David Mamet: Uncle Henry, two pandemics and the cohesion of family

David Mamet: Uncle Henry, two pandemics and the cohesion of family

I get a big kick out of seeing our surgeon general, Dr. Jerome Adams, on TV explaining the coronavirus pandemic. Dr. Adams is a vice admiral in the U.S. Public Health Service. Prior to his appearances, all I knew about this Public Health Service was its connection with the Mamet Family History, through the 1950 film, “Panic in the Streets.”In the movie, we have an epidemic ravaging New Orleans. I believe it was the pneumonic plague, and Richard Widmark as an officer of the U.S. Public Health Service has to stop it against all odds, fighting bureaucratic intransigence and the entire familiar ni...


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