Two Birds with One Stone
According to The New York Times, Jack Valenti is resigning as head of the Motion Picture Association of America to join an organization fighting disease:
In other words, we get rid of an advocate of extending intellectual property rights to a preposterous extent and put him in a field where there is a danger of insufficient attention to intellectual property.
To succeed Jack Valenti, 82, once an aide to President Lyndon B. Johnson, the Motion Picture Association of America has chosen Dan Glickman, a former agriculture secretary under President Bill Clinton and a Democratic congressman from Kansas, as its new chairman.
Mr. Valenti said he would continue to supervise the movie ratings system for the next nine months, until Mr. Glickman had become accustomed to the demands of his new job. After that, Mr. Valenti said he planned to work for a nonprofit organization that fights malaria and AIDS in Africa, and to provide political and cultural commentary for the CNN cable network.
I greet this with mixed feelings … of joy and relief.