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‘Deep Throat’ porn star Harry Reems dies at 65
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PHUKET: Harry Reems, who earned just $100 to have sex with Linda Lovelace in the enormously successful 1972 hardcore pornography film “Deep Throat,” died in Salt Lake City this week after a battle with cancer, his family said yesterday. He was 65 years old.

Reems died at around 2pm local time on Tuesday at the veterans’ hospital in Salt Lake City, his long-time friend Don Schenk said. His health had been deteriorating in recent years due to peripheral neuropathy and emphysema, followed by a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer in the summer of 2012.

The actor rose to fame when he portrayed Dr. Young in the 1972 hardcore pornography film “Deep Throat,” setting off legal controversies. In the movie, the physician discovers an unusual birth defect: Lovelace’s clitoris is located in her throat, making her vastly prefer oral sex to intercourse.

The film is claimed to have grossed more than $600 million worldwide, making it the most successful pornographic movie of all time. The 62-minute film brought pornography to mainstream audiences, even though many theaters refused to show the film or were prevented from doing so by local officials.

Lovelace died in April 2002 after suffering massive trauma and internal injuries in a car crash in Denver, Colorado. She later claimed to have been forced into pornography by her husband Chuck Traynor, accusing him of beating her, rape, forced prostitution, and making private pornography with her. She later denounced porn and became a spokeswoman for the anti-pornography movement.

But despite “Deep Throat” being enormously successful, Reems revealed in an interview in 1976 that he was paid only $100 for his part. “I acted in a movie, ‘Deep Throat’, 1972, for a day, [and] was paid a minimal amount of money. One-hundred dollars,” he said, responding to an interviewer’s question.

The interview took place after Reems was convicted of obscenity for his part in the film and was facing up to five years in prison. The conviction was overturned on appeal after a number of celebrities came to his defense, but he remains the only American actor to have been tried under obscenity laws for taking part in a film.

“I think I was being used to set an example for other actors, other directors, people connected with the production angle end of a motion picture, to not experiment with sexuality as an avenue for creativity for fear of potential jail,” Reems, whose real name was Herbert Streicher, said in the 1976 interview that was published by CBC News.

And while now famous for starring in the first adult film for mainstream audiences, Reems was not originally supposed to be in the film. He had been hired to handle the lighting on the set of “Deep Throat” but was asked by writer and director Gerard Damiano when the man hired to play the male star did not show up.

After the success of “Deep Throat,” Reems went on to star in more than 80 other adult films, including “Angel’s Revenge,” “Backdoor Brides,” “Club Ginger,” “Devil in Miss Jones,” “Talk Dirty to Me One More Time,” and “Too Naughty to Say No.” He left the porn industry in the mid-1980s.

“Eventually Harry became an active alcoholic,” Schenk said on Wednesday. “Although he was clean and sober by the time I met him, he told me the lowest point in his life came when he was homeless, because of his addictions, and had to panhandle on Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood just to survive. There he was, a one-time famous actor, now on skid row.”

As he tried to turn his life around he became a salesman for a time-share company, selling condos in Jamaica, before moving to Utah to become a Realtor. “In July 1989 he took his last drink, became sober, and hasn’t had a drink since,” Schenk said. He later found religion and helped others recover from alcohol addiction.

“A year or so after becoming sober, he had his first date with Jeannie, and he proposed marriage to her on their first date,” Schenk explained. “She laughed, and told him if she was still dating him in a year, she might consider it. They eloped 4 months later, and have been totally devoted to each other for 22 years. He idolized her, and she him. It was the first marriage for each.”

But his health deteriorated in recent years due to peripheral neuropathy and emphysema, forcing him to retire from real estate. He was then diagnosed with pancreatic cancer during a routine test in the summer of 2012 and went through months of chemo and radiation treatments.

Schenk said the former actor was hospitalized at the veterans’ hospital in Salt Lake City on March 5 due to jaundice. “His liver was failing. Next his kidneys began to fail as his body started to shut down,” he said. Reems slipped into a coma on Friday before he passed away on Tuesday afternoon.

“Harry went from living a bizarre lifestyle, through a 180 degree almost miraculous change to find a Higher Power he called God, and become a truly nice guy who cared for others, and helped a lot of people in Park City, Utah,” his friend said. Reems had no children but is survived by his wife and a brother.

