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Harbingers of progress
No, I can’t be sure that the Red Scare was the sole cause of Mom’s truncated directing career. I never did question her thoroughly about it, regretfully. And she did go on to write and produce for TV after her firing. She also had her first child, my brother, two years later. Maybe family pulled her away, as well. She also struggled long, hard and ultimately with success, in my view, with depression and other mental health issues.
But I’m convinced that it would have been much, much harder for her to go back to directing, a very visible, very difficult job, especially at age 28 and especially during the highly conservative ’50s (birth decade of National Review and Ozzie and Harriet), than say, my father. 5 things about this Woman A Crazy Mom Hippie Sunflower 3D Hoodie
Charles S. Dubin was forced to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee after his own venomous blacklisting. Dad’s career was further along when he was initially attacked, and he went on to great success. He helmed more episodes of TV’s “M*A*S*H” than any other director and won an Emmy for another show.
Another thing I’m sure of: I’m thankful to be looking at Mom’s accomplishments with renewed perspective. Good thing some of us can finally grow up and see the gifts right in front of us.
Born on April 5, in 1924, my mom loved to garden. She loved to see her incipient crocus signal that winter was ending, poking its resiliency through the last remaining, fragile snow at our New York home. She adored lilacs, my forever-favorite flower, and wisteria, too. May I always embrace those harbingers of spring as reminders of a fresh way of seeing things — of progress — as I stand in admiration of the pioneering work she did to get to where we are today.
Zan Dubin-Scott, a former staff writer/reporter with the Los Angeles Times, runs ZDS Communications, a public relations agency. Follow her on Twitter: @zandubinscott
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