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Friday, August 1, 2008

'The Pop Culture King': Jon Waterhouse ascends to the throne

Posted By on Fri, Aug 1, 2008 at 7:54 PM

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Jon Waterhouse has worn many crowns: filmmaker (“Basically Frightened"), magazine publisher/editor (Sideshow), wrestling manager (“Monopoly Man"), rock star (Van Heineken), actor (Retch, Silver Scream Spook Show) and freelance journalist (AJC, Esquire, Paste). But last week Waterhouse assumed the throne as the "The Pop Culture King," a one-hour radio show on all things pop and entertainment in Atlanta, Friday nights at 8 p.m. on WMLB (1690 AM), "The Voice of the Arts." (Full disclosure: Creative Loafing has a partnership with WMLB.)

Tonight, Waterhouse (pictured, with a portrait of one of his sons, Levi) interviews Nancy Simms, the heiress to the Varsity drive-in restaurant — which celebrates its 80th anniversary on Saturday. (The show will air again on Saturday at noon.) Nancy Simms tells delightful stories about growing up in the family business. “It’s all action," she says, according to a press release. "There’s always something going on. You see friends, you make new friends, you see presidents and movie stars.” That includes an order by a presumably famished President Bill Clinton, as well as a multiple-burger addiction by Elvis Presley. Simms will even share with Waterhouse the incredible value of her onion rings. (“Actually," she says, I traded one of them for an emerald!”)

(Photo by David Lee Simmons)

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