Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Charles Champlin's Autobiography

I grew up reading Los Angeles Times film critic and columnist Charles Champlin, who retired in 1991. Over the years our family would occasionally spot him at screenings of classic movies at the L.A. County Art Museum's Leo S. Bing Theater.

I was thus interested to learn in today's Times that Champlin's autobiography, A LIFE IN WRITING: THE STORY OF AN AMERICAN JOURNALIST, is being published this month. Reviewer Clancy Sigal writes of Champlin: "Unfashionably, he seems to have been, for most of his life, optimistic, happy and eminently reasonable." That's how Champlin came across to me in the pages of the Times.

Champlin previously wrote MY FRIEND, YOU ARE LEGALLY BLIND, about his loss of vision due to macular degeneration.


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