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An award-winning screenwriter at international film festivals and labs, Caitlin McCarthy has written two feature films: WONDER DRUGan Alfred P. Sloan Foundation script at the Hamptons Screenwriters Lab; and RESISTANCE, a script accepted into the exclusive Squaw Valley Screenwriters Program. Caitlin is also partnering on writing/creating the TV series PASS/FAIL with Jim Forbes, a multiple Emmy, ALMA, AP and Golden Mic award-winning writer, producer, correspondent and narrator; and writing/creating the TV series FREE SKATE with choreographer Michael Masionis attached. In addition to screenwriting, Caitlin serves as an English teacher at an inner-city public high school.
For more information, please visit her IMDb profile, official Facebook page, and officialTwitter page.

motley-crue-final-tour-press-conference-650-430At the news that NIKKI SIXX’s Motley Crue is retiring following their 2014 tour, we salute an immortal Rocker by reprinting this tribute:

“Nikki Sixx: From Bad Boy to Good Man” by Caitlin McCarthy

With so much focus on cads these days, I thought it was time to highlight the bad boys who became good men.

My favorite example is Nikki Sixx.  As many of you know from my previous blog posts here, I attended numerous concerts at the Worcester Centrum growing up.

I made a point of seeing all my favorite bands in the ‘80s, with only one excep exception: Motley Crue.

It takes a lot to intimidate me, but in the ‘80s, Motley Crue did just that. Like Lord Byron, they were mad, bad, and dangerous to know. Sex, drugs, and violence followed them wherever they went. Just read the group’s autobiography “The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band” and Nikki’s memoir “The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star.”

Motley Crue attracted a “motley” crowd to their concerts back then. As a preppy, my bob and clothing got the stink eye from Poison fans. I feared Motley fans wouldn’t limit themselves to just dirty looks. I honestly believed they’d do much worse to me, egged on by the wild energy of the show.

So I settled for watching Motley Crue on MTV, zeroing in on Nikki Sixx. Whenever he was interviewed by a VJ (remember them?), I paid attention. Even though Nikki was in the throes of a horrific drug addiction at the time, and living the life of a rock star in the worst possible sense, he struck me as a decent guy at heart. His lifestyle choices didn’t diminish his musical ability. (Nikki is Motley Crue’s bassist and main songwriter.) He also came across as a smart businessman. He was (and still is) a natural, a true star.

Once Nikki freed himself from drugs around the 21st Century, he became an author, fashion designer, photographer, and founder of additional bands (58 and Sixx:AM). Nikki made history as the first rock star ever to testify on Capital Hill before members of Congress on addiction. Nikki even branched out into charity. He’s not someone who throws money at problems. He’s hands-on with his efforts. (more…)

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The Best Moment of Ellen Degeneres’s genial but uneven Oscar Host turn was her celebrated Celebrity Selfie shot.

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Bhwwo6xCUAAqbyN.jpg-largeAnd big congrats to our own blog fave Caitlin McCarthy for appearing in a Tweet shot of her own onscreen at the Oscar’s.

But antic Tweet-crashing aside, many of Ellen D’s playful ‘talk show’ techniques fell flat.  The Oscar’s aren’t a Pizza Party and aren’t even a Golden Globe style cocktail party (which may be why Golden Girls Tina Fey and Amy Poehler have allegedly refused to take on the more staid Oscar).

Ellen’s Pizza prank went on too long and needed more napkins.  Matthew McConaughey’s wife visibly stiffened as a greasy drippy pizza slice neared her lovely pale-pink designer gown.  Harrison Ford lifted his slice with the game bewilderment of a Dad at a kiddie party.

