Thursday, February 28, 2008


Lt. Gen. Dan Shomron passed away the other day at the age of 70. He was the paratroop commander who planned and led the 1976 raid on the Entebbe Airport in Uganda to free 103 hijacked hostages. The incident became the basis for two star-studded TV movies the following year, one in which Shomron was played by Harris Yulin and by Charles Bronson in the other.

Although "Victory At Entebbe" had the bigger names in its cast, Shomron preferred "Raid On Entebbe". "I like in particular the movie in which Charles Bronson portrayed me," he said in 2006.

I think the two Entebbe movies would hold the record for number of televersions broadcast within a year of each other about the same event, until there was the trifecta for the "Long Island Lolita", about Amy Fisher and the Buttafuccos. ("Victory On Entebbe" came out first, and therefore it's the official televersion for Earth Prime-Time, the main Toobworld.)

Toby OB

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