Bob Bonnano with Paul McGregor at Pines 2011
Bob Bonnano with Paul McGregor at Pines 2011

2011. Some of you might recognize this man as the guy who plays the flute at Tea. His name is Paul McGregor, and he not only has a long history here in the Pines, arriving here in 1961, but has a famous past as well.
After being a longshoreman, sandhog, truck driver, Paul came to St. Marks Place in NYC in 1965. “I could just feel this block,” he said. “It was sensational. It was where people came for ideas.” His idea was to open Paul McGregor’s Haircutter at 15 St. Marks Place, and within a few years he was about the hottest haircutter around. He takes credit for inventing the shag, which he gave to Jane Fonda. She nearly fainted when she saw it. Once she realized she adored it, others came: Warren Beatty, Goldie Hawn, Faye Dunaway. When Warren Beatty made the movie “Shampoo,” about a hairdresser, many people said it was the story of Paul McGregor…

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