Dingbats and torsos

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zapfPerhaps you’ve never heard of Hermann Zapf, but you’ve probably seen the odd font called Zapf Dingbats.  That’s Hermann’s name in his eponymous font. In addition to that zany computer font, Mr. Zapf designed Palatino and Optima, two of my favorite typefaces, as well as fonts in Latin, Cyrillic, Arabic and Cherokee. His design spanned the eras of metal typesetting, phototypesetting and digital typesetting. His NY Times obituary is worth a read.

Vincent Musetto
Vincent Musetto

And on the same page in the newsprint edition was the obituary of Vincent Musetto, whose headline was, fittingly enough:

Man Who Wrote ‘Headless Body in Topless Bar’ Headline Dies

Fittingly, it’s the NY Post that has the best obit for him.  Here’s the famous front page, from 1983:

C0NFIRMED CPS  0004 CATEGORY: POST FRONT PAGES  New York Post front page with headline  HEADLESS BODY IN TOPLESS BAR. April 15, 1983.
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New York Post front page with headline HEADLESS BODY IN TOPLESS BAR. April 15, 1983.

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