Chris Dodd’s appointment as the next chief of the Motion Picture Assn. of America reminded me of the unexpected pairing of Dodd with singer Paul Simon on the campaign trail in Iowa in 2007. It was an effort to boost Dodd’s political fortunes in the state, to no avail, but it did make for some great mini-concerts and did draw larger crowds. With so many Simon fans on hand, Dodd took to quip that he was real Art Garfunkel. A clip from the events is below, and my coverage back then is here. My interview with Dodd and story on his appointment is here.
One other note: One of Dodd’s career achievements was the financial reform act, which he co-authored with Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.). Included was a short provision that banned box office futures trading, something that industry lobbyists got into the bill to the chagrin of several companies that were poised to start the new markets.