November 5, 1987 |
You might think that Edward Woodward ("The Equalizer") is a happy man these days. Three months after a heart attack, he is working a civilized 24- hour week on his respected series, he has quit smoking, he is on the road to recovery. He is not, however, happy. It has to do with the smoking part. During a press party in New York a few weeks ago, somebody made the mistake of asking Woodward how he feels. Woodward sighed. "The only way I can answer that is to say not smoking. And that fills my life.
June 6, 1988 |
I don't pretend that I've ever had a smoking problem. I haven't. Sometime, back in my youth, smoking was the in thing. There was no warning by the U.S. surgeon general, no "proof" that cigarettes were harmful to anyone's health. Thousands of movie and televison stars smoked. It was OK; indeed, if you didn't smoke, you felt a bit like a nerd or not part of the in crowd. At the very most, I've smoked six or seven cigarettes in my lifetime. I remember the first one, which may be the reason I never got seriously involved.
April 9, 2000 |
One after the other, the witnesses took the stand. Armed with information they knew would win the case, attorneys bandied about questions, accusations and pronouncements, hoping to stump the defense. On trial: the Marlboro Man, that timeless icon of cool and hip. Philip Morris' longtime poster boy was being tried Wednesday by sixth graders at the Mary E. Volz School for Kick Butts Day. His crime: seducing children into becoming lifelong smokers. "I told him they [Philip Morris]
February 1, 1994 |
Tall and rugged as the Rocky Mountains, he stands like a beacon to motorists heading south on I-95 near Allegheny Avenue. But opponents say the Marlboro Man also stands too close to a school, and looms over the bedroom window of many a Port Richmond child. And that is why the tough guy lost out to a mother from Mayfair. The Marlboro Man, a 60-foot billboard atop the Diamond Furniture building, will be taken down this week, weather permitting, said Howard Weiss, president of Transcor Inc. Weiss leases the billboard to the Philip Morris Co. Another billboard will go up. "Naturally, I'm happy," said Mayfair homemaker Linda Lawrence, who beat the big man at his own game.
January 26, 1992 |
In one fashion ad, which appeared in Gentlemen's Quarterly, a lithe young model stands provocatively, his eyes closed, his arms raised so that his sweater rises just enough to show a hairy stomach; his jogging pants hang off his hips. If that sounds a bit racy, consider Tanline's thong bikini print ad, which ran in men's exercise magazines. The ad includes three men posed so that their muscles ripple; each wears a thong shown from a different, but equally sensual, angle. Or open the current issue of Details magazine and take a look at the pensive male model in the ad for the Cross Colours hip-hop collection.
April 25, 1999 |
Say goodbye to the Marlboro Man. The cigarette-smoking cowboy, above, disappeared from his spot overlooking the Ben Franklin Bridge, a casualty of the $206 billion settlement between tobacco companies and 46 states that banned all tobacco billboards. By week's end, a beer advertisement, at right, had taken its place.
August 23, 1991 |
"Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man" is a goofy name for a movie, by any standard, but it makes a little more sense when you learn that it's a loose remake of "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. " What doesn't make sense is why anyone would remake "Butch Cassidy" by replacing Paul Newman and Robert Redford with Mickey Rourke and Don Johnson. It's a strong contrast in style and stature. One tandem comprises two of Hollywood's most enduring male stars, while the other comprises Mickey Rourke and Don Johnson.
November 26, 1994 |
DUTCH POLICE FLAG DOWN 'HASH TAXI' SERVICE Police in Oss, Netherlands, have arrested a "taxi" driver and charged him with taking his customers to the wrong state - the state of altered consciousness. The driver allegedly operated a "hash taxi," the nickname for services that deliver marijuana and hashish to customers' homes. Although the Netherlands has one of the world's most relaxed drug policies, police decided the service went a little too far. Hundreds of "coffee shops" in the country are licensed to sell up to 30 grams of marijuana or hashish, and the law allows people to cultivate small cannabis crops for their personal use. Police said that the delivery service was unlicensed and that the proprietor was growing amounts that exceeded the regulations.
August 22, 1995 |
It used to be that when I read about the policy of renting federal land in the West for cattle grazing, the cattle rancher who appeared in my mind was a weathered, raw-boned, independent cuss who looked something like the Marlboro Man and talked - when you could get him to talk, because he was, by nature and upbringing, taciturn - about how a man had to stand on his own two feet, no matter what came down the pike. Then I read that a 100,000-acre chunk of the most beautiful federal land in Idaho is being grazed on cheaply by cattle belonging to computer billionaires William Hewlett and David Packard, two of the richest men in America.
April 16, 2000 |
For 16 years, the Marlboro Man was West Hollywood's most famous resident. Lasso in hand, wearing chaps, he stood 62 feet tall, high above the Sunset Strip. Tourists posed for pictures with him; he often appeared in movies. Still, when the national tobacco settlement that banned cigarette billboards hustled him out of town last year, many celebrated what they saw as the end of his glorification of a health hazard. The 1998 settlement didn't just ban the Man, it gave California health officials the right to borrow his space.