The Variety article linked above includes a good bio of Valenti, which I'd definitely recommend reading. Despite the fact that I have not often agreed with Valenti's viewpoints on the U.S. movie ratings system and on copyright protection, I would have enjoyed the chance to hear him speak in Dallas. Valenti helped create and shape the ratings system that is currently used in U.S. theaters, as a way of keeping government-regulated censorship and ratings of films at bay. He was head of the MPAA from 1966 to 2004; before that time, the native Texan worked in the White House press offices during the John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson administrations. Before his stroke, Valenti was working on a book that was scheduled to be released in June: This Time, This Place: My Life in War, the White House, and Hollywood.
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