Summarized by Kent Larsen
'Promise' Author, Publisher Shocked at Suit
Suit: Salt Lake Tribune 11Nov99 A2
By Kelly Kennedy: Salt Lake Tribune
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- LDS author Dean Hughes, and his publisher,
Church-owned Deseret Book, were shocked on Tuesday when decorated POW
Gene Jacobsen filed suit against them over Hughes' "Children of the
Promise" series of books. Jacobsen is portrayed in the books, which
profile an LDS family as it copes with World War II.
"I'm in shock that [Jacobsen] has filed a lawsuit against me," said
Hughes, who is also a BYU English professor. "But I do want to say I
have a lot of respect for Mr. Jacobsen." Hughes maintains that
Jacobsen knew that his story would be portrayed in the books and gave
his permission. Deseret Book president Ronald Millett points out that
the series thanks Jacobsen for the story and the second book in the
series is even dedicated to Jacobsen. "It's a sad occurrence and we
hope we can resolve it for both parties," Millett said.
Jacobsen's attorney, Brent Hatch, says that Jacobsen isn't interested
in money, even though Hughes and Deseret Book are said to have made
about $1 million on the book. Instead, they are worried about future
fictional accounts of Jacobsen's life.