Category Archives: 1970s

Cool Hand Luke at Anatuvuk Pass

No one ever compared me to Paul Newman. No one except a dozen Inupiat kids who heralded our arrival in Anaktuvuk Pass by shouting “Cool Hand Luke! Cool Hand Luke!” The village school teacher explained later that it was their … Continue reading

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Café Mouffe: Katmandu

Maybe it’s the linseed oil. Maybe I’ve Tom Sawyered myself into whitewash rapture while trying to entice my son into painting the house. I’m having fun — more fun than an old geezer is supposed to have. Now that I’m … Continue reading

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In Memoriam: Jerry Wexler

Jerry Wexler, the garrulous record producer with the golden ear, died yesterday at age 91. Wexler had so much to do with the sound track of my misspent youth. He gave us Ray Charles, Wilson Picket , Led Zeppelin, the … Continue reading

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‘A Bird on a Leash Is Not a Bird’

Philippe Petit balances on a wire stretched between the towers of the World Trade Center on August 7, 1974. [Source: NYT/Jean-Louis Blondeau/Polaris] A caller to On Point with Tom Ashbrook asked Philippe Petit if he wore some kind of belaying … Continue reading

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Café Mouffe: Julien Clerc

Many thanks to Alex at augmented illusions for suggesting Julien Clerc for the jukebox at Café Mouffe. “He was and is quite popular in the Netherlands,” Alex says. “I think of all his songs, I like Venise best.” Alex pointis … Continue reading

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