"For three decades, Bernie served Hearst Corporation with loyalty and distinction," Steven R. Swartz, president and CEO of Hearst Corporation told Connecticut's NewsTimes. "All of us are grateful for his long tenure and friendship. He will be greatly missed."
It was no ordinary love for Shaw and the newspaper heiress-turned inmate, who is now 59. The pair met at San Francisco's Top of the Mark restaurant the day after Hearst was released on $1.5 million bail in 1976 for robbing a bank. She was convicted later that year, and Bernard drove 60 miles from his home near San Francisco four times a week to visit her in confinement in Pleasanton, Calif.
As I remember, he served as her bodyguard before the relationship turned romantic.
This coming February will mark the 40th anniversary (!) of Hearst's kidnapping by the Symbionese Liberation Army.
Harlan Ellison shouldn't cast stones, I'm afraid. He still needs to answer for his work as a screenwriter for the 1966 turkey The Oscar.