Quote of the Day: Twinkies

Quote of the Day today goes to Hetty Rosenstein. I put up this alarming story that Donald Trump drinks 12 cans of Diet Coke a day and watches 8 hours of television – the consumption habits of a teenage boy with no responsibilities. And Hetty’s reply was:

Hetty Equality Rosenstein That’s the kind of eating that led to the murder of Harvey Milk and the Twinkie defense.

Don’t catch the reference? This’ll help. Also – anybody know that there’s sort of a New Jersey connection to all this? I mean, besides Hetty’s wit? Actually, several:

Emily Mann: The 1979 trial of Dan White for the assassinations of San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk & Mayor George Moscone was made into a Broadway play, Execution of Justice. Emily Mann, playwright and director, is now Artistic Director at the McCarter Theater in Princeton, one of the best regional theaters in the country. Two of her actors are also New Jerseyans:

John Spencer: Played White. Raised in Totowa, New Jersey and buried there in Laurel Grove Memorial Park.

Earle Hyman: Multiple roles, including a psychiatrist who interviewed White. Died less than a month ago at the Lillian Booth Actors Home in Englewood, New Jersey.

These are a couple of guys you might know better from TV. Spencer was Leo McGarry on West Wing, my favorite utility player, in my favorite role on my favorite TV show ever. Spencer’s heart attack at age 58 was written into West Wing as McGarry’s off-screen heart attack. Earle Hyman played Bill Cosby’s father Russell Huxtable on The Cosby Show, despite being only 11 years older than Cosby.

Never let it be said that on cold Tuesday mornings when the political news depresses even me that I can’t kill a couple hours researching the hell out of useless Jersey factoids. 


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