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Obits as Movies

Patricia Sullivan

So Tom Hanks is about to release his new movie, "Charlie Wilson's War", which should be hilarious and scary all at once. I know this because of two obits -- not the former congressman known as "Good Time Charlie" (he had a heart transplant in September), but his sidekick, Gust L. Avrakotos, died two years ago and George Crile, the television producer who wrote the book on which the movie is based, died a year and a half ago.

By Patricia Sullivan  |  December 4, 2007; 12:35 PM ET
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I'd be curious to know how much Mr. Crile left to pancreatic cancer research or if his family has made donations in his memory. Pancreatic cancer is the most fatal form of cancer (99% of pancreatic cancer patients die within 3 to 6 months of diagnosis), but least-funded in terms of research. Less than $2000 per patient is spent on Federally funded research. The rest of the money comes from private contributions or grass-roots organizations focusing on finding early detection methods and a cure.

I met Mr. Crile way back in 1973 and learned he was connected to the Alsop family through a marriage somewhere, his father was a noted doctor, his step-mother was Carl Sandberg's daughter, and he was married to a Martha Stewart cohort at the time of his death. He was a producer with "60 Minutes" and they could make some kind of contribution in his name. Lord knows CBS has big bucks. Money abounds in his family; I'd be very happy if one of them dusted off the old family checkbook and made a major contribution to Johns Hopkins Pancreatic Cancer Research Center.

Posted by: Just wondering..... | December 4, 2007 3:24 PM | Report abuse

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