The man of the hour…

…has an air of great power. The dudes have envied him for so long.

Wil Haygood of the WashPost gives us a nice appreciation of Ron O’Neal, aka Priest, the original Superfly, who died last week of cancer.

Bonus for Central Ohio readers: Some nice details of black life in my hometown circa the era of the film’s release. I flipped when I saw the reference to Lee’s department store on Mount Vernon Avenue, which advertised on the Top 40 stations for years, using the Bobbettes’ “Mr. Lee” as background music.

I saw Ron O’Neal as Superfly, in a similarly memorable evening, and also as Othello at Stratford. In between, there was his turn as the Cuban commander in “Red Dawn.” That, folks, is some range.

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2 responses to “The man of the hour…”

  1. KCK said on January 17, 2004 at 1:02 pm

    I lived and worked on the near-east side in 71-72. Lived on Franklin Park West in a converted ex-mansion with another UAHS alum; the landlord described the neighborhood as “mixed”, which it was after we moved in. Lots of folks from the ‘hood assumed we were undercover cops, no other explanation for a couple of white boys to be hangin around the area. I worked for the city parks and rec dept at Maryland Park swimming pool, which was one block north of Mt Vernon, as a lifeguard. Vernon Tailoring on Mt Vernon was another source for some fine threads. I even worked a few months at “the Buckeye” as it was called (Buckeye Steel) as a steelworker to get some extra traveling money – then split for ‘Frisco.

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  2. mtk said on January 19, 2004 at 4:11 pm

    Red Dawn… haven’t thought about that movie in a long time. How wrong it was — the idea of Russian paratroopers dropping into the U.S. and winning against U.S. forces on our own home soil. Reality was so inconceivably 180% the other direction.

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