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Ray Errol Fox
Ray Errol Fox has had a multifaceted career in journalism and the arts. He was nominated for an Academy Award as writer/producer of Preserving the Past to Ensure the Future, one of three Best Short Subjects Documentaries (1990). His multi-award-winning film, Freedom to Hate (narrated by Dan Rather, introduced by Jack Lemmon) was selected an Outstanding Documentary of the Year by the Motion Picture Academy Foundation; presented to U.S. Congress members by the Congressional Human Rights Caucus, with Fox testifying; and widely used by emigration lawyers to protect political refugees from deportation and harm. His book, Angela Ambrosia (Knopf), was a Literary Guild Selection, Pocket Books and Xerox Education paperback, Look Magazine feature and serialized newspaper supplement.

As Middle East analyst or documentarian, Fox has appeared on The Today Show and CNN, syndicated cable and major local TV shows, network radio -- and contributed to the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, et al. His New York Times article on Lebanon's Major Haddad was read into the U.S. Congressional Record. As a cultural or performing arts writer-reviewer, he has written for Parade, New Republic, Ladies' Home Journal, numerous others. Cover-story profiles include Armand Hammer, Goldie Hawn, Elizabeth Taylor, Sammy Davis, Jr. He has chronicled neo-Nazis in Russia and a “hidden” group in Turkey—and interviewed and filmed the Dalai Lama in Mongolia. Additional docs include two created for Larry King for an International Satellite Broadcast and one for the New York Daily News heralding press lord Robert Maxwell.

Fox was the co-writer and executive producer of Family Dr., a CBS TV film (2003) and lyricist of “Here's to Love,” the “Shields & Yarnell” theme (CBS TV). For film, he provided the lyrics for Fellini's The Clowns and Resnais’ La Guerre Est Finie, contributed additional screenplay material to others and adapted a short film from his short story, “In God’s Fields,” scheduled for production this year. For theater, he wrote the lyrics for the Broadway production of Lorraine Hansberry's The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window, and Theatreworks’ and Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera’s productions of Young Ben Franklin; book and lyrics for the Manhattan Theatre Club and Queens College Theatre productions of Melville's The Confidence Man; material for Upstairs at the Downstairs, Broadway Jukebox, other shows and reviews. He wrote the "Children to Children" lyric for the 150 member Children to Children's Chorus, debuted for an estimated 1.4 billion people for the finale of the 1985 Live Aid Concert.

He regularly posts “a New York Writer’s Chronicles” on his wide-ranging blog, “SON OF THE CUCUMBER KING,” is completing a play, SPYCATCHER, The Unbelievably True Story of Moe Berg, and is working on “an unordinary memoir,” THE UNIDENTIFIED COMPANION, Caught in the Glare of the Glitterati.

Entries by Ray Errol Fox

Affirming Altruism

(2) Comments | Posted September 16, 2013 | 3:27 PM

Somewhere between high school and college we argued about selfish acts. Only, we didn't call the alternative to them unselfish, we called them altruistic. (It never occurred to a single one of us deep-thinkers to question whether calling them altruistic was pretentious; optimal words came naturally to us once upon...

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Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations v. Apple: Not With a Bang, But a Collective Whimper

(3) Comments | Posted May 28, 2013 | 4:20 PM

Forget Benghazi-berating, IRS-targeting and AP-hacking. Here's the outrage! Congressional investigators reported that Apple Inc. has dodged an estimated 70 billion in U.S. taxes over the last few years by diverting funds from our shores and our coffers and stashing them in low-tax overseas tax havens.

I expected the first...

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The Grandly Outmoded Party Grandiosely Overlooks People

(3) Comments | Posted March 6, 2013 | 9:30 AM

They're still at it. President Obama wants "to make sure that this government works on behalf of the many, and not just the few." Republicans want "the many, and not just the few" to vote for them -- and it stops there. "Vote for us -- despite our demonstrable pledges...

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We the People, Yes

(4) Comments | Posted January 25, 2013 | 3:46 PM

"Our journey is not complete until no citizen is forced to wait for hours to exercise the right to vote."

On hearing these trenchant words during President Obama's inaugural speech, a lingering doubt surfaced: as deserving as the president was of Time's distinctive designation of him as its 2012...

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McCain v. Rice: The Unceremonious Quashing of a Candidate

(3) Comments | Posted December 22, 2012 | 2:48 AM

I waited to have the last word on this. With Susan Rice "out" and John Kerry "in" and all but certain to be confirmed by Congress as the next secretary of state, I can't let it rest.

I am weary of hearing every news commentator and pundit preface his or...

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The Choice: Mormon Missionary Romney Or Community Organizer Obama

(70) Comments | Posted November 3, 2012 | 11:31 AM

With the 2012 presidential campaign marathon firmly established as the country's most popular spectator sport, and media scrutiny of the candidates paused just shy of the unmerciful competition in The Hunger Games, a woefully overlooked comparison of the candidates' most life-shaping years of experience -- President Obama's three years as...

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President Obama's Emancipation Proclamation

(93) Comments | Posted September 22, 2012 | 12:24 PM

Not for the first time in our nation's factious history of presidential elections, we are debating what it means to be free in The United States of America. Not for the first time, a U.S. President is arguably staking his mandate to lead the country on the body politic interpretation...

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