03/31/18 8:00am
GARY PAUL GATES

GARY PAUL GATES

The search engine that propels my memory through the “cloud of reminders” that have accumulated over the decades has chosen, on this occasion, to dwell on a summer day in 2015 when I received an e-mail from the editor of this newspaper, Ambrose Clancy, proposing that I write a monthly column for The Reporter. (more…)

09/10/16 3:00pm
COURTESY PHOTO | Erich von Stroheim and Anne Baxter in ‘Five Graves to Cairo,’ which will be shown at the library on Tuesday, September 20 at 7 p.m.

COURTESY PHOTO | Erich von Stroheim and Anne Baxter in ‘Five Graves to Cairo,’ which will be shown at the library on Tuesday, September 20 at 7 p.m.

“Five Graves to Cairo,” a war movie released in 1943, will be the first film in the upcoming Shelter Island Public Library’s Movies @ the Library series.

The series of “great movies, known and unknown” begins its 13th year next Tuesday with this relative unknown, only the second directed by the great Billy Wilder. (more…)

08/13/16 8:00am
GARY PAUL GATES

GARY PAUL GATES

While the avid supporters of The Donald continue to yearn for the edifice of their dreams — the Great Wall that Trump has promised to build on the U.S.-Mexican border — I’d like to remind you that 55 years ago this month, another infamous wall was born. I’m referring to the one that cut through the heart of Berlin and loomed for three decades as a bleak monument to Communist tyranny. (more…)