Oh boy. It seems like a million years ago and yesterday at the same time. It was (my dreaded) 25th birthday and I decided to have a party at the old Howard Johnson Motor Lodge on 8th Avenue. For the invitation, Elisa and I decided to do a photo session in the middle of Times Square in front of the flagship Howard Johnsons (now, sadly, gone—like every other authentic thing in Times Square). I decided to do a seventies thing in the photos, which included my Angela Davis fro, braided white platform shoes with stacked heels (I still have them).
During the photo session, I met these two ladies and we had a very nice, long conversation. This is, in my opinion, one of the top five pictures Elisa ever took of me.
The party itself was a big hit! I hired a manicurist (which is a value added element to any party) as well as the luminous Ada Love, who billed herself as “The Fairy Godmother of New York.” I had seen her at a vaudeville review. Her act was simple: she would sing a little and bless people with her wand. People seemed more appreciative of the blessing than the song.