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Issue 40 - Love,warandwhisky

Whisky Magazine Issue 40
June 2004

 

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Love,warandwhisky

MichaelJacksonhasafewdrinkswithBuffaloBill

Solongasred-hairedwomenwalktheearthandJohnJamesondistilswhiskey,Icanbesureofstayingintrouble.OnlyifthosenormalitiesceasedwouldIconsideradvertisingforagirlfriend.

Iwouldregardsuchanadvertisementnotasamatterofshame,butperhapsofdiscretion.Iwouldprobablynottellmymalebuddies.Wouldyou?

Oneofthoseself-samebuddies,knowntooneandallasBuffaloBill,tooktheoppositeview.

“Didyouseemy'lonelyhearts'adinTheBayGuardian?”heaskedusall.‘Chroniclereaderpreferred,'itspecified.‘PossiblyJewish'.

“EverybodyintheSanFranciscoareareadsTheChronicle,”Isuggested.“Whynotadvertisethereinthefirstplace?AndwhyJewish?”

Foracerebraledge,hereplied.ThelonelyheartsepisodedidnotembarrassBuffaloBillatthetime,andIdonotintendthatitshouldnow.Ihavenotaskedhim,justincase.I'mdarnedifIwillriskagoodstorybyraisingthequestion.Billalwayshasaproject,poweredbyenterpriseandenthusiasm,whichhehopeshisbuddieswillshare.Ifhishopesareconfounded,heoffersadisarmingshrug.

Themanhascharisma,andnoneedtoadvertiseforaprospectivetrouble'n'strife.

Thatwasaproject.Othershaveincludedacelebratedbookofphotographs,apub,abeerandawhisky.

YoucouldcallBillanurbancowboy,buthisfolkscamefromOklahoma.Hisfirst15minutesoffamedawnedwhilehewasworkingasaphotographerforalocalnewspaperintheEastBayinthe1970s.Hisphotographsofthe‘ordinarylives'ofsuburbanpeoplehavebeencomparedwiththeworkofDianeArbus,WeegeeandWalkerEvans.TheywerepublishedinabookcalledSuburbiaunderhisrealname,BillOwens.Hisphotographyisstillexhibitedfromtimetotime.Inthe1980s,truetoA...

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