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Bruce Apar's "I've Seen this Movie Before"

Retailers don't put other retailers out of business. Customers (or lack thereof) put retailers out of business.

A career or so ago, your faithful (and at times fitful) observer plied his trade in the back end of Hollywood, running publications read by retailers who sold and rented movies, videogames and the like. Movie industry people are fun and a half in the Never-A-Dull-Moment Department. Take the guy who helped perfect the digital video disc, stamping his name on key patents.

This Warner Bros. executive was fond of saying things to ink-stained wretches like yours truly, “I wish you people would just go away.” He suffered gladly neither fools nor journalists who didn’t write precisely his self-possessed view of the world. Then there was the time this half-charming/half-insufferable man -- not exactly a Don Juan but for some time shacking up with none other than Faye “No More Wire Hangers!” Dunaway – ambled into a press conference, turned to one of his lieutenants, pointed at an underling sitting there, and said, “I thought I told you last week to fire him!” Lovely management style.

 

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Yorktown Tattler March 06, 2012 at 07:28 PM
And the point of this blog is?
Chris Clement March 07, 2012 at 11:19 AM
Bump.
Bill March 07, 2012 at 05:12 PM
Did you click through to read the full post?
Maureen March 12, 2012 at 11:15 PM
Zero! He can't even bother to write one specifically for Patch. Pity Patch gets clogged up with his ramblings.
John Q. Public March 13, 2012 at 12:09 AM
A man lives long enough he sees everything. This blog post is nothing short of an admission that Bruce Apar was intellectually dishonest when he opposed plans for Target to remediate environmentally contaminated land in Peekskill, land on the outskirts of town which hasn't been on the tax rolls for years, land which the current Common Council just bonded for $10 million and taxpayers must now pay to clean up. Whatever shred of credibility Bruce Apar had is entirely lost with this post. He pretends he's a writer/publisher/actor in community theater. But he is really a politician and a bad one at that. No wonder the North County News went south and the Patch, which strives to be more fair than he ever was, is on the rise. Go Liz and Patch!
Bill March 13, 2012 at 12:12 AM
Really? You don't think it could have had anything to do with Examiner and Patch being free and NCN charging?
John Q. Public March 13, 2012 at 12:20 AM
No I don't. If the NCN Board could have delivered honest reporting, instead of thinly veiled advocacy, they could have earned enough advertising to survive as a free paper, though there are plenty of people who would pay for the quality of reporting the NCN had before Apar took over. Apar took a gamble that he could court Yorktown Republicans and pander to Peekskill Democrats. The proof is in the disappeared pudding, to borrow his purloined purple prose. This post shows how cynical he was in destroying a Northern Westchester institution.
Mike S March 13, 2012 at 06:47 AM
I agree with this blog 100%. Let the business thrive!

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