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Letter to Kathleen Kennedy

Tonight I watchted your movie starring Brad Pitt, THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON.

Perhaps you remember our phone conversations in 1991 and 1992.

I was the screenwriter of the screenplay, COYOTE IN A GRAVEYARD. I made the mistake/accident of moving to Salt Lake City, Utah, in 1992. You'd asked me to find an agent to submit my screenplay to you. Although I tried, my life became very desperate and i ended being a Mr. Mom to my daughter, Caitlin O'Connor.

My daughter and I blew our noses many times during the movie and we both thoroughly enjoyed the movie.

The reason I write this letter is to inform you of how my life was UNLIKE Benjamin Button, because, with my childlike mind and teenage sensibilites, I spent every single day with my daughter. It cost me my Hollywood career, and I still haven't paid off my school loans from graduating the UCLA Motion Picture Program in 1987, when and where I wrote the screenplay, COYOTE IN A GRAVEYARD.

Recently I've been having doubts and regrets as to whether or not I'd made a mistake, giving up my dreams and career to change diapers and wash dishes.

When the movie was over, and I finished blowing my nose some more, well--actually, I made the comment, "Has anyone seen my nose? There's not even a hole in my face!" as i attempted to sniff and my daughter chuckled...

Okay, the main point: I told my daughter, "I know I've complained about losing my career, but I truly enjoyed being your playmate."

She knew what I meant, because I have been the most bizarre father I have ever seen. Whenever we went shopping with her mother, she would later comment, "I could tell where you were by your screaming and gigglying." I would spend the half hour chasing her around the store. I enjoyed acting my daughter's age. Even her friends sought me out as their favorite playmate. Another reason why my heart has been broken in recent years that I am no longer her favorite playmate.

But after my comment about how I, "truly enjoyed being her playmate," she added, "And my big brother."

So, I thought you'd enjoy a story of someone who always tried to be her father, but worked just as hard to be her best friend. We had an amazing life together, and there are some pictures of us together at TaiChiTeens.com, TaiChiKids.com, and TaiChiYOUTH.org.

Now, as I prepare to travel the world and live my own life again, I want you to know your movie helped me appreciate the life I spent with my daughter.

Thank you,
Richard Del Connor
(I was probably known to you as Richard O'Connor , or The Coyote back then.)


 
 
 
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