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An extra in the fellowship of the Zinn

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January 11, 2008

I WAS fortunate enough to be a member of the audience in Wednesday afternoon's taping of the readings from Howard Zinn's book "A People's History of the United States" by some really terrific actors, among them "Lord of the Rings" star Viggo Mortensen, who comports himself completely graciously and without ego ("Actors 'Speak' out," Names, Jan. 10).

Mortensen and Zinn went across the street from the theater to Dunkin' Donuts. A woman rushed up to Zinn and started gushing about how she was a student of his 20 years ago. Zinn said that he remembered her (and he probably does), they reminisced, and then she reached into her purse, pulled out her camera, handed it to Mortensen, and asked him to take a picture of her with Zinn.

This is Boston.

SHERYL JOHNS
Boston

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