Kathy Griffin and the D-List on Air New Zealand’s Inaugural Pink Flight to Oz

Comedian Kathy Griffin, star of Bravo TV’s “My Life on the D-List” headlines Air New Zealand’s inaugural Pink Flight from San Francisco last night en route direct to Sydney for Mardi Gras.

This is a major marketing push by the so-called “other” airline from that “other” country Down Under to capture pink dollars — and have a lot of fun while doing it. Thanks to hard work by Air New Zealand employees and cooperation of the San Francisco International Airport, the Gate 91-93 area was transformed into Club Pink for an unprecedented three-hour pre-boarding party.

Free drinks, free food, a deejay, a juggler, balloon hats and boas rocked this send-off, hosted by the drag queen Buckwheat and her fleet of fancy fairies and flyboys, including a dance number by the entire Air New Zealand flight crew.

As a special treat, Kathy Griffin welcomed each passenger by collecting their boarding pass and posing for photos before joining the flight, with her D-List crew, to serve as the in-flight entertainment and tape an upcoming episode of the show. KazzaDrask Media took party photos, but due to our real D-List status, was not invited to continue on to Mardi Gras!

Photo by KazzaDrask Media.

Flex Your Command of the English Language and Feed the World

At last! A website for English majors around the globe to show off their superior command of the language and feel really, really, really good about it. FreeRice is a never-ending, multiple choice quiz with a cause. Sponsored by the UN World Food Program, this website donates 20 grains of rice for every vocab term you correctly define. Granted, 20 grains of rice ain’t much (hey, I was an English major — I know how to properly use “ain’t”), but it adds up quickly, with or without consulting your electronic edition of Merriam-Webster’s. So, give it a go. It’s great to learn a new word or two every now and then while feeding the world.

Honk for Obama

I took this photo of my neighbor Ruth Garland-Dewson while she was single-handedly creating a “Honk for Obama” campaign frenzy on the corners of Broderick and Oak Sts. in San Francisco on Super Tuesday morning. Ruth has been for Obama from the start and countered some controversy early in his campaign with this letter to the San Francisco Chronicle:

‘Black enough for me’
Editor — I agree wholeheartedly with the views displayed in this Open Forum (“Black American from Africa offers his view on Obama’s ‘blackness,'” March 1 [07]). At this time in America, who or what determines our blackness?

Media portray blacks as low income and uneducated. Therefore, does success and education remove any trace of blackness? The truth of the matter is, most black Americans are of mixed ancestry. Maybe genealogy should be a required course in every school.

I would say, “Go, Obama, you’re black enough for me.”
RUTH GARLAND-DEWSON
San Francisco

While the San Francisco Chronicle writes about Ruth a lot. She uses her hat shop, Mrs. Dewson’s Hats, on Fillmore St. as a combination bully pulpit/idea machine, it was the San Francisco Examiner–that briefly–expressed interest in publishing this photo.

Photo by KazzaDrask Media.

The Glamour Industry

In 1984 I had my degrees in Communications and English and I was ready to rock n’ roll! My first job out of college was as an editorial assistant for a division of Prentice-Hall called Appleton-Century-Crofts. This didn’t last long really, because after just a few short months the company was bought by Simon & Schuster and I was promoted to production editor! My starting salary was $10,500; with the promotion I think it went up to $11,000. The Appleton offices moved from New York City to my hometown of Norwalk, Connecticut. And I lived with my parents. Who says I hadn’t just entered “the Glamour Industry”?