The late master of sketch would’ve been 65 today, which got us pining for the good ol’ days of the Olympia diner, Samurai Futaba, John Blutarsky and the like.
So, we did what we do, and took to the Internet—putting together a little primer for you, a greatest hits reel if you will. And while (unfortunately) copyrights and various other red tape have nixed most of the greatness, we were steadfast.
It’s all but impossible to explain—but when you see it, you know it.
And John Belushi was it. Sure, he was uproariously funny and magnetic on film, but it was that inexplicable air of cool surrounding him and everything he did that made him more than just another schlubby comic. While his dress did err toward the prototypically disheveled funnyman, he still managed to make an untucked shirt and loose tie look good (on him). He had a propensity for stubby brims that predated his era (and the following one that ruined them) and seemed to have a genuine sense of personal style. And for that we’d like to applaud him.
For centuries, mankind has relied on sweaters for winter layering and autumn-night warmth. But beyond that, they’ve been something of an afterthought. Until today.
Because today we’re celebrating the venerable garment in all of its forms by counting down the 70 greatest moments in sweaterdom—from lumpy cardigans to clingy cashmere hugging the shapely, we’ve found them all. And we’ve assembled them in full splendor.
Today would’ve been John Belushi’s 64th birthday, and of all his memorable comedic moments, his turn as half of the outlaw do-gooders in black suits, fedoras and Wayfarers has always resonated with us most. So we’ve dug up some rarely seen photos of him in full Blues Brothers regalia to commemorate Belushi the elder.