America lost two great Icons this week. Former MLB pitcher, Mark "The Bird" Fidrych, and Adult Film Legend, Marilyn Chambers. They were both genius in their respective professions because they approached the Job with what some like to call "Verve".
Fidrych, the pride of Worcester Academy, had the stuff and proved it in his rookie year with the Tigers. But he was most known for his eccentric behaviour on the field. He would have deep relationships with the ball in every game. It was like a marriage, some days it was blissful and smooth and he'd speak to it softly with great sensitivity. Other days he would be pleading for cooperation or possibly giving it support, with a pep talk. He would prepare the mound to his satisfaction like a Zen Buddhist making his garden just right the help achieve total consciousness. The best part about all this is, he didn't let the press, the critics, or the fans(who loved every bit of it) change his ways. His mound grooming was a liturgy to the game he loved and respected. If he was going to go for total consciousness, it had to be just right.
Speaking of mound grooming(sorry, couldn't let that one pass) Marilyn Chambers was the same way. She approached her job(or jobs) with such focus and concentration that it gave a rise to an industry that spent most of it's time lurking in the shadows of America's underground. Chambers set the standard for other adult film actors like Jenna Jameson, who used it as a target and further raised the bar hitting it. In my youth, I ruined my vision trying to get a glimpse through the scrambled mess of pay TV, of Chamber's dazzling performance in what I consider her best work, "Insatiable". The pool table scene is still a classic. I later wore out a VHS tape of the epic. ether it was "Inside Marilyn Chambers", "Up And Coming", or her first classic, "Behind The Green Door. She always seemed like she gave it 110%. Because she loved it. Movies like those a helped the Adult Film industry become a multi billion dollar business. Much like Fidrych resuscitated baseball in Detroit.
Both people were about as real and spirited as there respective fans. That's why they were loved and will always be a part of history. Below is a great interview with "The Bird" from 1985. I would include a sample of Ms. Chambers work, but our corporate lawyers aren't as enthusiastic about her work as I am. Maybe they should try a little mound grooming for total consciousness.