Sunday, May 23, 2010

It's All Connected

Our audio/visual division was having a meeting recently to discuss the script for their upcoming documentary on Thomas Jefferson, and the idea came up to start with the great man's final words - "Is it the Fourth...?" - a reference to the 4th of July, 1826. "It's kind of his 'Rosebud,'" one of the interns said, prompting everyone in the meeting to throw things at him.

Jefferson's final words were whispered to his granddaughter's husband, Nicholas Trist, who found himself in Querétaro 22 years later as the chief American negotiator at the end of the Mexican-American War. US troops had taken Mexico City, forcing the government to relocate to Querétaro. Faced with Mexico's reluctance to sign a treaty giving half their territory to Uncle Sam, Trist inspected his fingernails and muttered something about Querétaro being a real nice city, and what a shame it would be if anything were to happen to it - and then asked how long they thought would take for the US Army to march north from Mexico City. The rest, as they say, is history. This took place in the building across Plaza Constitución from Harry's, which is the site of our regular Sunday evening editorial meeting.

Speaking of Rosebud, it's worth noting that our executive editor began his television career at the same age as Orson Welles when he made Citizen Kane, which means he is now the same age as Welles when he made Touch of Evil, a movie about a gringo who uses sleazy and coercive tactics against a Mexican.


Admit it - we just blew your mind.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Orson Wells girlfriend (or wife?) when he made this movie, was Mexican. Dolores del Rio.

Anonymous said...

It was his "Domestic Partner," according to the infamous Wikipedia. But during Kane (1941) they were together: In 1932, Welles fell in love with the Mexican actress Dolores del Río. They lived a torrid romance between 1938 and 1942, though he was ten years her junior.[34] They collaborated together in the movie Journey into Fear but the affair ended soon afterward.

Anonymous said...

OW - Third Man - Vienna - Maximillian - QRO - Burro Hall Exec Editor - OW.

Burro Hall said...

May the Circle Be Unbroken...