This is one of those "only-people-interested-in-SilverMedals-type-stuff" entries. While researching two upcoming pieces for SilverMedals ("Thomas Jefferson's Second Dome" and "The Second Madison Square Garden"), the famous architect Stanford White came to figure prominently in both, which was not something that I had anticipated.
Arts & Pop Culture
Geri Reischl may not be a household name but she occupies a rather unique place in American pop-cultural history. Some may know her for her singing. Some may know her for her toy ads in the late 60s and early 70s. There are many French Canadians who may remember Reischl from when she toured with singer René Simard. But the majority of those who remember Reischl know her as “Fake Jan.” As in, Jan Brady, the character from the family sitcom, The Brady Bunch.
When the Pixies1 reunited in 2004, it was a huge prayer answered for many devoted fans. Having previously been disbanded in 1992 by frontman Black Francis, a.k.a. Frank Black—real name Charles Thompson (which is what we'll call him for the rest of this piece)—the odds of the post-punk band ever playing again seemed slim at best. There were stories of acrimony, personality clashes, and creative differences between the members, all of which was standard band-breaking-up stuff, but this breakup felt colder and deeper than most. No public feuds. No tell-all books or articles. Just a very business-like split. But then, like other things in business, time and money-making potential heal most wounds.
After the fifth installment of the James Bond movie series You Only Live Twice hit the theaters, Harry Saltzman and Albert R. "Cubby" Broccoli, the producers of the lucrative franchise, had a problem. Their Bond didn't want to be Bond anymore. After spying, killing, and sexing his way through five movies, Sean Connery was ready to go.
There were several reasons for Connery's discontent. As an actor, he was worried he would spend the rest of his career being typecast in Bond-type roles. Another issue was Connery's experience in filming You Only Live Twice in Japan where the press constantly harassed the actor. Of course if you play James Bond, you're going to have to put up with a certain bit of that. But the most important issue for Connery above all was that he felt he was being exploited, and in a way he may have been.