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  • John 10:51 am on September 10, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    1964 Watkins Memorial High School (Pataskala, Ohio) 

    This was John Holmes high school, so I have included some photos from the 1964 Watkins Memorial yearbook. I guess that John would have graduated in 1962 if he’d finished his public schooling. This gives you a glimpse into the town of Pataskala, Ohio, local businesses, the high school kids, and all just a few years shy of the young Holmes era in Ohio.

    Far from L.A. and Hollywood.

     
    • criticextraordinaire 6:04 pm on September 10, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      I once stopped off at a quick-mart in Pataskala as I was passing thru several years ago. As I was at the checkout, I asked the guy at the desk “Is this the town where Johnny Wadd grew up?”. He was noticeably annoyed and said “just take your stuff and get out of here”. I gathered from that exchange that some people in Pataskala are still troubled by John.

      I always thought it would be cool if they had some sort of John Holmes museum in town where people could come in and learn more about The King. It would being a little business into town. Having a little theatre beside it would be nice too, but I imagine that would be unrealistic. :-(

    • localarts 11:28 am on September 11, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      LOL. Must be 21 to get in, parking in the back.

  • John 3:03 pm on August 23, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    A Closer Look at Pataskala, Ohio 

    Of course, this is the hometown of John Holmes. Wikipedia has him listed as a notable person on the Pataskala wiki page:

    • John Holmes, better known as Johnny Wadd, one of the most prolific porn-stars of all time. He lived in Pataskala as a teenager before enlisting in the army at the age of 16.

    While touring the area from Bird’s Eye View on BING, it appears that the old center of town is maybe a few street lights and shops and other businesses. That’s about it. If you took away all of the new development and sprawl and neighborhoods of the last 50 years, it would be very rural looking. Today, the population is about 15,000. The population was a few thousand in 1960 according to a recent city study. I guess that is the year John left town for the Army.

    Pataskala, Ohio.

    Pataskala, Ohio. Photo: Jill C. Nelson

    John certainly took the route less traveled when he left town for good in 1960.

    John certainly took the route less traveled when he left town for good in 1960. Photo: Jill C. Nelson.

    This is what the older section of the Watkins Memorial High School looks like. It was opened in the mid-50s. I have been unable to obtain a yearbook photo, for the one or two years that John attended school here. There are a lot of Holmes’s in Ohio. Popular name.

    There is a newer part up to the left, but it looks like a prison. At least this is classic 50s/60s style with windows.

    John Holmes old high school. There is a newer part up and to the left (not shown), but it looks like a prison. At least this old section is classic 50s/60s style with many windows.

    Here is what the Urban Dictionary had to say about present-day Pataskala:

    Pataskala is located in central Ohio, 20 minutes east of Columbus. Known for being the former home of the famous porn star John Holmes, Pataskala offers many fun activities. These include counting the hundreds of underage pregnant girls roaming the streets in search of marijuana and a vast assortment of drugs. Also, sitting in a vehicle in the local Kroger’s parking lot for no apparent reason is another popular activity. If a place to stay for an over-nighter with a hooker you just picked up, the Shamrock Motel is perfect for you! The stained mattresses and the unbelievable amount of crack addicts inhabiting the area will put a smile on any crack whore’s face! If sports is more of your choice for entertainment stop by the local Watkins Memorial High School for a basketball game. With a total of 3 wins in two years, it should make you feel better about yourself while the coaches embarrass themselves and the entire school. So come on down to Pataskala Ohio and waste your life away with us! See you soon!

    That silly post about Pataskala reminded me of rural Mississippi, where my grandpa was from. Boring. And pregnant girls everywhere.

    Source (population):

    Pataskala Utility Study. http://www.ci.pataskala.oh.us/Downloads/Exhibits%20A1-A10.pdf

     
    • Blueskies 1:53 pm on August 24, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      For anyone wanting to watch again or haven’t seen the Wonderland movie yet; Dish network channel 130, tuesday [august 27] 3:05 am-5:00am and channel 167, thursday [august 29] 4:00pm-6:00pm.

