Hollywood

2004 October

Doh, o doh, some tourist dough

2014-01-14T18:48:05-04:00October 2nd, 2004|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

ST. GILDEN, AUSTRIA ✦ OK, for the record, nobody rocks like Mozart. But Julie Andrews made plenty of Austrian stores come alive with the sound of ka-ching, after her famous opening to the Sound of Music, filmed 40 years ago on a mountain near this lake-district resort town. The movie initially raked in a cool $165 million, about $800 million in today's dollars. Now tourism cash still flows from it like a river, especially an hour from here in Salzburg, Mozart's hometown, where the visitors never really leave.

1997 May

Can this Pied Piper lead us to the Promised Land?

2012-10-30T05:36:46-04:00May 31st, 1997|Categories: London Free Press, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

On a warm day on a busy walkway in a large square in Berlin, a young man sits playing his flute for a pocketful of change. His hair is spiked like the Statue of Liberty and he wears a dark tank top. I draw near to him and see his shirt's message: "Jesus didn't die for my sins. He died for His own."