Models Of Queens
Never Say Never Again
Home: Forest Hills
Weight: 120 lbs.
A professional, full-range performer who
can do it all – voice, music, dance, even ventriloquism – Troiy Linet is a
"I was born into the trade," she
said, describing what it was like being raised as a stage-child in a family of
artists and professional musicians.
Originally from Lancaster, Pennsylvania,
Linet has resided in Forest Hills while working on projects and events in the
area. She puts her wide repertoire of talents to work as a medium artist,
fashion designer, make-up artist, actress, spokesmodel and talent coordinator
and is currently listed with Impression Management, formely Umodels/NYC.
Linet works as a commercial print and
fashion model, but she considers herself more of a personality. "I’m
funny, crazy, bubbly," she said, adding that many of her assignments result
from just meeting and getting to know people.
"Wherever the action is, that’s
where I’m at," she said. "I’m a people person."
"Action" certainly describes one
prominent feature in her modeling career — sports. In addition to being a 2003
Budweiser Girl, Linet has acted as a spokesmodel for Motosports and the NY Jets.
Linet’s array of credits has even
included performances as the Olympic Mascot Izzy and the Jetsons’ Astro.
Her schedule booked full of projects,
Linet still has time to work pro bono for charities involved in social issues
like domestic violence and homelessness.
Linet said the fashion industry itself
organizes many charitable events, adding that she’s also coordinated talent
for the Michael Awards, the annual awards ceremony put on by the fashion
industry to benefit the National Children’s Leukemia Foundation.
In some ways, she sees herself as a
traveling one-person show like the angel in the TV show "Highway to
In addition to her multi-faceted career,
Linet is currently studying the arts and rehab/therapy social work. She’s also
involved with Student Advocates for the Arts at Columbia University.
Where does she find the time do it all?
"I have passion, patience and persistence and it falls all into place
somehow! ‘Never say never’ is my motto."
An explanation of why Gary Ackerman (left), Congressman 5th District, and "Grandpa" Al Lewis, former candidate for Mayor of NYC as well as patriarch of the "Munster" clan, have never been seen together.
Indie rock legend Steve
Malkamus, formerly of the seminal 90s group Pavement, penned a sonic
ode to a local gal – but who, exactly, is Vanessa From Queens?
"Pig Lib," this year’s
album by Malkamus and his current band The Jicks, received positive
reviews from critics, who widely praised his return to his trademark
inscrutable lyrics. They seem all over the place, but they do contain a
few hints that may help reveal the identity of Vanessa, a character in
one of Malkamus' tunes.
"Got your ballerina tights
around my head/ in a samurai pose on the bed/ Vanessa from Queens,"
Malkamus sings, indicating the profession or hobby of the mystery woman.
A lyric about "the avenue is
in a panic" could easily describe a notoriously panicked borough
roadway, if only Malkamus had sung about Queen Boulevard. But since
there are hundreds of avenues in Queens, that lyric offers little help.
Plus he references Bob Packwood, the disgraced former Senator, in the
next line, who seems to have no local tie in.
Generally, the song is about a
woman Malkamus would like to bed, true to the convention of rock songs
past and present.
"I got the right to fly/ I’m
gonna show you the time of your life," perhaps in reference to one
of two Queens airports.
But who knows, really?
Raining Cats, But No Dogs
You never know what you’re going to see at the airport.
After landing at Kennedy Airport recently and waiting patiently at Delta baggage claim, all of a sudden, QConf heard a crash.
Turning around to see what was going on, Conf saw a cat.
A large black and white cat.
And it was scared.
Because it had just fallen through the ceiling.
People standing near the ceiling tile that fell under the weight of the cat panicked as the frightened animal ran around, petrified and wide-eyed. A woman standing nearby screamed, “It’s a rat! It’s a rat!” as the feline seemingly chased its own tail.
Eventually, the cat found its escape up one of the baggage ramps that wasn’t being used.
Most stood there in shock, looking at the hole in the ceiling and the broken tile.
The Port Authority said to its knowledge, cats do not live in the ceiling at JFK, and one spokesperson said, “That’s the oddest thing I’ve heard in a while.”
What’s even odder is what happened after the cat disappeared. The ceiling tile just sat there for about an hour – nobody cleaned it up.
In fact nobody who worked at the airport seemed to even notice that it happened.
Guess they’ve seen everything.
When we ordered our cheeseburger to go
from the Blue Bay Diner on the corner of Frankie Lewie and the Expressway, QConf
received this mini ketchup complete with Chinese writing on the back. No one
inside Blue Bay was able to explain the mystery of the Chinese characters
nor which condiment distributor was trying to take the American diner into
our multicultural borough by passing out these silly little anamolies.
But as it turns out, it may be the
English on the ketchup packet that is the strange part. One theory on the
origin of the word ketchup is that it comes from Cantonese, a dialect of
The Cantonese word for the sugary
tomato paste is "Keh-Tsap," which translates directly as
"tomato" and "sauce." Coincidence? Maybe not.
The Chinese have their own version of
ketchup, which is used more as a cooking sauce than a dip.
A former Queens resident was recently named one of Boca Raton’s top 10 bachelorettes of the year – and she’s 91-years-old.
On Dec. 19, the Boca Raton News listed its top 10 bachelorettes in its newspaper, and 91-year-old Countess Henrietta deHoernle was the first one mentioned.
The article read, “Known to her close friends as Rita, this spry and active 91-year-old has made beneficence a household word – in Boca Raton and throughout Palm Beach County. She and her late husband, Adolph, donated millions to civic, social and charitable organizations. It’s a tradition she has kept alive since the count, her third husband, passed away in 1998.”
It goes on to say that she is “still a social animal,” constantly showing up at galas and social events.
The Countess was born in Black Forest, Germany, according to the article, but she came to the United States with her grandparents before World War II. She settled in Queens.
But she certainly made her mark in Boca Raton. The article said that in 2002, the countess donated $1 million to the Police Athletic League. She also, “tossed another cool million to help finance the Count Adolph de Hoernle Amphitheater in Mizner Park – named in memory of her husband. The Boca Raton Museum Art School also bears the countess’ name.”
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