Valparaíso in Santiago

Between 1982 and 1983 the School of Valparaíso mounted three exhibitions celebrating three anniversaries: 30 years since the School’s founding, 10 years of Graphic Design, and 10 years of Object Design. These last two exhibitions were a bit mixed up in my mind and I feel compelled to correct the caption on this plane—it does indeed seem to be landing in the grand central space of the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (MNBA), but the year is 1983 and it is part of the Object Design exhibition. Continue reading

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Missed Roman Holiday

Bravo Family in Rome (October 1980)

Bravo Family in Rome (October 1980)

A few months before I was born my family went to Italy to witness the beatification of Don Orione, the namesake of my brother’s school at the time. My mom loved recounting how since she was pregnant with me people were always touching her stomach and someone even said her baby would be very religious. As long as I can remember these anecdotes annoyed me to no end: I couldn’t believe my family went on this European holiday without me. Continue reading

Lovely Ethyl


Reminiscing about Encyclopedia has put me back in touch with Ethyl Eichelberger. His wonderful voice and acting style were a delight for me as a child. Try as I might I can’t find his brilliant turn as King Louis XIV, though he’s great as an Egyptian emissary in “Pyramid.” Continue reading

How to Make a Nerd

The 1980s gave nerds a space in popular culture, usually as the butt of a joke or the enemy of jocks. But there was also a strain of nerd-fear, a sense that in the near future these nerds would take over and non-nerds would be punished. Their large nerd brains were up to God knows what: Matthew Broderick nearly set off a nuclear war and Val Kilmer subverted the beverage industry by making his own currency. Continue reading