Unabomber News History

Copyright 2000 Phoenix Newspapers, Inc.


May 28, 2000 Sunday, Final Chaser


LENGTH: 527 words


BYLINE: Compiled by Bill Muller/The Arizona Republic

BODY: Atlantic Monthly

Fascinating cover story suggests that the Unabomber was actually born at Harvard, which gave Ted Kaczynski his first taste of higher education. Story notes that Kaczynski, who was 16 when he arrived in Cambridge, Mass., was the subject of a brutal series of psychological tests that may have started him down the road to mental illness. His anti-technology bent also may have formed there as a reaction to curriculum that preached that science was the one true belief and faith and morality were just window dressing. It's interesting to note that the piece is written by Alston Chase, a Harvard graduate and mathematician who, like Kaczynski, moved to the Montana wilderness in the early 1970s. Another story calls White working class males the 'forgotten majority."

New Yorker Long piece questions the actions of Desert Storm Gen. Barry McCaffrey, noting that his 24th Infantry Division attacked a line of retreating Iraqi vehicles and troops for several hours with hardly any response from the Iraqis. The attack came two days after the cease-fire, and officers and enlisted men interviewed later said there was little or no Iraqi fire at all. Piece also notes that McCaffrey's troops also opened fire on unarmed prisoners near a hospital bus, though McCaffrey, who is now President Clinton's drug czar, was not on the scene. The story was written by Seymour M. Hersh, who conducted hundreds of interviews. In a fun read, Edward Hoagland writes a memoir of the time he literally ran away and joined the circus. Tycoon We have to admit we were hoping for a how-to guide with this one, but instead we got a dopey feature on Greg Norman. 'Greg Norman is his name, and golf is his game," the story opines. Wow. Point of the story seems to be that Norman has made a lot of money selling his shark clothes and building golf courses hither and yon. He also gets around in style, owning a Gulfstream jet, a helicopter, a boat, three Harleys, two Jet Skis and a partridge in a pear tree. OK, we made that last one up. They also pin down filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola for a Q-and-A and quiz him about wine. This is the guy who directed The Godfather, and we're asking him about grapes? Yee-ipes. The magazine also advises that 'buying a private isle can be hard work, but the rewards are well worth it." Vanity Fair In kind of a neat feature, writer/director Cameron Crowe interviews Tom Cruise, whom Crowe directed in the smash hit Jerry Maguire. The magazine is a little overwrought about this, calling the Q-and-A style piece "two days of soul-searching interviews." If you say so. Cruise searches his soul and reveals that it was really fun flying those airplanes in Top Gun. He also says these words, about the kabillion of dollars he's making, with a straight face, 'I get paid because I'm worth it and they should pay me that much. But I've never worked for money, ever." The piece offers a nice bit of retrospective on Cruise's career. There's also an interesting excerpt from a new book by cyclist Lance Armstrong, who beat cancer to win the 1999 Tour de France. GRAPHIC: Photos (4)