CD rom with about 3000 family pics.
We're recovering from the trip and we hear that Antoinette is doing a bit better, but it doesn't mean much
at this stage.  Meanwhile, I'm looking for a leak on the roof and working in the study.  That's all for now
and thanks for the card and gift. dad

Subj:    dream by candlelight
Date:    99-06-24 22:40:54 EDT
From:    PLIORIO
To:    PLIORIO

I dream by candlelight of torches in the meadow and geysers of flame in the lake.

Subj:    Re: Thursday
Date:    99-06-25 16:41:50 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: I think Mary Bono got that recipe from her husband.  The bill will be killed in the senate and then
Mary will have to move on to other recipes.
I have some pictures printed out and I will send them as soon as I can get to the post office.
I'm cleaning up the grounds again after another 70 foot tree was cut down.  It posed a danger to the
house and the beighbor's house.  I got it done for $200, but I do the cleaning and cutting etc.  That's all
for now. dad


Subj:    Re: Saturday
Date:    99-06-28 16:28:36 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: I'll be waiting for the article.  Meanwhile, I just sent to some pictures off the computer.
I'm still working on the damn tree.  I finished cutting all of it two hours ago.  Now to transport it to the
back.  Right now I'm cooking for the kids who will be eating here in an hour. 
Here's a headline for next year:  Ventura hurls Donaldson through studio window.
Others pray.  That's it, dad

Subj:    The Grimace
Date:    99-06-29 10:50:25 EDT
From:    Susan_Kelly@newyorker.com
To:    PLIORIO@aol.com

Paul
--------------------



As I'm sure you're only too aware, it's getting down to the wire for "Eyes
Wide Shut" pieces, and we haven't forgotten yours. Only I discover that my
computer automatically deleted the e-mail containing the piece on one of
its spring-cleaning missions. Do you still have a copy of it (I hope)? If
you could e-mail it to me again, I will see about trying to get it into the
magazine this week. Thanks!

Sue

Subj:    Re: Monday
Date:    99-06-29 07:37:01 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: Did you hear that Bush said he was glad to have had dinner with the prime minister or foreign
minister of Slovakia?  The touble is it was the minister from Slovenia.  Anyway, they're all on Jupiter so
who cares.
Nothing new to report -- dad 
Subj:    chinatown
Date:    99-06-29 17:36:53 EDT
From:    Sherry.Stern@latimes.com (Sherry Stern)
To:    pliorio@aol.com





By PAUL IORIO
Special to The Times

As obssessed with youthfulness and newness as Los Angeles
--------------------

?and especially the
film industry?can be, it?s refreshing to think that some things about the city
might actually improve with age. On the eve of the 25th anniversary of the
perhaps the quintessential Los Angeles movie, the creators of ??Chinatown?? have
revisited the film and are somewhat surprised to find that it holds up
exc

Subj:    Re: Chinatown story
Date:    99-06-29 20:35:59 EDT
From:    Sherry.Stern@latimes.com (Sherry Stern)
To:    PLIORIO@aol.com



Hi. I made the fix in the Fonda sentence, and definitely go for Nicholson one
more time.

I spoke with Sylbert to set up the photo and we had a good conversation. He told
me a few things that work with the story so I went ahead and added them. See
what you think:


By PAUL IORIO
Special to The Times
In Robert Towne
--------------------

?s original ??Chinatown?? script, no scenes were set in
Chi

Subj:    Re: Chinatown story
Date:    99-06-29 20:36:11 EDT
From:    Sherry.Stern@latimes.com (Sherry Stern)
To:    PLIORIO@aol.com

oh one more thing: since you're talking to Towne, wondering if in the new lede
for the sidebar if we could put into words what he sees Chinatown as a metaphor
for.. life? or something more specific. thanks

Subj:    Re: Additional comments
Date:    99-06-29 20:40:14 EDT
From:    Sherry.Stern@latimes.com (Sherry Stern)
To:    PLIORIO@AOL.com

all fixes made. thanks.

Subj:    Re: Additional comments
Date:    99-06-29 20:46:37 EDT
From:    Sherry.Stern@latimes.com (Sherry Stern)
To:    PLIORIO@aol.com

Parmount told Kinsey the intial release was July 12. how can we be sure?


Subj:    Re: Sylbert article
Date:    99-06-29 21:04:11 EDT
From:    Sherry.Stern@latimes.com (Sherry Stern)
To:    PLIORIO@AOL.COM

sound good. kinsey has called our library and asked them to pull the original
review. talk to you tomorrow.


Subj:    mail received
Date:    99-06-30 22:37:19 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul:  Received the Chron.  Quite a spread and quite a piece of work.  I  like some of the director's
comments.  Worthy as openers in a discussion and I think he's on target.
The gifts were given to Cait and Graham and I'm sure they'll enjoy them.  I would have enjoyed The
Kinks myself.
Antoinette is bad.  The priest has given her the last rites and it seems that it is a matter of a couple of days
before it's over.
All else is ok.  Take care, dad

Subj:    Re: Mercredi
Date:    99-07-01 14:13:20 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: We're spreading the word about the New Yorker. Last night we saw Karen Carlson, Pam's early
years friend who is a prof at U of Texas and has a book coming out. She is looking forward to seeing
your article. So disseminating is taking place. Nothing new from Trenton and it's going to tough to go up
there again. More as it comes in -- dad

Subj:    Re: Chinatown/Wednesday
Date:    99-07-01 14:23:04 EDT
From:    Sherry.Stern@latimes.com (Sherry Stern)
To:    PLIORIO@AOL.COM



story's fine. we'll still run it next week and i've made changes based on your
recommendations. thanks


Subj:    Re: Donnerstag
Date:    99-07-01 14:30:45 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: Did you happen to show him the Ruby group as a band?  dad

Subj:    Re: By the way...
Date:    99-07-01 18:25:16 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul:  I'm going to try getting it on internet. So I fail again... dad

Subj:    Re: Happy Birthday, Caitlin
Date:    99-07-01 20:46:53 EDT
From:    PDIorio
To:    PLIORIO

hi Paul--  I'll give Caitlin your message. She got your gift and she loves music, so you thought of the right
thing!! Great news about your article that will appear in the New Yorker! That is tremendous-- the
writing in the New Yorker is at such a high level and for you to get an article in it is a real honor. i will
show all my friends when it arrives! Take care, love, Bup
(Caitlin tells me that she is now a pre-teen)

Subj:    Re: Chinatown/Wednesday
Date:    99-07-02 13:15:43 EDT
From:    Sherry.Stern@latimes.com (Sherry Stern)
To:    PLIORIO@aol.com

Hi Paul. Here's the sidebar with the latest set of changes. Please note one
question in bold from our copy desk. (Hope your email can pick up the bold and
strikethroughs!)

--------------------

?n ??Chinatown,?? Los An    ?geles? Chinatown is more of     ?a metaphor than
a pl

Subj:    Re: SYLBERT/FRIDAY
Date:    99-07-02 20:02:44 EDT
From:    Sherry.Stern@latimes.com (Sherry Stern)
To:    PLIORIO@aol.com

thta's fine about metaphor and i fixed the mulwrays so it read better. thanks
for the extra info f/sylbert on city hall. i'm off monday but back tues if
anything else comes up


Subj:    today's question
Date:    99-07-06 16:00:35 EDT
From:    Sherry.Stern@latimes.com (Sherry Stern)
To:    PLIORIO@aol.com

Our copy desk says there was a real Pig
--------------------

?N Whistle on  Hollywood Blvd. near
Egyptian Theater  we ran pic   of it when we had stories on Egyptian remodeling.


So we need to play with the wording. Here' what it sez:

6. The Pig ?n? Whistle
The fictional Pig ?n? Whistle restaurant appears in the film as the backdrop
for an argument between Cross and Hollis Mulwray, captured in clandestine
photographs by Walsh, Gittes? associate.
In real life: This is actually the Pacific Dining Car restaurant (1310 W. 6th
St.), at Witmar Street and 6th, just west of downtown L.A.
The restaurant was built in 1921, in the heyday of the Mulwrays.
Sylbert: The real restaurant was the city?s oldest restaurant, it was near
City Hall and it was the most popular. It was the obvious place for these guys
to meet. It was the place.


Subj:    Re: Photos
Date:    99-07-07 09:37:33 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: Glad you enjoyed the pics and your comments were right on.  Now for some other news:
Antoinette died yesterday evening. I will be going up on Friday alone -- alone because mother does not
feel well.  She has aches and an occasional fever and the doctor won't be able to pinpoint what it is until
he gets the results of the blood tests.  It could just be a variation of the flu.  So the trip will be out for her.
I'll keep you posted on developments. dad

Subj:    Re: Wednesday
Date:    99-07-07 17:59:04 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: Mother is doing plenty of resting.  I stillthink it's a virus.  Jay was sick for ten days after we left
there. There may be a connection. But we'll wait and see.
I need to make plane reservations to go up to NJ and I really don't feel like it. But if you've got to
swallow a frog, swallow it fast. 
I'll tell Lou about the Goulet interview.  He must be pretty long in the tooth by now. Let me know if his
eyes still shine.  That's all from here. dad

Subj:    Re: Wednesday afternoon
Date:    99-07-07 20:23:33 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: Thanks.  I trying to get a flight now.  The prices are unbelievable.  But we'll see.  Be talking later.
dad

Subj:    Chinatown
Date:    99-07-08 15:17:59 EDT
From:    Sherry.Stern@latimes.com (Sherry Stern)
To:    PLIORIO@aol.com

Hi. Been hearing nice comments about the Chinatown article. Small
disappointment is that the Valley edition (about 20% of our circulation) messed
up the jumps in production. If you hear from anyone looking for the full story,
you can point them to our web site, which has both articles in full.

http://www.calendarlive.com/HOME/CALENDARLIVE/MOVIES/HOLD/lat_cover990708.htm

In addition I understand that the Valley edition is planning to reprint the
affected sections tomorrow.

Also, passing along this email that the writer asked be sent to you.

From: JStokesPas@AOL.com

Comment:   Re:  Evelyn Mulwray
--------------------

?s House.  I grew up across the street from the
house and remember the filming.  I was just eight at the time and they wanted us
not to play in our driveway.  We lived at 1298 S. El Molino Ave. in Pasadena.
If you give me your e-mail address I will send you the exact address.  Thanks
Jeff Stokes

Finally, FYI another letter, same subject:

Comment:   As a former resident of one of the sites mentioned in Paul Iorio?s
excellent articles about the film ??Chinatown?? in the July 8 Calendar section,
I thought that he might like to know that site No. 9, Evelyn Mulwray?s House, is
actually located at 1315 South El Molino Avenue in Pasadena.  Perhaps the
present owners didn?t want the site disclosed.  When you drive down El Molino
toward the San Mar
ino boundary, you will round a curve and immediately recognize on your right
side the sweeping driveway shown in the film, leading up to the Spanish style
house with a palm in the front.
Though I lived there with a bunch of my friends in 1968-69, I?d hate to think
that our youthful exhuberance left it ??an abandoned wreck?? as the says.  That
must have been due to people ??fooling around?? in the 70s, after we left.

Thanks for bringing back some great memories.

Bill Speedie


Subj:    Re: Today's paper
Date:    99-07-08 17:52:35 EDT
From:    Sherry.Stern@latimes.com (Sherry Stern)
To:    PLIORIO@aol.com

sure sent it along. if it's movies you should begin with Rich but if you're
unsure who to pitch feel free to send my way.

PLIORIO@aol.com on 07/08/99 12:46:20 PM

To:   Sherry Stern/LATimes/TMC@LATimes
cc:

Subject:  Today's paper


Sherry,

Thanks for sending along the letters.

I saw the articles this morning and am very pleased with how they turned out.
In fact, the stories were edited (and produced)  as well as any story I've
published since 1981.   Thanks to you, the photographers and the graphics
people.

I have another article idea -- and it's not on "Chinatown" and it's not very
long -- that I'd like to submit to you either later today or tomorrow morning
(after I listen to tapes of an interview).   I'll send an e-mail later, if
that's okay.

