My friend Brett from Brownsville is a bit OCD, and because of that he has perhaps one of the greatest video and CD collections ever amassed IN THE WORLD. You just have to mention Florence Henderson or Carol Channing or Divine to him and he’s off and running, collecting rare Loveboat and Merv Giffin appearances for you. About once a month he sends me a care package, and I usually just put them in a corner, unviewed, thinking they’ll be fun to watch when I’m in the home for Old Drag Queens and slightly ga-ga and need to jiggle my memory. But what with nothing to watch on TV these days due to the writers strike, I’ve started watching them and, HOLY CRAP, they are a riot. I’m sorry I doubted you, Brett, lover-lady! To get us started, here is a fabulous little gem from 1975, a 13-minute bio of Edith Massey, the John Waters Superstar. I can’t quite figure out if John actually directed it or not but, either way, it’s pretty incredible. Who knew she had such an interesting life pre-Pink Flamingos? (And I LOVE that she plays herself as a young, hot chick!) Anyway, over the next few weeks, I will introduce as many of Brett’s short videos as I can on the WOW Report and WOW TV, so YOU have something to watch during the strike.
– James St James