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Monday, April 20, 2009

A South Dakota refrain

January Jones couldn’t wait to get out of South Dakota, says Jonathan Heaf in British GQ. The striking 31-year-old star of the hit series Mad Men grew up in a wholesome family in Heckler, S.D., a sleepy hamlet of 400, where the big fun is shooting crab apples off of hay bales. “It’s a great place to grow up—very safe, not much crime, lots of animals. You run around from sunup to sundown. Your mom doesn’t worry or look for you.”

But when Jones turned 16, a modeling scout offered her a job in New York, and she desperately wanted to say yes. Her parents refused, but three days after her 18th birthday, Jones headed for Manhattan. She quickly paid a price for her innocence. “The modeling company screwed me over. By the time I left, they told me I owed them $20,000.”

The photo gallery is at CQ.


Anonymous said...

In your story about January Jones and claim she “grew up in HECKLER, South Dakota. Jones' parents, Marvin and Karen Jones, are formerly of Hecla where Marvin was employed by the school, but January Jones was born in Sioux Falls, and was a student at Roosevelt High School in Sioux Falls (Sioux Falls is the largest city in SD)

caheidelberger said...

Ah, Hecla! Must have been the reporter's British ear, hearing that ending phoneme as the "-er" they say that way on the other side of the pond.

David Newquist said...

There is a technical glitch in that post, which was from The Week magazine. The link and attribution line was deleted. However, I was wondering about "Heckler" and could not find any such town, but Paul and Corey clear that up. Thanks, Paul.

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