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Saturday, August 2, 2014

DEEP THROAT


1972 was the year for Deep Throat, both the Watergate informant and pornographic movie.  That was also the year I began my career with the University of Hawaii.  That was 42 years ago!  I still maintain an office on the Manoa Campus.  

To the right is Mark Felt, who did not co-star with Linda Lovelace in the film.  Felt was DEEP THROAT, the associate director of the FBI, who expected to be named director  on the passage of J. Edgar Hoover.  However, for "political" reasons, the Nixon Administration passed him over in 1973, an insult that stuck in his craw.  Oh by the way, Hoover's secretary of five decades, Helen Gandy, destroyed most of the delicate files the day of Hoover's death, except did turn over to Felt 12 boxes of particularly sensitive information.  He told incoming acting director Pat Gray there were no secret files.  What happened to those boxes?

The command system meant that Felt saw all Watergate information before Gray.  You first read about Deep Throat in the 1974 book, All the President's Men by Washington Post Reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, and the film two years later won an Academy Award.  You recognize, of course, Dustin Hoffman and Robert Redford.  And, yes, they did meet in an underground garage just past Key Bridge in Rosslyn.   At 2AM.  Located at 1401 Wilson Boulevard, there is a  historical marker at that location, but the garage, just announced last month, will soon be demolished.



It was 30 years later in 2005 that Vanity Fair first revealed the identity of Felt.  He was 91 years old and in dementia.  

Deep Throat, the movie, financed by mobsters, starring Linda Lovelace, was one of the first porno films to feature a plot, gaining considerable mainstream attention.  Banned in 23 states, the film supposedly earned $600 million.  Keep in mind that, depending on how you calculate worth, this sum would today be  equal to somewhere between $2.5 billion and $8 billion.  The only other production of the seventies to get close was Star Wars at $461 million.  Lovelace lived a terrible life, did not earn a cent for the movie and later became an anti-porno activist.  She passed away 12 years ago.  Yes, to the right is Lovelace later in life.

Rotten Tomatoes did not review the 1972 original, but their reviewers gave Inside Deep Throat (2005), an HBO documentary, an 83% rating, with viewers at 67%.

Hard to believe, but one listing had Deep Throat as #3 among the best porn movies, with Chasey Loves Rocco (1996) at #1 and Flashpoint X (1998) as #2.

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Wow, there are five ocean storms:


The most serious is Super Typhoon Halong at 160 MPH, scheduled to batter the northern Okinawa islands, then head for Kyushu.  



Hurricane Iselle is now at 100 MPH and heading straight for the Big Island.  However, she will almost surely weaken before approaching Hawaii:



I might mention that a rare disturbance recently formed south and west of Korea, has strengthened into Tropical Storm Nakri at 45 MPH, and is getting ready to this weekend to roll over Incheon Airport and Seoul.



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