Ellen D’s style works perfectly for the loose relaxed anything-goes atmosphere of a Daytime Talk Show.  Similarly, David Letterman– who famously flopped at hosting the Oscars– found his  Late Nite style monologue floundering with the uptight Oscar crowd.  The Oscar’s producers need to embrace the formal white-tie affair that Oscar really is and stop trying to turn it into Comedy Central.6a00d8341c630a53ef0168e9997ec6970c-600wi

Having been privileged to attend the last two Tony Awards shows in person, cheering on the producing group Broadway Consortium, my Nominee for next year’s Oscar Host would be the multi-talented comic yet classy Neil Patrick Harris.   (more…)

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Asjkimages John Kerry stepped onto the world stage, seeming ‘happy at last,’ he joked that he had ‘big heels’ to fill.’  Kerry’s foreign policy expertise is widely known, but we on the blog know another side to him, revealed in the reprinted blog post below by DES activist and writer Caitlin McCarthy.  She describes working with both Kerry and former Senator Brown on a womens’ health issue of both national and international concern…
Caitlin McCarthyCaitlin McCarthy’s posts on the DES drug disgrace for this blog have been linked by the Huffington Post and read worldwide.  2013-02-02T002320Z_01_TOR406_RTRMDNP_3_OBAMA-NOMINATIONS-KERRY-RICE[1]She has appeared widely this year in MA and national media speaking out about DES.

Caitlin received her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Emerson College.  An award-winning screenwriter at international film festivals and labs, Caitlin has two feature films in development: WONDER DRUG with producer/star Alysia Reiner; and RESISTANCE with director Si Wall. Caitlin is also partnering on writing/creating the TV series PASS/FAIL with Jim Forbes, a multiple Emmy, ALMA, AP and Golden Mic award-winning writer, producer, correspondent and narrator; and developing the TV series FREE SKATE with choreographer Michael Masionis. In addition to screenwriting, Caitlin serves as an English teacher at an inner-city public high school.

FDA Letter Is National News (& It All Started Here)

February 24, 2011 by easearle

Coverage on the FDA letter in the Boston Globe
FDA LETTER IS NATIONAL NEWS (& IT ALL STARTED HERE…)
Our blog is proud that Caitlin McCarthy’s series of impassioned guest posts on the DES drug scandal has resulted in an important news-making letter of acknowledgement from the FDA about the DES tragedy.
The offices of Sen. John Kerry and Sen. Scott Brown have put out a joint national press release on the FDA letter, which was prompted in part by Caitlin’s posts on this blog and her request that readers contact Senators Brown and Kerry.

One of Caitlin’s DES posts for our blog was linked by theHuffington Post‘s own Diana Bianchini, who wrote about Caitlin and the DES apology effort, reaching a worldwide readership.  This week’s letter from the FDA breaks new ground and will have political and legal ramifications that are likely to help DES victims around the world.

Our thanks to all the readers who contacted the senators and to Caitlin for showing that one voice can make a difference.
(photos: Forbes.com, boston.com, GoogleImages)

 

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LATEST UPDATE: Check out DES activist, screenwriter  & blog fave Caitlin McCarthy’s latest interview

Celebrities such as ROSANNE CASH, ALYSIA REINER and True Blood’s CARRIE PRESTON have signed the DES petition (linked below at end of post).  Read on and you may sign on too…

DES UPDATE: Eli Lilly’s Continued DES Shame

The following is an update for those who have been following the first historic DES breast cancer trial that settled after one testimony on January 9, 2013: http://tinyurl.com/b5hkqbp

Eli Lilly promised to mediate the pending DES breast cancer cases and continues to fail to do so. The mediation has been going on since the Judge so ordered it in January 2012: http://tinyurl.com/a4j4pykarUnknown

Since the settlement of the first historic DES breast cancer trial on January 9, 2103, lawyers Aaron Levine and Julie Oliver-Zhang have heard nothing from Eli Lilly regarding the remaining cases in Boston and in DC.