  • John 8:50 am on August 23, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    The Obituary for John’s Mother 

    Over the years, John Holmes has been a topic on the Pataskala community bulletin board at topix.com. There, you can read comments from locals and at least one alleged relative. The discussion thread goes back years, and things get a bit heated with religious talk, porno…It’s entertaining, if anything. I need to finish “Inches” so I can get to the bottom of John’s family life and the impact his career and choices had on them.

    Brandy alerted me to this and the obit being online, so I just went ahead and posted it all. Thanks B!

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    The Columbus Dispatch. February 8, 2012.

    BOWMAN

    Mary J. Bowman, 93, of Pataskala, passed away at the Pataskala Oaks Care Center on January 27, 2012.

    Born on June 24, 1918 to the late John and Bessie (Gillenwater) Barton in Washington Court House, Ohio.

    Survived by children, Eddie (Barbara) Bowman, Dale (Ruth Ann) Holmes, Anna Louise Blount and David A. (Kerry) Bowman; ten grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren; brothers, Wesley (Evelyn) and Lloyd (Janet) Barton; sister-in-law, Elsie Barton; many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by husband Harold Bowman, brothers Arthur and Donald Barton, sisters Dorothy and Virginia Hoffman.

    Graveside service on Friday, February 10, 2012 at 1 p.m. at Harrison Township Cemetery, South Bloomfield, OH, with Pastor Mark Pierce officiating.

    KAUBER-SAMMONS FUNERAL HOME in charge of arrangements.

     
    • Jill C. Nelson 10:10 am on August 23, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      And not surprising that Mary’s fourth child was left out of the obituary. We attempted to make contact with John’s family during the writing of Inches but to no avail, excluding John’s half brother David and his niece Leah.

      • Brandy 11:01 am on August 23, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Sounds like the family member in charge of Mary’s affairs kept John (Laurie) out of the obit out of spite. Just a guess.

        • John 11:02 am on August 23, 2013 Permalink

          Exactly what I just posted. Good call.

      • John 11:02 am on August 23, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        I have generally found, in my family and friends, that the obit is usually written by the bossy matriarch who has unresolved issues with certain people. They get to tell the undertaker what to send, or they themselves send it, to the newspapers. When my estranged/criminal cousin was left out of my uncle’s obit (his dad), …oh man, there was going to be hell to pay! LOL Needless to say my dad and I did not stay long at the after funeral party or whatever it is called. Too much bad blood and people ready to kill each other.

        I think something like this may have happened here. They could have included Holmes, so that is quite lame of them. It was his mother, after all.

        • Brandy 11:47 am on August 23, 2013 Permalink

          So true. I had to practically threaten the funeral home to fix a badly written & incorrect obituary for my stepfather. They were nasty & condescending but did fix it. It was originally written by a narcissistic sociopath (aka his sister).

    • Brandy 10:32 am on August 23, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      I actually was surprised John was left out. It’s not the town didn’t know of Mary’s relation to John Holmes. Also, according to Laurie’s book (read in one sitting last evening) Mary was present when John died so that would imply she came to terms with who her son was.

      • John 10:50 am on August 23, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        I always found it strange that he was THE biggest porn star, but he used his given name, for the most part. Early on, I know that he used aliases but not in the mid-70s when he got famous.

    • Brandy 10:54 am on August 23, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Agreed, complete with his middle initial too! Maybe he was just really proud of his work (in the beginning at least) & wanted everyone to know. He might have thought his “fame” was going to be more accepted in the mainstream & family would get over any embarrassment.

    • localarts 11:41 am on August 23, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      I guess this further illustrates the shame and embarrassment his family must have felt. I’m sure his name came up at the wake.

