People: Thoughts & Afterthoughts

"A great many producers 30 or 40 years ago used to invest their own money in their own shows. They all died broke," Composer Richard Rodgers and Librettist Oscar Hammerstein 2d, co-producers of six successive Broadway hits, including South Pacific, wrote in the New York Times. "It is not our intention to die broke if we can help it ... We believe that outside capital can and should be invited into the theater . . ."

"Fiction is a clarifying agent," Journalist-Novelist John Mersey (The Wall, A Bell for Adano) wrote in the...