Thursday, April 1, 2010

BON ANZA

I met Andy Warhol once.
It was quite a while ago. It would have to be; he left us – died, to be more specific – back in 1987. According to people who know about such things, “He was one of the most famous and important cultural figures of the late 20th century.”
We both used the same film lab. One day I was patiently waiting for work I was there to pick up when a messenger came in. He was dressed like any other NYC messenger: dirty jeans, worn-out jacket, etc. But then I noticed that shock of platinum hair; that could only be one person. It was no messenger, it was definitely Andy W.
“Morning,” I said to him. He glanced in my direction and uttered a brief, low-pitched sort of gurgle which could have been his version of “Good morning” or perhaps, rather, “God, I wish people would leave me alone.”
That was the extent of our conversation. The only reason I bring up this historic occasion is that he, of course, was known for his theory that everyone was going to be famous for 15 minutes – and it looks like my time has arrived.
That remarkable duo, Sandy and Pam, have seen fit to bestow their WOW – “Words of Wisdom” – accolade on my modest, fitfully-entertaining blog, “Savage Reflections,” beginning today. Though I’m relatively new to this blogging deal (I still haven’t figured out links), I’m well aware that it’s an honor to be a BON, a Blogger Of Note, and I thank them for it.
According to the rules of the organization, I am to wear the prescribed BON uniform, with epaulets, as well as carry the ceremonial sword (which comes in handy when reviewing troops). In addition, I am supposed to list three of my posts that might be representative of the type of stuff I churn out here. So, assuming you’re really that interested – which is assuming a lot – here are three suggestions.
You might check out “Meeting Sylvia Beach Again”; “Blogs With ‘Content’”; or any of the Magpie Entries.
And by all means, visit the “Words of Wisdom” blog and get to know Sandy and Pam, two remarkable women who believe in blogs with content.
http://ourwisdomofwords.blogspot.com
Or you can email ‘em at: ourwordsofwisdom@gmail.com

34 comments:

Berowne said...

This was posted precisely a 12:01 am, Friday.

joanny said...

Berowne

WOW-indeed!
Andy Warhol uh... too bad Marilyn wasn't with him she would have given you a warm hello and a friendly smile.
Joanny

Berowne said...

Good to hear from you, joanny; thanks.

Pat said...

Congrats! I'm so with you about links. Friends have gone to endless trouble to enable me to use them and I follow the instructions religiously and sometimes it works - but usually not and it's a pressure I don't need.
But one sees the benefit when you mention Sylvia Beach and I want to read about her but must trawl to find her. I'm only grumbling at myself:)

croneandbearit said...

Congrats on being a BON - welcome to the tribe! I hear you enjoy Shakespeare - the Bard was the greatest. If u really don't understand links - send me an email & I will help. Bask in your BON glory sweetie - you have earned it and I'm looking forward to reading your 3 posts and the rest of your blog as well!

MissKris said...

Congrats on being today's BON! My first time here. My younger brother had an encounter similar to yours. He was standing outside a theatre waiting to go in for an Arlo Guthrie concert. A long-haired guy walked past, made eye contact with him, smiled, and said, "Hello!" My brother smiled and said hi back...only to realize half a minute later that it was Arlo he'd just spoken to, ha! I once saw George Harrison of the Beatles.

BONNIE K said...

I'm amused at your preciseness here - 12:01 - wow (so to speak). Congrats on your honor. I am so happy to have a 3 day weekend so I have time to check out your prior posts.

Derrick said...

You look pretty nifty in that uniform. Andy would want to take a snap for sure!

Cheryl said...

Hi Berowne. Haven't read any of your posts other than this one because it just screamed "Someone please let me in on the secret of linking!!!" At least that's what I heard.

Easiest way until you understand how HTML works is to open the page you want to link to in a new tab. Right click somewhere on the page. Select Blogger. Up comes Blog This! tab either in Rich Text or HTML code for the page. Make sure what you see in the right-hand corner is Rich Text so you'll know you're working in HTML. You can adjust the actual words you want to appear in the link by editing what appears between the last > <.

I tried to add an example so you could see the code but it didn't work. Please be in touch if you want some help.

Hope that helps. Now on to your other posts.

Jennee said...

There is an Andy Warhol exhibit going on where I come from for the month of April. I just heard about it and now I can say that I've read a blog from a guy that met him once! Happy WOW BON day!

