07/25/1988 at 01:00 AM EDT
Way back when, I remember Presidents ordering cooling-off and back-to-work periods in rail strikes, mine strikes, ice-cream-scooper strikes—they did it all the time. So why not now with the Hollywood writers' strike? Ronald Reagan—former actor and union boss, now management's friend—could, with a little friendly persuasion, get movie studios, networks and writers back to the table and back to the action. Someone should step in and play peacemaker—for what railroads, mills and mines once were to this country, entertainment is now. Entertainment is a $50 billion-plus-a-year business, and we cannot afford to let this industry rust away.