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Song: “You Only Live Twice” performed by Nancy Sinatra
Do you have a favorite James Bond? What about theme song?
I’d like to introduce a new category to my blog: They Say It’s Your Birthday – a post dedicated to celebrating those born in the 1960s. I began this category earlier this year when I wished my 48-year-old dad a happy birthday.
Let’s keep the party going.
On this day in 1960, Ed Solomon, who would go on to direct movies like Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989), Super Mario Bro. (1993), Men in Black (1997), and Charlie’s Angeles (1999), was born in Saratoga, Calif.
Today, Solomon turns fifty-two.
Cheers to the man who gave Keanu Reeves (another 60s baby) one of his first, big leading roles. Happy birthday, Ed!
At the mere age of sixteen I had fallen in love with George Lois without even knowing who George Lois was. I had several 1960s Esquire magazine covers saved on my computer to be used as desktop backgrounds. Soon I discovered Lois was the creator of those various covers.
While I am not versed in techniques of design or what is even considered bad design, I’ve developed a particular liking for minimalism and large, bold text. Lois’s style has been a catalyst of mine when it comes to creativity. I strongly believe that originality wins in the end but also that having a muse is an essential part of the creative process.
This evening I found myself at a bookstore looking for reading material to shamefully pass time (unemployed… until Monday). I came across “Damn Good Advice (for people with talent!)” by Mr. Lois and hastily read through the 120 page book that’s unquestionably appealing to the eye.
I’m especially susceptible to advice and criticism these days but it seemed almost necessary that Lois’s book made it into my hands today.
As if the author was present, speaking to me directly, the following quote resonated with me,
“If a man does not work passionately – even furiously – at being the best in the world at what he does, he fails his talent, his destiny, and his God.”
In short, Lois’s book will soon find a place in my bag, serving as reinforcement that it is time to stop being a bum.
I’m obviously a fan of Lois’s work. What are your thoughts?
G is for… Go check out this NPR Morning Edition interview with Lois that aired back in March: ‘Damn Good Advice’ From One Of The Real ‘Mad Men’.
The French singer known for her remarkable voice had small roles in two films from the 1960’s: What’s New Pussycat? (1965) and Grand Prix (1966). As a model she was often photographed in minimalist ensembles, playing her guitar. Hardy, 68, continues to record music and many of her classics carry on in modern films, such as “Le temps de l’amour” which appeared in Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom.
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