No, I wasn’t being called back to active Navy duty–after 62 years–Mike Mullen, on the phone, was just returning my call. He warmly apologized for the two-week delay–he, too gets phone messages lost on his cell phone. I’d originally phoned to congratulate Admiral Mullen, Chief Of Naval Operations, when I learned it was expected he’d be appointed the next Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Oct.1. I first knew him as the teenage son (he’s (61) of Hollywood press agents Jane and Jack Mullen. We were neighbors in the San Fernando Valley. The five Mullen children and the Archerd duo were contemporaries. And my daughter Mandy, who lives in Annaplois, attended his swearing in ceremonies as CNO two years ago.
The Mullen name headed a unique story in Daily Variety September 28, 1972. Jack had died two days earlier at age 54 after suffering a heart attack at Las Vegas’ McCarran Airport. He’d been in Vegas with clients Rip Taylor and the Establishment.At the funeral, Variety noted, ” Ancient tradition of the Roman Caholic Church and modern roc