Long Gone John …
John Edward Mermis was born on November 13, 1951. He is best known by the pseudonym Long Gone John. He is an American entrepreneur best known for his record label, Sympathy for the Record Industry, and his vinyl toy company, Necessaries Toy Foundation.
He founded his record label in 1988. Sympathy has a catalogue of more than 750 releases, and is based out of Olympia, Washington. The label’s name is a play on The Rolling Stones’ song “Sympathy for the Devil”.
Notable artists who started on Sympathy and went on to gain mainstream success include The White Stripes and Hole. Sympathy Records continues to be one of the more successful indie labels in the US.
Along the way, John has compulsively amassed a vast collection of art and pop ephemera so in 2003 he founded a new company, Necessaries Toy Foundation. It allowed John to focus on manufacturing a line of toys and publishing art-related books.
A documentary film The Treasures of Long Gone John was released in 2006. The film chronicles John’s eccentric art and musical obsessions. It also explores the work of some of the artists he collects and collaborates with. It features a wall-to-wall soundtrack of over 40 Sympathy artists, original animation and time-lapse photography. This is the trailer.
A Royal welcome …
Her Royal Highness Princess Léa of Belgium
Princess Léa of Belgium was born on 2 December 1951. She is the dowager of Prince Alexander of Belgium and aunt of King Philippe of Belgium.
Her Royal Highness Princess Marie-Christine of Belgium
Princess Marie-Christine of Belgium was born on 6 February 1951. She is a half-sister of the late King Baudouin, the retired King Albert II and aunt of King Philippe of Belgium.
The fashionable Tommy Hilfiger …
Tommy Hilfiger (born March 24, 1951) is an American fashion designer best known for founding the lifestyle brand Tommy Hilfiger Corporation in 1985. After starting his career by co-founding a chain of clothing and record stores in upstate New York in the 1970s, he began designing preppy sportswear for his own eponymous menswear line in the 1980s. The company later expanded into women’s clothing and various luxury items such as perfumes, and went public in 1992. In 1997, Hilfiger published his first book, All American: A Style Book, and he has written several since. Hilfiger’s memoirs American Dreamer were published in 2016. Welcome to the 1951 Club Tommy.
Kim Moon-soo was born on August 27, 1951. He is a Korean politician and was the 32nd Governor of Gyeonggi Province in South Korea from 2006-2014.