Paul

Subj:    another Chinatown letter
Date:    99-07-08 18:54:03 EDT
From:    Sherry.Stern@latimes.com (Sherry Stern)
To:    PLIORIO@aol.com

Subject: Chinatown Article Thursday 7/8  From: bjelland@lycosmail.com

On item Number 7 on page 15 of the article on the making of Chinatown in the
Thursday calendar, you did not identify where or at which restaurant the scene
was filmed. Was this filmed at the Windsor restaurant in the Mid-Wilshire area?
(signed) Charles A. Regnell.

Subj:    Re: Chinatown
Date:    99-07-08 17:01:59 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: I'll try to get a copy at the airport tomorrow. 
As for airfares,I told them I was from Kosovo and it worked a bit.  One airline quoted an airfare of 480
for bereacement.  It had an open end date. But when Mother asked about a closed end date -- that is a
regular ticket -- it was 20 dollars less.  So much for compassion. But I did manage to get one for 288
which is a bargain.  But it took a good part of the evening. I leave tomorrow morning and return Sunday.
Mother saw her doctor today and so far the tests have come back negative.  One test concerning spores
in the blood will come in next week. She feels a bit better, but still very weak. We'll have to wait I
reckon.  That's all for now.  Better news next week, dad

Subj:    Moment of Impact
Date:    99-07-09 14:20:46 EDT
From:    Betsy.Sharkey@latimes.com (Betsy Sharkey)
To:    pliorio@aol.com

Hi Paul,
Sherry Stern passed along your query re: Moment of Impact. Unfortunately,
Howard Rosenberg, our TV critic, has long planned to write about the
documentary, so I'll need to take a pass. But please let me know if you
have other TV ideas.
Regards,
Betsy Sharkey

__________________________
Betsy Sharkey
betsy.sharkey@latimes.com
Los Angeles Times Calendar
Television Editor
(213) 237-6730/(213) 237-7630 (fax)
----------------------- Headers --------------------------------
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Subj:    Re: Get well soon (again)
Date:    99-07-10 16:17:45 EDT
From:    Ioriod
To:    PLIORIO

Dear Paul,  I received the cover article on Chinatown and had to let you know how wonderful it is and
that the display was impressive.  If this doesn't get some positive reaction, I would be surprised.
I will write you a more detailed account of what I think of the article when I feel better.  Relatiavely
speaking, i am much better, but not completely right.  This has been a mysterious illness which really
flattened me.  But the fever is gone and now I need to get me strength back.  Daddy will be home
tomorrow and Buppy has been taking good care of me in his absence.
Again, congratulations!!!!  I'll write more soon. 
Love, Mother.

Subj:    Re: Grimace notes
Date:    99-07-12 10:11:10 EDT
From:    Susan_Kelly@newyorker.com
To:    PLIORIO@aol.com

Paul
--------------------
Got your message and the e-mail. Thanks very much. This should be a major
help to the art department. I'll keep you posted on what's happening.

Sue

PLIORIO@aol.com on 07/12/99 07:49:52 AM

To:   Susan Kelly/TNY
cc:
Subject:  Grimace notes
--------------------
Dear Sue,

Here are the points at which each Kubrick Grimace occurs (along with a

Subj:    c-town question
Date:    99-07-12 13:23:48 EDT
From:    Sherry.Stern@latimes.com (Sherry Stern)
To:    PLIORIO@aol.com

Hi. A reader writes in asking if we know the name of the location manager of
Chinatown. I looked on the Internet Movie Database and didn't see that listed.
Wondering if you know. TX

Subj:    Re: Sunday
Date:    99-07-12 13:46:44 EDT
From:    Ioriod
To:    PLIORIO

Dear Paul,  Be sure to let me know when the New Yorker piece will be out (We subscribe_)  Also, what
is the subject?
I'm stil not up to writing but I am happy the response has been so good - as it should be.
I go to the Dr. tomorrow and I'll let you know what he says.  This is the 11th day that I've been sick!
Except for a couple of persistent things, I am feeling a lot better.
Take care.  Love,  Mon


Subj:    Re: Today's paper
Date:    99-07-08 17:52:35 EDT
From:    Sherry.Stern@latimes.com (Sherry Stern)
To:    PLIORIO@aol.com

sure sent it along. if it's movies you should begin with Rich but if you're
unsure who to pitch feel free to send my way.

PLIORIO@aol.com on 07/08/99 12:46:20 PM

To:   Sherry Stern/LATimes/TMC@LATimes
cc:

Subject:  Today's paper


Sherry,

Thanks for sending along the letters.

I saw the articles this morning and am very pleased with how they turned out.
In fact, the stories were edited (and produced)  as well as any story I've
published since 1981.   Thanks to you, the photographers and the graphics
people.

I have another article idea -- and it's not on "Chinatown" and it's not very
long -- that I'd like to submit to you either later today or tomorrow morning
(after I listen to tapes of an interview).   I'll send an e-mail later, if
that's okay.

Paul

Subj:    another Chinatown letter
Date:    99-07-08 18:54:03 EDT
From:    Sherry.Stern@latimes.com (Sherry Stern)
To:    PLIORIO@aol.com

Subject: Chinatown Article Thursday 7/8  From: bjelland@lycosmail.com

On item Number 7 on page 15 of the article on the making of Chinatown in the
Thursday calendar, you did not identify where or at which restaurant the scene
was filmed. Was this filmed at the Windsor restaurant in the Mid-Wilshire area?
(signed) Charles A. Regnell.

Subj:    Re: Chinatown
Date:    99-07-08 17:01:59 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: I'll try to get a copy at the airport tomorrow. 
As for airfares,I told them I was from Kosovo and it worked a bit.  One airline quoted an airfare of 480
for bereacement.  It had an open end date. But when Mother asked about a closed end date -- that is a
regular ticket -- it was 20 dollars less.  So much for compassion. But I did manage to get one for 288
which is a bargain.  But it took a good part of the evening. I leave tomorrow morning and return Sunday.
Mother saw her doctor today and so far the tests have come back negative.  One test concerning spores
in the blood will come in next week. She feels a bit better, but still very weak. We'll have to wait I
reckon.  That's all for now.  Better news next week, dad

Subj:    Moment of Impact
Date:    99-07-09 14:20:46 EDT
From:    Betsy.Sharkey@latimes.com (Betsy Sharkey)
To:    pliorio@aol.com

Hi Paul,
Sherry Stern passed along your query re: Moment of Impact. Unfortunately,
Howard Rosenberg, our TV critic, has long planned to write about the
documentary, so I'll need to take a pass. But please let me know if you
have other TV ideas.
Regards,
Betsy Sharkey

__________________________
Betsy Sharkey
betsy.sharkey@latimes.com
Los Angeles Times Calendar
Television Editor
(213) 237-6730/(213) 237-7630 (fax)
----------------------- Headers --------------------------------
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Subj:    Re: Get well soon (again)
Date:    99-07-10 16:17:45 EDT
From:    Ioriod
To:    PLIORIO

Dear Paul,  I received the cover article on Chinatown and had to let you know how wonderful it is and
that the display was impressive.  If this doesn't get some positive reaction, I would be surprised.
I will write you a more detailed account of what I think of the article when I feel better.  Relatiavely
speaking, i am much better, but not completely right.  This has been a mysterious illness which really
flattened me.  But the fever is gone and now I need to get me strength back.  Daddy will be home
tomorrow and Buppy has been taking good care of me in his absence.
Again, congratulations!!!!  I'll write more soon. 
Love, Mother.

Subj:    Re: Grimace notes
Date:    99-07-12 10:11:10 EDT
From:    Susan_Kelly@newyorker.com
To:    PLIORIO@aol.com

Paul
--------------------
Got your message and the e-mail. Thanks very much. This should be a major
help to the art department. I'll keep you posted on what's happening.

Sue

PLIORIO@aol.com on 07/12/99 07:49:52 AM

To:   Susan Kelly/TNY
cc:
Subject:  Grimace notes
--------------------
Dear Sue,

Here are the points at which each Kubrick Grimace occurs (along with a

Subj:    c-town question
Date:    99-07-12 13:23:48 EDT
From:    Sherry.Stern@latimes.com (Sherry Stern)
To:    PLIORIO@aol.com

Hi. A reader writes in asking if we know the name of the location manager of
Chinatown. I looked on the Internet Movie Database and didn't see that listed.
Wondering if you know. TX

Subj:    Re: Sunday
Date:    99-07-12 13:46:44 EDT
From:    Ioriod
To:    PLIORIO

Dear Paul,  Be sure to let me know when the New Yorker piece will be out (We subscribe_)  Also, what
is the subject?
I'm stil not up to writing but I am happy the response has been so good - as it should be.
I go to the Dr. tomorrow and I'll let you know what he says.  This is the 11th day that I've been sick!
Except for a couple of persistent things, I am feeling a lot better.
Take care.  Love,  Mon

Subj:    Re: Monday/answer
Date:    99-07-12 17:06:20 EDT
From:    Sherry.Stern@latimes.com (Sherry Stern)
To:    PLIORIO@aol.com

i guessed that was the answer. tx


Subj:    Re: Monday
Date:    99-07-13 13:44:58 EDT
From:    Ioriod
To:    PLIORIO

Dear  Paul,
I just got back from the doctor and he has a diagosis - Lyme Disease.  Daddy is at the drug store getting
the prescription filled.  I will take antibiotics for three weeks and then should be OK>
Can't tell you how pleased to know what this is.  I am covered with a rash, have no energy and have pains
in my head.  So, now we know where we are going which makes me feel so much better,
More later.  Love,  Mother

Subj:    Re: Have a safe flight
Date:    99-07-13 20:30:35 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul:  First things first.  Your article, or should I say spread, was great. I learned a good deal from it.  I
especially liked the Towne/Polanski relationship and how the decision about the ending was reached.  I
also liked how Faye was plowed aside from time to time. Hey! Who's film is it?   The spread should give
you some good recognition.  Now the New Yorker  piece I haven't been able to find yet.  Have I missed
it?
Mother is getting better.  Today the doctor eyeballed us with the glee of a 12 year discovering that his
penis is multifunctional and said, "It's Lyme disease."  So three weeks of medication and it'll be gone.
New Jersey was interesting but tiring.  The funeral had its decorum, but with Italians you never know
whether you're at a funeral or a wedding.  I'll say more later about this, although there is nothing
outstanding.  So long for now, dad

Subj:    Re: Tuesday
Date:    99-07-14 17:46:15 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: You're absolutely on target! Lou did look like Goulet with the aquacious blue eyes.  Yes, mom is
getting better.  Now she eats just about anything except what Hector Hannibal cooks.  Talked to Jay anfd
he liked your article.  He'll be calling I'm sure.  Ciao for now, dad

Subj:    Re: Chinatown
Date:    99-07-14 17:55:47 EDT
From:    JStokesPAS
To:    PLIORIO

hi paul

i enjoyed your article.  the address is 1315 South El Molino Ave., in Pasadena.
i remember i was playing in my driveway across the street and a lady came down from 1315 and asked us
to play closer to our house as they were filming a scene that day  i don't think they were there very long-

good luck to you
jeff stokes

Subj:    Re: Friday
Date:    99-07-17 12:24:04 EDT
From:    Ioriod
To:    PLIORIO

Dear Paul,
It was go good talking to you on your birthday.  Those birthdays do come around fast.
I'm feeling somewhat better.  My bigest complaint is not having enough energy, but today does seem to
be my best day.  Don't bother sending me any videos or books because I have plenty and am just getting
the energy to read.
The doctor said I could do anything my body tells me I can do.  Up to this point that hasn't been too
much, but, as I said, I see a big improvement today.  don't worry about dehydration - I'm drinking all the
time.  All the rash is gone and I am looking forward to being able to get back on the treadmill.
The news of JFK,Jr. doesn't seem to be good.  Talk about a family being star-crossed.
Take care.  Love,  Mother

Subj:    Re: Saturday
Date:    99-07-18 15:06:29 EDT
From:    Ioriod
To:    PLIORIO

