Whatever happened to... John Minson

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Re: Whatever happened to... John Minson

Post by 5MinuteRetro » Mon Oct 15, 2018 6:41 pm

FlexibleHead wrote:
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But photos captioned 'Hannah Smith' don't make Hannah Smith a real person. Those could be photos of anyone --
So basically what you're saying is Hannah Smith was probably Priscilla Langridge... :shock:
Oh good lord. I'm not sure what the teenage me would've made of that!
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Re: Whatever happened to... John Minson

Post by Rorthron » Mon Oct 15, 2018 6:57 pm

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Okay, this isn't exactly a Moon-landings-level conspiracy theory but I remain unconvinced that HS was a real person.
While it's possible she wasn't real, I'm not sure why you are so sceptical. I may have misunderstood you, but the only reasons you gave are that there wasn't a fanfare when she left her job, and you are not aware of her online presence. Neither of those things seems to me unusual. Isn't it simpler and more likely that she existed, but went off to be a civil servant, have kids, or whatever, and so disappeared off Speccy fans' radars?
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Re: Whatever happened to... John Minson

Post by Rorthron » Mon Oct 15, 2018 7:23 pm

There's only one way to settle this....

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Post by PeteProdge » Mon Oct 15, 2018 7:34 pm

I'd also like to point out I have met Lloyd Mangram. Well, actually one of the people who played him. Crash editor Eddie McKendrick went on to work in the New Media department of Nickelodeon UK in the mid-1990s, over in... Rathbone Place. (Yes, the building that once housed Your Sinclair.) Very surreal for me to have a job interview in such a Spectrum-centric place, conducted by a key Spectrum figure. Alas, I did not get the job.
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Re: Whatever happened to... John Minson

Post by 5MinuteRetro » Mon Oct 15, 2018 9:16 pm

Rorthron wrote:
Mon Oct 15, 2018 6:57 pm
5MinuteRetro wrote:
Mon Oct 15, 2018 7:53 am
Okay, this isn't exactly a Moon-landings-level conspiracy theory but I remain unconvinced that HS was a real person.
While it's possible she wasn't real, I'm not sure why you are so sceptical. I may have misunderstood you, but the only reasons you gave are that there wasn't a fanfare when she left her job, and you are not aware of her online presence. Neither of those things seems to me unusual. Isn't it simpler and more likely that she existed, but went off to be a civil servant, have kids, or whatever, and so disappeared off Speccy fans' radars?
Yep, that's entirely possible. I guess my doubt has always existed and has been cemented by Rignall contradicting Kean, or vice versa, and by the fact that she hasn't in any way resurfaced anywhere - which seems especially surprising given the particular retro interest in Crash over the past couple of years. Oh, and because made-up magazine staff are hardly unusual. :)
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Re: Whatever happened to... John Minson

Post by Wall_Axe » Wed Oct 17, 2018 12:21 pm

5MinuteRetro wrote:
Mon Oct 15, 2018 9:16 pm
Rorthron wrote:
Mon Oct 15, 2018 6:57 pm
5MinuteRetro wrote:
Mon Oct 15, 2018 7:53 am
Okay, this isn't exactly a Moon-landings-level conspiracy theory but I remain unconvinced that HS was a real person.
While it's possible she wasn't real, I'm not sure why you are so sceptical. I may have misunderstood you, but the only reasons you gave are that there wasn't a fanfare when she left her job, and you are not aware of her online presence. Neither of those things seems to me unusual. Isn't it simpler and more likely that she existed, but went off to be a civil servant, have kids, or whatever, and so disappeared off Speccy fans' radars?
Yep, that's entirely possible. I guess my doubt has always existed and has been cemented by Rignall contradicting Kean, or vice versa, and by the fact that she hasn't in any way resurfaced anywhere - which seems especially surprising given the particular retro interest in Crash over the past couple of years. Oh, and because made-up magazine staff are hardly unusual. :)
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Re: Whatever happened to... John Minson

Post by FlexibleHead » Fri Aug 30, 2019 11:34 am

Hey you lot. Just going back over some old emails and I found one more bit of Minson info, if you're interested. As well as Crash, he also moonlighted for Sinclair User under the pseudonym "Jerry Muir", and for C&VG as "Ward R. Street" (haha). So if you've ever looked for those guys...

Now I've got a question – does anyone know where Sinclair User's Chris Bourne (AKA "Gremlin") is these days?

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Re: Whatever happened to... John Minson

Post by Vampyre » Fri Aug 30, 2019 12:16 pm

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Now I've got a question – does anyone know where Sinclair User's Chris Bourne (AKA "Gremlin") is these days?

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Nah, I'm not really him. Just happen to share the same name.
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Re: Whatever happened to... John Minson

Post by FlexibleHead » Fri Aug 30, 2019 5:52 pm

Vampyre wrote:
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I'm here!

Nah, I'm not really him. Just happen to share the same name.
That would've made you a Vampyre Gremlin...

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Re: Whatever happened to... John Minson

Post by 5MinuteRetro » Fri Aug 30, 2019 10:46 pm

FlexibleHead wrote:
Fri Aug 30, 2019 11:34 am
Hey you lot. Just going back over some old emails and I found one more bit of Minson info, if you're interested. As well as Crash, he also moonlighted for Sinclair User under the pseudonym "Jerry Muir", and for C&VG as "Ward R. Street" (haha). So if you've ever looked for those guys...
Teehee! I wasn't aware of either of those pseudonyms. FWIW, I was for a while a tech journalist, working literally around the corner from Wardour Street. This was at the height of the dotcom boom, and I worked for a number of sizeable titles and had a regular radio slot -- so for a short time I had some level of 'profile'. Even so, based on my real name I'm probably no more 'discoverable' now than is Jon Minson, so I guess I'm not terribly surprised that some guy from the 1980s has a minimal digital footprint! (And, as an aside, I also operated under a handful of pseudonyms that were known mainly only to me and the commish editor involved, so perhaps Minson has several more besides.)
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