Wow! A blurb about my Iranian-experience essay tops the WUWM website news page today.
Essay: An ‘Argo’ Flashback
With ‘Argo’ poised to win Oscars, an essayist recounts her own Argo-like story.”
The essay airs today and again tomorrow at 3 p.m. on WUWM (89.7 FM and streamed on the radio station’s website — click on “Listen”) http://www.wuwm.com/
My time in, and evacuation from, Iran was a catalyst to my career in journalism and eventually writing my book “Anatomy of a Trial”. (See previous “Great Leap” blog post.)
I wrote an essay about a former life — an Air Force wife with my family in Tehran, Iran, in 1978-79.
The essay was about memories the movie “Argo” evoked of our being in that country in the early stages of the Islamic Revolution and being evacuated with little more than the clothes we wore.
The essay is scheduled to air on Milwaukee’s public radio station, WUWM 89-7 FM, Saturday, Feb. 23, at 3 p.m. and again the next day– Sunday, Feb. 24– at the same time, on the station’s “Lake Effect” program. It will also be streamed online at www.wuwm.com (click on the red “Listen” button).
That experience triggered an epiphany that led me into the world of journalism in which I worked as a newspaper reporter and editor for more than 12 years before segueing to Los Angeles Superior Court when I spent another decade as court information officer and media liaison.
Those years were replete with high-profile trials, the first, the Rodney King-beating trial, opening two months after I joined the court. That was followed by the Menendez brothers I & II (the first ending in hung juries), Heidi Fleiss, O.J.Simpson and many more not quite as notorious.
Who would have ever thought that being evacuated from revolution-ruptured Iran would have led to me writing a book about the impact media coverage of a has-been star athlete’s trial on murder charges! Maybe I’ll come up with an essay about that.
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Opened the Milwaukee Jounal Sentinel “Crossroads” section today to see a piece I had submitted to the opinion editor on Wednesday. Given the events of Friday and Saturday in Iran, I was thinking that perhaps my column had lost some of its timeliness, so was glad the JS editors decided to run it. Even though the demonstrations had met violence in the past couple of days, to me the underlying premise that the majority of Iranians are decent people who, like most people everywhere, want only the best for their families and their country remains true. Here’s the link to the “Crossroads” piece:
Different time, different Iran
By Jerrianne Hayslett
Posted: Jun. 20, 2009
You might expect it to be déjà vu. But about the only similarities between the demonstrations and protests that marked the Islamic Revolution of 1979 and those of today is the location. Tehran, Iran.
(Link to “Tehran Diary” is http://www.anatomyofatrial.com/pages/documents/TehranDiary0001_000.pdf)
Hard to keep my mind on “Anatomy of a Trial” with all the turmoil in Iran. Given that I lived there 30 years ago during the run up to and beginning of the 1979 Islamic Revolution, I’m glued to the news of the current events. One thing I did do was dig out my story “Tehran Diary” which was the cover story of the April 1979 issue of The Times Magazine. Here’s the URL for anyone who’s interested in reading it: http://www.anatomyofatrial.com/pages/documents/TehranDiary0001_000.pdf