With Sherry On Top
couldn’t help becoming a model . . . her parents told her to.
18-year-old Sherry Preet heard a radio advertisement three years ago
about an open call for models, she thought she might have a chance.
But the shy teenager didn’t pick up the phone until her parents
convinced her that she had what it took. “My mom and dad told me to
call,” Sherry said, remembering her first foray into modeling at the
age of 15.
called, met with modeling scouts and impressed them enough to qualify
her for a job – in Los Angeles. There, the novice Jackson Heights
beauty was shoulder to shoulder with professional models from around
that experience, Sherry said, “L.A. built up my confidence.”
she played it low key at Bryant High School for the past four years,
Sherry is serious about strutting her stuff on the catwalk, and is
planning to take her trendy, casual style back to Los Angeles.
fact, she’s working at Staples this summer to save up for that
return trip to the West Coast, but that doesn’t mean she pinches
pennies where it counts. Sherry told us she “picks up every fashion
style that’s in nowadays”... quite an accomplishment for the
working model, who said she always stays on top of fashion trends by
heading to Queens Center Mall.
with all the glitz and glamour of the L.A. modeling scene, Sherry
didn’t let it interfere with her walk down the graduation aisle,
which she did this year.
wear high heels, [but] not to class. At school, I’m a casual
girl.... I want to get more education. I want to know more than I do
right now.... High school, I passed, but that’s not enough,”
advice to other young modeling hopefuls – stick with it. “It’s
just about getting a chance.... This business is kind of hard . . .
it’s really hard.
The ones who keep on trying are the ones who succeed.”
or not she makes it to that big catwalk in the sunshine state, Sherry
wants to be remembered for something other than her good looks. “I
want to be known as a person who didn’t give up on her dreams.”
Is Yanked By Yankees
the heels of his monumental 10 concert stand at Giants Stadium through
the month of July, Bruce Springsteen indicated recently that
he’d like to step up to the plate for another New York concert
before the curtain falls on his latest tour.
suggest that The Boss approached Yankees boss George Steinbrenner
about staging a tour finale at Yankee Stadium at the end of September.
But it seems that the Yankees turned down the Big Apple’s favorite
rocker over concern that a concert would damage the grass field just
weeks before the World Series, in which the Yankees expect to appear.
the other New York baseball club has already killed off any
post-season prospects. Rumor has it that Springsteen’s management is
now in talks with the Mets on the possibility of closing his tour with
a Sept. 29 blow-out at Shea Stadium, which is guaranteed to be unused
come October thanks to a less than sterling season by the boys from
has been confirmed yet, according to Springsteen reps. As of now, The
Boss’ tour will end with a Sept. 27 performance at Milwaukee’s
Miller Park...another stadium sure to be shuttered come playoff time.
FOUND Magazine has taken postmodern eavesdropping to a new and even more random level.
magazine asks people to send in the misplaced love letters, birthday
cards, homework, to-do lists, ticket stubs, napkin poetry, telephone
bills, reminder notes and doodles that they find in the street so they
can be published to the amusement and wonder of the magazine’s
recent edition to the magazine’s web collection was found in Queens.
of my daily quota of joy spouts from the things left behind by
others,” said Leslie Stem, who found a yellow note in Queens
one evening on the way to the subway that simply read, “I love.”
It was scribbled sloppily in what looks like a thin black marker, with
no explanation as to what the person was thinking.
said in her little blurb about the open-ended love note to no one,
“It was a rainy day, and it just warmed me as nothing had in a
founder of FOUND, Davy Rothbart has reportedly collected scraps
since the eighth grade. Since Rothbart printed the first issue in
Kinko’s three years ago, his magazine has become the next “big”
magazine’s website is at: www.foundmagazine.com.
First Community Newspaper
The news coming out of Baghdad these days is rarely positive.
frequent failures in the beleaguered city’s utility infrastructure,
guerrilla attacks against U.S. and British troops, and daily protests
spawned by the chaos, there is often very little to celebrate.
Dave Enders, a 22-year-old American journalist, has created a positive
exception to the grim reality in Baghdad. Along with a young British
partner, Enders has launched Baghdad’s first English language
community news weekly, the Baghdad Bulletin.
Bulletin’s first issue hit the streets on June 24, and
according to reports, the 10,000 copies were eagerly devoured by
American soldiers and Anglophone Iraqis...of which there are quite a
few as a result of past British rule. By all accounts, the Iraqis had
never seen anything quite like a community newspaper before.
contents of the Bulletin illustrate the kinship of all
community newspapers. Like the Queens Tribune, the Bulletin focuses
on problems and shortcomings in Baghdad’s civil infrastructure.
Top stories in recent issues –
which can be viewed online at www.baghdadbulletin.com –
discuss community concerns over water quality and the crisis hospitals
face during the city’s regular summer blackouts.
such stories make the Trib’s Action Desk seem tame by
comparison, the focus on local affairs marks the Bulletin as a
paper in the same proud tradition as the Tribune. Other stories
in the Bulletin could have been torn straight from the Trib,
especially a piece about skyrocketing property values and the
beginning of new term at city universities.
and his staff of 11 also deal with obstacles unrelated to the
consequences of the recent war and past totalitarian rule. The
publication of the first issue was delayed by two days after the Iraqi
typesetter laid out the English text from right to left, the direction
in which Arabic is printed.
Among all the distress in Baghdad, the launch of a community paper surely indicates that better times are ahead for weary residents.