I saw the movie Milk yesterday. I liked the movie well enough.. but felt it was a little Oliver Stoney in its glorification of the title character. I think Harvey Milk was an impressive person who accomplished impressive things. The world ne
eded him, and the world could stand to learn about him now. But I would have been happier seeing a more humanizing portrayal of him, one in which I appreciated his flaws in greater detail, and appreciated his strengths more because of it. That said, I thought Sean Penn was beyond excellent in his portrayal, and the supportin
g cast was great as well.
I'm sort of amazed at how much I either never knew, or managed to forget about Harvey Milk.
For instance, I forgot that the mayor was assassinated at the same time he was.
I either forgot, or never knew, that the infamous Twinkie defense was connected to this case. That was remembered as one of the most outrageous legal defenses in history, and not much since has come along to challenge it (even the Robert Chambers "rough sex" defense paled). Interestingly, if Snopes.com is to be believed, it is also something of an urban legend It was not his defense, but evidence of his defense. Interesting.
And just to keep this from being a picture-free post, here is a random shot from my computer. These were the kitchen cabinets (and countertops) from my old house - picked by my mother in 1975 or so. Kitchen cabinets for dummies. Scary.