Dear Paul,
Everyday is  a little better.  If I could just get my energy back, I would be Ok.  But, that will happen.
Daddy is taking good care of me and his cooking has brought back my appetite.
I, too, am sorry about JFK, Jr.  There is too much misery in that family.
Today is Mark;s birthday and they are coming over for dinner.  Daddy will cook and Buppy will clean up
and I will just be a guest. 
They have their house up for sale and, of course, that is their big concern for right now.  They don't want
TWO mortgage payments.  But, I think it will sell quickly.
All for now.  Take good care of yourself.  Love,  Mother 
Subj:    Re: Sunday
Date:    99-07-19 12:15:55 EDT
From:    Ioriod
To:    PLIORIO

Dear Paul,
Today , so far, is better than yesterday so I am encouraged.  In fact, I haven't rested at all since I got up.
Did I hear correctly that it is in the 60's in L. A.?  If true, sounds like heaven.
I, too, really feel sorry for JFK's in-laws.  To lose one child is unbearable,  for two there just aren't any
words to describe it.  John's sister must be distraught.  Thank heavens she has a family of her own.
Hope all is well with you.  Take good care.  Love,  Mother

Subj:    RE: Iorio
Date:    99-07-19 18:22:18 EDT
From:    wiegand@sfgate.com (David Wiegand)
To:    PLIORIO@aol.com ('PLIORIO@aol.com')

Hi. I'm gonna run goulet on the 8th instead of the first, but if you can
file it this week, it would
be good because I'm out of town all next week. If you want to file next
week, you'd file it to the date basket, i guess, not me. let me know which
is easier
d

Subj:    RE: Goulet
Date:    99-07-19 19:00:09 EDT
From:    wiegand@sfgate.com (David Wiegand)
To:    PLIORIO@aol.com ('PLIORIO@aol.com')

send it to sue adolphson at sja@sfgate.com, and give her a call when you've
sent it. That works out great. thanx


Subj:    Re: Sunday
Date:    99-07-19 21:27:31 EDT
From:    justv@mindspring.com
To:    PLIORIO@aol.com

But most important, did Nancy Sinatra sing "These Boots Are Made for
Walkin'"?  And did Ricky join her for "Something Stupid"?  How apropos if he
did!

Sorry we've been unable to talk on the telephone.  "You Keep Me Hangin'"

I'm going back to Italy at the end of August.  My friend, Wendy, has rented
a house in Tuscany for 10 days.  I'll just be there for about 5 of those
days.  I'm taking Roxanne.  She's so excited, as I am.

I really enjoyed your article on "Chinatown."  Major coup in scoring the
Polanski interview.  Too bad Nicholson and Dunaway couldn't be interviewed.
Couldn't she use some press?  Maybe she doesn't want it.

Oh well, I'm off.  Hope to connect soon.  Love, V.


Subj:    Re: Monday
Date:    99-07-20 10:30:08 EDT
From:    Ioriod
To:    PLIORIO

Dear Paul,
You are the best interviewer!  Now Robert Goulet(sp)  Has there been any more feedback on the
Chinatown article?
Health still improving but not fast enough for me.  What a waste of time.  I've just written off July.
No news here.  I'm inside all the time so the weather doesn't bother me.  If the air goes out, I go to a
motel.
Buppy is still in the midst of buying and selling a house and trying to get the kids registered for school in
a new district.  Lots of loose ends.
All for now.
Take care.  Love, Mother

Subj:    Re: Top Ten Things I'd Mention on the Phone
Date:    99-07-20 23:54:56 EDT
From:    justv@mindspring.com
To:    PLIORIO@aol.com

Dear LA LA Dude:

Funny, your message says it was sent at 4:46 p.m. today.  Just when you
thought you could trust computers.  It is now by my computer clock 11:44
p.m., Tuesday, July 20, 1999.  In any event . . .


Top Ten Responses to "Top Ten Things I''d Mention If We Were on the Phone"

10. Yeah, I've been there.  Had to buy a sweater in a thrift store in June.
That was cool.

9.  Haven't seen it, but I will on your recommendation.  Don't  see "The Spy
Who Shagged Me."

8.  What TV show, and why didn't you get or take it?

7.  Run, Paul, Run!

6.  That outlook runs both ways.

5.  See answer to number 9 above.

4.   O.K., I will, but only after I've seen Chinatown.

3.  Why would we ever want to get a divorce?  It's someone else, isn't it?

2.  Some secret.

1.  Complicate race.
>
Subj:    La Mancha announcement
Date:    99-07-21 15:46:50 EDT
From:    dcpub@earthlink.net (Davidson & Choy Publicity)
Reply-to:    dcpub@earthlink.net
To:    pliorio@aol.com
0-300-4345 or 562-916-8500.
Subj:    Re: Tuesday
Date:    99-07-21 16:54:00 EDT
From:    Ioriod
To:    PLIORIO

Dear Paul,
So glad the response to your article was good but I am not surprised.  Congratulations, again.
Everyday I feel a little bit better and the fatique is less.  I am on my 9th day of therapy and have to go for
21 days.  Believe me, I take those pills religiously.
Buppy is busy trying to sell her house and settle for the new one in addition to registering the kids for
school in a new district.  But, she will get it done.
Did I tell you Betty Castor has resigned as pres. of USF?  It came as quite a surprise because everyone
liked her and she was doing such a great job.  She has taken some national job in Washington that
concerns certification of teachers.
Take care and keep in touch.  Love,  Mother
Subj:    re: goulet
Date:    99-07-22 14:17:43 EDT
From:    wiegand@sfgate.com (David Wiegand)
To:    PLIORIO@aol.com ('PLIORIO@aol.com')

Hi Paul. Thanks again for your fine work on the sadly aborted Goulet story.
I really hope we get a chance to do the story sometime. I also appreciated
your patience with all of this. Although we don't usually pay kill fees
without an actual story in hand, I've arranged for a special dispensation in
this case because you had already done the interview and because I
personally want you to know how much your work means to us at the Chronicle.
It's in no way a sufficient amount, but I hope it will be well spent.
Thanks again,
David

Subj:    Re: Wednesday
Date:    99-07-22 16:31:50 EDT
From:    Ioriod
To:    PLIORIO

Dear Paul,
Another good day.  Didn't even take an afternoon nap.
All I can think about as to why Betty resigned is that she wants to work on the national stage and see
where she can go from there since the govt. is putting a big emphasis on education.  But, this is pure
speculation on my part.
Just got your Visa bill and it have been overdrawn.  There is a $500 limit on it and I can't figure out how
they let you charge on it over that limit.  Payment isn't due until August 9th so you really can't use it until
after that date.
Hope things are going well.  Take care.
Love, Mother

Subj:    The Sixth Sense
Date:    99-07-22 16:52:08 EDT
From:    slord@publicis-usa.com (Sasha Lord)
To:    Pliorio@aol.com

Hi Paul,

I have submitted an official interview request on your behalf to Disney and included that you need to see
The Sixth Sense in Los Angeles as soon as possible.  I will let you know as soon as I hear back from
them.

Thank you!

Sasha Lord
415/445-2219

Subj:    Re: Friday
Date:    99-07-23 20:37:33 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: I think Debbie told me she would make contact.  It's hard to believe she's no longer a kid.  At the
family gatherings one becomes very aware who the old folks are.  The place swarms with unrecognized
young faces. I know Debbie's husband.  He's a very nice fellow.  Hard to believe he's a police captain.
NaNell seems to be winding down, but I've said this before. She seemed very tired when I saw her last,
but the funeral was very trying.  She still has her strong voice and as long as she has that she's in
command.
Mother is doing better every day. She's half way through her medication and seems about normal.
We just got off the phone with Louie and it seems that Dominick has a leaky valve (sounds like a garage
job) and he will have to undergo some surgery to get it repaired.  It's amazing how much illness there is in
Dominick's family.
That's about it from here.  The weather is the usual awful summer, but somehow the work gets done.
More later, dad
Subj:    Re: Friday
Date:    99-07-24 14:22:48 EDT
From:    Ioriod
To:    PLIORIO

Dear Paul,
I don't know how the medicine is taken into the body with food but I assume it is acceptable and I can't
risk stomach problems.  Anyway, i had 10 days of the medicine without food and I think it really turned
me around.  So, after today, nine more days to go.
And, my stomach is better than it was. Everything is going smoothly.  BUT, I am so sick of being sick.  It
has been since july  2nd.  I want to get back to the treadmill
About Debbie.  She visited here a couple of years ago with her family.  She has turned out so well and
she has the nicest kids and husband.  We had a wonderful visit with them.
Of course, Danny still has major heart problems, but Kay is pitiful.  She understands everything but can
only say yes or no.  Imagine the frustration/  She hurt her back so is in a wheelchair and DAnny (who isn't
supossed to lift things) has to pick her up.  It is a tragic situation.  Count your blessings!
All is well here.  Daddy is cooking up a batch of soup for me.  I have really had to count on him and his
cooking has been very important to my recovery.
Hope everything is good with you.  Take care.  Love, Mother

Subj:    Re: Saturday
Date:    99-07-25 12:25:59 EDT
From:    Ioriod
To:    PLIORIO

Dear Paul,
Stomach feeling better.  I'm eating plenty of food with the medicine.  Still don't have all my energy back
but I am sure that will take time.
Yes, Debbie is your second cousin.  The last time I saw all of them was in November of 1997 when
Wilmin got married.  Wilmin is working toward a Ph.D in one of the biological sciences.  I think they had
a baby.  Danny, Jr. is married and has two kids.  He did own a store and I'm not sure if he still does.
Alesa (sp?) is a teacher and has two kids.  She has been to visit us a few times and is very nice.  She often
corresponds with Daddy.   They have all been good with helping with Kay especially Debbie and Alesa. 
Kay knew at the wedding that she would have to have the operation to clear the arteries in her neck
(second operation) and postponed it until January so that the wedding could go off.  She had a stroke
after the operation which affected her speech and one side of her body.  After much therapy, she seems to
be able walk and has partial use of her arm but Danny said the speech will not come back.  Her basic
problem was a clogging of the arteries caused by some little known disease which ususally effects young
oriental women.  Danny said that that has now cleared up which I presume means she could live a long
time in this condition.
As for Danny, he had heart by-pass surgery a number of years ago and has never taken care of himself
since - overweight and eats all the wrong (but tasty) food.  He had a "silent heart attack" recently and the
drs said it was too risky to use an angioplasty (sp?) to clear out the arteries on him.  Since he is a trial
lawyer which is very stressful, I would normally recommend that he retire, but I truly think he needs to
get away from that situation at home a few hours a day.  All in all, not a good story.
On a happier note, we are OK and awaiting Buppy and family for dinner.  Wish you were here too.
Take care.  Love,  Mother

Subj:    Re: Saturday
Date:    99-07-26 07:02:48 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: Nothing new here.  Mother is doing better -- one week more of medication. Frank is enjoying Nova
Scotia.  Newman, after returning from Spain,  has bought a new condo on the beach.  And Catherine
Wyly has returnefrom Paris while the Houks will be going to Florence in October, even though Wes is
undergoing knee surgery.  The weather is lousy and that's about the size of it.  Take care, dad

Subj:    The Sixth Sense
Date:    99-07-26 18:26:57 EDT
From:    slord@publicis-usa.com (Sasha Lord)
To:    Pliorio@aol.com

Hi Paul,

You're all confirmed to attend the screening the The Sixth Sense on Thursday at 4:00 PM.


Artisan
2600 Colorado Ave.
(on the corner of 26th Street)

*Please enter the driveway that is shared with MTV Networks. Go up the
elevator in the parking structure and when you get out in the lobby you will
see the screening room right there.

