The larger point here is that lest anyone question the miracle that can be social media (when it's used for the forces of good and not evil), I always point to me and Nell. One day about five years ago, I received a private email reply to one of my Huffington Post pieces. It was from a Nell Minow, who I had grown up with but hadn't seen in several decades, when we had a single class at Northwestern University. "I don't know if you remember me," she wrote, "but I saw your name on this article and thought I'd write."
I had to laugh, because one doesn't forget Nell Minow. She's one of those "forces of nature" kind of people. When I post my long article on her, you'll see. But far beyond my simple Huffery, she's had a feature article written about her in the Washington Post, "MovieMom's Double Life," as well as a very long profile in the New Yorker magazine.
By the way, you can check out Nell's very smart, new movie reviews (she's filled in for Roger Ebert when he's had time off, and he hired her as a roving reporter on his recent TV show), as well as archives on her Movie Mom website, which also gives schedule information about the stations where she does radiocasts around the country. For folks here in Los Angeles, she's on KOST-FM, 105.1, on Friday's usually around 8:20 AM. But now, thanks to the Internet, I get to talk with her again, any time I want. After so many decades out of touch.
(Side note: As I was typing this, that Microsoft ad for the Surface tablet came on -- you know, the one with all the people dancing around what looks like a college campus and snapping the keyboard shut repeatedly. Well, Nell's daughter Rachel, the aspiring costume designer -- see above -- worked on that ad. Just the kind of tidbit information we like to provide here at Elisberg Industries.)
And for those who might think there was a cute, hidden pun in the title of the article, just know it wasn't a pun and was intentional. That story is coming, too...