Giving Sonny Bono his due

It is easy to write-off Sonny Bono as a second-rate singer, third-rate actor and fourth-rate political minion. And for good reason. Historically it could be said his greatest achievement in the world of entertainment the discovery of Cher who is still giving a string of Last Concerts. When Sonny died in a skiing accident in 1998, his obituary was, at best, lackluster. But if you are a writer, you should give Sonny Bono credit where, to date, little credit has been given. He was a prime mover in what is now the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act. Because of that act, your writings are now under copyright for your life PLUS 70 YEARS. And THAT is a lot better than the 14 years it was when I started writing.  So, next time you are in Palm Springs where Bono was Mayor from 1988 to 1992, sidle up to his statue like I am doing and whisper, ‘Thanks!” [See my books at]

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