Fair enough, Todd, but if you feel the thread should be locked (and maybe it should) then why not just have Lawrence French lock it? Aren't you and Glenn friends with him? I'm sure Mr. French would listen to you guys.
I'm assuming you mean that the "friends of Orson Welles who frequent this site" are insulted by discussion of Welles's eating and drinking habits. But personally, I'm not really convinced that discussion of Welles's eating and drinking habits is really that much of an insult to his legacy. Many people have related how enthralled they were by Orson while having lunch or dinner with him, and the many stories about his eating prowess are part of what makes the Welles legend so much fun. The hot dog story was given credence by Welles's good friend Merv Griffin, so it might be true. So what? As Don Rickles said once, Orson Welles was about fun as well as about art. It seems apparent that he considered the dinner table to be another stage, and eating itself to be another performance art. One biographer (I can't remember who) even suggested that Welles, by getting fat, may have been modeling himself after GK Chesterton.
I guess what I was trying to imply above was that, if Orson Welles were not the man responsible for Citizen Kane
and considered by many one of the great American artists of the 20th century, nobody would give a rip how many hot dogs he could eat, or how drunk or bad-tempered he was on a commercial set. It is because of the young Orson's achievements that the old Orson has any place in the public eye at all. We all know the old Orson did some great work too, but his many lowbrow TV appearances and tremendous girth have also left an indelible mark on the public's image of him. I was a teenager in the 70's, and I thought Welles was pompous myself. Whenever he came on TV, I lost interest. It was only after his death that I discovered the young Orson's greatness, and how much the old Orson's high-brow 'pompousness' on TV had a tongue-in-cheek quality to it.
Orson Welles created an enormous amount of great art, but let's face it, he created, or at least participated in, a sizeable amount of schlock too, and I think he had a certain amount of affection for the latter. It would be folly for us here at Wellesnet to pretend the schlock does not exist. Some of it's good schlock, some of it's embarrassing, but everyone has a different idea of which is which. But if we think we can somehow help move Orson Welles into the mainstream of American culture by suppressing discussion of any of the schlock he did, there ain't no way. And somehow I get the feeling Orson Welles wouldn't want us to either. He was a natural born rebel.
For me, the main problem with the Tribeca website is that they are trying to mix the schlock with the art. If that's what Orson Welles's friends who frequent this site are disgusted by, then I agree with them. The two should be kept seperate.