Readers React: The generosity and advocacy of Haskell Wexler
To the editor: I knew Haskell Wexler starting in 1973, when I met the late cinematographer on the set of “American Graffiti.” Of course Wexler was proud of his Oscars, but he publicly stated that he hoped he would be remembered more for the work he was doing to combat long hours on motion picture sets. (“Haskell Wexler dies at 93; two-time Oscar-winning cinematographer and lifelong activist,” Dec. 27)
Wexler persuaded the camera guild to submit a motion to the International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees to declare long hours a known health and safety hazard. After it passed, Wexler still badgered the union to do more. He was so passionate and persistent that many considered him a pain. He didn’t care; he was on a mission to serve film workers.
Robert Primes, Los Angeles
To the editor: Wexler was as generous as he was talented.
I was a young, unsold, uncredited screenwriter when Wexler read my miniseries and said, “I really want to direct this.” He spent considerable time trying to make it happen.
Melody M. Suppes, Rancho Palos Verdes
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