    • Jill C. Nelson 11:59 am on August 23, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      I agree with all of the above comments. In John’s situation, his eldest brother Dale would have undoubtedly had the most influence over the writing of Mary’s obit. He was the family member with the biggest ax to grind over John’s career choice. Prior to his death, John requested that Laurie send different items of John’s to his mother and various siblings in the way of little antique pieces and other items. Charlie, one of their dogs, went to John’s sister. Dale apparently destroyed his “gift” into tiny pieces upon its arrival at his home. As much as Mary didn’t agree with her son’s career, she did visit John and Sharon at different points during their marraige and was by John’s side in his final months. They had come to a mutual understanding. Laurie and Mary continued in relative close contact until the late 1990s through phone and letters. We visited John’s home town of Pataskala during the writing of the book. It was like stepping back in time — or traveling to 1950s Mayberry, just like the TV show.

      • Brandy 12:23 pm on August 23, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you for your book & insight Jill, it is appreciated. I realize we are talking about deeply personal things for people we (I) don’t know. These are people’s lives & due to the morbid (arguably) fascination with The Wonderland Murders people have delved into others personal lives. I’m guessing “Leah” is the same niece that visited John, the one Dawn writes about in her book. I read some of Leah s blog posts & she seems VERY defensive of John & his innocence so I was hoping other family members of John agreed.

        I am wondering why there is such a vast contrast between Dawn Schiller’s book and her feelings of John, & Laurie Holmes book (John’s biography). Laurie seems to have a great resentment towards a lot of people & I don’t blame her I suppose. After reading the last few chapters of her book I did walk away with a “HMMMMM, I wonder…….” regarding John’s perspective of the Wonderland murders. But she was also very young when she was with John & he may have told her exactly what he thought she wanted to hear…..similar to Dawn.

      • John W 7:16 pm on August 23, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Pataskala sounds interesting, I like middles of nowhere. Jill, did you ladies see any Amish folk? What time of year was it and do you have any cool pics? ;-)

        • Jill C. Nelson 8:20 pm on August 23, 2013 Permalink

          We didn’t see any Amish folk but people seemed a little suspicous about outsiders which seems pretty common in small towns. It was in July 2006. As it turned out, my daughter was playing in the NSA Under-16 World Series of Girls’ Softball in Columbus that summer so we drove to Pataskala on an off afternoon which was only about a half hour away and ate lunch in a 1950s style diner.

    • localarts 12:34 pm on August 23, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      I can understand why they left his name out. In a small town such as Pataskala it wouldn’t take long for the locals to put 2 & 2 together. The residual effect of being the principal facilitator to murder is somewhat everlasting and I’m sure the last thing the family wanted is that kind of attention.

      • Brandy 12:37 pm on August 23, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        I see your point but I’m sure everyone knows. They could have just said she was “preceded in death by her son John”, no last name necessary. Just an opinion of course, I have no idea what that family went through.

    • Jill C. Nelson 1:56 pm on August 23, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Brandy, thank you for your kind words. Leah is actually John’s eldest brother Dale’s daughter and she and her sister grew up in Pataskala. Yes, she is defensive of her Uncle and was able to get to know John during the occasional visits that he and his brother David made back home during the ’70s. The niece who had lived with John and Sharon for a period of about 10 months (not just at Christmas that year as Dawn has written) in 1979 is John’s sister Anne’s daughter, Julie. Julie and John’s brother David (as a late teen) were both sent to live with John and Sharon at different points because of difficulties in their respective homes. For the record, David does not share certain family members’ disdain of his late brother. He is a much more accepting and open-minded individual who also believes in forgiveness.

      To attempt to answer your valid question re: Dawn and Laurie and their conflicting viewpoints: Dawn’s last year in particular with John was when John was at his lowest low. Prior to his Wonderland adventures (as David referred to it) John’s escalating drug use was relatively under control. Up until the onset of 1980, he was a functioning addict and if you go back and read Dawn’s (and Sharon) print interviews during the release of the film Wonderland, Dawn clearly states this very same point, that it wasn’t until the final year of their relationship that John became cruel and physically abusive, etc. Over the years, Dawn has ‘adjusted’ certain elements of her story and has contradicted herself which Sugar and I both noted. When John and Laurie were together, John was clean for almost a year and a half. When I say clean, he continued to smoke pot but he was free of cocaine and freebase and he and Laurie and his step-son, (Laurie’s son) lived a relatively ‘normal’ family life until he contracted HIV. So in many ways, Dawn’s experiences with John are foreign to Laurie’s and vice-versa. Most likely, Laurie could generate a tidy little side income if she had released a book that made her late husband look like an evil man, but despite the fact that many don’t believe her, that just wasn’t her personal experience with him and so she honoured that. We did the same when incorporating our interviews with Laurie into our book. We also honoured John’s godchildren’s personal experiences with him which were overwhelmingly postiive. Given the amount of negative material we had to work with, believe me, it was at times challenging to be fair.

