Saturday, 12 September 2015

WHATEVER BECAME OF KEVIN AND JANINE?



Hopefully, a side-on view of a bit of nip won't shock
anyone too much, but there's a reason for me publishing this
particular pic.  I think it's Page 3 model JANINE ANDREWS,
and the original glossy photo from which I photocopied this image
used to adorn the wall under the window ledge beside the desk of
IPC art assistant KEVIN BRIGHTON, who worked on the
same floor (26th) as myself in KING'S REACH TOWER
in Stamford Street, London, circa 1985-'87.

His desk was situated in front of mine, and as I visited
the Capital every week (sometimes twice), I got so used to
seeing the lovely Janine that Kevin let me photostat the pic so
that I could have my very own copy to take home with me.  For
nearly 30 years it's graced the side of a filing cabinet in my room,
and whenever my eyes fall upon it, I can't help but be reminded
of King's Reach Tower, the view from the window of the
26th floor, and, of course, Kevin himself.

The last time I saw Kev was in December '87, when I
visited London, not for the purposes of work, but for a two
day stay in the city just for the hell of it.  In fact, I haven't been
back to London since, and although I spoke to Kevin a couple of
times on the 'phone shortly after, I don't know what became of
him once the IPC Youth Group began to disintegrate follow-
ing pension-pincher ROBERT MAXWELL's acquisition
of it a few years before his ill-fated swim in 1991.

Kevin was quite a talented cartoonist in his own right,
so maybe he fulfilled his artistic ambitions, met and married
Janine Andrews, ditched the pic, and lived happily ever after.
 Whatever happened to him, I have fond memories of my visits
down south in the '80s, and one glance at the above pin-up
brings it all back to me.  Ah, happy days indeed.

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