If Eli Lilly doesn’t make an offer for all cases, Aaron Levine and Julie Oliver-Zhang will go back to court. It’s up to Eli Lilly: Pay money to their expensive lawyers or pay money to the sick women.

cpimages-1Note that Eli Lilly spokesman J. Scott MacGregor stated before the first historic DES breast cancer trial, “We believe these claims are without merit and are prepared to defend against them vigorously.”

Also note that upon settling the trial, Eli Lilly issued this statement: “While we continue to believe that Lilly’s medication did not cause the conditions alleged in the lawsuit, we believe the settlement is in the best interest of the company. Settling this trial helps us get back to what we want to focus on as a company; developing important new medications through research and partnerships with doctors and patients.” (more…)

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Continuing our coverage of the Boston trial addressing the DES drug disaster.  Our blog’s own frequent guest post-er, screenwriter and DES activist Caitlin McCarthy has been featured in many media interviews (see links below).  Congratulations to Caitlin and to the legal team who are  taking these important steps in forcing accountability over this true ‘disgrace’…

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On January 9, 2013, Dr. Hans-Olov Adami, the Harvard Department of Publish Health, testified that the evidence is so compelling that even the Harvard Women’s Health Watch and the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies stated that mothers and daughters “who were exposed to pharmacological levels of DES in utero experienced important and devastating effects many years later, including an elevated risk of breast cancer.”

Dr. Adami testified that epidemiological evidence was not only applicable to the DES daughters, but to ANY DES daughter who developed breast cancer above the age of 40 or 50 so long as they did not have any other unusually high breast cancer risk factors.

He testified that the experiment on women in the case of DES was truly a human tragedy, as he published in the European Journal of Epidemiology.

Eli Lilly did not even complete their cross examination of Dr. Adami, when they, during a break, approached the Plaintiffs and the Judge to settle the case with an undisclosed sum.

Note Dr. Adami was the first and only person to testify in this trial. Eli Lilly couldn’t stand the heat!

Watch DES Daughter Caitlin McCarthy discuss the “Mike Tyson knockout punch” that Dr. Adami’s testimony delivered to Eli Lilly on CBS/WBZ-TV: http://boston.cbslocal.com/2013/01/09/drug-maker-settles-with-sisters-who-blame-cancer-on-pregnancy-drug/  for more media, read on… (more…)

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Caitlin McCarthyCaitlin McCarthy’s posts on the DES drug disgrace for this blog have been linked by the Huffington Post and read worldwide.  She will be reporting on the upcoming DES trial in Boston for our blog.

Caitlin received her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Emerson College.  An award-winning screenwriter at international film festivals and labs, Caitlin has two feature films in development: WONDER DRUG with producer/star Alysia Reiner; and RESISTANCE with director Si Wall. Caitlin is also partnering on writing/creating the TV series PASS/FAIL with Jim Forbes, a multiple Emmy, ALMA, AP and Golden Mic award-winning writer, producer, correspondent and narrator; and developing the TV series FREE SKATE with choreographer Michael Masionis. In addition to screenwriting, Caitlin serves as an English teacher at an inner-city public high school.

DES: More to the Story274_Logo_BreastCancerAware

By Caitlin McCarthy

DES: More to the Story
By Caitlin McCarthy
As you all know from this blogsite, the first historic DES breast cancer trial will take place at the John Joseph Moakley U.S. Courthouse in Boston, MA this January. Aaron Levine and Julie Oliver-Zhang of Aaron M. Levine & Associates will advocate on behalf of DES Daughters. About 20 lawyers will represent the drug companies, including Eli Lilly.
If you can be there in person to show your support for the plaintiffs, please do so. Currently, the trial is anticipated to last 3-4 weeks, starting on Tuesday, January 8, 2013. The hearings will likely begin at 9:00 a.m. and go until 4:30 p.m. each day, with lunch in between.
If you want any more information or feel you could help the case in any way, please call Aaron Levine’s office Toll Free at: 1-888-868-5380.
Below is the official press release:
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DES Daughters Seek to Hold Eli Lilly Accountable for Breast Cancer in Historical Trial
On Tuesday, January 8, 2013, at 9:00 a.m., the attorneys of Aaron Levine & Associates will advocate on behalf of DES daughters in the first historical diethylstilbestrol (DES) breast cancer trial in Boston federal court. The case, Fecho v. Eli Lilly, seeks to hold pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly & Company responsible for negligently marketing DES, a mega-dose synthetic estrogen, as safe for use in pregnant women. Eli Lilly ignored studies published as early as the 1930s that reported the carcinogenic and teratogenic risks of DES, and rushed to market the drug as a miscarriage preventative without controlled testing. Because of their prenatal exposure to the drug, DES daughters are at a 105% increased risk of developing breast cancer beginning at age 40. By age 50, the risk of DES breast cancer increases to 285%.

