The issue is visibility. I was politically active and verbal, and nobody gave a damn. I was one of many people carrying a sign protesting the Vietnam War and for civil rights in the '60s, and nobody knew me. After "M*A*S*H" there was this overnight success. I remember Dustin Hoffman, when asked what it was like to be an overnight success, he said, "Well, after 12 years, it's great fun!" So, I had microphones suddenly stuck in my face, and I was asked about things I was involved in for years.
– Mike Farrell, who will promote his book Just Call Me Mike: A Journey to Actor and Activist, at the Decatur Library on Wednesday, May 21, at 7:15 p.m.