      Personally, it is our belief that consumption of drugs or a lack thereof had everything to do with John’s horrific choices and actions. That’s not excuse making, that’s merely stating a common fact about chemical addiction and researching that became part of the process of developing the book because it was so glaring. As far as Laurie being resentful of certain people, well, I suppose that sort of goes with the territory. She feels that she carries a pretty heavy cross and undoubtedly, it’s been hard for her and she acknowledges many mistakes she’s made along the way, but she’s learning to let go a little these days. A lot of people have a propensity to discredit Laurie because of her association/marriage with/to John, not to mention because she also worked in adult films. It’s sort of guilt by association. Through the years Dawn and Sharon have sort of become exalted almost to a level of sainthood while Laurie and other girlfriends/releationships of John’s are denigrated or worse. I’ve said it many times before and I’ll say it again, everyone is capable of being a saint or a sinner. ;-)

      • Brandy 3:11 pm on August 23, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you Jill! It makes perfect sense that people would automatically believe 100% of Dawns story because she had a big Hollywood production to back it up…..so of course it’s true! Not. You’re insight as to both Dawn and Laurie being with John with John at different times in his life also makes perfect sense. I should know as a recovering addict who did unspeakable things in my addiction that those actions do not define me. If I had a little fame, famous friends and money I may have had a worse outcome, like John.
        I noticed in Dawns interview in Portland, the one where she was reading from her book, she implied John was purposely and intentionally grooming her from day to be a prostitute and that he backhanded her within weeks of being together. I didn’t buy that, and yes that contradicted her book.
        The show “poisoned passions, pornstar pedophile” was nothing short of hilariously dumb. I didn’t buy that either. Thanks again, I wish Laurie peace. What an incredible thing for a 22 year old to take on!! You’re correct, she has a right to bitterness but I hope it doesn’t consume her.

    • Jill C. Nelson 4:37 pm on August 23, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      “I wish Laurie peace. What an incredible thing for a 22 year old to take on!! You’re correct, she has a right to bitterness but I hope it doesn’t consume her.”

      I will most definitely pass along your good wishes to Laurie, Brandy, as she understandably stopped reading any blogs that pertain to her late husband years ago. I know that she will greatly appreciate your sentiment. :) Thank you.

      • Brandy 5:15 pm on August 23, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        I don’t blame her, I wouldn’t either. I’m sure it would be painful and frustrating. She’s lucky to have you help decipher fact from reality. Have a great weekend!

  • John 8:16 am on August 21, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    20 Years Porn Myth 

    I used Google Chrome to translate this article to English from a news web site in South America. Thus, it may read a bit funny…and by funny, I mean funny.

    …needed snorting a line of coke every 15 minutes of exercising hustler to pay the high price of their consumption and, on the sets, needed the help of three fluffers (the meritorious who practiced fellatio the actors before shooting) to lift your tool.

    The article is observing the 20th anniversary of John’s death and basically summarizes his life and career. By the way, this past March was the 25th anniversary of John’s passing. The article is more funny than anything else, due to the translation, but it’s also the first talk of “fluffers” being needed on the set. That’s good work if you can get it and a nice bullet for someone to put on their CV/resume.

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    “20 Years Porn Myth” (that is the translated title, LOL)

    On the afternoon of March 13, 1988, a man dying in a hospital in Los Angeles. It was registered under the name of John Curtis Holmes and trailing colon cancer due to the effects of AIDS, which had contracted two years earlier. He died that day “with open eyes,” remembers Laurie, his second wife, as if he had looked death and told him: “Here I am.” (after he died, I read that Laurie tried to close his eyes, like in the movies, but they would not stay closed)

    A photo of Holmes in the county jail. I had not seen this one before today.

