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!l PAGE 10 POST-GAZE'IrE, MARCH 10, 2017 ABOUT THIS & THAT with Daniel A. DiCenso The Twilight Zone Movie Accident: A Hollywood Tragedy Despite the hot talent in- volved (Steven Spielberg, John Landis, and William Shatner), Twilight Zone: The Movie was going to be something of a box- office challenge almost from conception. Sure, fans of the classic TV series of the late '50s and '60s were likely to go, even if accompanied by skepticism. The charm of the TV series was its stark, haunting look and simplistic settings, and usually no more than a handful of char- acters appeared. A big-budget color production with a top- selling talent from the early '80s seemed hardly an appropriate way to salute a favorite. And yet, Warner Bros. went on in what was, in hindsight, the smartest way possible. It took four of the classic episodes and retold them with modem technology. K nothing else, this would prevent criticism of taking liberties with familiar and fondly remembered stories. And yet, the misfortune that befell the movie during produc- tion was something unprec- edented in Hollywood; it not only set new standards, but no amount of publicity could shake it off. In a dark spot in movie history, three people were killed on set -- actor Vic Morrow and two child actors. The incident happened on July 23, 1982, during the shoot of the John Landis segment, which was based on the epi- sode "A Quality of Mercy." The story followed a loud-mouth racist, played by Morrow, who is transported to the old South where he is persecuted by a lynch mob; a concentration camp in Germany; and, finally, to Vietnam. Landis must have known he was heading for trouble when he violated a number of safety laws involving child ac- tors, among them, shooting at night. Landis refused to apply for a waiver, believing it would be denied when it was revealed the children would be working near pyrotechnic effects. To LEGAL NOTICE Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Middlesex Probate and Family Court 208 Cambridge Street Cambridge, MA 02141 (617) 768-5800 Docket No. MI10D3955DR DIVORCE SUMMONS BY PUBLICATION AND MAILING FRANCISCO CHAVIRA GOMEZ VS. GRABRIELA FLORES MARETINEZ aka GABRIELA FLORES MARTINEZ To the Defendant: The Plaintiff has filed a C.,omplaint for Divorce requesting that the Court grant a divorce for Irretrievable Breakdown of the Marriage 1S. The Complaint is on file at the Court. An Automatic Restraining Order has been entered in this matter preventing you from taking any action which would negatively impact the current financial status of either party. SEE Supplemental Probate Court Rule 411. You are hereby summoned and required to serve upon Francisco Chsvira Gomez, 4608 Stearns Hill Road, Waltham, MA 02451 ~our answer, if any, on or before Apdl 6, 2017. If you fail to do so, the court will proceed to the hearing and adjudication of this action. You are also required to file a copy of your answer, if any, in the office of the Register of this Court. W,ness, HON. EDWARD F. DONNEU.Y, JR., First Justice of this Court. Date: February 21, 2017 Tara E. DeCristotaro, Register of Probate Run date: 3/10/17 Vic Morrow, seen here in the role he is best remembered for, Sergeant Saunders in Combat/ who was killed when a helicopter stunt went catastrophically wrong. circumvent the need for a per- mit, the two child actors were paid under the table. The par- ents of seven-year old Myca Dinh Le and six-year-old Re- nee Shin-Yi Chen were wary of allowing their children to work in a film, but ultimately agreed, believing it would be a good experience. Many things went unsaid. The firefighters supervising the effects on stage were never told children would be involved, and the fire inspector had a strong fear that the pyrotech- nics would cause the UH-1B helicopter used in the scene to crash, but he never shared his concerns with Landis. The helicopter and the explo- sion effects were to be used in ascene where Morrow walked with the two children through a river (made up to be in the jungles of Vietnam, but actually filmed in the popular filming location of Indian Dunes) while the chopper flew above. Darcey Wingo, a Vietnam veteran with much experience, was piloting the helicopter. When filming be- gan, Wingo turned the chopper to the left of the camera while the pyrotechnics were released to simulate a bomb going off in the war zone. What remains clear is that the effect went off too soon, while the helicopter's rotor was still above it, sending LEGAL NOTICE Commonwealth of Massachusetts TheTrial Court Worcester Probate and Family Court 225 Main Street Worcester, MA 01608 (508) 831-2208 Docket No. WOI7A0815AD CITATION G.L.c. 210, 6 In the Matter of KYME MARIE CONNOLLY f/k/a KYLIE MARIE HANRANAN To: Tom Seller Any unnamed or unknown parent and per- sons interested in a petition for the adoption of said child and to the Department of Children and Families of said Commonwealth. A petition has been presented to said court by Stephen James Aldred, Jr. of Upton, MA, Keri Lee Connolly Aldred of Upton, MA, requesting for leave to adopt said child and that the name of the child be changed to Kylie Marie Connolly. IF YOU DESIRE TO OBJECT THERETO, YOU OR YOUR A'I-I'ORNEY MUST FILE A WRI'I-FEN APPEARANCE IN SAID COURT AT WORCESTER ON OR BEFORE TEN O'CLOCK IN THE MORNING (1~:00 AM) on May 24, 2017.