Three important things my mother told me by Les Bohem

One: From an early age, I was disgusted by Jerry Lewis.  I could not have been more than 10 when I told my mother that I didn’t believe he cared about his “kids” at all, and was just doing the telethon so that everybody would like him.  “What does that matter?” My mom asked. “Was money raised to help those children? It’s not why people do a thing, but what they do that matters?”

Two: My mother was a fine writer, and about my own writing she told me this. “If you are ever incredibly proud of a sentence or paragraph or a metaphor, if there is something that you think is really and truly wonderful, take it out. It is sticking out like a sore thumb.”

Three: Never say, “the reason is because… ”
I am still disgusted by Jerry Lewis and the reason is because he is a wretched, insufferably hideous mutation of an already vile human being.
Another of the many things that Jesus weeps about is the fact that children just don’t listen to their parents.

Les Bohem has written a lot of movies and TV shows including Twenty Bucks, Daylight, Dante’s Peak, The Alamo and the mini-series, Taken which he wrote and executive produced with Steven Spielberg, and for which he won an Emmy award.   He’s had songs recorded by Emmylou Harris, Randy Travis, Freddy Fender, Steve Gillette, Johnette Napolitano (of Concrete Blonde), and Alvin (of the Chipmunks.)  His short novel, Flight 505, was published last year by UpperRubberBoot .   His new album, “Moved to Duarte,” was just released on Jack Rabbit Day Records to much critical acclaim and no sales whatsoever.

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