    A photo of Holmes in the county jail. I had not seen this before today.

    After 20 years of his death, the figure of John Holmes is still alive in the memory of those who work in the adult entertainment industry. Because Holmes was everything from gay prostitute to compulsive drug (user) from a police informer to luxury gigolo, but, above all, was the porn actor most famous in history. And all because of what he had between his legs: A 35-centimeter penis erect which established him as a sexual myth alive.

    John Curtis Holmes was born in Pickway (Ohio) on August 8, 1944. He had a happy childhood and, aged 18, moved to California in search of fortune, in the topical version of the American dream. In 1968, when he was engaged to dance at clubs striptease and had posed for various magazines, went to pee in the toilet of a Gardina poker room and met a professional photographer named Joel, who, seeing his apparatus , he proposed to work in the fledgling porno industry. It was a time of sexual revolution, counterculture hippy and hallucinogenic drugs, in which the film was being shot underground and short film format without arguments or excuses dramatic. In that environment, the 35 inches (centimeters? LOL) of Holmes were the main asset of the industry.

    With the legalization of porn in America, in 1970, John Holmes became the undisputed star of the genre. It was thanks to the character of Johnny Wadd, a detective cheeky and always ready to use his metaphorical gun that had invented the director Bob Chinn. “The first film in the series cost $ 750, of which 75 took them John, and we shot in one day,” says Chinn, who commanded that film in New York, home of the porn market in the early seventies, and was ordered to make more movies with the character. In the skin of Wadd, John Holmes to glory and then some. It was believed that both his character ended up being a police informer.

    That was the first of the curious contradictions of Holmes. The second had to do with their relationship with the drug. Addicted to tranquilizers from young, Holmes went into the dangerous world of cocaine in the mid-seventies. A decade later, needed snorting a line of coke every 15 minutes of exercising hustler to pay the high price of their consumption and, on the sets, needed the help of three fluffers (the meritorious who practiced fellatio the actors before shooting) to lift your tool. Drugs also earned him legal problems, such as the murder charge that weighed on him for having been involved in the killing of a drug ring in Hollywood.And they brought him to AIDS, the disease that led to death 20 years ago yesterday.

    Source:

    http://elpais.com/diario/2008/03/14/cine/1205449204_850215.html

     
    • dreamweaverjenn 8:34 am on August 21, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Dang, what a handsome devil…..lol

    • localarts 8:49 am on August 21, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      LOL. Yes, devil indeed.

    • Jill C. Nelson 2:43 pm on August 21, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Taking into consideration there is something to be said for getting lost in translation, Holmes was not addicted to tranquilizers as a youth and porn was not legalized in 1970. The production of adult films was legalized in 1988 in the state of California alone with the Freeman decision – ironically, 6 months after Holmes’s death.

      For me, the funniest part of this article is the false statement that Holmes had a happy childhood…

      I’d say this piece is a very good example of how rumours and misinformation becomes accepted as truth.

  • John 8:02 pm on August 12, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Thanks To You! 200,000 Page Views In 2 Years ;-) 

    I love you all.

    Thanks for stopping by and killing time with me, as we solve the mysteries of the past, and shed light on the future! There is nothing we cannot do!

    “As if you could kill time, and not injure eternity” –David Thoreau

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    • localarts 8:42 pm on August 12, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Great tune! Very appropriate for 200k+ hits. Just remember us little people when you go on the talk show circuit.

    • Bobby 1:49 am on August 13, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Woohoo!!!

  • John 12:21 pm on August 12, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    The Pussycat Theatre During The 1980s 

    This is the PussyCat Theater, where John Holmes and other classic era porn stars had laid down their autographs, hand and shoe imprints in cement in the mid-80s. This photo is from the 1980s, so there ya go. That’s what it looked like back then!

