Saturday, March 11, 2006

T.R. Dead Eight Years Before Cooper Expedition

Memo to Mark Cotta Vaz, author of Living Dangerously: The Adventures of Merian C. Cooper, Creator of King Kong --

I am enjoying your book on Merian Cooper trememdously. It is a fascinating biography about a fascinating man.

However, I must point out a passage that needs correction or clarification. At the bottom of page 126, you write the following about an expedition Cooper and others were mounting to East Africa to shoot footage for the 1929 film The Four Feathers:

By March 1927, [Isaiah] Bowman was working with Cooper to develop a fundraising and advisory committee, and John Hambleton was helping raise money -- he even told Theodore Roosevelt about the trip.

Point of difficulty: The former president had died eight years earlier, on January 6, 1919. Could this passage be referring to Theodore Roosevelt, Jr.?

The book, as I say, is excellent. One of my favorites of the past few years. But, for future editions, please consider this passage for revision. Thanks!


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