Thursday, December 14, 2017

Schulenberg's Page: New York, Part CXXXVIII

Text and Illustrations by ©Bob Schulenberg

June, 1968. Ann Rieger and I had become good friends.  She was working as an art director at Edward L. Meyers’ advertising agency and Holly Bower, a photographer, had helped us while we were shooting The Secret Cinema.

Ann had invited me to come with her to Fire Island for the weekend. I told her about the miserable and depressing previous (1967) wet summer at The Fire Island Pines but she said we’d be going to Ocean Beach which was a lot — calmer.  So I went.
It was “calmer”; no noticeable drug use, no amyl nitrate-fueled frantic discotheque, no emergency helicopters landing on the beach for emergency overdoses!  In short, it was pleasantly relaxing.

It was Johanna Roosevelt’s house and with us was Johanna’s young daughter, Sarah.
Then Sunday came and it was time to go back into the city.  We took the ferry back to Bayshore, Long Island and waited for the train to go to Manhattan.
That night I was invited to come to the home of David Pascal and his wife on West 12th Street for drinks. David was a cartoonist for The New Yorker and we’d become friends in Paris. I didn’t know many Americans — mainly because I found many of them to be tiresome. But David was funny and witty so it was great to know him. He’d just won a major cartoonists’ award and he and his wife were in a mood to celebrate!
I started the work week making the rounds and meeting an art director to talk about a current job.
There were several anti-war demonstrations as I went near Central Park.

Actually, there were unexpected demonstrations all over town!
I met Janet Hautau for lunch at Allen’s on the Upper East Side.  Janet was also an advertising art director working at Paul Bartel’s father’s agency, West, Weir & Bartel, and was very helpful to me when I first arrived in New York to work there.  She was an artist and now, no longer working in advertising, exhibits her work and teaches.  She realized early on that an office job as an art director was not the best fit for me!
And my friend from Paris, Bernard Sabatier, arrived in New York for a visit.
We met another Parisian friend, Michel La Journade, for dinner at La Brochetteria. Bernard felt that there was something familiar as in Paris we used to go to a St. Germain-des-Pres restaurant which was also called La Brochetteria.
We were joined by my friend, Jerry Taupier, an actor who had grown up in East Hampton.
The next night, there was a party at Arthur, The discotheque started by Sybil (Mrs. Richard) Burton after she divorced Richard and married young Jordan Christopher.
The party was honoring Vidal Sassoon, the famous hairdresser who revolutionized hairstyles by inventing a geometric cut that needed no hairspray, one that a person could run her fingers through.
It was actually an updated version of a 1920s bob.
Louise Brooks, c. 1920.
Coming from an impoverished background he had become extremely successful opening a salon on Madison Avenue and then expanding into a vast international empire of hair salons. He’s been called the most famous and successful hairdresser in history!
In 1968 Sassoon cut Mia Farrow’s hair for the film, Rosemary’s Baby.
There were lot of celebrities such as Meredith MacRae, who had been starring in the television show, Petticoat Junction after being in My Three Sons.
Just another typical night in New York City!
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