Yesterday was about the best time I’ve had working for free. I volunteered to help out at the Mixed Roots Film & Literary Festival at the Japanese American Museum in Los Angeles (if you’re around, they’ve got festivities all weekend, even activities for kids) and saw The Loving Story again, and loved it just as much as I did the first time. But second time around, boy-crazy as I am, I couldn’t help but notice a very young, sexy and confident Bernard Cohen, an co-counsel on the Lovings vs. The States of Virginia case. He was, mmmmm….
You know what made him the ultimate? He wasn’t arguing this case for argument’s sake. Wide-eyed and hopeful, he and his partner were only out of law school for a few years before they took the case to the U.S. Supreme Court and did it because it was the right thing to do. You can see a bit of him in action as well as some footage from The Loving Story. Tell me if I’m nuts to think he was HAWT.
Also deserving of the Vapors Award is Richard Loving, a man of few words but strong character, who steadfastly loved his wife and refused to divorce her, even though he knew it would have made his life easier, and that he could have gone on with his privileges as a member of the ruling class if he’s just abandon his wife and children. Richard basically told the Virginia judicial system that they could go straight to Hell minus the hand basket. And while he was a man of few words, he had a swagger and a toughness reminiscent to a Paul Newman character. I was also so much by his sincere shows of affection to Mildred–that man adored her.
If ever there were two types of men you should have your eye on with that kind of character, it’s Bernard Cohen and Richard Loving. In fact, the 1000% fit the bill for the character make-up I discuss in SWIRLING (“What’s An Ideal Rainbeau Look Like?“).
Do they even make MEN like this anymore? Yes; but you’ll have to be the judge.