On April 27, 1965, my father told me, "The man you were named after died today."
I was stunned: "Who was it?"
My dad, a Brooklyn teacher who'd belonged to a black-listed group and had refused to sign a loyalty oath, replied, "Edward R. Murrow."
On Nov. 15, 2002, filmmaker Larry Cohen should have been at the multiplex, gauging opening day reaction to the film he wrote, "Phone Booth," about a man who must outwit a sniper while trapped in the eponymous telephonic cabin. But the Washington Sniper changed all that.
No, Cohen was not the target of a hit. But his movie was, last October, when 20th Century Fox postponed the release because of the snipers (who were ultimately apprehended after killing 10 people and critically wounding three).
"Phone Booth," directed by Joel Schumacher and starring current "it boy" Colin Farrell, opens in theaters April 4.Â