    Was John in those two featured films? Hmmm

    PussyCat Theatre

    PussyCat Theatre

     
    • Bobby 2:38 am on August 13, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Nah, Holmes wasn’t in those two flicks. “Outlaw Ladies” was a 1981 film starring renowned Blue-movie actress, Samantha Fox.. not to be confused with the British pop singer & Page 3 girl of the same name. “Extreme Close-Up” was a 1973 “drama” about voyeurism that was written by, get this, Michael Crichton of “Jurassic Park” & “The Andromeda Strain” fame! It’s also known as “Sex through a Window” & the plot summary sounds like a lame rip-off of “Rear Window”.. but with boobies! Pass.

    • Jill C. Nelson 11:13 am on August 13, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Holmes was in a film tilted Extreme Close-Up (released in 1979), co-starring Gloria Leonard, Delania Raffino and Jamie Gillis. It was shot in France, along with two other features. Leonard shared a great story about the shoot.

      • Bobby 11:22 am on August 13, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        I stand corrected! Well if that’s the case then the marquee would indeed be advertising the later Holmes film.. Thanks for clearing that up. What happened during the shoot Jill?

    • Jill C. Nelson 11:44 am on August 13, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Leonard said that several people including cast and crew (about 22 in all) came down with the clap. They were on location in a small town at the time and had to go quietly in groups of two and three to the country doctor (so as not to alarm any of the locals) to acquire the antidote that was to be administered to the infected people. Holmes informed everyone he’d worked as a paramedic (technically, he had been employed as an ambulance driver) back in the ’60s and offered to inject everyone with the cure, which he proceeded to do — including Leonard. She found it ironic.

      • John W 5:37 pm on August 13, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Great info Jill.
        In my research for John Holmes, I discovered Leslie Bouvee (sp?)…. And a crush ensued…a gorgeous brunette from the 70s. I’ve never seen her films.

        • The Odyssey 11:03 pm on September 20, 2013 Permalink

          This is not the Pussycat theatre with the hand prints. The hand prints is at the one in West Hollywood. The one above is on Hollywood blvd. Now a hot dog stand/church. Supply Sergeant is still there. FYI. In the basement of that Pussycat was a club called Masque were the go go’s and Darby Crash first performed.

  • John 11:32 am on August 6, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    The Holmes Residences & More Classic Photos 

    This address was in the 1970 city directory for a Mr. John C. Holmes, born Aug. 8, 1944.

    Linnington Avenue.

    Linnington Avenue. Source: Ancestry .com

    Hollywood Blvd. 1981

    Hollywood Blvd. 1981

    John & Sharon lived here on Sherman Way in 1967. The apartments are gone now. Sherman Oaks, CA. 1967.

    Present site of where John & Sharon lived on Sherman Way in 1967. The apartments are gone now. Sherman Oaks, CA.

    Seven Seas

    Seven Seas

    Heart chillin' with Robert Plant.

    Heart chillin’ with Robert Plant.

    The "Seven Sleaze"

    The “Seven Sleaze”

    Seven Seas

    Seven Seas

    RIP. I wonder how Ronnie's dad died? When it happened, Ron was 22 and in the service. Life would never be the same after this.

    RIP. I wonder how Ronnie’s dad died? When it happened, Ron was 20 and in the USAF. Life would never be the same after this.

     
  • John 9:30 am on August 2, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Classic Photo Friday! 

    Not Photoshopped. I believe there was a famous British footballer named John C. Holmes.

    Not Photoshopped. I believe there was a famous British footballer named John C. Holmes.

    1970s edition of California license plate. That's exactly what John's looked like~

    1970s edition of California license plate. That’s exactly what John’s looked like~

    1978 Decay of the Hollywood Sign. I can't believe it was so bad. Each letter was sponsored by a rich person to fix it. Alice Cooper bought one of the "O"s in honor of Groucho Marx.

    1978 Decay of the Hollywood Sign. I can’t believe it was so bad. Each letter was sponsored by a rich person to fix it. Alice Cooper bought one of the “O”s in honor of Groucho Marx.