Thanks,

Sasha Lord
415/445-2219

Subj:    Re: Monday
Date:    99-07-27 11:11:04 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: Mother is progressing. She has to stay out of the sun because of the medicine.  That means I'm
pulling out all the vines that threaten to bury us. At least we're one of the coolest places in the country --
tem --91.
In Paris we lived on Blvd Montparnase, across the street from Le Select, Le Dome, cafes where
Hemingway and others spent a good deal of time. Gertrude Stein had a house a few blocks away and
Henry Miller ate at a restaurant around the corner from us.  It was a great place, lively 24 hours a day.
And expensive.  The USF check did not make it. 
That's it from Paris -- take care, dad

Subj:    Re: Tuesday
Date:    99-07-27 17:38:43 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul:  At age 13 for me almost everything was a blur.  Nothing new to report except that I went on the
roof and blew all the leaves off.  Be saying something later, dad


Subj:    Re: Sunday
Date:    99-07-28 11:57:54 EDT
From:    Ioriod
To:    PLIORIO

Dear Paul.
Counting the days until I get off this medicine because it is upsetting my stomach somewhat.  And, I want
to get back into a normal schedule.  But, energy level is picking up.
You are certainly right that no one should have surgery unless it is necessary.  But, in Kay's case, it was
necessary.  Her arteries to her brain were so clogged that she was beginning to stumble and lose a lot of
her motor skills.  Also, the other arteries, especially in her legs were extremely bad because of this strange
disease she had.  Just a bad situation.
Jay was tested for Lyme because after our visit, he was sick.  But, he is OK.  He said the heat is so bad
there that all the grass is burned and there is no end in sight.  When I look at the weather map, it seems as
if your part of the country is about the only area not in a heat wave.  Enjoy.
Even though it's hot here, I'm in the air conditioning all the time (except for a small walk in the driveway
after dark) that it doesn't bother me.
I know it is early to think about Christmas.  We do want to have you home but with my very reduced
income, I can't pay for the ticket.  So, I hope you can do some extra work to get the money for a ticket.
You still have plenty of time.
Hope all is well with you.  Take care,  Love,  Mother

Subj:    Re: Tuesday afternoon
Date:    99-07-28 17:24:38 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: They don't call me master of the roofs for nothing.  Mother is a bit better and things are moving
along.  More as it happens.  dad

Subj:    Re: Wednesday
Date:    99-07-29 11:57:59 EDT
From:    Ioriod
To:    PLIORIO

Dear Paul,  I'm following your advise and I believe it is working.  I was able to mop the kitchen floor
today and my stomach is behaving much better.
Wanted to give you as much advance warning about Xmas because we do want to see you.
As i've said many times to many people, you as one of the best interviewers I know.  There must be some
publications that can use your talents.  I understand biographies are big now in all media.  Try A & E.
All going along well here.  Take care, enjoy that California weather and keep in touch.
Love, Mother

Subj:    Re: Wednesday
Date:    99-07-29 17:04:49 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: Sounds good. Just met Jody in Publix. Remember her and Buck? They have returned from Italy.
Who would have guessed?  Buck has had a stroke three years ago and doesn't remember very much, she
said. She looks as if time has taken its due.  In fact, I did not recognize her.  Enough of  Courtney Dr.
dad

Subj:    Re: Friday
Date:    99-07-30 17:23:01 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: The streets I lived on from 6 to 12 are too numerous to mention. Clinton, Butler, Tyler, Conrad, P
Subj:    Re: Sunday
Date:    99-07-28 11:57:54 EDT
From:    Ioriod
To:    PLIORIO

Dear Paul.
Counting the days until I get off this medicine because it is upsetting my stomach somewhat.  And, I want
to get back into a normal schedule.  But, energy level is picking up.
You are certainly right that no one should have surgery unless it is necessary.  But, in Kay's case, it was
necessary.  Her arteries to her brain were so clogged that she was beginning to stumble and lose a lot of
her motor skills.  Also, the other arteries, especially in her legs were extremely bad because of this strange
disease she had.  Just a bad situation.
Jay was tested for Lyme because after our visit, he was sick.  But, he is OK.  He said the heat is so bad
there that all the grass is burned and there is no end in sight.  When I look at the weather map, it seems as
if your part of the country is about the only area not in a heat wave.  Enjoy.
Even though it's hot here, I'm in the air conditioning all the time (except for a small walk in the driveway
after dark) that it doesn't bother me.
I know it is early to think about Christmas.  We do want to have you home but with my very reduced
income, I can't pay for the ticket.  So, I hope you can do some extra work to get the money for a ticket.
You still have plenty of time.
Hope all is well with you.  Take care,  Love,  Mother

Subj:    Re: Tuesday afternoon
Date:    99-07-28 17:24:38 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: They don't call me master of the roofs for nothing.  Mother is a bit better and things are moving
along.  More as it happens.  dad

Subj:    Re: Wednesday
Date:    99-07-29 11:57:59 EDT
From:    Ioriod
To:    PLIORIO

Dear Paul,  I'm following your advise and I believe it is working.  I was able to mop the kitchen floor
today and my stomach is behaving much better.
Wanted to give you as much advance warning about Xmas because we do want to see you.
As i've said many times to many people, you as one of the best interviewers I know.  There must be some
publications that can use your talents.  I understand biographies are big now in all media.  Try A & E.
All going along well here.  Take care, enjoy that California weather and keep in touch.
Love, Mother

Subj:    Re: Wednesday
Date:    99-07-29 17:04:49 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: Sounds good. Just met Jody in Publix. Remember her and Buck? They have returned from Italy.
Who would have guessed?  Buck has had a stroke three years ago and doesn't remember very much, she
said. She looks as if time has taken its due.  In fact, I did not recognize her.  Enough of  Courtney Dr.
dad

Subj:    Re: Friday
Date:    99-07-30 17:23:01 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: The streets I lived on from 6 to 12 are too numerous to mention. Clinton, Butler, Tyler, Conrad,
Pearl, Roebling, and Anderson.  There, I got them all I think.  More than one a year. They were the
depression years and a depression is as bad as a war.  That's all the happy news from here.  Mother is
doing better, but she is tired of taking the medicine.  So long for now, dad

Subj:    roman
Date:    99-08-02 10:26:30 EDT
From:    Stephan_Talty@condenast.com
To:    pliorio@aol.com



congratulations on the l.a. times piece. a cover! nice work.

best/s

Subj:    Re: Friday afternoon
Date:    99-08-02 16:54:59 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: Well put.  How did they do it?  At dinner we were talking about new houses and Pam's coming
move.  The kids were talking about the size of their walk in closet.  I told them that when I was a kid I
had a walk in closet about the same size as theirs and four of us slept in it. Maybe the Iorios were lucky in
many ways. 
We're not so lucky with the weather.  It is hot hot hot. And we're not getting the rain we should be
getting.  That's all for now. dad
Subj:    Re: Tuesday
Date:    99-08-03 16:30:03 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: You're right about the weather.  Now for the countdown to October. 
Mother is just about normal, I think. The 1976 Florence program reunion is on for August 14 in
Tallahassee, but I don't think we'll be going.  Paul Harvell is doing the organizing.  Remember him?  Now
for the cooking. dad

Subj:    Re: Wednesday
Date:    99-08-04 16:08:39 EDT
From:    Sherry.Stern@latimes.com (Sherry Stern)
To:    PLIORIO@aol.com



aboslutely. but let me just confirm: you were paid $500 already so we just need
to make an additional payment of $500, correct?

yes I was very happy to. Calendar Weekend has never gotten so much response to
an article. hope we can work together again

Subj:    Re: Thursday
Date:    99-08-05 18:01:14 EDT
From:    Sherry.Stern@latimes.com (Sherry Stern)
To:    PLIORIO@aol.com



yes you are right. I think we should pay you $850 for the main story and $600
for the sidebar. I will do an adjustment for an additional $950.
Subj:    Re: Thursday
Date:    99-08-06 12:02:36 EDT
From:    Ioriod
To:    PLIORIO

Dear Paul,
One more day and I'm off the medication.  I have one little rash that appears and then leaves my hip but
outside of that I am really beginning to feel like my old self.  I plan to try the treadmill tomorrow.  I saw
the Dr. yesterday and he was very pleased with my progress.  We also had a long talk about Lyme and I
was surprised that he had so much knowledge about the disease.  He said no one can give anyone 100%
assurance, but he really doesn't think I will have any long term effects from the disease.  I guess because
he is so young (40)  I wondered how much he knew.
He told me an interesting story about the history of Lyme which he includes in part of his lecture to his
students.  He said it was never identified until the 1970's.  At that time a mother in Lyme, Conn had been
sick as had all her children with something no one could identify.  Also, there were many children in the
area who were suffering from arthritis (sp?) which was strange.  She collected all their medical histories
and took them to the (I believe) the Center for infectious diseases and they paid no attention to her.
Later another mother (unknown to the first)  took all the information about people in her area who had
the same symptoms to the same place.  Then they began to wonder.  A young dr. who has just gotten out
of Yale Medical School was given the assignment to investigate the situation and he and others in the
group finally identified the disease and prescribed antibiotics to treat it.  He said there is one Dr. who is
known for identifing the disease but it was really these housewives who brought it to their attention and
insisted that there was something going on. 
My dr. has talked to the first mother on the phone and she is still angry with the system which ignored her
but she was full of information and they had a nice talk.  Interesting??
Jay Newman is stopping over for lunch today.  He has a lot of stock in a company which will probably
make him over a half a million dollars.  So, in true Newman manner, he is buying a condo on the beach
and having a summer house built in N. Carolina before he has the money.  I wish he would do it the other
way around.

All for now.  Take care.  Love,  Mother

Subj:    story
Date:    99-08-06 16:28:34 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: Received your story on horror movies.  Excellent and what a spread. I've got to see "The Blair
Witch Project."  I've often thought of using a camcoder to make a movie and The Blair proves it can be
done. Good luck, dad

Subj:    Re: Friday
Date:    99-08-07 11:02:09 EDT
From:    Ioriod
To:    PLIORIO

Dear Paul,
Yes, we did get your story.  They certainly give you a good


Subj:    Re: Friday
Date:    99-08-07 11:02:09 EDT
From:    Ioriod
To:    PLIORIO

Dear Paul,
Yes, we did get your story.  They certainly give you a good spread. Your name should be pretty well
known in S. F. by now.  Good place to live although expensive.
I really like the story.  Exploring the popularity of the horror film needed to be done and I think an even
longer piece - even a book - on it would be worthwhile.  (I know, that takes a lot of time).  I like the fact
that you included the history of the horror films because that takes me back to when I was younger and
peaked through my fingers when eyes in a painting started to move.  I still don't like them but I do think
they have great appeal to a younger generation.  And, of course, today almost everyone is longer than I.
Very well written , interesting and informative story.  Congratulations!

