Nostalgia

It Seems Like Yesterday

We First met, Betsy von Furstenberg and I, in 1970 when I was doing a story for LIFE magazine on the playwright Neil Simon. It’s hard to believe that was forty-five years ago. Betsy was co-starring with Maureen Stapleton in Simon’s first serious play, The Gingerbread Lady, which was about to open at the Plymouth …

Regrets of Time

Talk about how the mighty have fallen. Time magazine was, for the better part of the 20th century, the model for American newsweeklies. Its style of epigrammatic terseness and punchy prose became known as “timespeak;” its compact format an invention of its founder, Henry Luce. Luce was the son of a missionary and was born …

It Seems Like Yesterday

It was 1984—not George Orwell’s 1984, but Tiffany & Co.’s utopian 1984. The legendary American luxury retail emporium had taken back its luster in a leveraged buyout from Avon, who had owned it since 1979. Tiffany’s celebrated design director John Loring was beginning to shoot for Tiffany Taste, his second book with his famous editor, …

The Loss of a Friend

by Taki Theodoracopulos I hate to start with a cliché, but Count Arnaud de Borchgrave d’Altena, who died in Washington, D.C., last week at age 88, was the last of the great foreign correspondents, with trench coat, suntan, title, and 17 wars under his belt. One accomplishment none of his obituaries included—mind you, this is …