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March 30, 2010


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Tim Zinnecker

I, too, loved SQUARE PEGS!

Jeff Lipshaw

My wife's name is Alene Franklin, and we lived in Birmingham, Michigan for a long time, which is right next door to Bloomfield Hills, where Aretha lives. Our phone number was listed as A Franklin, so we regularly got calls that started "Hello, is this Aretha?"

Jeff Lipshaw

Now I see your last question. The Suffolk University Law School Reading Room, which faces the State House dome, was used for a scene in Martin Scorsese's The Departed (which I hated by the way).

When we lived in a town called Plymouth, Michigan, Alex Karras and his wife, Susan Clark, used it as location for a movie called Word of Honor starring Karl Malden as a newspaper editor at something called The Daily Tribune (actually in Royal Oak, Michigan).


The Fine Arts Library reading room at Penn was in the movie _Philadelphia_, where it was depicted as, I think, the law school library. The law library at Penn is fine, but no one would call it beautiful, while the Fine Arts Library reading room is really a wonderful piece of work.

Kelly Anders

Thanks for the entertaining responses, guys. I actually chuckled aloud after reading about the listing for "A. Franklin." ;-)

Eric Fink

When I was in grad school at University of Chicago, the social science quad was used as the set for a scene in the movie "When Harry Met Sally".

But my brother has a much better story. He once lived in a dark and dismal basement apartment in the West Village of Manhattan. It was used as a set for a Law & Order episode, as the apartment of a serial killer.


Very interesting, Eric. Was the quad featured at the beginning of the film, when they were students? As for the dismal digs, how did your brother find out that it was featured on L&O?

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