(Or Grove vs. Ara, Havana, 1930)
by Mort Bryer and Frank Segers
The 46th Street office in Manhattan was for years the magnet to a broad assortment of eccentrics, out of work performers, press agents and other dubious urban species. Among the most memorable of these was Izzy Grove, who operated a poster-placement business in New York, and occasionally booked small ads in the Weekly on its behalf.
I am still reeling at the sight of those Norman Scherer tapes. What a find for Simesite!
Once you’ve seen these old tapes from 1987, we’d love to learn your thoughts, comments, bits of nostalgia or whatever concerning them. Please send your outpourings to firstname.lastname@example.org
by PETER BESAS
Simesite has a special treat in store for all ex-muggs for this New Year. It came in an e-mail from Norman Scherer, who used to work as messenger and then ad salesman in the old Variety office on 46th Street.
by MORT BRYER
The folks on the first floor, aka, the basement, decided to have a Christmas party in the office, instead of going out and enriching some local beanery owner. It was the mid-80’s, things were going gangbusters, we were churning out some rather hefty, nay, obese issues, especially for the ones tied to events like Cannes, Mifed, et al. Morale was high and morals low, in other words, happy times in that towering edifice on West 46th Street, in Fun City.