So, too, at least one of the models with whom Brown worked found the experience jarring. Jake Tedaldi, a former model and now a Boston-based veterinarian, remembers working on several shoots with Brown early in Brown’s modeling career. The first time they met, Tedaldi says, he demonstrated for Brown how to use makeup and loaned him some of his own. A few minutes later Tedaldi heard Brown “chatting up the photographers.”
“One of them said, ‘How long have you been doing this?’ ” recalled Tedaldi, author of “What’s Wrong With My Dog?” “And Scott said, ‘I am sort of a newcomer, but I had to help those guys backstage with their makeup.’ He just seemed to be a guy who had an agenda.”
After Brown graduated from law school, his modeling work began to ebb, and by the end of the 1980s he was done. But remnants of his years on location remain. At least one supporter cherishes every one of them he can find.
John Bengel, a retired pharmacist in suburban Pennsylvania, is the proud owner of three Cosmopolitan magazines featuring Brown and three of the Bernat yarn catalogs in which he appears. A Republican and avid Brown supporter, Bengel began scouring the Internet for Brown paraphernalia shortly after his 2010 victory and amassed a small collection. Four months ago he put most of it up for sale on eBay but it is moving slowly. The remaining Cosmopolitans are listed for $295 and under, depending on condition.
The catalogs can be had for $25, but Bengel’s prices are dropping. “I’m not worried,” declared Bengel. “Things are getting hot up where you are. I bet they sell this weekend.”
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