I’ve always admired women of strength. Strength takes many forms, from the physical to the mental to the emotional. One of the strongest women I’ve ever known of is my newest interview subject. Spice Williams-Crosby rose like a phoenix from the ashes of addiction and a terrible car accident to become an actress, a stuntwoman, a body-builder and an advocate for abused women.
Back when I wrote for RetroJunk, I had sent my next interview subject, Laurene Landon, a request for an interview, and even though she had initially declined it, I befriended her and her manager on Facebook. Her manager, Joe Williamson (who had also set up my interview last year with Mel Novak), and I discussed the possibility of an interview for Pop Geeks, and after several weeks of preparation, I spoke to Laurene on May 30th. Who is Laurene Landon, you ask? She’s a veteran actress who has appeared in cult film favorites like Roller Boogie, …All The Marbles and Maniac Cop, as well as more recent supporting roles in modern-day throwbacks to the exploitation era, movies like Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance and Hunter. I asked her about these projects and more, and I hope you all enjoy getting to know her as I Flashback again.
There are some performers who can do a little bit of everything. They can act and do stunt work. They can sing and dance. They can write scripts or songs. My next interview subject, Rocky DeMarco, has managed to do all of that over the course of her diverse career.
During the late 1980s, the World Wrestling Federation had a Superstar whose fame and popularity reached supernova levels… then quickly faded away He was born James Hellwig, but in reality was a warrior – in fact, he was the Ultimate Warrior. Fans of a certain age will remember Vince McMahon screaming “THE ULLLLLTIMATE WARRIOR” in his famous growl.