Hemmingway & Gellhorn & Tom Miller

From San Francisco Chronicle, Leah Garchik Column 6/1/12:

We watched director Kaufman on “Charlie Rose” the other night, and HBO’s showing lots of promo spots for the movie, an old-fashioned (in the best sense) cinematic love story [“Hemmingway & Gellhorn”].

And then there’s real life, which includes the story after the movie story:

Nhu Miller, journalist and press secretary to Gov. Jerry Brown when he was mayor of Oakland, is married to lawyer Tom Miller. In 1967, she e-mails, her husband was practicing law in New York when he read Martha Gellhorn‘s reporting on the effects of napalm on the Vietnamese, especially children. He quit his law practice and helped found Children’s Medical Relief International.

This was a plastic surgery hospital in Vietnam that treated young war victims. (The Committee of Responsibility was at the time bringing war victims to the United States. The U.S. government, embarrassed by this, helped fund the hospital in Vietnam, writes Miller.)

Years later, when Gellhorn heard that her pieces had so motivated Tom Miller, she “was so gratified that one person had been influenced by her writing,” says Nhu Miller, that “she corresponded with Tom for the rest of her life, often from beaches in Mozambique or Cuba. … He was like her long-lost son.

“She died knowing that it wasn’t a complete waste and that it had been worth it after all.”

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/05/31/DDK91OP2B7.DTL#ixzz1wbWK4UCr