More about Lyme.  Today I will see what I can do on the treadmill.  The dr.said I have no restrictions on
what I can do.  I'll just take it slow at first but I don't want to get so out of shape that it effects other
parts of my body.
At first I didn't know of anyone else who had Lyme but Herb Kimmel said he daughter had had it and the
other day in Publix (where else) Daddy met Jody Littlefield (next door, remember) whom he didn't
recognize.  When he finally discovered who she was they had a long chat and she said she had had Lyme
a number of years ago after a trip to Canada. She also said that Buck had a stroke a couple of years ago
but after much therapy is pretty good now.  He has lost a lot of memory and had to learn to read all over
again.  But, they took a trip to Italy a couple of years ago which they enjoyed very much.  She gave
Daddy a day by day account of the trip.  They sold their house on Courtney Dr. and live in a condo at
Vieux Carre (Buppy live there when she was running for commissioner).  Jody said she never goes back
to Courtney Dr. because if it "so run down."
Buppy still hasn't sold her house but she seems to have taken care of most of the many things that have to
do with the new house.  Of course,  interest rates have gone up just when they are shopping for a
mortgage.  But, she has the kids enrolled in their new schools and in an after-school school right across
the street.  It's been a lot of running around and it isn't over yet.  I think their moving date is September 2.
Enough rambling.
Take care.  Keep in touch.  Love,  Mother

Subj:    Re: Saturday
Date:    99-08-08 12:33:53 EDT
From:    Ioriod
To:    PLIORIO

Dear Paul.
This is the first day off the medicine so wilI see how things turn out.  I do believe the medicine tends to
make me tired.  I did do one mile on the treadmill yesterday at a very slow rate and that was about all I
could do.  Energy level not fully returned but I can't expect that to happen overnight.  Even had my hair
done yesterday.
No new news since yesterday.
It's Sunday again and Daddy is getting the dinner ready.
The kids start back to school (new schools) this Thursday and I will take care of them Monday and
Tuesday and then on Wednesday Buppy will take off and take me and the kids to see the new schools and
the after-school place.  Buppy will have to transport them back and forth until they move on the 2nd.   
This will be a good move for them even though it will be very expensive.  The kids will be in good
schools, Mark will take 30 minutes off his commute, Buppy will be 10 minutes from work and this will
put her in a position to run for Mayor in 2003.  The rumors are all over but this information is really for
just within the family.
All for now.  Take care,  Love, Mother
Subj:    Re: Friday
Date:    99-08-09 16:28:19 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: Yes, let's get our camcoders out. How many cassettes do you think we'll need?
Places like The New Yorker take their time.  It's always what benefits them.
All goes well.  The kids are here for the day. School begins on Thursday for them and am has managed to
get them into the best schools around and very close to the new house.  News from Trenton: Vera got hit
with a baseball.  She has a black eye. Ollie may have lyme disease. Copycat.  That's it, dad
Subj:    Re: Sunday
Date:    99-08-10 12:41:08 EDT
From:    Ioriod
To:    PLIORIO

Dear Paul,
The chronology is as follows:  1957 to Fall 1961 - Sidney Rd, Waterville
Academic year 1961 -62            - Miramar, FL
Academic year 1962 -63           - Pleasant St., Waterville
Summer 1963              - 522 CourtneyDr., Tampa
August 1972               - 12905 N. 52nd St., Tampa
Everything is fine here.  No news.
Take care.  Love, Mother
Subj:    Re: Monday, Monday
Date:    99-08-10 13:43:16 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: Remember when I wrote the script for The Weird World of LSD?  We used USF students as actors.
All I got out of it was a tape recorder, but the producer made plenty of money. Then  we were going to
make Ole Slick, but the woman in the group was in favor of a porno and that's the direction they took.
Then I said the hell with it.  Way back, I think the fifties, a film was made for about the same amount as
The Blair.  You probably know it.  It was called David and Lisa.  It, too, was a best seller.  Nothing new
to report -- dad


Subj:    Re: Tuesday
Date:    99-08-10 16:33:40 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul:  You've got a good memory.  Right now I'm working on quite a number of stories, between forty
and fifty to be inexact.  Some of them I like very much.  More later on this.  Weather is hot here, but
funny.  It wants to change to fall, but Florida won't let it until October.  dad

Paul

15 years FL
27 yrs elsewhere

Jay

13 years FL
31 years elsewhere

Bup

32 yrs FL
8 yrs elsewhere

Subj:    Re: Tuesday
Date:    99-08-10 16:52:12 EDT
From:    Ioriod
To:    PLIORIO

Dear Paul,
Daddy was on a sabbatical from Colby during the 1961-62 academic year when we moved to Miramar.
According to the sabbatical rules, we had to return to Colby for a year after the leave.  Which we did - to
the rented house on Pleasant St. across from where you started school.
Buster the dog - Pleasant St.
Lumber yard    -  "
Church            -  "
Big picture window was in the front of the house on Sidney Rd.  Although there was a good size window
in the dining room looking at the back.  Remember your recollections are from a very young (and cute)
child.
Take care.  Love,  Mother

Subj:    Checking Inn
Date:    99-08-11 18:15:04 EDT
From:    Charlene.P.Giroux@state.me.us (Charlene P Giroux)
To:    PLIORIO@aol.com (PAUL IORIO)

Do you continue to access energy on the West Coast?  My life is consumed
with working here and at home.  Life is work, got to love what you live.

The result of additives within all we consume seems to have arrived and is
rearing to show the effects it has achieved in chemical composition on
certain citizens of our over population in the form of mass indifference.

Hope this finds you well...  Char

Subj:    Re: Tuesday afternoon
Date:    99-08-12 11:08:42 EDT
From:    Ioriod
To:    PLIORIO

Dear Paul,
Just for the record.  The Schoenthaler's lived across the street from us on Sidney Rd.  They had a big
white house with a separate barn.  Do you remember the fire when the barn burned down?  This was on
the outskirts of Waterville - rather rural.  So,  all the stores you remember were on Pleasant St. which
was right in Waterville where they had pavements, etc.  The paint store you remember was really the
lumber yard which was behind our rented house on the next street.  You and Buppy used to go there all
the time. The school you attended, North Grammar, was across the street from where we lived and the
church was on our side of the street at the corner.
Remember, you were very young and your memories would be more vivid of Pleasant St. than of Sidney
Rd.
About the shooting.  How could someone open fire on children?  This man is really sick!
All going along normal here.  The children started school today for a half day.  Buppy took me to see
their schools yesterday and even though they were built in 1912 they look better than most of the schools
built today.  They are two story brick and have been added on to since the original buildings.  Very
attractive.  The schools are both rated "A" on the state wide rating system which gave very few A's. 
Take care.  Love, Mother

Subj:    Re: Tuesday afternoon
Date:    99-08-12 12:29:08 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: The TV show was given in the late fifties from Poland Springs (a beautiful place for a Hitchcock
type myster) and it was live.  Mistakes were allowed but only to one's detriment.  It was a fifteen week
course on modern poetry.  There were no tapes made and the only artifact I have from it is a picture of
me in  front of the camera. It was given every Sunday and I was preceded and followed by cartoons.
I think the house on Sidney Road at that time had no number. Today it is called River Road and I think
the houses all have numbers. Progress. The number of the pleasant St house I don't know, but the number
61 keeps coming to mind.  I have the number somewhere if only on some bills I've kept.  All goes easy
and hard here.  Now I'm on the roof again trying to catch a pesky leak.  That's it, dad

Subj:    Re: Thursday
Date:    99-08-13 16:31:29 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul:  That uncle is a scoop.  I hope others pick it up.  Of course he confirms what I suspected.  The
killer in Atlanta seems a bit more complex, killing his kids so they can all be in heaven together. he had to
have failed freshman English logic.
Hotter n hell here up to 94 and no lower than 80.  So I stay indoors and work away.  that's all for now --
dad

Subj:    Re: Friday
Date:    99-08-16 08:47:10 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: I'll be looking for the story.  I'll try internet later.
Meanwhile, I need to cut the hedge at the front before the sun rises, run to the store for flourescent
lighting for the kitchen, and then settle in for some of my own work.
Caitlin stumped me a word this weekend.  The word -- maniloquent.  I looked it up in three dictionaries
without luck.  Then she told me it meant one who brags about himself. I think it's a recent word, but will
check it out. Just a few years ago she couldn't talk. Time passes.  dad

Subj:    Re: Today's paper
Date:    99-08-17 10:16:09 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul:  If this guy didn't own Jay's property, he'd be broke.  The straw vote was not good for any of the
candidates.  Bush should have gotten fifty percent of the vote for it to be meaningful.  In fact, he didn't
reach his father's percentage of 36. And as he is seen more and more as an empty suit, he will decline. But
he's the only ballgame the Reps have. Bauer is the funny guy. Everytime I see him I have to laugh. He
looks like a guy who can't believe he made it so big in nothing. 
Now back to work, dad

Subj:    Tuesday
Date:    99-08-17 11:49:45 EDT
From:    Ioriod
To:    PLIORIO

Dear Paul,
This is to let you know that Paul Fernandez died.  He got a virus which went to his brain and couldn't be
stopped.
You might want to call Jay who is understandably upset.
Thanks.
Love,  Mother

Subj:    Re: Tuesday AM
Date:    99-08-17 17:13:37 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: I heard the news from Jay and I feel the same way about Paul. As Marlowe would have said, "Cut is
the rose that might have grown full bloom" -- something that sticks with me since undergraduate days.  It
is always sad when so much potential is cut off.  But I had expected him to go much earlier.  Much credit
has to go to the French medical system. So long for now, dad

Subj:    Re: Fernandez
Date:    99-08-18 15:26:40 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: It's a shame about Russell. It won't be long before we'll look back and see AIDS as a part of history.
But then everyone dies at the 11th hour. And the older you get the more it resembles combat.  Everyday
someone you know is cut down and you go on celebrating life even more. The alternative is bad shit.
Meanwhile, it's hot here.  The sun is fierce.  If it were a mile closer, Florida would become a desert.  This
Sunday we go to a fund raiser for Bill Nelson, who is running for the senate. It should be fun.  That's it
for now. dad 

Subj:    Re: Wednesday
Date:    99-08-18 17:13:48 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul:  I don't think the great works were damaged. But then my agents haven't given me a detailed
account. I think they were too far from the center of the quake. It was horrible, striking at 3 in the
morning.  I think they will find many more bodies than they are now reporting. That geological plate
extends across Greece and Italy, so I'm looking for earthly adjustments in those areas.  Vesuvius is
another matter, but it is overdue for a real blow -- a big one. Keep posted -- my agents will inform me.
dad

Subj:    Re: Thursday
Date:    99-08-19 08:44:31 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul:From what I can determine, the center of the quake was at Ismit about fifty miles away from
Istanbul. Also I hear no reports from Istanbul itself. Maybe I'll switch channels.  The death toll is horrible
and not being able to get help where the people want it is even worse.
I doubt if McCain has a chance. He's too good to be a republican and the republicans know it. He would
split the republicans.  Now as a vice presidential candidate -- that would be dangerous. I think the Dems
should get behind Gore and stop all this shit about his being stiff and wooden. That's Jay Leno's line every
night and Jay Leno has the IQ of a snail, a smart snail, but a snail. Now if Bradley would consider a vice
president's job -- hmmmm. Or pick a woman -- Kennedy? That's all for now -- dad the pundit

Subj:    Re: Thursday AM
Date:    99-08-19 16:52:18 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: I'll try to change the channel.  Trouble is we're in a mess here with Time Warner changing all the
numbers again.  Still I hear nothing about Istanbul.  If 10,000 were killed in Rome and St Peters
collapsed, we would have heard of St Peters first.
I don't think McCain would accept the position.  But Elizabeth would grab anything now that her
husband has explained his malady to the world.
Tonight I go to the book club.  My eyes are tired so I'll keep blinking all evening. Ciao,dad

Subj:    Re: Friday
Date:    99-08-20 11:47:51 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul:  The latest count in Turkey is 10,000 dead and it will go up because about 35,000 are still
unaccounted or.  I also read that the important buildings in Instabul have not been affected.  But watch
them aftershocks.
Went to the bookclub last night and it seems that Jill Pettigrew will be going to Italy on a cycling tour and
Valeria will be going to a villa outside Pisa.  A lawyer friend has rented the villa and V will stay there for
five days.  That's it -- dad

Subj:    Re: query
Date:    99-08-20 17:03:19 EDT
From:    Sherry.Stern@latimes.com (Sherry Stern)
To:    PLIORIO@aol.com



sounds like a fun idea but i don't have room in that issue. plus it doesn't
really fit with what we're trying to do in Weekend, which is more entertainment
oriented. you might try Sara Lessley, who's an editor in the Southern
California Living section.

