November 22, 2000:
behavior from Professor John Fleming
By Richard O'Brien
upon a copy of the September issue of Maxim might have been
startled to see gazing out at them from the pages of that cleavage-centric
magazine of young men's fashion and lifestyle none other than Professor
John Fleming of the university's English department. Fleming, age
64, who had never modelled before, was featured in a fashion spread
under the headline "Rebellious Behavior." He appeared
decked out in $2,500 worth of Ralph Lauren and Robert Talbott and
posing in East Pyne with, as the Daily Princetonian sniffingly
put it, "three pierced and tattoed youths in designer punk
"I'd never heard
of Maxim magazine before they called," Fleming told
the Prince. "They said they were looking for the most
'professorial' person they could find. My idea was that they were
really looking for 'squarest.'" The Chaucer scholar was clearly
tickled by his stint strutting his stuff in front of the cameras,
however, saying, "I plan to continue to exploit my bod. If
you got it, flaunt it."
Spoken like a true supermodel.
Of course, it's only
a matter of time before the heady world of fame and fashion turns
the professor's head. We've all read the tabloids and seen the movies.
We know where that runway leads...
Class is in Session-and
Enroll us now! New York's
fashion week was given a touch of class (as in "classroom,"
kids) by the A+ appearance of new modelling sensation John Fleming.
The preening prof delivered a seminar in style that had industry
insiders taking notes. This studious stud does for elbow patches
what Fabio did for vests and bare chests. He's summa cum yummi!
- Women's Wear Daily
High Fashion Meets
If fashion in the Sixties
belonged to Twiggy, this is the era of Tweedy. Meet prof-turned-supermodel
A certain busty actress
whose interest in men is anything but academic was seen slipping
off the Dinky train in Princeton one night last week for a session
of private tutoring. Could it be that Tweedy grades on a curve?
- New York Post, Page
Fashion Craze Flunks
Parents and health-care
professionals concerned about unhealthy trends among today's young
people have issued a statement harshly critical of the style known
glorification of the pallid, bespectacled, stoop-shouldered type
with nose in a book and chalk dust on the fingers is an all-but-explicit
endorsement of the life of the mind," said Henrietta Terwilliger,
chairwoman of Stop Targeting Underage Persons and Innocent Demographics.
Ms. Terwilliger promised a STUPID-led boycott of all products whose
ads feature the supermodel Tweedy, whom the Surgeon General referred
to in a recent speech as "an insidious influence on kids, a
naked glorification of the Ivy League lifestyle."
Tweedy could not be
reached for comment. A spokesperson denied that the model has a
-The New York Times
Police responding to
reports of a brawl at the trendy Los Angeles nightclub the Viper
Room arrested fashion model Tweedy and several members of his entourage
on charges of assault. According to the accounts of eyewitnesses,
Tweedy, whose real name is John Fleming, had been drinking "vast
amounts" of lukewarm tea from a styrofoam cup and had gotten
in a heated exchange with the actor Leonardo DiCaprio over whether
the Wife of Bath was hotter than Gwyneth Paltrow. Said bouncer Vito
Graziano, "DiCaprio, he cited some logistical inconsistencies
in Tweedy's argument, and like the dude went ballistic, man."
According to Graziano and others, Fleming attacked DiCaprio, striking
him repeatedly with a bookbag while several of the graduate students
who accompany him wherever he goes held the actor down.
Fleming, who pleaded
"ambiguously-guilty" to the charges, was released on his
own recognizance. A spokesman denied that Fleming had been using
- Associated Press
Fashion bad-boy Tweedy,
whose career was interrupted last semester by a series of arrests
and behind-the-camera controversies, emerged last week at a press
conference in Hollywood announcing his plans to star in a remake
of the 1969 film Goodbye Mr. Chips.
"I've always wanted
to act," said Tweedy.