FROM THE 1998 FILMFAX ARCHIVES: THE RAT PACK

An old friend recently contacted me via social media about a question she and her husband had been pondering during dinner. It had to do with the infamous Rat Pack and instead of searching Google, she contacted me to ask about the group’s inception. I wrote her back based on what I remembered and the result pleased both her and her husband.
Of course, it also got me to thinking, how DID I know the answer to her query? The senior moment passed when I realized I had, albeit many years ago, written a rather tongue-in-cheek article about that very subject for Filmfax’s sister publication, Outre Magazine.
It was a favorite piece of mine as the subject is a favorite. Even though the articles are all done on spec, I didn’t have to sell this one very hard at all. A simple query was all it took. One of the many reasons I loved writing for the magazine was just that: They liked what I wrote and I liked their subject matter. A perfect fit. Besides, it allowed me to keep my chops up while I continued to research Lee Marvin Point Blank.
And so without further ado…..Oh, one more thing. The cable show I referenced but did not state by name was Mystery Science Theater. Very funny show in it’s day but I didn’t want to risk legal action….or something like that.
So NOW, without further ado, my homage to (please hold your applause until all names have been completed) Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr, Peter Lawford, Joey Bishop, and supporting players Shirley MacLaine, Humphrey Bogart, and Lauren Bacall. I give you, THE RAT PACK!
Rather appropriate for this Good Friday, don’t you think?

The Rat Pack in Outre, Page 1

The Rat Pack in Outre, Page 1

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The Rat Pack in Outre, Page 2

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The Rat Pack in Outre, Page 5

 

 

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ARCHIVE: MY INTERVIEW WITH SAMURAI WIDOW, JUDY BELUSHI

I recently came across an article stating that a film is in the works based on Judy Belushi’s biography of her late husband, singer/actor/comedian, John Belushi. It stated that Ellen Page might play her and Emil Hirsh would play John. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look likely to happen but it did remind me of the time I interviewed Judy Belushi.
Before I was able to finally get a publisher for Lee Marvin Point Blank, I lucked into some great freelance work for Filmfax Magazine. Interviewing the former Judtih Jacklin in 2006 was a dream come true for this die-hard fan of her late husband. Shy at first, she could tell I had done my homework on her late husband’s career and quickly opened up to me with great tales not even mentioned in her book. The one about Lauren Bacall is but one great example. So, without further ado, here’s that interview from almost 10 years ago (yipes!)….

Judy Belsuhi Filmfax interview, Page 1

Judy Belsuhi Filmfax interview, Page 1

Judy Belushi Filmfax interview, Page 2

Judy Belushi Filmfax interview, Page 2

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Judy Belushi Filmfax interview, Page 3

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Judy Belushi Filmfax interview, Page 7

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Judy Belushi Filmfax interview, Page 8

 

 

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