Saturday, March 5, 2016

Lebanon's history via pop culture 20

Franco Gasparri! The Italian heartthrob whose stories and adventures were in the photoromanze Lebanese equivalents of Samar, Rima and Dalila. Then he had a motorcycle accident, became wheelchair bound, and women went into a frenzy because of it. So there it was, Beirut was under siege in 1982, but women were pouring their heart out on the magazine pages writing him love letters (in Arabic no less!) within the “best love letter to Franco” competition.