, 2022-06-27 22:22:30,
David Patrick Columbia
Tuesday, June 28, 2022. Another beautiful, sometimes sunny early Summer day, turning cloudy in mid-afternoon with sudden heavy showers coming in. Ten minutes, over and out. But a beautifully quiet day for a weekday in New York.
The schools on either side of me are out; it’s Summertime. The eternal construction up, down, all around, is suddenly gone. I have my terrace door open and I can hear the rain and the wind in the trees on this otherwise quiet Monday. My guess is it’s gonna be like this for the next week or so. The Fourth is a week away; it’s classic vacation time in America for those who can. It’s peaceful, or so it seems.
Today the subject is Nikki Haskell. I first laid eyes on Nikki a little more than four decades ago on a billboard over a liquor store (Turner’s) on the corner of Doheny and Sunset in West Hollywood. She was looking like a glamour girl selling an ad for her very popular diuretic.
I was new in Los Angeles but it wasn’t long before I saw those billboards. I can’t remember where or when we met but it was somewhere back in those early years. She was well known in Hollywood and had been well known in New York culminating in the Studio 54 days.
A West Coast girl by birth, Nikki was living here back then and had had a very prosperous career as a stockbroker. I think she abandoned that under very comfortable circumstances, and began a career as a video interviewer. This was in the early 1980s; the technology was opening up new opportunities and Nikki was early in seeing the possibilities.
She became an international celebrity with her camera…
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