On this Halloween weekend I think it is appropriate to celebrate Roald Dahl, (13 September 1916 – 23 November 1990). British novelist, short story writer, fighter ace and screenwriter.
Not only was guy an insanely prolific writer, he was stylish and tall, 6'6" tall.
Best known for his children’s fiction, e.g. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach and The Fabulous Mr. Fox, Roald was a controversial figure in his day and did not receive the accolades he was due until later in his career. One of his books in particular The Witches has been banned both by Christian and by Wiccan movements for its depiction of witches. No matter what they say, in my estimation the guy was a veritable genius. Certainly, Stephen King must have been influenced by his writing.
"Dahl's children's tales are usually told from the point of view of a child. They typically involve adult villans and villanesses who hate and mistreat children, and feature at least one "good" adult to counteract the villain(s). Biographers say that these stock characters are likely a reference to the abuse that Dahl stated that he experienced in the boarding schools he attended. They usually contain a lot of black humor and grotesque scenarios, including gruesome violence." Wikipedia.
Some say these stories were inspired by his own personal and harrowing tales from boarding school
This year a new "biography” was written about Dahl’s life and career. He was a complicated person, a celebrated fighter pilot, company man (Shell Oil), intelligence officer, husband (his first wife Actress Patricia Neal) father and writer. He liked living a stylish and lavish life rubbing shoulders with the literati of the time and Hollywood celebrities. Dahl is also known for a long list of screen plays, some of which are based on his children’s literature.
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Hats off to a tall (6’7”) force in the art world; John Baldessari. John’s exhibition “Pure Beauty” opened on October 20th at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC. I must say that I am by no means among the cognoscenti of the art world, although I do enjoy the occasional diversion from day to day life offered by a good exhibition. I will leave the sophisticated commentary to the New York Times, but I thought it worthy of a shout out to a fellow tall man (who will turn 80 next year!) and is still in the game. I think John we have a shirt that will fit him… Cheers, John!
How can we have ever strayed from proud passports? Screw safety and the computer age, what about design to show the pride and dignity of a country? The patterned one is from the 50’s and would’ve been carried by the likes of Don Draper himself. Everything about it is quality from the outside paper, subtle coloring and rich smart detail. Also, original passports were in a taller format. Why did they change to be more squat and fat? We once were classy. Maybe it’s time for a reissue?
Today’s a big day. Snoop and me get another year older. “Our people” couldn’t sync up a birthday celebration between us, but why not reflect and savor the past year?
It’s been a big year for both of us. Me and the crew prepping for launch of Longshot Apparel and Snoop in studio, creating new songs and continuing to deliver us entertainment as only he can. According to good friends, Snoop (6’3”) is one of the hardest working tall guys in the biz. This year really shows with his candy-sweet lyrics in Katy Perry's California Gurls, an awesome promo video for True Blood (Oh Sookie) and projects with adidas Originals.
Snoop’s style fluctuates between adidas tracksuits and fantastically blingy suits all topped off with lovely chapeaus over his trademark braids. While he has his wardrobe down, his style is more typically pimp and baggy than fitted to his lean build. A Longshot shirt might never grace his tall frame, but we’ll be there for him if and when he wants to add some U.S. made wovens to his mix.
So Snoop, let’s toast to another upcoming year of reinvention together. If you keep on creating great works for a new generation of fans and we’ll promise to keep creating the best fitting shirts for tall guys.
This is made from the past to last: Vintage Stetson hats.
Check out this old time Stetson detail. My grandfather wore a hat wherever he went. It symbolized respect, pride and doing it right. To me, the box design is worth the price of the hat itself. A tall friend (6′ 7″) loved wearing hats to sport things up at weddings or in homage to those Kentucky Derby track days. Who can pull off a hat better than a tall guy? How about the rest of you? What do you think about hats? And if you love them, how often do you wear them?
For those with a weakness for all things felt and fedora…Portland, OR is home to John Helmer Haberdasher one of the finest hatmakers around. Hats, caps, berets, tweed newsboy caps, straw hats and porkpies drown the shop making it a must see. Goorin Bros. is another hat shop I ran into down by my favorite newsstand (Riches Cigar Shop). Goorin Bros. has some old time classics and contemporary styles for both men and women in locations across the U.S.
Perhaps one of the most brilliant helpers this side of Ambien for heavy travel…seatguru.com can help you navigate the best legroom for every plane in the air today. Tall guys can now steer clear of non-reclining seats, secret bulkheads and seats to close to the toilet – by far the nastiest fate to man in the air.
Aside from SeatGuru, here are some other tips on getting that aisle seat without having to pay for seat upgrades:
- Get some status: If you fly enough, airline frequent flyer programs give better seats and more legroom to loyal flyers. Eight inches of Economy Plus legroom is reason enough to keep on flying United if you ask me and I’m only 5’8″.
- Plead Tall: This one is a toss-up depending upon the counter agent. Arrive a little early (70 minutes or so) to present your case and your tallness. This works best if you are 6’5″ or taller (if so check out the fit for our shirts)and obviously “plane-challenged.”
- Borrow a friend’s status: If a friend or partner has premier status on an airline, book a ticket through them to get that aisle seat with more legroom. This way you can also check your bags gratis.
Good luck in future travels and see you on the road.