Everyday Goddess said...

I feel so hip just reading about this two degree of separation!

I still don't forgive him for Edie Sedgwick though. Have you seen Factory Girl? Amazing performance by Sienna Miller.

Happy Blog of Note! I hope it's contagious!

Kevin Musgrove said...

Just starting to catch up with things (by gum, you've been busy!) - congrats on the award.

Shannon said...

Happy BON Day to you! Congratulations! Following you now! Can't wait to read more!

2busy said...

Congrats on the BON. I am enjoying what I am reading...

Berowne said...

It's wonderful to see so many folks who have dropped in because of the BON mention. I think Sandy and Pam are doing something remarkable with their WOW blog.
Welcome, all! Hope you'll be back.

Jo said...

Long live Andy Warhol --oh, and, um, Berowne, too. ;)

Great blog you have here, chalked full of wisdom, great writing and cultural references.

I'm digging it and am a new follower.

Congratulations on being today's 'BON'.

Peace and serenity,
~Jo
'The End Of The Rainbow: Life After bankruptcy'

Berowne said...

croneandbearit: "Congrats on being a BON - welcome to the tribe!"

And quite a tribe it is! Glad to be part of it.

Berowne said...

Pat: "Congrats! I'm so with you about links."

Looks like links will be my downfall as a blogger. :-)

Berowne said...

BONNIE K.: "I am so happy to have a 3 day weekend so I have time to check out your prior posts."

It's always good to know there are folks interested in what you have to say.

Berowne said...

Jo: "Congratulations on being today's 'BON'.
Peace and serenity."

Thanks. I'm very interested in both. :-)

Berowne said...

Everyday Goddess: "I still don't forgive him for Edie Sedgwick though."

Is it true she was a cousin of Kyra?

"Happy Blog of Note!"

Many thanks, E. G.

Berowne said...

Kevin M.: "Congrats on the award."

I'm always pleased when old friends drop by. Thanks.

Berowne said...

Jennee: "...now I can say that I've read a blog from a guy that met him once!"

Not much of a claim to fame, but it's all I can offer at the moment. :-)

Berowne said...

Derrick: "You look pretty nifty in that uniform."

Especially with those rows of medals. :-)

Berowne said...

Miss Kris: "Congrats on being today's BON! My first time here."

Hope it won't be your last. :-)

Berowne said...

2busy: "Congrats on the BON. I am enjoying what I am reading..."

And I am enjoying what you are writing. :-)

Low Expectations said...

Love your blog! I cannot wait to read more! PS. I live in New Hampshire!

Congrats on your BON Day!

Melissa B. said...

I met Andy Warhol once, too...but my encounter was nothing near as cool as yours. He was mounting a show at a local university, and stood in a receiving line for all of us reporters. He autographed the back of my business card, which I put in my purse. While cleaning out that purse a while later, I threw out that autograph. Totally unintentional! Oh, well. Live & learn, correctamundo?

Jenny said...

Congratulations and WOW on being today's BON.

Your writing style is amazing. I am going to enjoy reading this blog!

Berowne said...

My thanks to Low Expectations, Melissa B. and Jenny for some very encouraging comments.

Mansi said...

I just thanked Pam and Sandy for highlighting your blog. You are most deserving of the BON, Berowne! Congratulations! I find your writing style to be extremely refreshing. It's old-school, yet modern; whimsical, yet grounded; a sonnet wrapped in prose. Thank you.

~Kristen~ said...

Hello Berowne!!! I am so sorry I am late to this post, but from one BON to another, a hearty congratulations on your honor!!! :-) I have been reading through your blog and thoroughly enjoying it. I admit I don't know a lot about Shakespeare and the classics but I am finding this all so interesting....so I have a great new blog to enjoy AND learn from! Love it! :-)

Berowne said...

Kristen: "Hello Berowne!!! I am so sorry I am late to this post, but from one BON to another, a hearty congratulations on your honor!!! :-)"

And the same back at ya, Kristen! Thanks.

Anna Rochon said...

Hi Berowne,

I know that this post is from a long time ago, but I am hoping you might still respond. I am doing some research on film labs in New York, and I'm particularly interested in the lab where Warhol did his processing and printing. Do you remember the name of the lab where you saw him? Any idea approximately what year/decade this was? Thanks very much for your time!

 
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