Santa Claus and Coca-Cola

A long time ago I heard a story that Santa Claus was invented by the largest soft drink company in the world: Coca-Cola Company. And that whole story of elves, reindeer, sleigh, home in the North Pole and chimneys was all a marketing ploy (and we have to admit that was a GENIAL marketing ploy). […]

Greta Garbo

Except for the very early days of her career, Garbo was reclusive; she seldom signed autographs, rarely attended social functions, answered no fan mail, and she gave few interviews. Her refusal to give interviews gave rise to the press reporter jargon “pulling a Garbo” or “going Garbo” referring to any such actions. In her 1928 […]

Dean Martin & Frank Sinatra

Dean Martin & Frank Sinatra (circa early 1960s) Q. Do you feel Italian, Dino, or don’t you? Martin: “I’ll tell you how much I feel Italian. Three years ago, on my birthday, Frank [Sinatra] and I were at the Polo Lounge over there. We were with six other people, minding our own business, and we […]

Ruth Brown

Ruth Brown (January 30, 1928 – November 17, 2006) was an American pop and R&B singer-songwriter, record producer, composer, actress and the first great female R&B star of the 1950s, one of the crucial figures in the transition between that music and early rock & roll. She began her career on Atlantic Records in that […]

Jean Wells

  Jean Wells was born in 1942, West Palm Beach, Florida, USA, and raised in Belgrade, Florida. Wells began singing in gospel groups as a child, and established herself as a secular singer in the early 60s performing in clubs in Philadelphia. She made her recording debut in 1959, and several other singles, but it […]

Michael Dweck

  As a teenager the photographer Michael Dweck landed in Montauk (USA) when he heard that the Rolling Stones had rented a house to rehearse his next album. The band never appeared in that corner of the planet but Dweck had discovered a lost paradise. The photographer, always surrounded by nymphs and boards above their […]

Robert Doisneau

The Brazilian Publisher Cosac Naify is launching the book “Paris Doisneau”, which brings together 500 photographs of the French capital made by Robert Doisneau (1912-1994). The volume shows Paris, notes and images extracted from the photographer’s personal notebooks. Doisneau was able to understand the essence of the urban world as a living organism, showing an […]

Walter Popp (1920-2003)

 Walter Popp was an Comic artist to paperbacks and macho mags in the 50s. His works Slick cover work (and occasional stories) for Stag, For Men Only, True Detective, Amazing Stories, Man’s Illustrated, Fantastic Adventures, Startling Stories, Male, Thrilling Wonder Stories, Master Detective, Man’s World. Adept at hard-boiled detective and crime paperbacks, westerns, and sci-fi, in […]

THE KILLING OF JOHN LENNON

“I was nobody until I killed the biggest somebody on Earth.” – These was the words of Mark David Chapman who killed John Lennon on December 8, 1980 at the door of the building Dakota where the singer lived with his wife and kid. If you are a Lennon-maniac and like independent films will enjoy […]

Natalie Wood (Jul, 1938- Nov, 1981)

Natasha Nikolaevna Zakharenko was the daughter of a Russian couple and was born in San Francisco in 1938. She recorded her first film at age 4 called “Happy Land”, at age 12 had already acted in 18 films and she was considered a great child actress.  At her teenage she felt in love with a […]