Roy Cohn, Juan Peron, Toscanini, Dacron

Roy Cohn was the Red Scare Robin to Joey Mac’s Batman. He was instrumental in the case against The Rosenbergs. After his liaisons with Joe, he went on to have a long career as a lawyer representing reproach-less stalwarts like Donald Trump and John Gotti. He died of complications from AIDS in 1986.

Tony Kushner’s play Angels In America contains a fictionalization of Cohn in which Roy is haunted by the ghost of Ethel Rosenberg. This New Yorker article is an interesting review of the play and contains the following tidbit regarding the AIDS Quilt:

and a panel was added anonymously to the Names Project quilt. It read, “Roy Cohn. Bully. Coward. Victim.”

Juan Peron is famous for making tequila. Or maybe being a leftist dictator of Argentina with a second wife who could barely sing better than she could act.

Arturo Toscanini was an Italian symphonic and orchestral conductor who lived from 1867-1957. He was also an early Fascist who eventually renounced that political school of thought. He is seen below holding either a tiny dog or a hirsute baby Hitler.

Dacron is the brand name for Polyethylene terephthalate (also known as PET). This thermoplastic polymer is used in things like fiberfill for bed pillows, sailcloth, and plastic drinking bottles. The Dacron brand is owned by the Invista Corporation which itself is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Koch Industries.

I’ve included photos of Charles Koch below showing first his typical business attire followed by his favorite Dacron evening-wear –

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