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An Uneasy Anniversary, On Film

This week, Sean Penn's latest Oscar-baiting performance, as Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man to be elected to public office in California, hits the big screen. It's also the week — 30 years ago — that Harvey Milk and San Francisco Mayor George R. Moscone were gunned down in their offices at City Hall. It's a troubling memory for Josh Getlin, the Los Angeles Times reporter who was a deputy press secretary and speech writer for the late Moscone, who saw the killer that very morning.

We're talking to Getlin today about his memories of Mayor Moscone, but I was struck also by the account of Sen. Dianne Feinstein's experience during the Milk/Moscone murders in Maureen Dowd's column on Saturday. She became mayor shortly after the shooting.

Bio-pics are often big budget, scenery heavy films, but it's good to remember the folks that saw the "bio" part of the pic actually happen.