~ Wit~ HON. LBLAH A.,IEEAMY, First Justice of this Court. Date: March 6, 201'7 Stephanie K. Fattman, Register of Probate Run dates: 3/10, 3/17, 3/24/t7 the aircraft spinning out of con- trol and into the water, killing Morrow and the two children. Much would be said later. Many on the set, including the children's parents and camera operator Stephen Lydecker, would testify that Landis, despite becoming aware of the risks, kept demanding the helicopter fly lower. The trial that came from this would be a sensational one that brought many changes to safety in filming, shaking the film industry. It was also the first time a director was charged with manslaughter for a death during production. As Mark Locher, spokesman for the Screen Actors Guild, said, "The entire ordeal has shaken the in- dustry from top to bottom, with every actor concerned about their own safety and studio managements saying %t's not take a risk.'" Between civil and criminal charges, the trials lasted nearly a decade. In the end, all those charged with manslaughter (Landis, Wingo, associate pro- ducer George Folsey, Jr., and production manager Dan Ailing- ham) were acquitted in what many consider to be a case of power overstepping justice, and civil suits with the families of Morrow and the two children were settled. However, that is not to say that Landis' career had a smooth ride from then on. He did continue directing immediately after the tragedy, including hits Trading Places and Three Amigos, but his legacy would always be marked. His friendship with Steven Spielberg also came to an end. Spielberg openly stated to be- ing sickened by what happened and added, "No movie is worth dying for. I think people are standing up much more now than ever before to pro- ducers and directors who ask too much. If something isn't safe, it's the right and respon- sibility of every actor or crew member to yell, 'Cut['" In Spielberg's comment there is a hint of the positive things that came from this. Warner Bros set up a safety committee that would strictly supervise every aspect of production. The Directors Guild of America started penalizing members that violated safety regulations and the Screen Actors Guild began encouraging actors to refuse shots that endangered them. For the next few years, helicopters were not used in the same shot as actors, the effect of proximity to the flying machines achieved by cross- cutting. But in this landmark case that has become a mark in Hollywood history, there were no winners. As even John Landis explained, "There was absolutely no good aspect about this whole story. The tragedy, which I think about every day, had an enormous impact on my career, from which it may possibly never recover." In the end, that was the most sen- sible thing he said during and immediately after the whole mess ............... _ .... News Briefs (Continued from Page 1) ings that he had no such con- tacts, the Justice Department reported on March 1=. However, let's be clear here; when he met the ambassador twice over the summer of 2016, he did so as a U.S. Senator on the Senate Armed Services Committee, People are making a big deal that Sessions did not mention the two meetings to U.S. Sena- tor AI Franken when asked what he would do if evidence emerged that members of Trump's cam- paign had contact with Russia. Sessions didn't meet with anyone from Russia as a rep- resentative of the Trump cam- paign. He claims it was not discussed. But already there are Democrats demanding that he resign from his government position five weeks into it. MSNBC Beat Out CNN Last Month Apparently, MSNBC is over- joyed that they beat out CNN in primetime by 30 percent and was the #2 network in all of cable last month. Morning Joe beat CNN for the 24th consecu- tive month and has been grow- ing four times faster than CNN. Big deal, they beat CNN. MSNBC is still far behind front runner Fox News Network. What's with this Anti-Trump Red Scare Stuff? Lately, all this anti-Trump resistance stuff is going from bad to worse. In fact, as Daffy Duck might say, "Despicable!" It all began at noontime on January 204, and the drum- beat continues to be relentless. These fanatics won't give Trump a chance. They seemingly want him to fail sooner than later. Even Republicans have jumped into this Resist Trump movement. Everyone has gone bonkers over Russia's alleged role in beating the Democrats and Hillary Clinton on Novem- ber 8th. Some of them want a congressional hearing; others want a special prosecutor like it is Watergate all over again. The Democrats, liberal media folks, and the crazies organiz- ing protests almost daily are now bent on blaming Putin and Trump colluding and snatch- ing the election illegally from Clinton. God, I didn't think the Clinton crowd was so anti-Russian, but apparently they are scared red nowadays over rumors, gossip, and anonymous sources. The Alt-Left can't get over what happened and are blam- ing all but themselves for the surprise defeat in 2016. Endquote =Those are my principles and if you don't like them, I have others." -- Groucho Marx LEGAL NOTICE Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Middlesex Division 208 Cambridge Street East Cambridge, MA 02141 (017) 768-5800 Docket No. MI17P1178EA Estate of GAlL L. CUTULLE Also Known As GAlL LOUISE CUTULLE Date of Death February 4, 2017 INFORMAL PROBATE PUBLICATION NOTICE To all persons interested in the above captioned estate, by Petition of Petitioner Cassandra Connssly of Framingham, MA. Cassandra Conneely of Framingham, MA has been informally appointed as the Personal Representative of the estate to serve without surety on the bond. The estate is being administered under informal procedure by the Personal Represen- tative under the Massachusetts Uniform Pro- bate Code without supervision by the Court. Inventory and accounts are not required to be filed with the Court, but interested parties are entitled to notice regarding the administration from the Personal Representative and can petition the Court in any matter relating to the estate, including distribution of assets and expenses of administration. Interested parties are entitled to petition the Court to institute formal proceedings and to obtain orders ter- minating or restricting the powers of Personal Representatives appointed under informal pro- cedure. A copy of the Petition and Will, if any, can be obtained from the Petitioner. Run date: 3/10/2017 The POST-GAZETTE newspaper is a paper of general circulation. We are qualified to accept legal notices from any court in each town that we serve. For information on placing a Legal Notice in the POST-GAZETTE, please call (617) 227-8929; or mail notice to: POST-GAZETTE P.O. 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