Category Archives: 80s

LONG GONE LONG by Peter Nolan Smith

Twenty-five minutes after the ball dropped on New Year’s Eve 1982 a masked assassin shot dead the main investor a block away from the Continental Club on West 25th Street. The FBI and NYPD’s Internal Affairs investigating Viktor Malenski’s murder quickly drew lines between the dots. My ex-girlfriend was living with the dead man’s partner. My boss [...]

Old Faces

This photo from a 42nd Street porno parlor dates back to the early 80s. For some reason the older man looks familiar, as if he might have been involved in the nightclub business. No one I asked knew his name mostly because they didn’t recognize him. Then again not everyone toured the XXX shops of [...]

LONG PRONG by Peter Nolan Smith

One night at the Privilege in Paris I was talking to a Vogue cover girl and said, “My friend really likes you.” “Vonelli?” “Yes.” The bearded art dealer made me laugh and I like that in anyone. “Not a chance.” Brigitte was nicknamed Cruella. She had broken many hearts, but I was immune to her [...]

HERMAPHRODITE by Peter Nolan Smith

Back in the early 80s the Louvre belonged to art historians and serious affectionados of the better things in life. Few common people visited the museum’s dusty corridors, so I could study the paintings at length without any disturbance. at that time I was working the door of the Bains-Douches nightclub and my friend Alabama [...]

ONLY A GAME by Peter Nolan Smith

Argentina beat West Germany in the 1986 World Cup of Football. The victors reached the finals thanks to an unexpected quarter-final victory over England. The signature memory of that grudge match was an illegal score off the fist of striker Diego Maradona. The media labeled the controversial goal ‘the Hand of God’. Few people in [...]