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Monday, March 12, 2007

Former SFR writer Dan Frosch co-penned an article about David Iglesias' ouster, with some well-placed commentary from Joe. And, notably, no comment from St. Pete. I guess The Santa Fe Reporter isn't the only paper he blows off. Pfew! That's a relief.
Finally, it was bothering me that I didn't remember/think I knew, that Iglesias was the model for "A Few Good Men" so I did some recon in our archives (this is more of a chore than you might realize) and found the following short news item from SFR in October, 1998:

Was David Iglesias, the Republican nominee for attorney general, the model for the Tom Cruise character in the film, “A Few Good Men”? On Sept. 29, the New Mexican wrote that the playwright Aaron Sorkin says the character was based on no one. But it seems to us that Iglesias has a pretty good case. He served as a Naval judge advocate general, defending a Marine private in a hazing case at Guantanamo Naval Base in Cuba. Sorkin’s sister was another judge advocate general, defending another Marine accused of hazing in the same case. Iglesias said Deborah Sorkin sent her brother the trial transcript and that while the film makes no claim to be based on a true story, five sentences of dialogue were taken directly from the transcript and Cruise played the defense lawyer for the Marine most closely resembling his client. “I was just fortunate to be in the right place at the right time and to have a colleague whose brother was an aspiring playwright,” Iglesias said. — T.S.

(I believe the "T.S." was Tom Sharpe, then of SFR, currently of The New Mexican.