Two Talented Writers: Sheldon and Ivins

This week, we’ve lost two wonderful writers who had their unique style: Sidney Sheldon and fellow Texan Molly Ivins.

The Other Side of MeSidney Sheldon’s books gripped me. It’s cliche’, but I couldn’t put them down unless my weight of eyelids trying to go to sleep forced me to. The only book I didn’t like was The Doomsday Conspiracy. It strayed from what he typically wrote.

In reading about him, I learned he edited his books 12 to 15 times. It could take him a year to rewrite the book. I admire him for his patience and ability to edit repeatedly. I can barely stand reading my own stuff one time.

He created and produced I Dream of Jeannie? He won an Emmy for that show. He also wrote every episode of the seven-year series, The Patty Duke Show.” He won a Tony award for Redhead with Gwen Verdon and an Academy Award for The Bachelor and the Bobbysoxer. In fact, authoring books didn’t come till after he had success on Broadway and on TV. Here is an IMDb list of all the TV and films he had done.

Who Let the Dogs In? Incredible Political Animals I Have KnownMolly Ivins. She was a political columnist and proud Texan. Known for her potshots at George Bush, she continued to crusade against Bush’s sending more troops to Iraq this month though very weak. The USA Today article had a typo (it has been corrected). She called Bush, “Shrub” not “Scrub” as originally reported.

On Texas politics, she said, “I believe politics is the finest form of entertainment in the state of Texas: better than the zoo, better than the circus, rougher than football, and even more aesthetically satisfying than baseball.”

That was the kind of content you could expect from her.

Ivins and I share one thing in common: Our love for Texas. Like the quote I read years ago, “When you meet someone for the first time who is from Texas or went to Harvard, you’ll know it.”

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