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Per our annual tradition every Eighth of March, on the anniversary of his passing, we pause now to reflect upon the legacy of Alexander Salkind. When he left us on March 8th, 1997, it looked as though the entire entertainment world had all but passed him by. By his own choice, Alexander had all but reduced himself to becoming a dinosaur in the film industry. The financial constraints that had practically guaranteed the initial U.S. boxoffice failure of Christopher Columbus: The Discovery had taken too much of a burden on Alexander, both personally and emotionally.

As we have done many times in these pages, and, quite frankly, as we will continue to do in the years to come, we ask: Why?

And we wonder, too, what Alexander would have done with the wonders of the Internet, with all its fascinating possibilities.

Well, one thing's for sure: Alexander Salkind would have been more than a century old, were he still with us. And oh, what wonders he would have lived to see, especially the start of a new Millennium, one in which he clearly would have brought to cyberspace the same determination, chutzpah and willingness to break and rewrite the rules that he inflicted upon the world when he first came into the limelight on his own in 1946. Much has changed since then, both in our world and in the world of entertainment. But we know now, because of the many fans of the Salkind movies, that this family's remarkable story will be shared by an entirely new generation of fantasy film lovers. Needless to say,, Fifth Edition will continue to serve as one of those who will undoubtedly help to shape that story's next exciting chapters. As always, we hope you'll join us.

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