wga-geriatrics-15.jpgWhen I saw Friday’s heavy rains, I worried about all those gray eminences scheduled to gather outside Sony Studios for the “Hollywood Homecoming” picketing event in support of the striking WGA. Nevertheless, a crowd of 200 ignored the cold and damp. (Photos by Jim Stevenson.) Among those on the Washington Boulevard picket line were screenwriter Christopher Knopf, who served as WGA president from 1965-to-1967;  several generations of the famed Mankiewicz screenwriting clan, including Tom Mankiewicz, who wrote many of the early James Bond flicks like Diamonds are Forever, Live and Let Die, The Man with the Golden Gun; his cousin Don Mankiewicz, Oscar-nominated writer, 1959, for I Want To Live; and Norman Borisoff, a WGA member since 1947 whose first credited screenplay was 1941’s Murder with Music followed by The Titan: Story of Michelangelo. Here’s Borisoff with the “Hollywood Homecoming” organizer, casting agent Chad Darnell:

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WGAW President 1965-1967 Christopher Knopf is introduced to the crowd:

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Don Mankiewicz with son John Mankiewicz (left) and nephew Tim Davis (right):

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Picketers (left) at Sony seek shelter from downpour; Tom Mankiewicz (right):

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