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David Berkowitz: Son of Sam

David Berkowitz: Son of Sam

For an entire year, from late July 1976 to late July 1977, the New York boroughs of the Bronx, Queens and Brooklyn were in a high state of anxiety. Young women with long dark hair cut it short, dyed it blonde, or bought wigs to disguise their looks. A serial killer was on the loose, […]

Planetary wars: Russia & Ukraine

Planetary wars: Russia & Ukraine

For most Vedic astrologers, graha yuddha is an abstract thing. This time it’s different. With Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in the pre-dawn hours of February 24th, the planetary war in the heavens has come to Earth. February and March of 2022 will have seen a highly unusual celestial drama played out. After coming out of […]

Will & Jada: doing it in public

Will & Jada: doing it in public

A month ago, a petition began making headway on the website change.org, asking for the media to please stop interviewing Will and Jada Pinkett Smith about their sex life. To date, the site has gathered input from over 23,000 digital signatories, who expressed their collective frustration at the celebrity couple’s tendency to disclose intimate details […]

Leonardo da Vinci: polymath for the ages

Leonardo da Vinci: polymath for the ages

Leonardo da Vinci was an Italian polymath of the Renaissance, a highly-skilled architect, draughtsman, engineer, painter, scientist, sculptor, and theorist. Although he initially acquired fame as a painter, he later became known for his notebooks, in which he made drawings and notes on a wide range of topics, including anatomy, astronomy, botany, cartography, painting, and […]

Jackie Collins: wild child does Hollywood

Jackie Collins: wild child does Hollywood

Although her sister Joan achieved fame first, Jackie Collins found her own path and ultimately worked her niche as romance novelist to achieve blockbuster status. Along the way, many of her highly popular novels, eg, The Stud, The Bitch, Hollywood Wives, and many more, were made into movies and TV series, for most of which […]

Halston: the birth of urban chic

Halston: the birth of urban chic

When the biopic series on American fashion designer Roy Halston appeared on Netflix, it presented the ideal binge-watching experience – urbane, provocative, and poignant but over all too soon – like a wild weekend whose escapades linger on in the memory. Halston was an interesting subject for such a series, being one of the major […]

Phil Spector: unhinged melody maker

Phil Spector: unhinged melody maker

Many famous people employ a bodyguard to protect them from the public. But in the case of legendary “Wall of Sound” music producer Phil Spector, the bodyguard was usually there to protect the public from Phil. Spector was licensed to carry a handgun, and often had one on hand. During the mid-70s, while recording John […]