The Melnick sisters, a family of four DES daughters from Pennsylvania, will be the first DES breast cancer case to be tried in court. The four Melnick sisters were all exposed to DES in utero and all suffered infertility as well as a host of signature DES reproductive tract abnormalities. All four sisters contracted breast cancer on or before the age of 50. (more…)

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Caitlin McCarthyCaitlin McCarthy’s post SORRY SEEMS TO BE THE HARDEST WORD is reprinted below, after a DES update.  Caitlin received her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Emerson College.  An award-winning screenwriter at international film festivals and labs, Caitlin has two feature films in development: WONDER DRUG with producer/star Alysia Reiner; and RESISTANCE with director Si Wall. Caitlin is also partnering on writing/creating the TV series PASS/FAIL with Jim Forbes, a multiple Emmy, ALMA, AP and Golden Mic award-winning writer, producer, correspondent and narrator; and developing the TV series FREE SKATE with choreographer Michael Masionis. In addition to screenwriting, Caitlin serves as an English teacher at an inner-city public high school.

UPDATE: Caitlin received a supportive TWEET from star SUZANNE SOMERS:

DES, the monster fake drug hormone was a tragedy for women”

Watch this blog for upcoming updates on the DES trial.

DES (Diethylstilbestrol): The Story with No End

It appears that US Senator John Kerry (D-MA) will be named Secretary of State.jkimages

As many longtime readers of this site know, Senator Kerry worked jointly with Senator Scott Brown (R-MA) on obtaining an apology for the DES drug disaster from the FDA. The grassroots campaign for this apology started right here with a post by DES Daughter Caitlin McCarthy.

On February 22, 2011, Senator Kerry and Senator Brown received a 3-page response from the FDA, per their joint letter about a DES apology. The FDA’s letter did not contain an official apology from the federal government for the DES drug disaster. However, it acknowledged the devastating health consequences of DES, explained FDA initiatives to prevent future drug disasters, and talked about DES as a “tragedy” for the first time in 40 years.

But the DES story is far from over.

On for January 7, 2013 at the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts in Boston, the historic DES breast cancer trial will begin. It’s just two lawyers for the plaintiffs and about 20 lawyers representing the chemical companies in the court room (including Eli Lilly). If you can be there in person to show your support for the plaintiffs, please do so. Currently, the trial is anticipated to last 3-4 weeks. The hearings will likely begin at 9:30 a.m. and go until 4:30 p.m. each day, with lunch in between. The courthouse is at:

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If you want any more information or feel you could help the case in any way, please call Aaron Levine’s office Toll Free at: 1-888-868-5380.

Note there was already good news for the plaintiffs this past week: The Court has allowed the plaintiffs to proceed to trial on negligent failure to warn; and Eli Lilly’s other summary judgment motion on product identification was denied, allowing the plaintiffs to go forward in this historic DES breast cancer trial.

Caitlin McCarthy plans on writing about the DES breast cancer trial for this site. Until then, click ‘continue reading’ below to read her blog post that kickstarted the DES apology effort with the Senators and attracted worldwide attention. (more…)

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