PLIORIO@aol.com on 08/19/99 09:32:21 AM

To:   Sherry Stern/LATimes/TMC@LATimes
Subj:    Re: Friday
Date:    99-08-21 12:16:29 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul:  The old buildings seemed to have withstood the earthquake better than the newer buildings.  There
will be charges of corruption as there should be.
Rememberyou're in an earthquake area, but in your building, you needn't worry too much.  The heaviest
thing that can fall on you will be the computer.
Nothing much to report -- dad

Subj:    Re: Saturday
Date:    99-08-23 10:21:22 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: I don't think the coke thing will hurt Bush, but evasiveness will.  Of course, if he admits have a
snort last night, he's finished. But if he says he had some just before becoming governor, then he will get
questions about his strong drug laws and the issue of hypocrisy. It's not going away soon.  I'm sure
Forbes has ads showing  Bush stumbling around the governor's office.
The song you refer to is Michelma. If you would like a copy of these folk songs, I'll send one along. Let
me know.  No trouble making one. 
The fund raiser at McBride for Nelson went very well.  He has a good chance of being the next senator.
Meanwhile, I'm still working on the roof leaks.  More later, dad


Subj:    hi...paul
Date:    99-08-23 14:44:10 EDT
From:    Ar2130
To:    PLIORIO

Hi...It's Debbie.
I don't get too much time to sit down and write.  Maybe after the kids go back to school, I'll get some
computer time in during the day.
Wayne (my husband of 18 years) had been working the 4-12 shift at work.   He was just promoted to
Captain ( of the Ventnor city police Department) and is now working 8-4, monday thru Friday! 
Alicia, my daughter, is 15 years old and is going into 10th grade.  Wow...I feel old!
I can't wait to tell her what you do!..  She wants to get into broadcast journalism...or so she says for now.
There is a great media program at her school that she has signed up to be part of.  We were in California
at the end of June.  wayne's sister lives in Gilroy and works in San Jose. We spent a day in San Fransisco
and Alicia decided that is where she wants to live....after she spends a few years in new York!  She loves
the city.  We try to get up there a few times a year to catch a show.  We are about 2 hours drive from the
city. 
Nick, my son, is 11 years old.  He will be going into the 6th grade.  He lives for ice hockey and soccer.
He wants to play for the Philadelphia Flyers when he grows up!  We told him he needs a career to fall
back on when his playing time is over!
Do you ever come back east for a visit?  We are not too far from Jay.  he lives about 15 minutes from
Waynes parents.  They are about 2 hours from here.  We live in Galloway Township, which is around 10
miles from Atlantic city.  Ventnor is the town right next to atlantic city on the Island.  Wayne has worked
there for 16 years.  We met working in the Casino.  he left the casino to go the the police Dept.  I left
when I had alicia.
We spent the weekend at Mom and Dads.  we went to help my brither Danny move. Danny sold his
house, so he is moving in with mom and dad until he finds something.  the house is plenty big enough,
and I think they'll enjoy having Dannys two little kids around, at least for a while.  Alyssa, my sister, also
has two little ones. and Wilmin, my other brother, just had his first baby.  He has just finished getting his
PHD in something....i think it's Bio-chemistry.  He's out job hunting now.  he lives in Delaware but may
be moving soon. 
Keep in touch....and .....I forwarded your letter to my Dads office.
His e-mail address at work is:
bck@qis.net

debbie


Subj:    Birthday
Date:    99-08-23 20:21:57 EDT
From:    Ioriod
To:    PLIORIO

Dear Paul,
The birthday present arrived today.  Thank you so much.  It is a book I am interested in reading and I am
sure after I have read it Daddy will want to read it too.
As usual, you really shouldn't have done it but it is wonderful and I appreaciate it.
We went to a politcal bar-B-Q yesterday for Bill Nelson who is running for the Senate seat being vacated
by Connie Mack.  It was great and I think he is a good candidate.  In fact, I may do some volunteer work
for him.
The party was given by someone we know who is the head of one of the largest law firms in the country
and is a real liberal.  He has that law firm doing  all sorts of pro bono work and he is a big supporter of
Democrats.  A really good person who puts on no airs.
Other than that, things are quiet here.  I have gotten back to the treadmill.  My timing is still a little
slower than it was but I picked up 4 1/2 minutes in a week.
I can't believe that another birthday is rolling around so soon.  I still haven't gotten over the shock of
turning 70.
Thanks again for the gift.
Take care.  Love,  Mother 

Subj:   
Date:    99-08-24 09:32:20 EDT
From:    bck@qis.net (BARTOLINI, CAPRIOLO & KULESA)
Reply-to:    BCK@qis.net
To:    pliorio@aol.com

dear paul,

thanks for your e-mail.  i wanted to hear from you  and your brother for
quite some time.  that happened with your brother though i forget just
where we met recently.  i think it was at uncle lou's. (did you ever think:
e.e. cummings' style would become the  way of most e-mail? wow it was a
handsome way; it could write one two three, just like that}

we are doing ok, notwithstanding kay's condition.  she doesn't speak except
by signs and yes and nos.  i usually cross examine her to get to what she
needs, talks about etc.  she walks some with a cane but her right side is
essentially paralysed. my cross but hers is bigger.  we know that God
doesn't just do things randomly, however. so we trust in Him and try to
discern.

how did i get through law school at night?  on corned beef sandwiches, in a
heaterless vw bug and two children later.  indeed, wilmin should have been
named "final exams".
i was recently reminded that i didn't like law school, by a class mate. no
shit!

i saw your dad at the funeral.  your mom had what turned out to be lyme's
disease.  damned ticks.  i'll be calling her soon to check on her
condition.  your dad is still in good (thin) shape.  me, i'm fat!

still working and probably will continue until they drag me out.

are you free lancing or with the chronicle as an employee? 

let's keep up the dialogue.  maybe i'll see you in l a in the future. i
like l a and s f.  indiscriminate or what?

uncle george koch is 70 this fri.  we're going to his surprise party.  the
usual italian pig out.

good to hear from you .  hope to see you.

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Subj:    Re: Tuesday
Date:    99-08-25 16:39:54 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: Did Danny tell you about his health?  He is a time bomb. But he takes it all as well as one can.
Believing that you will go to heaven helps quite a bit.
George's birthday is this weekend and I've sent him a special card.  Mary says he tires very easily.  Come
to think of it there are a number of time bombs in New Jersey.  But then we have Rex Farrior (Jim Fair
family). He was 71, perfect health, never smoked, never drank and exercised daily. No time bomb, but he
dropped dead yesterday on a golf course.
Bup is ready to move next week and it's going to be a bit hectic for a while. But it'll get done and it will at
least put her in good political position.
Mom has sent some material on Lombardi.  Good man, but bad temper and bad judgment (sounds like
Oedipus) did him in.
One joke: a reporter watches a Jew praying at the wailing wall.  Every day he spends hours at the wall.
The reporter asked him," What do you pray for?" He replied, "I pray for peace in the world, for peace in
Israel and the elimination of all diseases." The reporter then says, "How's it feel to pray for years and
years?"
The Jew answers, "It's like talking to a wall."
That's the news -- dad

Subj:    Re: Thursday
Date:    99-08-26 17:29:13 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: On Saturday Mother will help Pam with a garage sale until about one or two.  Your best bet would
be around 3 or so.  That's about the time Paul Harvell (76 Italy) will stop by to reminisce.
Caught one leak on the porch.  But I will be replacing the ceiling.
Hurricanes are heading this way, but so far we've been deflecting them and sending them north.  That's
the news -- dad

Subj:    Re: Thursday
Date:    99-08-30 21:05:21 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: I waited all afternoon for Harvell to show.  I think he became a stealth something or other.  Not a
word.  So much for class acts.
This morning I left early to open up Pam's new house to allow tile workmen in. They were  expected to
be there at 8 and arrived at 9. Another class act.
The hurricanes keep skirting us, but sooner or later .... The weather is sauna like and it'll be like this for
another month. That's the good news --  dad

Subj:    Re: Monday
Date:    99-08-31 08:44:13 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: Here are some real headlines to cheer you up.
Marijuana issue sent to joint committee.
Governor's penis (pen is) is busy
Gaters to face Seminoles with Peters out
Organ festival ends in smashing climax
Republicans elect Bone head
That's all from here at 8:44 am  dad

Subj:    Re: Tuesday
Date:    99-09-01 17:30:10 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: They are funny un headlines.
I've just returned from the doctor for my complete checkup.  All's fine.  I just don't like getting the finger.
Seems to get busier around here and the days are too short. Now there's a storm overhead, so I'm signing
off. dad

Subj:    Re: Tuesday
Date:    99-09-02 17:51:12 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: I wouldn't mind going to Pasadena myself right now and get out of this oppressive heat. 
I do most of my work indoors and that helps, but the grass is coming up. That's when I put on old pants
and an ripped shirt (which is what I usually wear anyway) and look upon it as exercise.
Tomorrow will be busy for Pam.  Moving.  And tonight she has a class.
By the way, do you know what KGB stands for. Komitet Gosudarstvennoy Bezopasnosti. I'll bet you
didn't know that.  That's it, dad

Subj:    Re: Thursday
Date:    99-09-04 22:36:09 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul:I have no idea what the Russian means -- probably Counter Intelligence Agency. But it sounds great
in Russian if you can pronounce it.
Well, the move has been made and Pam is in the new house. It wasn't easy. I stayed mostly at home and
worked in the study with an occasional foray out side to keep nature under control. Nothing much new.
dad
Some trivia -- I just learned that the meaning of "to testify" came from ancient Rome where men swore
by their testicles. Beats the bible.

Subj:    Re: Sunday
Date:    99-09-05 08:56:32 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: Just think, as soon as Furrow entered your  compound, you were in a combat zone.  Imagine if you
had gotten an interview with him.
For the time being ponder these for a second-- He who laughs last thinks slowest.
day without sunshine is like, well, night. Those who live by the sword get shot by those who don't.
The tape of music will be coming.  dad

Subj:    Re: Thursday
Date:    99-09-09 18:19:50 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul:  Sounds great!  We'll be able to see you in person in a few months.  The news here is all benign. I
continue to work away and hope to have some stuff finished soon. Nothing great.  Isn't that what Da
Vinci said when he almost finished "The Last Supper" or did he say "I'll finish it later?
A teacher in the third grade asks her students to count from one to 100. They all had trouble except Clint.
he went home and told his father.  His father proudly said, "That's because you're from Arkansas.  The
next day the teacher asked them to run through the alphabet.  Clint was the only one to do it.  Again his
father said, "That's because you're from Arkansas. The next day in the shower room he noticed his penis
was considerably larger than those of his classmates.  He asked his father why his penis was so much
larger.  "is it because I'm from Arkansas?"
"No," his father said. "It's because you're 18 years old.     so long, dad

Subj:    Re: Friday
Date:    99-09-10 17:41:55 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul:  Forget it -- I've got all the wives and slickys cornered. They're not going to put up with someone
riding (flying) out of the west.
Bup's house is very nice. More like an elegant northern house.  Not much ground, but in Beach Park land
is double what it is in my area.  The location positions her for a run at the mayor's job in a couple of
years.  From where she lived she could not run.  Also the schools are significantly better. So they took a
financial whack, but in the long run they'll make it up.
Tomorrow as Rather would say, perhaps, perhaps, a mild cold front will be coming through.  That means
the temps will go from low 70's to mid 80's.  It will feel like a touch of the Arctic.  That's it for now --
dad

Subj:    Re: Saturday
Date:    99-09-13 16:43:45 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: Floyd is coming.  It is near a category five which could blow away half of Florida.  When I look at
the weather maps I see the hurricane turning towards the north around Palm Beach and then making its
way along the coast.  This will take in or take out a lot more real estate.  In any event we will be getting
rain and high winds in Tampa unless --unless (five percent probability) it hits Palm Beach and moves
straight across to 52nd Street. Then I will dash to the bathroom, look in the mirror and kiss my ass
goodbye.  Meanwhile, I'm getting the grounds in order.  I'll give you a blow by blow ( Monica would do
a better job) account when it gets close.
I just heard that Bradley and Gore are neck and neck in a New York poll. Will have to find out more
about it.  That's about it from here.  dad

Subj:    Re: "Dogma" query
Date:    99-09-14 16:15:21 EDT
From:    kolson@nytimes.com (Ann Kolson)
To:    PLIORIO@aol.com

Sorry. We did a Dogma story already, with an interview with Kevin Smith,
Catholic League flap, etc.
I've seen the movie. liked it a lot.
thanks,
ajk

Subj:    Re: Floyd Alert!
Date:    99-09-14 16:35:48 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: The trip to Pasadena sounds great, something I'd like. You should have imaginary interviews with
some of the paintings or painters.
Floyd is turning north.  We'll get a bit of rain and some wind. but the coastal cities will be hit hard and
look out Charleston -- again. This means insurance rates will go up.  Meanwhile Gert is lurking out there
to take its turn at us. Keep you posted. dad

Subj:    LA FAMILIA
Date:    99-09-15 10:30:56 EDT
From:    bck@qis.net (BARTOLINI, CAPRIOLO & KULESA)
Reply-to:    BCK@qis.net
To:    PLIORIO@aol.com

Dear Paul,

Maybe someday I'll visit LA.  I am one who likes both LA and San
Francisco.  I don't find them to be mutually exclusive. 