We all know that tall guys are more popular, more handsome and make more money – so no need to go into detail there. As a guy, you’re psyched to be tall for a number of reasons but shopping and buying clothes isn’t one of them. We don’t need to state the obvious pain and suffering.
Throughout the process of getting Longshot Apparel off the ground and launching our first series of tall shirts, we noticed that the existing retail/fashion environment had spawned three types of tall guy shopping styles. Take a moment to see where you fit in:
Do you buy off-the-rack and put up with the little and big annoyances of too-short sleeves and wide-body 787 Dreamliner shirts? Hello, you’re a Compromiser. You would spend more on clothes per year if you could find something close to what “normal” guys are wearing. One day, you have a dream.
Do your best friends include a tailor and a sales associate named Sheryl? Do they make you look impeccably dressed and continuously look for expensive product to fit your tall frame? Hello, you’re a Customizer. You’ve devoted to going custom for most of your wardrobe whether it is bespoke or adjusting your off-the-rack purchases. Fortunately your financial situation affords you better solutions than most, although it is still not easy to find a good fit.
Do you still swear by that Nirvana concert shirt from the 90’s? Sweatshirts, fleece faded from wear and perhaps your newest shirt is from this season’s kickball team? Hello, you’re a Dropout. You’ve given up and don’t believe that any company can make a shirt that fits, so what’s the point in looking? Your wardrobe is tired, worn and likely in heavy rotation for the past 5-7 years. Sadly, defeated by lack of choice.
The truth hurts, like when Nicolas Cage removes the bandages in Face Off to reveal he now looks like John Travolta. You might even be a mix of these shopping styles. So which one are you? Whatever the answer, each style has it’s own frustrations and shares a common truth: Shopping as a tall guy sucks. At Longshot, we’ll continue to try to fight the good fight and bring you tall shirts that will one day eliminate these shopping inequities. A toast to shopping liberation this holiday season? We think so.
Big congratulations go out to tall guy Roy Halladay (6’6”) on his amazing no-hitter last week. Roy made baseball history by throwing only the second no-hitter in MLB postseason history (Don Larsen’s (6’4”) perfect game in the 1956 World Series being the first) against the Cincinnati Reds in Game 1 of the 2010 NLDS. It was Halladay’s second no-hitter of the year (following the May 29 perfect game), making him the fifth pitcher in major league history and the first since Nolan Ryan (6’2”) in 1973 to throw multiple no-hitters in the same season. 2010 has been quite a year for pitchers with 6 total no-hitters and 2 perfect games tossed so far. Being tall certainly seems to help with Ubaldo Jimenez (6’4”), Edwin Jackson (6’3”), Matt Garza (6’4”) adding “no-no’s” and Dallas Braden (6’1”) joining Halladay on the other perfect game.
Lest you think this a coincidence there is ample evidence that shows it’s good to be a tall guy on the bump. Pitchers like 6’10” Randy Johnson used their height in multiple ways to gain an edge. From casting an intimidating presence to generating more ball speed through by leveraging their tall frames, the tall guys have made a big impact. Not that there aren’t more average-height guys getting it done out there like the Giant’s Tim Lincecum (5’11”), but a quick glance at any MLB team pitching roster like the NY Yankees and you will find very few guys under 6’ (the Yankees have one- David Robertson at 5’11”). Even after an abysmal 101-loss season, my lowly Seattle Mariners have a bright spot with Felix Hernandez (6’3”) a top candidate to win the AL Cy Young Award.
Now I’m not going to predict the winner of the 2010 World Series, but you can bet they will have a pitching staff stocked with tall guys behind them.
I am waiting with baited breath for tall man, Stephen King’s(he’s 6’4” tall by the way) new short story collection Full Dark, No Starsto be released on November 9th. I have my hard cover copy on order. I have a kindle and an i-pod so I could get the electronic version but for me there is still something more sacred about a hard cover. So, I’m coughing up the dough and waiting for it to arrive from Amazon on November 9th.
I am a literary snob, and a sucker for a long short story and Stephen King is the master of that form (think Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, and Misery). His books are literary masterpieces, albeit contemporary, entertaining themes. The guy is no slouch, he is productive beyond belief, not only has he produced a record number of stories and novels but he has produced off-spring that seem to be in lock-step with is talent and work ethic. Check out his tall son, Joseph Hillstrom King, aka Joe Hill’swork, it will not disappoint (he’s also a tall drink of water). I just wonder what these super tall writers are wearing.
So, if you are a fan of SK or if you like the short story form, line up and get your copy of Full Dark, No Stars, Amazonis selling it at a discount.
Publisher’s Weekly Review Below
Eerie twists of fate drive the four longish stories in King’s first collection since Just After Sunset (2008). In “1922,” a farmer murders his wife to retain the family land she hopes to sell, then watches his life unravel hideously as the consequences of the killing suggest a near-supernatural revenge. “Big Driver” tells of an otherwise ordinary woman who discovers her extraordinary capacity for retribution after she is raped and left for dead. “A Good Marriage” explores the aftermath of a wife’s discovery of her milquetoast husband’s sinister secret life, while “Fair Extension,” the book’s most disturbing story, follows the relationship between a man and the best friend on whom he preternaturally shifts all his bad luck and misfortune. As in Different Seasons (1982), King takes a mostly nonfantastic approach to grim themes. Now, as then, these tales show how a skilled storyteller with a good tale to tell can make unsettling fiction compulsively readable. (Nov.) (c) Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.