This celebrity goo was created by player K. R..
Scott Hardie provided the source image, gooed image, category, and difficulty, wrote the clue, and wrote the explanation.
publication date: Friday, November 21, 2003 (part of Round XXI)
clue: This designer for Benetton and Barnes & Noble knows what it is to be depraved and hopeful at the same time.
explanation: Kalman was a senior designer for Benetton and Barnes & Noble, and founded Colors magazine, published by Benetton. The words "depraved and hopeful" are a play on "perverse optimist," which is what Kalman considered himself. (That phrase was also the title of his biography, from which the source image was taken. more…
solved by: Steve West, Matthew Preston, Denise Sawicki, Mike Eberhart, David Mitzman, Lori Lancaster, Aaron Fischer, Wendy Hampson, Christine Marie Doiron, Anna Gregoline, Anthony Lewis, Amir H. Sufyani, Andy Hubbartt, Angela Lathem-Ballard, Brandie Harrison, and Jason Charles Butterhoff
trivia: This goo was requested by D R. When Scott was writing the clue and asked D for a clarification of "perverse" in Kalman's personal philosophy, D (in a hurry) wrote back: yeah, perverse in def. 2b from m-w, i suppose: "arising from or indicative of stubornness or obstinancy" related to his supreme optimism in such a pesimisitic society. make sense? Later in the week, when Angela Rehn entered her guess, she wrote to Scott: anyway, I'm guessing it's tibor kalman, since d has had a strong desire for his autobiographical-pictorial text for about 50 years now, and that face is difficult to erase from the mind once it has been seen...jeepers