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By admin Published: January 29, 2012
Joe Namath and Ann Margaret August 17, 1970 S 883 credit: "The Last Rebel" Larry Spangler Productions

I meant to get around to recommending "Namath," which premiered Saturday on HBO (and which you should stil give a look). My interest was not only professional but personal. Here's why:

Not long after the above issue of Sports Illustrated appeared in 1970, the magazine published a host of letters denouncing the image and the man, Joe Namath, showcased on the cover. (The woman, by the way, is actress Victoria George, who was co-starring with Namath in a movie called "The Last Rebel.") And not long after that, a letter appeared in the magazine saying the following:

After noting the mass indignation (19TH HOLE, Aug. 31) that greeted your Aug. 17 cover portrait of Joe Namath, I can only feel that the cover summed up Joe perfectly. He is doing what he wants, the way he wants, in the face of criticism.

I wrote that letter; it was my first writing in print outside of school publications. I was 19 years old and a Namath fan. I had watched his Super Bowl triumph over the Baltimore Colts. I had seen his commercials. I had not seen his movies, which was probably a good thing; being other people was never Namath's forte. BUt I was, and am, fascinated by the guy, maybe more so because of "Namath."

Geena Davis will be speaking locally on Monday, and I chatted with her last week. The interview is here.

This week's video column is here. It includes comments about "Transformers: Dark of the Moon," "Drive," "The Big Year," "Texas Killing Fields" and the new release of "To Kill A Mockingbird."

I neglected to note that "Dark of the Moon" was also released a few months ago; this new release includes a 3D version and extras, which were absent from the previous release.

I have not found my review of "Luck," which premieres on HBO tonight, online yet. So, based on the four episodes I have seen (out of nine), I recommend it here. From David Milch and Michael Mann, with a large and fine cast topped by Dustin Hoffman, it is effective throughout.

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