Photos of Andrea (and a little inside info)

If the arches and pillars above look familiar, rent a copy of the film Five Easy Pieces with Jack Nicholson and you'll see them. (Remember the famous chicken sandwich scene in the restaurant where Nicholson gets irritated with the waitress?) This veranda on the Cormie Estate, near Victoria B.C., was one of the locations for the film. I was a speaker at a function hosted by the Principle Group, circa 1980. Above: a much younger Andrea with audience member Philip Chan who later sent me a lovely packaged set of The Richest Man in Babylon booklets, which I still have.


Here is an inside view of the same home. That plaid box was a last minute invention. There was no podium and I needed something in front of me higher than the stand provided. So with 5 minutes to spare I wrapped my shawl around a cardboard box and, voila!, instant lectern.


Above is my first professional head shot. Circa 1978. At the time I had a temperature of 104 degrees; I was so sick but the photos turned out well. This shot was completely rigged. (I used to be a photographer's stylist.) The photographer sneaked us into the empty auditorium of one of her clients, a government ministry for the province of Ontario. And the microphone was actually the mic to my cassette tape recorder. I didn't own a real microphone, but I did own the slide projector.

I weighed about 105 pounds back then (sigh). Notice the big head compared to my body size? I'd like to think it's because I have a big brain. I've never found a hat big enough for my head so I've always gone without even in the coldest winter weather. Merv Griffin had a theory that big-headed people make the best TV hosts (Pat Sajak, Dave Letterman, etc.) I don't know if that follows for women with big heads. The only woman talk show host I can think of with a large head is Rosie O'Donnell.


This is the photo I currently use but I need to update it. I'm no longer naturally red-haired, and no longer 105 lbs.