Friday, November 25, 2016

Schulenberg's Page: New York, Part LXXXVII

Text and Illustrations by ©Bob Schulenberg

New York, Spring, 1967.
Paul and I visited Philip, who was "Dick" in The Secret Cinema, and our old friend from UCLA, Pattie, who were now living together.

And my brother's friend Judy Sims, who was the editor of the teen magazine Teen Set, came to New York from Los Angeles for a quick visit.
My brother Richard, an entertainment lawyer heading the legal department of Paramount Music/Dot Records, wrote a monthly satirical article for her using the nom de plume "Gunther Yorty," a kind of subtle jab at Los Angeles' current controversial Mayor Yorty.
1967 was a good year for counterculture satire and that summer in San Francisco would eventually be known as The Summer of Love!

The Vietnam War was heating up, people were escaping with drugs and music and devising new ways of protesting and avoiding the draft. Judy had a lot of material to work with but it was a hard job to keep it light!
The week progressed for me with work assignments and deadlines but there were also breaks for socializing.
I visited Janet Coates and her fiancé, Bernard Bossom.
And more UCLA friends; they'd also helped us with The Secret Cinema.
And on East 86th Street, my neighborhood, Yorkville.
I went to the Cafe 72 with Amy Vane.
I wanted her to meet my close friend, Janet Hautau, who was an Art Director at West, Weir & Bartel and had been a good friend since my first days in New York when I, knowing nothing about advertising, began, thanks to Paul's father, working at the agency as an Art Director.

One day I steeled myself, summoned up my courage and walked into Janet's office to ask a very basic advertising question. She was extremely serious and took care of some of the most important accounts so I was feeling wary of even entering.

When I did, she looked up from her work and as I cautiously started to apologize for interrupting her, she said, "I'm so glad you're here at the agency! I'm bored with the lack of creativity here and you're such a free spirit!"

We've been friends ever since.
She wasn't able to be at any of our Secret Cinema shooting locations that needed crowds as she commuted from a beautiful 17th-century house in New Jersey, just outside of Princeton. She lived there with her husband Fred her baby daughter Michelle ... and a ghost, who was a Revolutionary War soldier!
Amy and I were telling her about the things that happened while we were shooting the movie, when we took it to The London Film Festival, and the rest of our trip.

Finally the conversation turned to image-making, which basically was what the movie was about. How the world judges you by how you present yourself!

I started talking about the way people had been photographed during Hollywood's so-called "Golden Age" when they were photographed solely for beauty and not necessarily for continuity. In other words, a leading lady's closeup might be lit differently than it had been in the master shot! And the makeup was for the camera and not for the street!

I had the hobby of shooting friends in that old style.
Jean Clyde Mason-Quinn, a UCLA friend.
That my photo lab thought they were processing copy prints I'd made of old photographs was compliment enough for me!

There was also this photo I'd done of DPC a few months earlier ...
Janet had told me that she had never felt she was attractive which stunned me as I'd always thought how beautiful she was.

We made a plan to have a photo session and play with image-making!
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