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Old March 1 2013, 07:43 PM   #28
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Re: Notes re. The City On The Edge Of Forever....

Justman could indeed be snarky, but keep in mind they are working in an incredibly pressurized environment and when they were TYPING memos they didn't have a DELETE key to make snarky, or even snotty, comments go away. No time for re-writes there...while Whitfields "Making of..." is clearly sanitized it does hint that one of the ways the crew dealt with pressure was with juvenile humor and pranks. I can see how someone might see Justman as being overbearing and insulting, but I don't think it's all that bad, really. As for Ellison, well it wasn't like he was a virgin when it came to TV. He had written for other shows and in the case of at least one episode of "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea" he had his name taken off the credits and changed to "Cordwainer Bird" (Or was it Cordwainer Smith?), so it's hard to really feel sorry for him. If he needed the money, he should have taken the money and shut up. If he was writing for TV to fulfill some artistic need, then he was in the wrong medium.
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