this really happened – can’t make up something like this!

Es­ti­mated reading time is 1 minute.

This re­ally happened!

Entry in my back-pocket note­book from Monday: “Com­pli­mented someone on their tattoos!”


I did that?

I told Berni and she said it was the damn global warming . . .


Happened: Tattooed Rod Steiger from the movie THE ILLUSTRATED MAN.

FEATURED IMAGE: The image at the top of this page is of a heavily tattooed—or at least it was ob­scenely heavy way back then—for the movie ver­sion of Ray Brad­bury’s classic col­lec­tion of short sto­ries The Il­lus­trated Man. Re­views of the 1969 movie were not kind:

“Re­spon­si­bility for the failure of The Il­lus­trated Man must rest with Di­rector Jack Smight. He has com­mitted every pos­sible error of style and taste, in­cluding the in­ex­cus­able fault of let­ting Steiger chew up every piece of scenery in sight.” (Time)

“[The] screen­play is un­sharp, without focus, working into and out of the hal­lu­ci­na­tions with great awk­ward­ness.” (The New York Times)

“Smight’s con­fused, wan­dering film never does quite come to terms with what it wants to be.” (Chicago Sun-Times)

“Rod was very good in it, but it wasn’t a good film—the script was ter­rible.” (Ray Bradbury)

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