Are you ready for some '90s nostalgia? Business Week reports that R.E.M.'s longtime business manager and lawyer Bertis Downs '78, "a naturally caffeinated 58-year-old lawyer," is banking on it. Downs "orchestrates the afterlife" of the iconic band from a red-brick factory near the railroad tracks in Athens, Ga., writes Hugo Lindgren.
"No one in R.E.M. is dead. Phew," reads the caption on the photo-illustration. And while it might seem soon to those who were there to celebrate '90s nostalgia, history major Downs is counting on it-by the same lights with which he saw the band's potential for success at the Kaffee Klub in Athens in 1980.