Nikanor “Nick” Chevotarevich, The Deer Hunter
Babies can pay tribute to Christopher Walken’s Oscar-winning performance in Michael Cimino’s searing 1978 Vietnam War drama with a simple white onesie and a rust-coloured bandanna.
Oliver Twist from Oliver!
Mummy arrived home with a smart new outfit for baby. She showed it to Daddy, who said, “Please sir, may I have some more?” in Dick Van Dyke’s Chitty Chitty Bang Bang accent. Then Daddy sang Consider Yourself in a mocking voice.
“I bought this outfit because I thought it was adorable!” cried Mummy, “Why do you have to spoil everything?”
Mummy and Daddy had the most enormous row. Daddy said “You concealed from me that you liked to read glitzy magazines in the toilet until you had me in the keep net,” and Mummy cried.
Extra from the Sex and the City episode “Anchors Away”
It’s Fleet Week, and New York City is filled with sailors and marines. “Come and get me sailors!” yelled the sassy publicist Samantha Jones. Re-capture the joie de vivre of this lighthearted episode with a sailor suit. This costume also doubles as Quartermaster Hichens from Titanic or a ring-bearer from the 1986 wedding of the Duke and Duchess of York .
Thomas Magnum, Magnum PI
Long before the drought-ridden state of California caught Tom Selleck making twelve separate runs in a water van to borrow supplies for his avocado farm, he caught criminals as the Ferrari-driving, kayaking private detective Thomas Magnum. Re-create the magic of this seminal 1980s television detective series with a Hawaiian print onesie and a Detroit tigers ball cap.
Photograph by Kate Kelton
“Robert Sam Anson’s article on Y2K [‘31.12.99’] was excellent. Alas, it will probably follow the course of others of its kind and settle to the bottom of the pile due to massive denial. After the fall, a whole new school of sociology will arise to study why so few did so little to abate the catastrophic flood.”
Kirby Metcalfe, Fort Worth, Texas
“Does Robert Sam Anson really expect that at the ‘instant past midnight, January 1, 2000,… prison gates [will] have swung open’? Will America’s 1.7 million-plus prisoners then walk freely into the night? Come off it!
In spite of Y2K aberrations, real or imagined, all will be secure at the Federal Detention Center and the Federal Correctional Institution in Seagoville, Texas, as I suspect it will be throughout the land. Like most prison locks, ours are designed to remain closed without electricity and human intervention.
Anson is pandering to fear frequently created by sensational media that includes such programs as Cops and America’s Most wanted. In fact, the crime rate now is the lowest it has been in 25 years. I pray for an enlightened citizenry when I’m released.”
Adam P. Smith, Seagoville, Texas
Vanity Fair Letters, March 1999.
In 1989, the KGB double Aldrich Ames finished his CIA posting in Rome. His handler Aleksey Khrenkov gave him a nine-page letter from the KGB, which included three Polaroid pictures of land in Russia which had been set aside for him. “I kept the damn note and the pictures,” Ames later told his biographer Pete Earley, “Don’t ask me why… I felt the KGB was being genuinely nice to me and I just didn’t want to destroy the letter or pictures.”
this is Your balance sheet as on the May 1, 1989.
= All in all You have been apprpriated — 2.705.000$
= From the time time of oppening of Your account in our Bank December 26, 1986) Your profit is — 385.077$ 28c (including 114,468$ 94c as profit on bonds, which we bought for You on teh sum of 250,000$)
= Since December 1986 Your salary is — 300.000$
= All in all we have delivered to You — 1,881,811$ 51c
= On the above date You have on Your account (including 250,000$ in bonds) — 1535.077$28c.
P.S. We believe that these pictures would give You some idea about the beautiful piece of land on the river bank, which from now belongs to You forever, We decided not to take pictures of housing in this area with the understanding that You have a much better idea of how Your country house (dacha) should look like.
Photograph: Replacement of the mailbox at 37th and R Sts. NW Aldrich Ames used to communicate with his KGB handlers. A horizontal chalk mark over the USPS logo requested a meeting.