Category Archives: 80s

MOSES’ BEST FRIEND by Peter Nolan Smith

New York City showed its teeth the winter of 1980. The police were racketeering our after-hours nightclub. One of the Continental’s backers was a gangster from Odessa, Russia. Vadim was going out with my old girlfriend from Buffalo. The tough zek smuggled stolen icons and passed bad paper. Lisa looked good in his furs. Only […]

UPPER THERE by Peter Nolan Smith

In August of 1987 friends in Michigan extended invitations to visit them in Onekema and the Upper Peninsula. Paulie, Gregg, and I celebrated our departure at the Milk Bar in Lower Manhattan. “Why are you going to Michigan for vacation?” Scottie the owner was a New Yorker. The rest of the country was a blank […]

THE AMNESIA OF ME by Peter Nolan Smith

Eight years ago I was sitting on Pattaya’s notorious Soi 6 listening to SOMEBODY TO LOVE6. As I grooved to the Jefferson Airplane’s hit, a trio of sub-20 Thai girls had invited me to visit an upstairs short-time room. “You sexy man. How old you? 40?” asked the youngest. Even through beer goggles my mirror […]

In Heaven Above

Back in the 80s I was invited to fashion shows by Claude Montana and Azzedine Alaïa. My friend were models and designers. Some have become famous and I was lucky enough to have known some of the most beautiful women in the world. Few were more exotic than Marpessa. She was half-Dutch and half-Surinam. Her […]

A SMALL FISH by Peter Nolan Smith

The Cote d’Azur stretching along the Mediterranean from Ventimiglia to St. Tropez has been populated since before the Bronze Age, but the French actress Brigitte Bardot renewed interest in the Riviera with her debut appearance as a sultry teenager in the 1956 film ET DIEU…CREA LA FEMME. That summer the blonde sensation adorned every magazine […]