    Do you like to DIY? LOL

    Do you like to DIY? LOL

    GIs in Ubon, Thailand go out to eat in 1967. Is Ronnie in the photo?

    GIs in Ubon, Thailand go out to eat in 1967. Is Ronnie in the photo?

     

    God Bless America.

    God Bless America.

     

    John and Julian chilling with the Fonz and Happy Days.

    John and Julian chilling with the Fonz and Happy Days.

     

    1970s - The old mayor of my hometown. I love the masks. Classic Delta 88 convertible.

    1970s – The old mayor of my hometown. I love the masks. Classic Delta 88 convertible.

    The Real "My Dog Skip". Smartest dog ever!

    The Real “My Dog Skip”. Smartest dog ever!

     

    Wonderland collage. But of course.

    Wonderland collage. But of course.

     
    • scabiesoftherat 11:09 pm on August 4, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      That picture of Lennon with the happy days gang kinda screwed me up. It’s john Lennon at his coolest with the geekiest cast of all time. Kinda have a hard time reconciling that one….That had to be around the time of May Pang and the Rock and Roll album

      It’s now my new desktop, btw. LOL.

      How in the hell did you find THAT one? Holy cow….Awesome!

      • John 9:39 am on August 5, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        I found it on a blog called I Hated The 70s.

    • Jill C. Nelson 8:37 pm on August 5, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      I love that photo of Lennon with the Happy Days gang. Julian Lennon posted it recently as well on facebook and I did a double take!

      • scabiesoftherat 11:42 pm on August 5, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        I think I realized why that picture freaked me out. I think it struck me by the fact that Lennon is timeless whereas Happy Days is incredibly dated. Lennon looks the same to us now as he did then. Ron Howard and Henry Winkler walk a little slower and have a little less hair now

        John Lennon is still the same John Lennon. Not meaning that in a sarcastic way due to the fact that he’s dead,…just that they play enough of him and the Beatles in which they get entrenched into every generation that follows. They don’t belong to any decade anymore…… which makes them/him timeless.

        Great Pic. Thanks for posting.

        It’s also hard to believe that Wonderland (the movie) is twenty years old….and it’s part of OUR decade today. It never ceases to be timeless. 12 years between crime and movie and they had the “period part” down right. In my opinion, they got the early eighties down perfectly. When you’re 12 years out, that could be construed as being too close to the glass and missing it. The movie makers didn’t miss it. It “feels” like 1981.

        As well could be said of the time between 2001 and 2013. The world has changed, the feel has changed,….but can you decipher it having lived through both? It’s all subjective….

        (Crap! sappin’ bandwidth again!….sorry, John….apologies,…again.)

        • Bobby 12:35 am on August 6, 2013 Permalink

          Indeed the film did capture the vibe of 1981 pretty well but for me Val Kilmer just didn’t cut it as Holmes and some of the extras in the party scene (when Lind first arrives) were pretty cringeworthy. I also often wonder what the parties at the Wonderland house were really like… they portrayed it like a 60′s communal love-in and I’ve got the feeling it was probably nothing like that. Btw, the film is only 10 years old, not 20.. remember that it only came out in 2003.

        • John 2:33 pm on August 6, 2013 Permalink

          It struck me as odd also. I just think that if I was famous, I would not give a rat’s ass about meeting some other famous person. I guess John was giving a tour for his son, and like Elvis, Lennon could go where ever he wanted. If I was some security guard I would let him in…LOL. Just like that time Elvis dropped in on Nixon. They let him in. I’d like to see Bono or Matt Damon try that these days without an appointment!! (well, they’d probably let them in, not a good example, Ha!)

    • scabiesoftherat 1:53 am on August 6, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      My bad. I thought it came out in 93. (Geez. I’m such an idiot…) Sorry for your time, people. Go back to your lives….LOL. Scabies doesn’t know what he’s talkin’ about again. LOL

      • scabiesoftherat 1:55 am on August 6, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        ….I’m tryin’ to learn…..just not having much success at it….

