Monday, December 12, 2005

Burt Prelutsky

Burt Prelutsky is a columnist who is new to me, but anybody who was a humor columnist for the L.A. Times and a movie critic for Los Angeles magazine and is openly rightwing (these days, at least), and who writes a book with a title like this --

Conservatives Are from Mars, Liberals are From San Francisco: A Hollywood Conservative Comes out of the Closet
Conservatives Are from Mars (Liberals are From San Francisco): A Hollywood Conservative Comes out of the Closet

-- has to be put into the 'interesting persons' category, yes? Maybe?

Just so you can decide for yourself, his articles/columns so far at include:

Going to the Movies

The Jewish Grinch who stole Christmas

The unliberal left

Prelutsky also wrote for several television shows, including some of my favorites. From his bio at (ellipsis in original):

For television, he has written for Dragnet, McMillan & Wife, MASH, Mary Tyler Moore, Rhoda, Bob Newhart, Family Ties, Dr. Quinn and Diagnosis Murder. In addition, he has written a batch of terrific TV movies. Talk about being well-rounded, he plays tennis and poker... and rarely cheats at either.

He lives in the San Fernando Valley, where he takes his marching orders from a wife named Yvonne and a dog named Duke.

OK, so he likes to be cute. Nobody's perfect.

1 comment:

Bookworm said...

I knew him from his kids' poetry.

I think it was incredibly brave of him to come out of the closet in Hollywood. I suspect that a lot of people dropped him like hot potatoes.

Of course, as one of my friends who used to work in Hollywood discovered, there are no "friends" in Hollywood, just useful people. Perhaps it hurts less when the crowd of people seeking to use you simply changes identity.