Been having to write recommendation letters for a lot of my former students including the wonderfully talented and handsome Damien Davis who was in one of my seminars at NYU back in 2006. Damien’s artwork is quite impressive. I consider him to be a main proponent of the Stacy
Lattisaw/Patrice Rushen Op art school of Ubangi Realness. Damien is not related to me as Davis is not my real surname but I would always tell people he was the grandchild of Sammy Davis Jr. and his last wife the Las Vegas dancer/showgirl Altovise, who had a small supporting role in the Nancy Walker directed HiEnergy disco musical Can’t Stop the Music 1980 featuring The Village People, Valerie Perrine, sexy Jewish hungthrob Steve Guttenberg(who I was an undergraduate with at UCLA. The young Mr. Guttenberg could really fill out his Dolphin shorts) and Olympic track star Bruce Jenner. Can’t Stop the Music is one of my favourite early 80s guilty film pleasures along with the Brooke Shields romantic drama Endless Love co-starring Shirley Knight, Don Murray,Penelope Medford(Richard Gere’s ex girlfriend when I knew them back in the early 1980s when they were neighbors with my NYC mentor George "Mommy" Byron) James Spader & Tom Cruise in their first film roles and a beautiful Martin Hewitt who reminds me of one of my young NYU students named Alex Casso.
Was cleaning out a bunch of boxes and found some letters from a former admirer Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor who is now the Duke of Westminister and worth billions as his family is one of the riches in England and have been for centuries. Once Lord Grosvenor gave me a diamond bracelot which I blythely passed on to one of my best girlfriends as I am not much of a jewelry person and hate diamonds. Whenever I had wealthy beaus I have always done something to jinx the relationship. I guess its my inherent disdain for the wealthy. William Waldron another Brit from the nobility that also fancied me and owned a store on Melrose Avenue called Just William I wound up insulting. Years later I heard from his ex-wife that he turned into a mountain man living in the wilds of the Sierra Nevadas. Warning to men everywhere: Don’t fall in love with Vaginal Davis or you will wind up either committing suicide or going mad.
Two of my perfect Goethe Universitat students the beautiful and vibrant Julian Scherer and his pretty and personable gal pal Sandra Bruetting are in Berlin for holiday and took me out for café &kuchen at the Neus Ufer on the Haupt Strasse which was the perfect place to just hang and catch up on every little thing. It was so wonderful being able to spend quality time with these two amazing young people. With Julian and Sandra taking the lead I now have faith in the future generation.