Back in the 1960s, when he was reading physics at Oxford, they used to call him Heavy Henry. The name had nothing to do with Michael Thorne‘s weighty intellect or the burden of his no-doubt substantial textbooks, but rather with his primary extra-curricular occupation: a traveling disco and light show in which he went by that name. Despite his rigorous path through academia, Mr. Thorne never lost the interest in music he developed taking piano lessons as a child, and he later became an A&R man with EMI and, eventually, a versatile record producer.
Still, in comparison to some residents of Walker Tower, at 212 West 18th Street—which reportedly include Cameron Diaz, Katie Holmes, Harrison Ford and Nicole Kidman—Mr. Thorne is no kind of heavy at all. But that did not stop him from purchasing a $9.8 million tenth-floor apartment in the building, according to city records. Read More