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Long Gone John …

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.

Cheers Kirstie …

Cheers Kirstie …

Kirstie Alley was born on January 12, 1951). She is an American actress and comedian. Her big break came in 1982 playing Lieutenant JG Saavik in the science fiction film Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.

Alley is best known for her role as Rebecca Howe on the NBC sitcom Cheers, in which she starred from 1987 to 1993, winning an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award as the “Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series” in 1991. She also has starred in number of movies, include Summer School (1987), Shoot to Kill (1988), Look Who’s Talking (1989) and its two sequels, Sibling Rivalry (1990), It Takes Two (1995), Deconstructing Harry (1997), and Drop-Dead Gorgeous (1999). She received her second Emmy for David’s Mother as the “Outstanding Lead Actress – Miniseries or a Movie”.

From 1997 to 2000, she starred as leading character on the NBC sitcom Veronica’s Closet, for which she received additional Emmy and Golden Globe Award nominations. In 2000s, Alley has appeared in reality shows revolving around her life. In 2013, she returned to acting with title role on the short-lived TV Land sitcom Kirstie, and in 2016 joined the second season of the Fox horror-comedy Scream Queens playing Ingrid Hoffel.

From Cupito to Brittany …

From Cupito to Brittany

The American actress Morgan Brittany was born Suzanne Cupito on December 5, 1951.

Suzanne Cupito was among the busiest child actresses in the business in the 1950s and 1960s. Suzanne was generally cast in spoiled-brat roles or essayed the “leading lady as a child” in such films as Gypsy (1963) and Marnie (1964). She held the distinction of being one of the few actors under the age of 13 to appear in three Twilight Zone episodes.

In an episode of The Twilight Zone.

After a long fallow period in the 1970s, Suzanne Cupito reemerged as bewitchingly beautiful leading lady Morgan Brittany. Her remarkable resemblance to actress Vivien Leigh enabled Morgan to portray Ms. Leigh in several films, notably Gable and Lombard (1976) and the made-for-TV The Scarlet O’Hara Wars.

She is perhaps best known for her role as Katherine Wentworth, the scheming younger half-sister of Pamela Ewing and Cliff Barnes, in the prime time soap opera Dallas.

Alongside actor Larry Hagman in Dallas


Steve Arnold …

Steve Arnold …


Steve Arnold was born on 5 January 1951. He is an English former professional footballer who played in the Football League as a midfielder for Crewe Alexandra, Liverpool, Southport, Torquay United and Rochdale.

Rabbi David Rosen …

A warm 1951 Club greeting to Rabbi David Rosen.


He was born in 1951 in Newbury, Berkshire and educated in England and Jerusalem. To say he was a busy man would be a slight understatement!

He is the former Chief Rabbi of Ireland (1979–85) and currently serves as the Director of the American Jewish Committee’s Department of Interreligious Affairs and the Robert and Harriet Heilbrunn Institute for International Interreligious Understanding. From 2005 until 2009 he headed the International Jewish Committee for Interreligious Consultations (IJCIC), the broad based coalition of Jewish organizations and denominations that represents World Jewry in its relations with other world religions.


The Vatican, March 20, 2013 – Greeting Pope Francis

Based in Jerusalem, he also serves as the Advisor on Interreligious Affairs to the Chief Rabbinate of Israel, serving on the latter’s Commission for Interreligious Relations.
He is an International President of the World Conference of Religions for Peace; Honorary President of the International Council of Christians and Jews; on the board of World Religious Leaders for the Elijah Interfaith Institute; and is on the Advisory Boards of the World Congress of Imams and Rabbis for Peace; and the World Economic Forum’s council of religious leaders.


Rabbi Rosen and the Dalai Lama meet.

In November 2005, Rabbi Rosen was made a Knight Commander of the Order of St. Gregory the Great in recognition of his contribution to Jewish-Catholic reconciliation, making him the first Israeli citizen and the first Orthodox rabbi to receive this honour. In the same year he also won the Mount Zion Award for Interreligious Understanding. In December 2006, Rabbi Rosen received the Raphael Lemkin Human Rights Award from Rabbis for Human Rights – North America for having founded the organization Rabbis for Human Rights. Rosen was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2010 New Year Honours.


Rabbi David Rosen is presented with the CBE by HRH Prince Charles in April, 2010.

His is undoubtedly a mission of peace and interreligious understanding. Long may it last. For more information you are very welcome to visit his website.


Assisi, October 2011

 Photo credits: Rabbi David Rosen’s website.

Rabbi David Rosen Website

been there, done that, got the T-shirt …

been there, done that, got the T-shirt ...