McCallum, who nearly bests Shalom with 1094
references on the internet's AltaVista search service, is most famous as the melancholy
Russian-born spy, Illya Kuryakin, in The Man from U.N.C.L.E. television series,
but his fame on the web is based as much on his role in the cult series, VR5.
The web is democratic that way. Fans of a show are free to
compile episode listings replete with all manner of minutia and information, and post them
for all to see. Because the web is, on a practical level, just three or so years old, more
recent phenomenons constitute a disproportionate ratio of its wonders.
Which doesn't mean you won't come across a copy of Mr.
McCallum's 1966 album for sale, or a company selling his autographed fan photos.
The LP is 13 pounds if you're in England. The autographed picture is $25
if you're in the United States. There are a couple other versions of the photo. The LP
features a number of covers, including "Turn Turn Turn," "(I Can't Get No)
Satisfaction," and "Michelle."
Sherri Adler went to college intending to
become a jeweler. It was only after beginning school that she discovered that she was
allergic to nearly all the chemicals jewelers have to use to do their jobs. Which meant
that rather than creating pieces to show and sell, she found herself having to find
herself another vocation.
The other activity she'd enjoyed in high school was designing sets for the
theater department's shows. She asked around and found out that New York University and
Yale had the country's best theater design departments, but that she couldn't transfer in.
Both are at the graduate level.
"What undergraduate training do you suggest?" Sherri asked the
people at the two schools, and they suggested theater history, art history and
architecture. Her school had an architecture program and so she moved over there from
"It turned out to be the perfect thing," she said to me.
"From learning architectural styles and history to drafting and other techniques, all
of it turns out to be very important for a production designer."
"You were really lucky," I said.
Sherri's eyes flashed, and there was a beat of silence. Finally, she said,
"I don't think I like that."
"I gathered, from your reaction."
"I gathered you gathered, from your reaction."
It could have gone on for awhile like this, but instead we got off onto
the subject of luck. Sherry feels pretty strongly that we make our own luck, by virtue of
our hard work and relentless effort. I choose to think that the random element in the
world is preeminent, and we make our best effort because it increases the chance that good
fortune will find us.
Ultimately, I'm not sure there's a big difference between the two views.
We both feel we deserve credit for our successes, and take responsibility for our
failures. I also know that I agree with Sherri's mom, who passed along today's quote of
the day. And I know Sherri does, too.
I suspect Branch Rickey and Stephen Soderbergh, who last month contributed
other quotes of the day, would agree as well.
Finally, comments here earlier in the week about the hard-working grips
elicited the following photograph, which is taped up inside the grip truck. Damon Salerno,
dolly grip, gave his permission for its use here so that we might demonstrate that making
a movie isn't all fun and games.
Right. Hi mom.