Leslie Epstein is a novelist and much of his work is inspired by his childhood in a family of screenwriters during the 40s and 50s. Old Hollywood.
"That sobered the crowd. In the ensuing silence Norman said, 'I am sorry, Congressman. It's a flaw I have. You correctly bring attention to it - that even at the most inappropriate times I can't resist. I'm afraid that what Chairman Walter said about Jack, about Mister Warner: well, I think he named everyone on the lot he couldn't get under contract. I apologize. I let my feelings run away with me.'
I felt, at those words, a hollow sensation in the pit of my stomach, as if Gorgeous George had butted it with his head. Apologize? To them? I could not believe it. I watched my father wipe his hands on the side of his pants and then, under the hot lights of the televison cameras, use his handkerchief to wipe his brow. It was like a flag of surrender."