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Atlanta, Georgia, Friday, April 29, 2005
to Woo Back Patrons
Reported by: Denis
THE owner of a popular Buckhead
eating spot is asking some angry customers to come
Some Jewish patrons of the Landmark Diner have
gone elsewhere because a controversial historical
writer was allowed to give a talk there.
Tom Landros, Landmark Diner's owner
(below), said he booked one of his rooms to
man named Larry Corry in March.
THE traditional enemies of free speech
are up to their usual silence-him-somehow
tricks (which of course they always deny.
"What us, an international conspiracy?")
(And then later, 'Why us!").
I don't want to labor
the point, but we and C-Span did inform
the Landmark owners in advance about the
meeting and secured their permission for
C-Span filming there. We have dealt with
them many times before.
The booking turned out to be for a lecture by
David Irving, the British writer who argues
Hitler was not completely responsible for the
killing of Jews.
Landros said did not know of the booking's
"I want to tell them I'm sorry. And I want to
tell them there's a lot of evil people out there,"
he said. "It's a big thing for me to swallow, this
thing, they way it was done to me, the way they
Sherry Frank, the head of the American
Jewish Committee for the Southeast, is an
occasional Landmark customer and she's glad Landros
Frank said she would be back, reasoning that
everyone makes mistakes.
Brian Block, also a patron, never left
and says he takes Landros at his word. "Tommy's a
pretty decent guy and I think he was taken
completely unaware," he said.
Landros said he's not sure what more he can do
to check out people who book a room, but promised
that if David Irving wants to return, he'll tell
him the place is taken.
to the media scandal surrounding Prof Lipstadt's
attempt to silence C-Span and the history
Lipstadt writes a paid OpEd in New York Sun:
'Why I said
No to C-Span'