— Phuket Gazette Editors



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Mitsubishi testing their new regional jet

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Mitsubishi Heavy Industries’ new 88-passenger Mitsubishi Regional Jet is testing the skies just as rivals Embraer and Bombardier are moving to sell off their manufacturing operations for jets with up to 160 seats to Boeing and Airbus.

At stake, particularly in the market for jets with fewer seats, is US$135 billion in sales in the two decades through 2037, according to industry group Japan Aircraft Development.

More cities in Asia and Europe are seeking to link up with each other and the Mitsubishi Regional Jet, the first airliner built in Japan since the 1960s, began certification flights last month in Moses Lake, Washington.

With fewer seats and smaller fuselages, regional jets are a different class of aircraft from larger narrow-body planes such as Boeing’s 737 or Airbus’s A320. The MRJ has a range of about 3,220 kilometres. The seating is 2+2 instead of 3+3 in a small Airbus or Boeing single-aisle jet.

After spending at least US$2 billion over more than a decade, the manufacturer is looking to get its jet certified and start deliveries to launch partner ANA Holdings.

Mitsubishi initially planned test flights in 2012 but blew past that deadline because of production difficulties. Now, the company, which makes ships, nuclear power plants and aerospace components, expects to have the plane ready for customers next year, a timetable that will test the company, said Mitsubishi Aircraft president Hisakazu Mizutani.

Mitsubishi Heavy is not the only Asian manufacturer betting that it can build aircraft cheaper and more efficiently. Commercial Aircraft of China (Comac) has a new regional jet in service, while Korea Aerospace Industries is studying whether to develop a 100-passenger aircraft.

“The aviation market in Asia is expected to grow further in the coming years and there will be demand for these aircraft,” said analyst Lee Dong-heon at Daishin Securities in Seoul.

“The shift in the regional aviation segment we have seen over the last year or so has opened opportunities.”

“The MRJ is fully capable of competing in the market.”

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Missing 14 year old Thai boy found dead in Tokyo

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The mother of a Thai teenager who went missing in Tokyo last Monday has revealed that she has found her son but that he had died.

Yuwajitra Watchara-arpa has not revealed the cause of the death of 14 year old Thian Sukanonsawat on the social network, saying merely that he had passed peacefully from an “unexpected accident”.

The mother thanked everybody for helping to find her son. She however asked for privacy following his death, saying the family would not answer any queries or contacts.

Thian went missing on Monday night, not longer after he and his family arrived in Tokyo for a holiday. His parents stayed in one room and their three children, Tien among them, shared another room.

After her mother found out that her son had gone missing, she alerted police and asked to see the hotel’s security video footage. CCTV footage showed the boy leaving the hotel room on the fifth floor in the middle of the night and walking towards an elevator in his night clothes and hotel slippers.

His mother turned to Facebook to seek help in locating her son. She said the boy had no money, mobile phone or transportation pass cards.

Her post went viral and was shared by many Facebook users including the Thai Embassy in Tokyo and the Thai communities in Japan.

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Boeing investigation continues as attention turns to the engines

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Within the past six months, two Boeing 737 Max 8 have fallen out of the sky, both during the early climbing phase of the flight.

In October, Lion Air Flight 610 crashed just off Jakarta, killing 189 people. And in March, Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crashed in Bishoftu, Ethiopia, killing 157 people.

Whilst the investigations continue into the two horrifying incidents, both Boeing and some early evidence from the data recorders, has revealed possible problems with software that was developed as a work-around to a problem that Boeing had introduced with the new model 737 aircraft.

The work-around was called the MCAS (Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System) which would push the nose of the plane down if the software detected the plane had the risk of stalling (nose too high, not enough airflow over the wings). But why did the new Boeing 737 Max model jets need this new software?

The answer uncovers a rush to manufacture as Boeing was under pressure to come up with a new plane to compete with their rivals Airbus. The European manufacturer had developed a newer, lighter, more fuel efficient update to their single-aisle A320. And airlines were buying it instead of the latest Boeing 737.

Boeing, instead of designing a new plane, would do a make-over of the older model. But they needed to get it out to the market quickly. This rush to market market may have contributed to the two recent crash incidents.

VOX has prepared an excellent short documentary on the issue that may be at the root of the deaths of 346 people.

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