october 1987

Happy Birthday Ruby Dandridge! (March 3, 1900 – October 17, 1987) 

Born Ruby Jean Butler, she was an American actress from the early 1900s to the 1950s. She is best known for her radio work in her early days of acting. Dandridge is known for her role on the radio show Amos ‘n Andy, in which she played Sadie Blake and Harriet Crawford, and on radio’s Judy Canova Show, in which she played “Geranium”. She is recognized for her role in the 1959 movie A Hole in the Head as “Sally”. (Wikipedia)

  • Courtesy of the E. Azalia Hackley Collection of African Americans in the Performing Arts, Detroit Public Library

Keith Haring, Untitled (1982)

This piece was inspired by his trips to Brazil and experiences in Candomblé. It is a tribute to the orixá Iemanjá (Yemoja/Yemaya).

“I go to Brazil every year,” says artist Keith Haring, “and there I found out about Candomblé.” One of Haring’s major icons–the mermaid with wings–was adapted from the image of the goddess Yemoja, Orisha of motherhood and the ocean. “I have a lot of friends who are into Santería,” says Haring. “I’m not a formal initiate, but I don’t think you have to be to feel it and understand it.” (NYT, October 12th, 1987)



George Harrison and George Michael chatting at a Beverly Hills party celebrating the album Faith, 5 October 1988. Photo © unknown, possibly by Scott Downie or Richard Creamer.

Rest In Peace, George Michael… sincere condolences to his family and friends.

Q: “George.”
George Harrison: “George [chuckles]. George Michael. George Washington. George Formby. George Benson. [smiles]” - Word assocation, Op Reis, 12 December 1987

“‘Well, I just don’t have a desire to be a pop star. And acting, well that has to be the most boring job in the world, second only to modelling. I really just want to be a musician, somebody who writes songs, who makes music. I don’t really see myself being out there like the George Michaels or the Mick Jaggers. I’m not putting them down at all of course, but they have live performance built right into them. Mick was always the front guy in the Stones and he’s been dancing about, prancing in the moonlight, all his life. Everything he ever does, publicly or privately, is a performance. I used to detest and dread dancing. I just don’t understand it. The furthest I ever went was the Liverpool Leg!’ The message here, clearly, though I was asked not to spell it out and to let 'Them’ just deduce it from the article, is that all offers of any concert tours will be rejected always and in all circumstances!” - From an interview with George Harrison conducted by Nick Dent-Robinson, 1987 [x]

A Bedouin woman shields her child with her cloak, called a abaya. Sinai Desert  ©Gordon Gahan. Image included in the National Geographic .. Women of Arabia, October 1987. google search


If I wasn’t acting, I would own a farm. Not like growing crops but maybe have a few animals like cows, and maybe an alpaca or a llama. I would chop wood all day. I would make a living doing that; it’s, like, an idealistic scenario for me. It’s very contrary to my upbringing, but maybe that’s the appeal to it.

Happy 29th birthday Matthew Daddario (October 1st 1987)