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Origins of The Interpreter

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27 May 2008 16:44

The passing of Hollywood royalty would not ordinarily rate a mention here, but since the death in question is of Sydney Pollack, who directed the thriller, The Interpreter, this is as good a time as any to explain that the film did not inspire the naming of this blog. Myself and several other Lowy staff struggled for weeks to come up with a name, with some of the more interesting suggestions being 'Frank' (after the Institute's founder), '31' (after our address), and 'Lowy Lowdown'.  In the end, my wife turned her mind to the problem, and after about 10 minutes, came up with 'The Interpreter'. When I later found the Reagan-Gorbachev image you see on the banner, I knew we had a winner.

On Pollack himself, I like this tribute. 

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