Little Known Facts About People

Mike Topp

Did you know that Donald Trump's wife Melania used to be an airline pilot? Once she had to make an emergency landing on a highway.

When Stephen Miller was a kid he wanted to be a tap dancer. Did you know that Stephen’s grandfather was Joseph Goebbels?

Stephen once told me Melania was a dyke.

Richard Prince wanted to be a tap dancer when he was a kid too.

Ivanka Trump wanted to be a ballerina.

Did you know Tom Cruise was once Cher’s boyfriend?

Raymond Pettibon and I were in the same first grade class together in Hermosa Beach, California.

Ray’s father was a notorious bootlegger in Tucson, Arizona.

A few years ago Ray’s father got divorced and married a beautiful Las Vegas showgirl younger than Tom Cruise.

Did you know that Sparrow was once a bat boy for the Yankees?

Cher divorced Gregg Allman after being married only nine days.

Did you know that the first poems John Ashbery ever had published were published in Poetry magazine under the name of Dick Zout?

Did you know that Sparrow was on the “100 Best Dressed Men” list of 2017?

Larry Clark once appeared on The Dating Game in 1968.

Larry David is in some way related to Bernie Sanders.

William Eggleston once told me that he really wanted to be a concert pianist.

Did you know that David Lynch started out to be a painter? He studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

Barack Obama was born in Hawaii.

Brad Pitt’s mother was a school counselor.

Robert Crumb used to write greeting cards for the Hi-Brow line of American Greetings.

I can’t see too well in the dark. My mom said it had something to do with my diet when I was a kid.

The character of Don Draper is partially explained by Draper Daniels, a creative director at the Leo Burnett advertising agency in Chicago in the 1950s, who worked on the Marlboro Man campaign. Draper Daniels was my advisor in college.

Did you know that Sparrow appeared in the low-budget horror movie I Dismember Mama?

Tom Cruise went to see Top Gun with Cher one week before she married Gregg Allman.

Sparrow was a blimp repairman.

Stephen Miller once won the Glasscock Award.

Did you know that Tucker Carlson has blebs on his lungs that may explode at any moment? They have exploded twice already.

Cher once sang “I’m in the Mood for Love” to Tom Cruise over oyster soup at The Grand Central Oyster Bar and Restaurant.

When I lived in Paris I made my living selling second-hand tobacco.

Did you know that Jack Kerouac and Bob Dylan are among those who’ve visited the cozy West Village bar Kettle of Fish?

Nancy Pelosi once called Jim Morrison her back door man.

I once went to a “come as your favorite person” party as Ruth Bader Ginsberg.

Did you know that Sparrow once worked delivering pianos?

Mickey Mantle’s favorite song was “Yesterday When I Was Young.”

Mike Topp was born in Washington, D.C. and currently lives in New York City, unless he has died or moved. Recent books include The Double Dream of Spring: A Peg Sluice Mystery with Sparrow, and Born On A Train with Raymond Pettibon..