Reply to Willy B Good’s questions of June 21

Hi Willy. I’m glad you are enjoying the book and thanks for your questions. Sorry for being so late in replying, but I’m still learning how to work the technology. Couldn’t get reply box to work, so I finally decided to answer your questions as a new post. (Why didn’t I think of that before?)   Sadly, John Leslie Nuzzo died of a heart attack on December 5, 2010 at age 65. He was a consummate professional. I recall him rushing off to catch up on a TV football game between camera setups, then he’d return to the set erect and ready to proceed.  Directing him was easy, since he was such a fine actor.  He was a bit arrogant but that was no problem.  Women loved him because his expertise made their job so much easier. After a shooting day John loved to share a joint with his best industry buddy, director Anthony Spinelli. Their sharp repartee kept me in stitches.  I thought Boogie Nights was an accurate portrayal of porn’s behind-the-scenes.  The partying in the movie was a bit excessive. Most porn stars of that period lived far more sedate lives.  Burt Reynolds’ portrayal of an archetypical pornographer was so accurate that it gave me chills.  I can’t offer a prognosis about porn’s future because I’ve been away from the business for so long.  Internet piracy can’t be defeated. But popular porn stars can (hopefully) count on their loyal fans to buy their movies before the pirated versions come out.
Thanks again for your kind comments, and in the future I hope to be able to answer your  questions more promptly.    

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David Blander

David Blander had had many careers. As a director, he made commercials for clients such as Magnavox, the State of Michigan, Clark Equipment and Amway. As a video engineer, his biggest accounts were the underworld porn kings who pioneered the home video revolution of the 1980s. When California legalized medical pot in 1996, he developed a trophy-winning strain that he distributed to northern California dispensaries—until Feds and local sheriffs busted his grow-op warehouses. Now retired, Blander is beginning another career: writing. Plato said, “An unexamined life is not worth living.” Blander’s professional history gives his life plenty to examine.

3 thoughts on “Reply to Willy B Good’s questions of June 21”

  1. Thanks very much for answering. I have finished the whole book now and think it as an incredible read about the business. I’ve always been fascinated by the business side of porn, especially during the mid-80s with the advent of video tape. I had always wondered why I would see John Leslie/Joey Silvera/Robert Bullock working with Shanna McCoullough/Nikki Knights/Kathleen Gentry over and over. Your book explained how multiple movies would be shot with the same actors to save time and money. It also explained how the money and distibution side of the business worked back in the video era.I’ve tweeted your blog to Nina Hartley, Tom Byron, Ron Jeremy and Cara Lott (they’re all on twitter). Nice to see some old school guys are still around. Thanks for replying too, no need to apologize, better a late reply than no reply!Cheers,Will.

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