Saturday, August 18, 2012

August 18

Happy birthday to actor Robert Redford, who is 76. Pictured: in the role of Bob Woodward in “All the President’s Men” (1976). Filming could not be done in the Washington Post’s newsroom, so an exact duplicate was built in Hollywood. For authenticity, several tons of assorted papers and trash from the desks of the actual newsroom were shipped to California for props. The movie introduced the phrase “Follow the money,” suggesting a trail of corruption, to popular discourse; it was not present in Woodward and Bernstein’s book or in any Watergate documentation.

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