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Plaza, Santa Fe

Professor Tony O'Brien
In addition to my brother, Santa Fe contains a fair number of Time Inc. retirees. I feel somewhat guilty about not looking them up, but I did get in touch with a photographer friend, Tony. The last time I was in Santa Fe was for his wedding twenty years ago. Now he has three kids headed to college.
    We got to know each other on Everest. He was the photographer and I was the writer for a Life magazine story. Have I ever mentioned that I climbed part of Everest? I thought not. You get to know one another pretty darn well in an extreme situation. And that was one. I notice that I am somewhat affected by the altitude here at 7,000 feet or so. Try 22,000, where Tony and I bonded.


otra rubia said...

Amazing picturs, both of them. Tony looks exactly the same. He must have a painting hidden somewhere.

Not Necessarily Plaine said...

I loved his shot of the Thunderbird.

Did he also pen that exquisite rhyme?

Claudia said...

Ahem. We know who penned the bird is the word, a somewhat impenetrable verse. We also know that the snap is no TOB special.

Charles Bukowski II said...

I think what good ol' Plaine meant in his compact little missive was this: the '58 to '60 T-birds were called "square birds." The '57 T-bird was the design piloted by Suzanne Somers in one of the final scenes of "American Graffitti." These first-gen birds were two-seaters and their lines are much different.

Many T-birders resented the square birds because they were, for one, four-seaters, and they were also a bit L-7 (square).

They were also big sellers, and loved by stockholders.

So, it appears that good ol' Plaine was acchooly making some sense. Who knew that he was so erudite re vintage Ford iron?

Although, they say he now drives a Town Car (Cartier Edition): state car of Staten Island.

Claudia said...

Chuck, Tnx for the word on the Bird. Lucky your erudition almost matches that of B, uh, Plaine.