From: Craig Phillips <>

Sent: Sunday, December 28, 2014 1:05 PM


Subject: Cocktail Talk - Down the Rabbit Hole



Cocktail Talk

February 2015

Cocktail Talk

Dear Craig:   

Welcome to CN Consulting's "Cocktail Talk".


Cocktail Talk is a casual monthly newsletter intended to arm you with amusing bits and bytes of information on whats happening in the computer world. Topics sure to break the ice and capture an audience at many a social or business event.


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Currently, on Cocktail Talk - Down the Rabbit Hole


Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is a story of a young girl falling through a rabbit hole into a fantasy world. Today "Down the Rabbit Hole" is a metaphor for an entry into the unknown, it can mean entering a period of chaos or confusion. For many of us that rabbit hole is the internet.


At an Estate Sale you might wonder about the people who have passed and make speculations about their lives based on the remaining artifacts. Pictures on the wall, trophies on the shelf, and the collections of things they deemed precious.

At one Estate Sale there are 7 magazines of 35mm slides and a projector. I picked up a magazine and popped out a slide. Holding it to the light I saw it was a woman holding a pair of six-guns while wearing not much more than a cowboy hat and boots. Seven magazines at $1 each.

These 35mm slides represented important things in a man's life. The Golden Gate Bridge, the autographed concrete in front of Grauman's Chinese Theater, police and firemen working, his car, him in uniform, even Mt. Rushmore under construction. The cars, clothing and hairstyles of the time would have been interesting enough. On top of that there were three more nudes. Who were, are, these women? 


Most of the slides just said Kodak, but the nudes said "Finley's Color Laboratory" with an index number on one side and "Bernard of Hollywood" on the other. Based on the other slides our guy lived in California for at least a little while. Down the internet rabbit hole I went. 


Billy Finley developed film in his garage from 1946 to 1951 under the name Holiday Films Color Lab. He finally talked his father into selling his Golf Course to fund Finley's Color Laboratory which operated in Hollywood from 1951 to 1963 when he went bankrupt. He opened Finley-Holiday Films in 1965 which has been providing U.S. National Park Service videos ever since.. 


Our four slides labeled Finley's Color Laboratory would have been developed between 1951 and 1963.

Bruno Bernard was allegedly on a Nazi hit list and escaped Germany to Brazil and then to California where he opened his studio Bernard of Hollywood in 1940, In 1946 on his way to the dentist he was approached by a Norma Jean Baker who asked if he thought she was pretty enough to model. 


Bruno Bernard became Bernard of Hollywood and Norma Jean Baker became Marilyn Monroe. There are books written about their long term relationship. Bruno Bernard's Pin-Up art got him tried on pornography charges at the time, but now there are museum exhibits celebrating that very work


Bruno Bernard moved back to Germany in the early 1960's. His daughter Susan is still alive and is promoting his legacy writing books and maintaining the Bernard of Hollywood website.

Bruno Bernard was in California shooting Pin-Ups while Finley's Color Laboratory was in operation. At least from 1951 to 1960.


Susan Bernard was photographed by her father in 1966 or the December Playmate of the Month centerfold. Susan also starred in the Russ Meyers film Faster, Pussycat! Kill!! Kill!


Neither Finley-Holiday Films or Susan Bernard have chosen to respond to my requests for information.  


Are these girls still alive? Were they aspiring actresses and did they make it into show business? Were they strippers paying the rent shooting Pin-Ups? Were they painted on the nose of some WWII bomber? Maybe they were Billy Finley's wife, or girlfriend. We probably won't ever know.


In this case the rabbit hole was an entry into the unknown that lead to chaos and confusion, let's just call it the internet.



Actress, stripper, wife, or girlfriend, it's your guess, and that's Cocktail Talk.



Thank you for reading,



Craig Phillips

CN Consulting, Inc.





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