Dean Clough

October 12, 2022

Portico Darwin: My Esquire Covers!

TODAY'S RAMBLINGS

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This is the first in a series of pointless - and I mean really f'ing pointless - posts.

Pointless?

Well, upcoming editions will be about the 13 most recent albums by a band few know of, and another, a complete list of the fake names that I've used in this blog since its inception.  See what I mean?

They are harmless diversions, yet their mindless nature will lead many to say "My God, this guy needs to find something more productive to do." 

Or, regarding today's post: "Narcissist, much?"

But I really don't care.  Because, as feared, I spent quite a bit of (enjoyable) time at Esquire's completely gonzo archive site.   Truth be told, it likely won't be the last time, either.

I am proud to share the first fruits of my (essentially meaningless) labor.   Here are the covers of Esquire magazine, and a link to the complete issue, for the most interesting months/years involving my own life. 

As above:  this is a very self-absorbed post.  But it's a fun exercise that I encourage everyone to try with their own dates.  

The ability to read complete issues is amazing, for both the prose and the advertisements.  Each issue is one small time capsule.  One example:  genius writer Tom Wolfe and his profile in March 1965 of the NASCAR star Junior Johnson.  Also:  the ads were so much more sincere, and less cynical?
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OK.  Here is my life as told by the cover of Esquire magazine; quite a few are strangely apropos.

May, 1949:  When My Parents Married
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December, 1963:  When I Was Born
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December, 1976:  When I Turned 13
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May, 1981:  When I Graduated From High School
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December, 1981:  When I Turned 18
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December, 1984:  When I Turned 21
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December, 1985:  When I Graduated From College
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November, 1989:  When Julie and I Started Dating
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April, 1991:  When Julie and I Got Married
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May, 1992:  When We Moved to SF
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December, 1993:  When I Turned 30
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April, 1998:  When We Moved to London
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November, 2001:  When I Started Casa Integration
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December, 2003:  When I Turned 40
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December, 2013:  When I Turned 50
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December, 2016:  When I Shut Down Casa Integration 1.0  
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March, 2018:  When I Made My Quixotic Return to Corporate
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October, 2019:  When I Made My Quixotic Departure from Corporate
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October, 2020:  When I Retired
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FROM THE UNWASHED MASSES

Many (OK, a couple) of you have expressed sympathy re:  our missing luggage during our recent trip to Italy.  And some even asked about using something like Apple's AirTags.  Hunter Deuce says no.

Well, Lufthansa isn't having any of this air tag shit:

Lufthansa'a Lost Bags

Thank you to any one that is reading this newsletter.

KLUF

On an album I consider one of my all-time favorites, here is Joe Jackson and the Killer "Blaze of Glory".  Here's a toast to being Nineteen Forever.
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