Vance Packard (1914 – 1996) was an American writer who brought many of the less favourable effects of consumerism in the developed world to the public’s attention in a straightforward manner. After graduating from Pennsylvania State University in 1936, he started his career as a journalist writing for several newspapers and the Associated Press before becoming the editor of American magazine from 1942 to 1946.
Marc Harrison (1936-1998) was an industrial designer from the United States. Harrison sustained a significant brain injury in a sledding accident when he was eleven years old. He had to relearn simple functions like walking and talking as a result of the crash. Harrison gained experience and motivation for his future work as an industrial designer due to this incident and his lengthy recovery.
Walter Kantack was an American Lighting Designer born in Meriden, Connecticut. He completed his studies at the Pratt Institute in New York.
Kantack worked in the drafting room of the Edward F. Caldwell decorating firm in New York. In 1915 he began working at sterling Bronze as a designer. In 1917 he set up his design firm and became a specialist in custom lighting until 1932. He was the vice president of Architectural League of New York, honorary member of American Institute of Decorators, and member of the Hoover Delegation to the 1925 Paris ‘Exposition International des Arts Decorate des Industries Modernes.
The Cheney Brothers were American textile manufacturers. They were located in Manchester and Hartford, Connecticut. Cheney Brothers’ achievement in becoming one of the leading silk manufacturers in the USA was based on the family’s business expertise and broad knowledge of technical processes.
I remember watching “Vision Quest” at the George Street, Cinemas during a stopover in Sydney travelling home to Canberra from boarding school in Brisbane. It was released in Australia under the title “Crazy for You”. It did not rival the box office success of the “Karate Kid” at the time however it was a more accurate picture of teen life. I remember wanting to see it as I heard that Madonna had a brief appearance singing, “Crazy for You.”