Things you may have forgotten about Sylvester Stallone: That he grew up in the D.C. suburbs, in a polo-playing family. All revealed in the obituary of his dad, Frank Stallone, 91. Fascinating life. The self-made immigrant opened a chain of beauty salons and once “punch[ed] an ornery horse so hard that the blow knocked the animal down.” Another great obit: Sherwood Schwartz, who pitched “Gilligan’s Island” to the network as “a social microcosm.” (A funny microcosm!” he added).
Grover Norquist likes reading about himself. The shelves in his Americans for Tax Reform office are groaning with books in which he’s quoted (one in Japanese), walls lined with magazine profiles of him. Also: a poster of Janis Joplin, a lava lamp, and lots of Grover (from “Sesame Street”) dolls. Our colleague Jason Horowitz profiles the anti-tax activist holding conservative lawmakers’ feet to the fire.
“As reality stars, most celebrities stink.”