Leslie Buck passed away, at the ripe old age of 87, during 2010, and inexplicably enough, not that many paid much attention to his passing.
Born Lazlo Buch in Khust, Czechoslovakia (now part of the Ukraine), he was a Holocaust survivor who made good in the US, first starting up a paper-cup manufacturing company in Mt Vernon, New York called Premier Cup. It was during the 1960’s that Buck joined the Sherri Cup Co. of Kensington, Conn, and he created one of the most iconic delineation’s of everyday American life, particularly the East Coast version, the exquisitely appealing Anthora paper coffee cup (Buck couldn’t quite pronounce “amphora” correctly), the design adorning coffees served at diners, deli’s, construction sights, factory yards and food carts, sales which peaked at 30 million pieces a year in the 1990’s.
Buck’s coffee cup became an instantly recognizable American artifact, a fairly improbable accomplishment considering its creator was both an immigrant, and artistically untrained. The cup, with its above-and-below border of Greek urns framing a bill boarded white background with a slightly ornate outline, three images of piping coffee cups and the phrase “WE Are Happy To Serve You” etched in a font meant to resemble ancient Greek, remains a totemistic likeness of the highest order.
There was once a giant Jesus who walked the hills of the Ozarks near Eureka Springs.
I witnessed this grand event, and have lived to tell about it. You can, too. It was Tammy Faye who told me about this monstrous thing, which was constucted for the movie Attack of the Giant Jesus, a film never released because Southern Baptists deemed the project too profane. But no one ever really saw the movie.
Some of the footage was used in Orson Welles' unfinished epic about the life of Don Quixote. He had intended to film Quixote battling the Giant Jesus in the way same way he fought the windmill, but the winds in the Ozarks were too strong the day Welles filmed. Two months ago there had been some clips posted on YouTube of the scene, but it's gone now, so I can't post it.
Anyway, in both films, the twist is that Jesus wins, but not in any kind of violent massacre. The attackers and Quixote are simply invited to come with Jesus to Hot Springs, Arkansas, where they meet with Bill Clinton and everyone has a hot bath together.
Doughnuts are served to one and all!
This thing - what I consider to be the ugliest statue of Christ ever - really DID appear in the film "Pass the Amm0", written by the Cohen Brothers and starring Tim Curry, Annie Potts, and Bill Paxton ... not much better than the statue.