David and I went to

David and I went to Zorthian’s 90th birthday party on Saturday. He’s a painter and sculptor who lives on a big ranch in the hills of Alta Dena. What a character! He was dressed like Bacchus and he had 10 naked “nymphettes” tending to him, feeding him grapes and kissing him. (When they weren’t kissing each other.) Sorry, I forgot to bring a camera. His ranch has huge piles of junk all over it — tires, railroad ties, sinks, bathtubs, corrugated tin roofing, bundles of newspapers. He used to trade art lessons for science lessons with CalTech’s Richard Feynman. In the ’50s, Charlie Parker would play sessions at his place. Here are some paintings by him.Link