But the one I never heard was Jack Pearl as Baron Munchausen. I didn't even know it was Jack Pearl's character until I read it in Where Did I Go Right? by his nephew Bernie Brillstein, who became a Hollywood talent manager and producer. Anyhow, apparently the Baron was based on a real German Baron who had a reputation for exaggerating, so I imagine the radio character also exaggerated, and when anyone doubted his reports, he would say his tag line: Vas You Der, Charlie? That phrase has haunted me and made me skeptical of every report of events I didn't personally witness.
Well, as I posted the other day, I really was there at the ceremony/rally at Rabin Square on Saturday night. My photos came out too dark to publish, and I didn't mention the various flags and banners I saw. I found reports of Bill Clinton's appearance in both The Jerusalem Post and Haaretz. Each paper quoted Bill's remarks a little differently from what I heard. The differences were not substantial, and perhaps my hearing was not perfect either.
...he would say 'there is enough of all this missing. If you really think I lived a good life, if you think I made a noble sacrifice in death, then for goodness sake take up my work and see it through to the end,'" Clinton said.Jerusalem Post:
...he would say 'enough with all of this. Live the good life, and for goodness' sake, continue my work.'The Haaretz quote is closer to what I heard, except I didn't hear "there is" at the beginning of the Rabin hypothetical quote.
Baron, I vas der, and still I wonder what actually was said. The Rashomon effect.
But wait, there's more.
At the rally, I saw a number of orange flags waving about. I took these to be the orange of the anti-disengagement protest, and I assumed the flag-wavers were there to show respect for Rabin's memory and to show the largely left-wing audience that right-wingers could be civilized too, not necessarily violent fanatics like the convicted assassin.
My companion (an avid leftie) didn't see orange flags at all; she said the flags were red, and belonged to some other group. She didn't think any anti-disengagement people would have come to that rally.*
The Jerusalem Report didn't refer to flags, although they may have mentioned banners. Here's what Haaretz said:
The crowds waved Israeli flags, held candles and sang songs of peace.*Update: Shaister was there too. The photo at the top of his post shows the flags, near the "Shalom" banner on the left. Are they orange or red?
Then I read Don Radlauer's post, commenting on Adloyada's post regarding history and narratives. And I was reminded that even eyewitnesses as well as historians, construct reports that fit their personal narratives. They have to omit something, no matter how accurate they try to be. There is a spectrum from objective to subjective, more complicated than "true" and "false," and in a different dimension from "right" and "wrong" (or even "right" and "left.")