We are busy at my household.  Danny and family moved in with us, pending
another move, possibly to North Carolina.  Not a rational act on his part.


Wilmin is just now finishing up for his Ph.D. in chemistry.  He should
have it by the end of the month or in October.  Graduation, however, will
be in January.  He has a JOB!  In Boston.  The pay is good.  He'll be
moving there before the end of October, since he starts on October 25th.
Tomorrow, he, Kathleen and baby Emily are going to Boston to locate housing
(all at company expense). 

My mom is just getting older.  But she is still the same spunky woman that
she has always been.  My bones hurt too.  I can't find a part of my body
that does not have a problem. 

Kay and I now have 7 grandchildren.  Debbie's oldest, Alicia, is 15 and
already pushing for a car.  She will be choosing a college soon.  Her
interests are broadcast journalism and music.  It must be in the genes.
Any suggestions about college? 

Come visit and together we'll make something Italian.  Lasagna is ok.  How
about lobster fra diabolo.  Stato bono.  Dan



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Date: Wed, 15 Sep 1999 10:30:38 -0400
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Subj:    Re: Tuesday
Date:    99-09-15 20:02:02 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: What comes out from your trip to Pasadena is your talent as an art critic. Explore it a bit more.
Before you know it you'll have music, films and painting in your bag; then you can be a cultural critic. 
The hurricane did absolutely nothing here, but the hype was amazing. They wanted it to come across
Florida.  I have to admit that when it passed us by as if we were the garlic capital of thr world, I was a bit
disappointed.  We had sustained winds of five miles an hour and that was it.  Better luck next time.  dad

Subj:    Re: Murola
Date:    99-09-15 20:03:25 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul:  Glad you like it.  If you pass it on to OJ someone will have to translate it for him and then someone
will have to translate the English. dad

Subj:    Re: Wednesday evening
Date:    99-09-16 12:19:52 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: Murolo has been around a long time.  When we were there in 1970 he was considered one of the
leading folk singers in Italy.  He did not write any of the songs. All of them are quite old and as I pointed
out the Macaduro which is Neapolitan for hankerchief goes back to the 12th century. And Scorsese has
used him in Io te voglio bene assai.  You'll get it because it's  repeated again and again.  I think he used it
in Mean Streets.  Listen for it. He might also have used the canary one -- very appropriate for his films.
It's too bad about Danny.  I hear he is going to be circumcized.  Why, I don't know.
That's all for now, dad

Subj:    Re: Thursday
Date:    99-09-16 17:45:58 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul:  Here's the information on the cover -- Disco Durium Microsolco.  HOWEVER, the album I have is
different from what you have.  BUT, the blurb says it is another blessing by Durium, leading me to
believe that the collection you have is from the same company.  I can't play this 33 album because my
machine has broken down. I will start looking for the 33 album that was the parent of your tape.
Bup was just here.  She ate with us and now has left for her class at USF.  dad

Subj:    Re: Thursday
Date:    99-09-16 17:48:03 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul:  About your teeth. Can you find out what the cost is.  I'm assuming you don't have any insurance.
dad

Subj:    Re: "Dogma" query
Date:    99-09-17 00:59:24 EDT
From:    pancakej@washpost.com
To:    PLIORIO@aol.com

Interesting controversy, but I think I'll pass.


Subj:    Re: Leno query
Date:    99-09-17 19:21:07 EDT
From:    Sherry.Stern@latimes.com (Sherry Stern)
To:    PLIORIO@aol.com



thanks for your idea but given your experience with talking to them about a job
I'll have to pass. I appreciate your candidness.

And I passed your Dogma proposal on to Rich Nordwind.

Subj:    Re: Carlin query
Date:    99-09-20 16:45:10 EDT
From:    Sherry.Stern@latimes.com (Sherry Stern)
To:    PLIORIO@aol.com



Hi. I've forwarded your pitch to an editor in our Orange County Edition, which
covers such events at the OC Perf Arts Center.

Subj:    Re: another joke
Date:    99-09-20 16:47:42 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: I like them jokes. Now here is one for you: And God said let there be Satan, so people don't blame
everything on me.  And let there be lawyers, so people don't blame everything on Satan.  Okay, so it's
cute.
I'm hoping Jay's place wasn't hit, but that river is mighty close.  He'll get back today, so he'll know and
then we'll know.
Meanwhile, Harvey is headed right up the bay.  Winds are sixty but it may strengthen to hurricane level.
I've cleaned up the grounds and made the pasta fazzol, so I'm set.  It's gonna be a rainy night.  Keep you
posted. dad

Subj:    Re: By the way
Date:    99-09-20 19:35:03 EDT
From:    Sherry.Stern@latimes.com (Sherry Stern)
To:    PLIORIO@aol.com



fyi, Calendar did an 829 word profile and Q&A on Carlin in  September 1997. we
did a huge 81 inch profile in 1/16/94. Too soon for us to revisit.


Subj:    Re: Carlin query
Date:    99-09-21 10:20:42 EDT
From:    Stephan_Talty@condenast.com
To:    PLIORIO@aol.com

paul -

we've already closed november and are working on december. and i hated
dogma,
so i'm not looking to do anything on it.

best/s

Subj:    Re: Monday
Date:    99-09-21 16:26:43 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: Another bust.  The storm was heading straight for Tampa and the reporters were all over
themselves in catastrophic modes. Continuous coverage and alarms. But all through the night we didn't
even get a five mile an hour sustained wind and practically no rain. It veered and went south and now is
going toward Miami.
We rang Jay last night just as he was coming through the door.  (Doesn't one open a door first?)
Apparently his area escape serious damage. He'll tell you about Germany and Amsterdam.
Here's a joke to take up your time.  A gorilla in a zoo was in heat.  The managers could not find a  mate,
so they  asked a redneck workman if he would screw the gorilla for 500 dollars.  He thought it over for a
day and then said he would do it on three conditions.  One -- no kissing would be involved. Two -- no
word about this was to get out. Then he paused. "So what's the third condition."  He said, well, you'll
have to give me a week to raise the $500.  dad

Subj:    RE: By the way...
Date:    99-09-21 17:48:25 EDT
From:    ccotts@villagevoice.com (Cotts, Cynthia)
To:    PLIORIO@aol.com ('PLIORIO@aol.com')

Paul,
Thanks for the feedback and sorry for the delay replying. It's a hard call
on the Chinatown thing, as it's pretty much the same idea but worded quite
differently.  Interestingly I wrote about a case of suspected plagiarism
this week and spent a lot of time talking to people about the similarities
between two pieces and whether it was worth questioning the echoes in the
language or just the echoes in the ideas (opted for the lattter). And on the
irresponsible editing, I can hardly say it's acceptable but it does seem so
widespread. I've worked with editors who routinely added errors in the
course of editing. Also seems like a lot of newspaper editors are burnt out,
jaded, less than meticulous. Hope you get to work with the good ones at
times! Stay in touch.
Cynthia Cotts

Subj:    Re: Carlin query
Date:    99-09-22 10:16:38 EDT
From:    kolson@nytimes.com (Ann Kolson)
To:    PLIORIO@aol.com

sorry, i'm not interested in a Carlin piece.
thanks,
ajk


At 01:51 PM 9/21/99 EDT, you wrote:

Subj:    Re: Tuesday
Date:    99-09-23 17:57:56 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: Had a phone  collapse here; so haven't been able to do much with mail. But I'm back on track.
Today was the first break in the weather with a cool 63 this morning. Gave me the shivers.
Seems that Andy in Trenton got chest pains and now needs a bypass.  I think he'll be okay. 
Nothing much to report except work and work. 
About your teeth.  Make sure that nothing serious develops from them. If one or two have to come out,
do it.  Good luck, dad

Subj:    Uncle Andy and me
Date:    99-09-24 14:45:41 EDT
From:    bck@qis.net (BARTOLINI, CAPRIOLO & KULESA)
Reply-to:    BCK@qis.net
To:    PLIORIO@aol.com

Some bad news.  Uncle Andy has 4 clogged arteries and is to undergo heart
bypass surgery on Monday.  We'll keep you posted.

Me.  I have acrushed vertebra in my thoracic spine and will be tested to
see what's going on in my back.  Oh well! Just another pain to be added to
my repetroire.  More freggin pills too.

My recent circumcision (necessitated by my diabetes which is controlled) is
coming along fine.  My shlong is now only 8 inches, down from 9.5 inches
when at rest.
Italian bragging.

Pasta e fagiole (pasta fa sul) sounds good.  I make a good one.  Everyone
in the family has his or her version.  Mine is spicy. I'm sure your dad's
would set your ass on fire.

I'm off to P.T.  Let me hear from you.

Ciao  Cugino

Danny

Subj:    Re: Thursday
Date:    99-09-27 16:33:38 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: Regarding your teeth.  Explore all the possibilities of getting some medical support from the state.
If worse comes to worse, work out a series of payments with your doctor and plead absolute poverty.
Then we'll see if  we can do anything.  These bills can be big without insurance.
I've been a bit weak for the past two days, but I think I caught a cold in the act of taking over and I'll be
back to normal in a day or so.  Nothing new to report.  dad

Subj:    Re: By the way
Date:    99-09-27 16:37:19 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul:  Andy had a by pass about four years ago.  But now the congestion has returned it seems.  He was
rushed to the hospital and then to Philadelphia where they found four arteries, leading to the heart,
blocked. He should be able to come through.  I'll let you know more as I get the information.  dad

Subj:    Re: Monday
Date:    99-09-28 16:52:06 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: From what I hear Andy is recovering after a five hour operation.  As for Danny, he almost invites
the thought that perhaps he was thinking of conversion.  But you're right.  It does suggest deeper
problems which of course are obvious.  I feel bad about the kind of life he has right now.   There are too
man ER cases.  There's Russ who sleeps most of the day and Bea asked me to write an obituary. And
Charlie really doesn't know where he is. This is like combat -- who got it today?
Better news -- I jmissed the bullet on this cold.  Felt weak for a while, but today I cut the grass and feel
okay. I really think it came from being exhausted.  Too many things that had to be done.  More later, dad

Subj:    Re: Tuesday
Date:    99-09-29 12:34:20 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul:  That was really luck chancing on Voight.  And he's a damn good actor.  He used to play idealistic
Huck Finnish characters -- now he is the essence of evil in some pictures.  It shows that you can change
for the better.  Nothing more except get those teeth fixed.  dad

Subj:    teeth
Date:    99-09-29 16:47:11 EDT
From:    Ioriod
To:    PLIORIO

Dear Paul,
Daddy tells me that you are having trouble with your teeth - in fact you have an infection.  Unless you
want to lose all your teeth and have to fight an infection, you need to get this taken care of right now.
Again, money is the problem.  Before I would let my teeth fall out (even at my age) I would make sure I
had some sort of dental insurance.  Since this is not the case and you do not have any money, I have very
reluctantly paid off your credit card early so that you can use the card to have your teeth fixed.  I pay
Sammons and my doctors with my credit card so I don't see why your dentist would not do the same.
I you get a medical illness (God forbid) you would have to put yourself at the mercy of charity and I don't
think the quality of care would be what you would want.  But then we could be talking about hundreds of
thousands of dollars very easily if you had to go to the hospital.  For your own well-being, get a job, any
job, with medical benefits.  Your life may depend on it.
Please think carefully about this next advice because I think it is sound.  You have a B. A. which not
everyone has.  What can  you do with it?  It is my understanding that there is a teacher shortage all over
the country.  Why not contact your local school administration and see if you could qualify for a
temporary teaching certificate for high school teaching.  You could teach writing, journalism, English,
English Lit, even Philosophy.  I would be surprised if they paid less then $40,000 with the summers off.
Also, I think you would be a great teacher.  Please think about this seriously.
Take care of those teeth.
Love, Mother

Subj:    LAST NIGHT
Date:    99-09-29 20:06:05 EDT
From:    fpogodinasso@pacificnet.net (Lorraine Jackson)
To:    pliorio@aol.com

LAST NIGHT


Lions Gate Films invites you and a guest to attend a screening of Don McKellar’s apocalyptic romance,
LAST NIGHT, starring Don McKellar, Sandra Oh, Callum Keith Rennie, Sarah Polley, David
Cronenberg and Genevieve Bujold. The film will open in New York and Los Angeles on November 5 and
then platform nationally.


