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Written by: Diana West
Saturday, December 20, 2008 7:11 AM 

A shrewd observer writes in to the editor of the Washington Post (who slaps the writer with a tag of felonious grammar abuse):

Appreciating Who[sic]? Naturally.

I guess I shouldn't have been surprised. There were two lengthy obituaries of show business people on Dec. 13. One was an actor from the 1940s and '50s who was big -- I mean big! The other was a 1950s soft-porn pinup girl. Naturally, you had an "appreciation" in Style of the pinup girl, Bettie Page. There was nothing more about Van Johnson, the star. To paraphrase, there is no way to underestimate The Post's taste.

-- John Fay

 

I appreciate Fay's sentiment, and am glad to see he was moved to write in. Of course, it's not just a matter of taste operating here in the Post's choice of whoM to showcase. A soft-porn pin-up girl ("50s Cheesecake Pinup Icon Revered as Queen of Retro-Kitsch") fits into the Post's postmodern day sensibility; a clean-cut, attractive, masculine (white) man ("Versatile Actor Van Johnson; Dubbed `Voiceless Sinatra'" what a stupid headline)  does not. It is probably the case that the Post simply doesn't know how to appreciate Johnson.

Try this:

   
 

 

 

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