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democrat2thecore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 02:38 PM
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David Wolper (Roots, Willy Wonka, Political Documentaries) Has Died
Wolper was known for Roots and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, but also made many political documentaries. He produced several "Making Of The President..." films based on the books.

I have a recollection of Mr. Wolper actually visiting DU a few years back and writing a few posts. Does anybody else remember that or am I just dreaming?
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democrat2thecore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 02:48 PM
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1. Yes! He was writing on DU for awhile
I'm not very good with the DU search, but I found this thread.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

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democrat2thecore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 02:53 PM
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2. Somebody help me
In one thread I very vividly remember him talking of how he found DU and how much he enjoyed learning to use the Internet.

And HERE is his DU profile: http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...


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RandomThoughts Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 02:53 PM
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3. Did he write WIlly Wonka?
Edited on Wed Aug-11-10 02:54 PM by RandomThoughts
The ending has a specific doctrine. It says you can do anything if you keep the secret. That was all Willy really cared about. I disagree with that.

It would be odd for him to post that kind of post and support secret group doctrines.

Thats the doctrine of being in a 'few' elite group, or intelligence groups also.
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democrat2thecore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 02:59 PM
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4. No
The book is a classic by Roald Dahl called Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
He was the producer of Willy Wonka.
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democrat2thecore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 03:16 PM
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5. Strange
Someone just pointed out in LBN that Roald Dahl's wife Patricia Neal died this past week.
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RandomThoughts Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 03:22 PM
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6. ahh, guess I could have looked that up, thanks for the response.
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Blue_Tires Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 03:25 PM
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7. and iirc Dahl absolutely hated the treatment of his book in the Gene Wilder movie
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democrat2thecore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 03:26 PM
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8. As I was just looking at the IMDB entry it says Dahl wrote the screenplay -nt
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joeybee12 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 03:28 PM
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9. Huge name in enetratinment...very sad...RIP Mr. Wolper...
:cry:
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asjr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 03:56 PM
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10. Roots was written by Alex Haley.
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democrat2thecore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 04:11 PM
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14. Wolper produced the Emmy Award winning mini-series
It was very widely acclaimed.
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asjr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 03:56 PM
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11. Roots was written by Alex Haley.
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asjr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 03:58 PM
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12. Oops Delete
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flamingdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 03:59 PM
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13. Did he work for Frontline? nt
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democrat2thecore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 05:54 PM
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17. Not that I know of, though it would have been right up his alley -nt
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democrat2thecore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 04:21 PM
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15. Great Tribute at HuffPo
Edited on Wed Aug-11-10 04:22 PM by democrat2thecore
Excellent tribute - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dale-olsen/remembering-da...

A five-and-a-half hour interview with the Archive of American Television is here. http://www.emmytvlegends.org/interviews/people/david-wo...
It's broken up by parts of his life.


Wolper won so many awards for his political documentaries that many forget he was the producer of Willy Wonka! This man was a giant.
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democrat2thecore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 04:27 PM
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16. double post - sorry - ......self-delete
Edited on Wed Aug-11-10 04:27 PM by democrat2thecore
delete
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democrat2thecore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 06:25 PM
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18. Is there an option anywhere to pull up "all posts" by a DU user?
You would thnk I would know this by now, but I've never needed to for any reason. I would like to pull up all of Wolper's DU posts.
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democrat2thecore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 09:41 PM
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20. Anyone know? -nt
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democrat2thecore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 07:37 PM
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19. Online: David Wolper's "The Making Of The President 1960"
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democrat2thecore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-12-10 12:44 AM
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21. *** KICK for one of the greats ***
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