In LAST NIGHT, the world isn’t coming to an end just yet—there are still six hours left! On an ordinary
day -albeit the final one - on planet Earth, everyone has his or her own unique way of preparing for the
big kiss-off: Craig (Rennie) wants to go out with a series of bangs, having sex with nearly everyone, in
nearly every way (including with his former French teacher, Bujold); gas company employee Duncan
(Cronenberg) calls up his customers, assuring them that, despite the unpleasantness, they can count on
uninterrupted gas service until the very end; Jennifer (Polley) chooses to party like there is no tomorrow,
because there isn’t; Sandra (Oh) tries desperately to make it across town to spend the evening with her
husband; and Patrick (McKellar) just wants to face the music alone. Despite his desire to go "solo,"
Patrick crosses paths with Sandra (and in sometimes surprising ways, with the rest of the cast of
characters), and discovers his fate is something he never expected.


LAST NIGHT is the feature directorial debut for Don McKellar, one of the leading lights of Canadian
cinema, both as a writer (THIRTY-TWO SHORT FILMS ABOUT GLENN GOULD, THE RED
VIOLIN) and actor (eXistenZ, THE RED VIOLIN). The film has received several awards including three
Genies (Canada’s Oscar equivalent) for McKellar for Best First Feature and Best Supporting nods for Oh
and Rennie, as well as the Prix de la Jeunesse at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival. It introduces a major
talent in actress Sandra Oh (BEAN, Cable Ace Award winner for Best Actress in a comedy for HBO’s
"Arli$$,") who is heartbreaking as a woman who learns that sometimes an ending is the only beginning.


Beginning with wry comedy and shifting into more poignant terrain, LAST NIGHT may be one of the
most romantic and uplifting movies you will ever see about the end of the world.


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SANDRA OH WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR INTERVIEWS IN LOS ANGELES

THE WEEK OF OCTOBER 18


A Lions Gate Films Release 93 minutes Rating: R


Subj:    Re: Scoop!
Date:    99-09-29 21:57:15 EDT
From:    justv@mindspring.com
To:    PLIORIO@aol.com

Pauly,  Can't wait to see U!  Lenett was just here, and she's still
MAHvelous, dahling!  Did you see the SNL 25th Anniversary Special.  I taped
it and just watched it tonight.  It's such a cultural experience.  Love, V.
-----Original Message-----
From: PLIORIO@aol.com
Subj:    Re: X-rays better than expected
Date:    99-10-01 07:32:22 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul:  X rays do not lie and the news sounds good. Save the teeth beats saving the manatees.  dad

Subj:    Dutch treats
Date:    99-10-03 20:02:49 EDT
From:    j.iorio@ieee.org (Jay Iorio)
Reply-to:    j.iorio@ieee.org
To:    PLIORIO@aol.com

Dude!

Pasadena, eh? I admit all I know about Pasadena is from the Beach Boys, and
when I tried to surf per their instructions I almost got killed, so, well,
there you go. And the postcard you sent, though delightful, does little to
peel away the veil of mystery surrounding the home of the Jet Propulsion
Laboratory. Tell me more -- why were you there? What does it look like? Where
is it?

My Euro trip was great. Three days in Aachen, a nice little German city very
near the Netherlands and Belgium. I gave a brisk fifteen-minute talk on
Friday, haha'd and waved my way to a taxi, and headed for the train station as
soon as I could.

Now and then it's good to be someplace where you don't even know enough of the
language to scream coherently. The walls of the German rail station were one
meaningless consonant-orgy, with contemptuous umlauts in places I'd never
seen. Some signs were important (I could tell somehow: "Achtung!" ) and all
sported huge words and that crisp euro typography. Still, though I know no
German, things eventually started to make a little sense.

Which is more than I can say for Dutch! Yow! It looks like English in a
mirror, with a bunch of gratuitous  "j"s strewn around with apparent
randomness -- and the words are so long and seemingly unrelated to how they're
pronounced that I didn't even bother trying to say anything in Dutch. I know
it's not Turkey, but the language really did feel exotic in a way I didn't
expect. The names of the streets and canals in Amsterdam are often so long
that map reading becomes a real guessing game. Take an American street name
and glue about 15 more letters to the end of it, and you can see how things
can get out of hand. I've heard that getting a job is very hard in Holland if
you don't know Dutch; the language serves as a natural immigration barrier.

Of course, in Aachen, most people spoke some English at least (and with my
Berlitz and Deutsch-English dictionary, I was actually saying German sentences
-- well, a couple of times -- YOU try saying "Franzstrasse" -- I almost lost a
filling! )

So anyway, I managed to get to Amsterdam by train as a full-bore illiterate.
It can be done! No customs anymore in Europe (I noticed this when I went from
Switzerland to Italy four years ago). You know you've entered a new country
because the signs are in a different language, but no "passport please" on the
train like in the pre-EU days.

Amsterdam is a wonderful city. It feels like a big city, but it's not. It
bustles -- there are bicycles everywhere, tiny little euro cars that don't get
imported here, endless boutiques and eccentric stores, and an international
street scene that jus' keeps on goin. The canals, narrow little alleys, and
charming canal houses -- elegant yet often crooked, like a parade of drunk
society ladies trying to walk down the stairs without stumbling -- make for a
unique walking environment. Real low-crime vibe -- you can actually sit on a
park bench at night without anxiety. There seems to be a "live and let live"
quality coupled with a strong sense of civic responsibility, a rare
combination. There are now direct flights from Newark to Amsterdam, and I plan
on returning as soon as I can scrape some cash together.

I arrived in Amsterdam Friday night and I left for the US Monday morning. In
that time I must have walked 20 miles. The weather was perfect and I wandered
for hours at a time. I didn't even get to the museums, the boat tours, or any
of the other typical stuff. I just walked. The city has that great combination
of modern euro-qualities that I noticed on my last trip -- futuristic carnival
meets 400-year-old buildings, ultramodern graphic design on top of a Roman
wall. Very cool and mind-altering cultural effect, unattainable in the New
World. The cash money looks like it comes from 20 years from now, everybody
has a cell phone, the cars look differently evolved, and people dress way more
stylishly than their American counterparts. A good-looking crowd.

Anyway, I could go on and on, but I've got to send this or it's gonna be
another week! Hope all's kool on the koast for the dude with the most. Talk to
you soon

--jay

Subj:    Re: Friday
Date:    99-10-04 16:31:40 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: Root canals are no small things.  Let us know what you're working out with the dentist. By the
way, are the teeth at the back  wisdom teeth?
The x-rays really don't do much.  I've had hundreds. Of course people have difficulty seeing me. 
Nothing much to report.  dad

Subj:    Re: Wednesday
Date:    99-10-06 14:27:15 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: Just keep us posted on the teeth. Save what you have -- you won't be getting any more.  Teeth are
funny that way. Reminds me of a joke: what do you get when you have 32 rednecks in the same room? A
full set of teeth.
The news from the north country is that Danny went in for a biopsy on the tumor on his spine.  So far the
indications are good, but this is second hand information. It seems that he won't even answer his kids'
phone calls. But Joany tells us that he has pain in his arm pit and chest.  Sounds like the heart to me, but
he reported in for work and took one of the kids to school. Joany is really ballistics, wondering what he's
doing taking a kid to school when the parents should be doing it. NaNell is not well.  She feels very
depressed and her situation with her daughter and son in law is not good. All her past sacrifices aparently
have been forgotten.
Here the weather has been rainy.  But today it's cooler than usual and not bad at all.
By the way, whatever I say about Danny, don't repeat to anyone.  Joany doesn't want anyth
Subj:    Re: Wednesday
Date:    99-10-06 14:27:15 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: Just keep us posted on the teeth. Save what you have -- you won't be getting any more.  Teeth are
funny that way. Reminds me of a joke: what do you get when you have 32 rednecks in the same room? A
full set of teeth.
The news from the north country is that Danny went in for a biopsy on the tumor on his spine.  So far the
indications are good, but this is second hand information. It seems that he won't even answer his kids'
phone calls. But Joany tells us that he has pain in his arm pit and chest.  Sounds like the heart to me, but
he reported in for work and took one of the kids to school. Joany is really ballistics, wondering what he's
doing taking a kid to school when the parents should be doing it. NaNell is not well.  She feels very
depressed and her situation with her daughter and son in law is not good. All her past sacrifices aparently
have been forgotten.
Here the weather has been rainy.  But today it's cooler than usual and not bad at all.
By the way, whatever I say about Danny, don't repeat to anyone.  Joany doesn't want anything coming
back to her.  That's about it -- dad

Subj:    Teeth
Date:    99-10-07 11:14:36 EDT
From:    Ioriod
To:    PLIORIO

Dear Paul,
How is the situation with your teeth coming along?  Do whatever you have to do to save your teeth.  (In
this country, teeth are very important).
I know there is a lot of talk about root canals being painful, but I had one many years ago before there
were the advances they now have in denistry , and I had no trouble with it.  In fact, I can't even remember
it being painful or any big deal.

Big deal or not, have it done.
Keep me informed.
Take care.   Love, Mother
Subj:    Re: Wednesday afternoon
Date:    99-10-08 10:45:36 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: It's really bad for Danny. It is cancer and they will operate on him next week. He is home now and
taking care of things.  Seems that no one else does anything there. He had to be taken to the hospital by
his secretary.  I had a good conversation with him, but there is little one can say.
Too bad about the hot weather, but very soon you'll have a stretch of great weather.  Here it's slowly
inching to where it should be and the heat is confined to a smaller and smaller afternoon weather ghetto.
Today I will do some outside work.  The grounds need it. That's about it from here.  dad

Subj:    Re: Friday
Date:    99-10-08 16:26:30 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul:  I've  printed this out and will read it.
Danny is getting a second opinion from Johns Hopkins medicos. The surgery may take the form of simply
putting in a steel rod but leaving the tumor to chemical attack. The problem is that it would be too
delicate an operation. It could result in paralysis. That's about the latest I've heard. It certainly is not
good.  Nothing else to report. dad

Subj:    Re: Back from the dentist!
Date:    99-10-10 17:53:52 EDT
From:    Ioriod
To:    PLIORIO

Dear Paul,
Glad to know that the trip to the dentist went well.  I would suggest that you get the root canals done
before you come home for Christmas.  The change in air pressure in the plane can be painful and you
don't won't to have tooth trouble again when you are home.
Brush those teeth and floss.  Remember pasta turns to sugar.
Take care.  Love Mother

Subj:    Re: Saturday
Date:    99-10-11 10:50:05 EDT
From:    Jjiorio
To:    PLIORIO

Paul: Glad to hear aboutthe teeth.
We enjoyed your article a great deal.  I was fascinated by these guys and would like to see the movie.  'm
always taken by magicians and would like to know how they do their tricks.  Maybe S&R really cut a
woman into pieces and simply get a new woman  for every performance.  I know they're at the cutting
edge of technology. I recall reading  -- I think it was Houdini -- who performed a trick that had political
consequences. He was in North Africa and the people were rebelling against the French.  The magician
said he would give a prize to anyone who could lift some weights from a platform.  The strongest Arab
was not able to move it an inch. Then Houdini simply picked it up and walked away. The population,
noting his strength went back to compliance.  It seems that Houdini used an electro magnet (the latest in
technology at that time)  under the platform  -- on for Arab impotence, off for French strength.
No new news from Danny, but we'll hear soon.  Maybe those power lines had something to do with the
illness, but  scientific evidence doesn't seem to support it right now.
That's all for now -- dad