The following should be under World Peace.
Nearly forty years ago I negotiated a lasting Peace in Northern Ireland.
About 55 years ago I figured out a solution to end to the Bay of Pigs Missile crisis in Cuba without getting the US into a war with Russia.
Also, Hands Across America was my idea and I helped with the logistics.
Understanding my book ‘the Conversation’ will go a long way toward World Peace.
My book, ‘Confusion turned to Chaos‘ will help with tolerance and acceptance. Both are available at Smashwords.com or BN.com and in print at Blurb.com.
Under Movies – I’ve been in and directed many movies; but for purposes of making the world a better place, under the heading Movies, you can add Scent of a Woman, a movie about a blind, retired Marine Captain. I believe the only good war movie is an antiwar movie. When I got to the set the first day of Scent of a Woman there was a Marine General there who was supposed to assist me with any questions. He would not. He wouldn’t answer any questions asked by a woman. I asked if it a were true that the Marines have secret words and he would not even acknowledge that. I said it doesn’t matter, I know they do, and Al and I made up the word Boo Ya, which may have morphed into Who Ya, I’m not sure. I asked just a few more questions about the Marines to get things straight for the movie, because I’m a stickler. I was a little upset with the General since he was no help. So I dismissed him. I knew the answers to my questions by his lack of cooperation and I figured if anything else came up I would just wing it. What I didn’t know, and found out much later, was that the General put a hit out on me because he thought I was insubordinate, even though I was not in the Military. What a baby. I think the order for my execution was stifled by Dick Cheney. I don’t think the military should be allowed to go and kill anyone they want because someone got pissed off.
I directed – A Few Good Men; and Good Morning Vietnam , and I co-directed Air America. I got death threats a few times while doing A Few Good Men and Air America. But again, someone, possibly John Alexander or Dick Cheney may have intervened on my behalf.
I asked the Army for footage for the movie Good Morning Vietnam that I wanted to play while there was music playing to make it seem as though we were in Vietnam. The Army was there every step of the way overseeing what we were doing but someone in the military got me footage of some execution that happened in the town. The soldiers I was working with desperately wanted me to put something war-related in the movie even though the military disapproved. What I did was played this song What A Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong and I put the footage in around the second minute of the song so it would be overlooked by the military when they scrutinized the movie. It worked, and the footage stayed in, it was probably only two or three seconds, but very meaningful to the men who served in Vietnam. I heard over and over that Good Morning Vietnam was the truest war movie they had seen. I was glad to have been able to honor our troops like that.
I say this because I hear all the time how we have this great country and freedom of speech and other countries wouldn’t allow movies like that to be made. Everyone was scared who made A Few Good Men and we hired extra security. I felt it was important to make that movie and John Alexander thanked me and told me that of course the word for what they were doing was not Code Red, but that practice of having troops discipline each other ended with that movie and he was grateful for that.
Mel couldn’t hire extra security for Air America but we all were very, very vigilant and from time to time we pointed out things that were amiss to our security and when they went to investigate, sure enough, there was a plot against us in the works.
So, while it’s nice that we have a country where we can make movies like that, it’s all not peaches and cream, and we took our lives in our hands while making them.