Chapter 28: The Charlotte Papers
Just when the good vibrations had me enthralled, who had to pee in the soup but none-other than good ol' Bill Snyder. The following letter, full of bombast and falsehoods, was enough to turn off Henry White totally. Now he not only had his fear of producing behind the iron curtain, but possible trouble from a blowhard like Snyder. I got a copy of this letter from Mike Campus, who was confronted with it by White. Mike refuted it point by point, but who listens to facts when fear rules his heart?
February 17, 1971
Mr. Henry White
375 Park Avenue
New York, New York
Dear Mr. White:
I am astonished by your letter of January 18th which did not reach my eyes until my return from California
These are the facts:
- that at a meeting with you arranged by Seymour Mayer, I urged you to abandon the ridiculous idea of making CHARLOTTE'S WEB in Copenhagen and suggested that you produce same in conjunction with me through facilities that I had available in Prague and under the direction of Gene Deitch.
- that upon your request, I sent you samples of several cartoons that I had produced in Prague, prints that you have yet to return.
- that you phoned me several days later and asked for another meeting to explore my suggestion further.
- that at this second meeting, in the presence of Mr. Edgar Bronfman. We arranged to meet in Prague on a specific day.
- that subsequently you advised me that a Mr. Mike Campus would meet with me instead of yourself.
- that Mr. Campus arrived in Prague several days in advance of our scheduled meeting and after a series of frantic phone calls, I arranged for him to meet with Gene Deitch and explore the facilities I had suggested and could arrange.
- that Mr. Campus met with Mr. Deitch, initiated a private deal with Deitch, and when Deitch asked what the position of Snyder was, told Deitch, "Don't worry about Snyder, we will take care of him," or words to that effect.
- that upon my arrival in Prague, after the departure of Campus, I initiated an arrangement with Czechoslovak State Film for their facilities for the production of CHARLOTTE'S WEB.
- that you subsequently pursued independently with Czechoslovak State Film your own arrangements that would exclude my participation.
- that all of the above actions are unethical, illegal, and prejudicial to my relationship with Czechoslovak State Film which has existed for more than twenty years.
I await a prompt response to the above.
Very truly yours,
William L. Snyder
cc: Mr. Seymour Mayer
Mr. Edgar Bronfman