Beyond the Poseidon Adventure (1979) (part 3 of 8)

As they’re prepping the “skiff” (which was apparently stored up the tugboat’s butt, because we never saw it in previous long shots of the Jenny), a big gleaming cutter rolls up and hails them.

Standing at the railing is none other than Telly Savalas, dressed up in a truly horrifying costume: He’s all done up in a white polyester leisure suit, white shoes, and shiny black mock turtleneck. His outfit is so 1979 that he looks like he’s on his way to warm up a crowd for Barry Manilow.

Surrounding him are a gang of thugs from Henchman Central Casting, also in white, who clearly took the gig because they were unemployed after Mistretta and Gallano went up the river.

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Mark "Scooter" Wilson

Mark is a history guy, a graphics guy, a guy for whom wryly cynical assessments of popular culture are the scallion cream cheese on the toasted everything bagel of life. He spends his time teaching modern history at Brooklyn College, pondering the ancient Romans at the CUNY Graduate Center, and conjuring maps and illustrations for ungrateful bankers at various Manhattan monoliths. Readers are welcome to guess at reasons why he's nicknamed Scooter, with the proviso that all such submissions are guaranteed to be rather more interesting than the truth. Mark lives in the Midwood section of Brooklyn with a happy-go-lucky, flop-eared dog named Chiyo who is probably, at this very moment, waiting patiently for her walkies.

Multi-Part Article: Beyond the Poseidon Adventure (1979)

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