        • Bobby 5:12 am on August 7, 2013 Permalink

          Haha, it’s all good Scabies! A small mistake like that doesn’t detract from your excellent contributions to this blog. Don’t you go changing for anyone baby! LOL

  • John 10:02 am on July 23, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , john holmes   

    John & Dawn Featured On Discovery ID “Poisoned Passions” 

    I think that someone posted this link once, but I stumbled across it again. I have not seen the episode nor the show. There is a 3-minute preview and the dramatization is very cheesy (“Arggh So much blood!”).

    http://investigation.discovery.com/tv-shows/poisoned-passions/poisoned-passions-videos/pornstar-pedophile.htm

    Nothing new, but I thought that I would share. Author Mike Sager chimes in… “the gang were a loose confederation of drug addicts”, etc.

    Not really.

    Not really.

     
  • John 8:37 am on July 22, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: handprints, , john holmes, larry flynt,   

    The Holmes Concrete Tribute On Santa Monica Blvd. 

    Bill Margold, journalist and noted pervert, reveals that “John Holmes made those imprints on February 7, 1985, in conjunction with the premiere of Girls on Fire. I’m not sure when the Pussycat switched to showing gay films. I’ve been trying to convince Larry Flynt to try to purchase the Holmes and Lovelace imprints and have them moved over to Hustler Hollywood, but nothing has come of it … yet.”

    –L.A. Weekly

    Oh well. Maybe one day they will be restored, sort of like the Statue of Liberty that time (with scaffolding up all around, and everyone giving very generously). I like how the second-tier porn guys like Chinn and Margold are all of a sudden, broke with no money and calling on Flynt to do something. I would put up a Donate link but I don’t want that to boost me up into a higher tax bracket and stuff, LOL.

    It’s just another Manic Monday~

    7734 Santa Monica Blvd.

    7734 Santa Monica Blvd.

    The Pussycat is now Studs, a gay cinema. You can actually see the imprint squares of the legendary porn stars on Google Street View…

    Studs Theater.

    Studs Theater.

    It appears that they need a good cleaning. It is also apparent that people walk by and may pour some tipple or beer on them as a tribute or toast?

    ScotchGuard.

    ScotchGuard.

    My goodness, I hope that's beer or Red Bull.

    My goodness, I hope that’s beer or Red Bull. Clean up the gum.

     
    • dreamweaverjenn 9:00 am on July 22, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Hopefully somebody just spilled their Red Bull………

    • Bonnie Brae 9:22 am on July 22, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      I sort of think the wad of chewing gum is intentional. ;)
      (pun intended)

      • John 10:46 am on July 22, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Yes, I didn’t realize that! Gosh, Wadda WAD that guy has! heheeh

    • localarts 10:36 am on July 22, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Somebody pissed on it.

    • Jill C. Nelson 8:05 pm on July 22, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      “I like how the second-tier porn guys like Chinn and Margold are all of a sudden, broke with no money and calling on Flynt to do something.”

      Neither Bob Chinn and Bill Margold are not broke with “no money”. Bob lives in a gated community in Albuquerque, NM, and Margold resides in a very nice condo complex in West Hollywood.

      • Jill C. Nelson 8:08 pm on July 22, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        That should read neither Bob Chinn or Bill Margold are “broke witih no money”…

    • localarts 8:58 pm on July 22, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Does it really matter? if so, why?

    • Jill C. Nelson 9:58 pm on July 22, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      It definitely shouldn’t matter, no. But in all fairness, it’s not true that either one is broke or without money.

      • John 8:33 am on July 23, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        I understand. But the point was, cut a check for your friend’s legacy, move those concrete slabs somewhere else. However, maybe they are right where they should be, and where John first laid them down.

    • Jill C. Nelson 9:42 am on July 23, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      I agree with you John that the five slabs are (historically) probably right where they should be as much as they are in various forms of deterioration.

    • criticextraordinaire 3:22 pm on October 12, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      I would love to pour a 40 on John’s imprint slab. I’d also throw in a few bucks for a restoration, or even towards a long-overdue star on the Walk of Fame for John.

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