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06.02.2015
The premiere night was star-studded wherein members of the cast of the film and its friends and family walked on a red carpet. Celebrities spotted on the said premiere night were Anne Curtis, Andi Eigenmann, Derek Ramsay, Kris Aquino, Vice Ganda, Raymond Gutierrez, James Younghusband, Erwan Huessaf, Onse, Jacklyn Jose, Nina and among others.
The story of movie is centered to a girl named Rafi (Anne Curtis) who has friend Sam (Andi Eigenmann). Movie goers definitely remembered all the famous lines thrown by each character on the movie. Directed by Nuel Naval and produce by Viva Entertainment, A Secret Affair is still showing in all cinemas nationwide.
So she’s no longer sore at ABS-CBN for preventing her from mentioning Derek when plugs the movie?
I was driving home from the 2010 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, the two-lane blacktop of Route 22 South stretching out in front of me. While I tend to invest a lot in the psychology of the farm lifestyle, Susan sees things in more practical terms.
Susan counts her blessings when it come to the education she got in her small-town high school.
But what good fortune to have this unusual talent in the middle of the cornfields that my teacher and friend Alan Jacobsen was able to provide this unusual kind of encouragement and understanding.
Susan also recalled: a€?My high school piano teacher would record all the Marion McPartland shows and give me cassettes of them. Susan went to college at the University of Iowa and received a bachelora€™s degree in voice. While she was at Temple, she played jazz piano in nightclubs and restaurants to make ends meet.
After seeing Nancy Griffith in concert at a club in Philadelphia, she came to the realization that writing and singing songs based on personal experience was a perfectly valid way to expend her musical talent.
She surfaced again and again through the a€?90s, always giving a dynamic, thrilling performance. In 2004, she released the first of her a€?themeda€? projects, I Cana€™t Be New, which drew on her experience with pop standards. This got her the aforementioned appearance on the Marian McPartland show and also, brings us to the issue of her ingrained sense of humor.
The most recent of Susana€™s projects, Classics, takes pop songs and weds them to classical themes. When I remarked about the impressive diversity in her songwriting a€?projects,a€? and not playing it safe, she expressed appreciation. When I made comparisons to the diverse approaches Ia€™ve used as a visual artist (drawing, painting), her emotional core showed its strength.
In parting, I mentioned that it seemed as if her audiences were bigger and more appreciative these days. Susan has a strong connection to her audienceA  and looks forward to interaction with them. Few chapters in these chronological volumes have pleased me as much as the one in his volume about The Trained Cormorants of Los Angeles by Donald Hardenbrook (a€?Huret, the Boulevard Assassin,a€? BSI).
New York in the years after World War II was the richest, liveliest, most glittering city in the world. Although a good deal of the talent went into television and Madison Avenue, two burgeoning phenomena despaired over by postwar New York intellectuals, theater was particularly right now, with plays like Death of a Salesman and A Streetcar Named Desire. It is seven oa€™clock and I re-examine an ex-speakeasy in East 53rd Street, with dinner in mind. Judging from personal comments, as well as from published writings, a number of aficionados share the prevailing apprehension over the appalling possibilities latent in the atomic bomb, which the world must now face though it is no better prepared than it was for the Giant Rat of Sumatra.
All agree, I am sure, that this is a work worthy of the talents of these two men, which otherwise may some day have to be devoted to preparing a monograph upon a€?The Distinction Between the Ashes of One Hundred and Forty Cities.a€? It is my earnest hope that this proposal will win the approval of, and be supported by, every true believer and true man.
Because Alger Hiss seemed so much an exemplar of the New Deal a€” Eleanor Roosevelt and other icons rallied to his support a€” the case was fiercely argued be-tween FDRa€™s critics and adherents.
Those who were for Hiss or against him felt their own pride and past political judgment to be at stake.
The President a€?condemned the investigation as a a€?red herring,a€™a€? his daughter Marg-aret recalled in her memoir Harry S. Undaunted, a€?Give a€?em hell Harrya€? launched a whistle-stop campaign across America against the a€?do-nothinga€? GOP Congress, surprising everyone, especially Vincent Starretta€™s Chicago Tribune by winning the election.
For every crisis at home or abroad, there seemed to be another just for the Baker Street Irregulars.
Morley, approaching sixty, was finding himself less inspired as a writer than in the past, and opportunities fewer than they had been. Despite well over four million bucks in prizes to keep people listening to radio in 1948, about a quarter of the country was watching television. Television also brought the world into American living-rooms in news shows like a€?The Camel News Caravana€? with John Cameron Swayze. War movies and Westerns still lit up movie screens, comedy sparkled in Born Yesterday and Harvey, and drama kept its grip in All the Kinga€™s Men and Sunset Boulevard, but detective fare had changed. Baker Street Irregulars had their own taste in these things, of course; in fact, one whoa€™d presented too much realism about crime and violence at the 1947 BSI dinner was a€?blacklisteda€? in 1948. This is the fifth volume of the BSI Archival History, covering mid-1947 through 1950, or more or less precisely the Irregular events of fifty years ago. Yet it was recent enough that many young men embarking upon Baker Street Irregularity at the time are amongst us today, and providing a growing volume of personal recollections to the history. Perhaps the most wondrous of all for me have been the memories of Miriam Alex-ander, Edgar W. Many others besides Miss Alexander have been of great help where this volume is concerned, and I hope I overlook no one in thanking them very sincerely here: Hy Adler, Marvin Aronson, Michael Baldyga, Ray Betzner, Peter Blau, Monika Bolino, Vinnie Brosnan, Robert Clyne, Saul Cohen, Catherine Cooke, Ralph Earle, George Fletcher, Richard Foster, Ted Friedman, Andrew Fusco, David Galerstein, Robert S. Also greatly appreciated for their resources, drawn upon by me and others men-tioned above, are the Library of Congress, the Harry S.
Special recognition is due to Jeff Decker, Don Hardenbrook, and Philip Shreffler, and to the late Bliss Austin and the late Robert G.
Once again at my elbow throughout this effort have been Ronald De Waala€™s World Bibliography of Sherlock Holmes and Dr.
Just back, 2 days ago, from wonderful trip; which will take a long time to digest, longer still to enunciate.
I got yr letter and appeal for help just before leaving Londres, I was too throng with doings to make any prompt comment. Morleya€™s view was alarmingly different: Scionists along with Apocryphals and Riff-Raff should all be swept into the category of Impossibles, and once the Impossibles were eliminated, whatever remained (however improbable) would be the BSI.
Many places where the BSI met in its Golden Age are gone: Christ Cellaa€™s speakeasy on East 45th Street, the Murray Hill Hotel on Park Avenue a couple of blocks below Grand Central Station, and Cavanagha€™s in Chelsea. The membership in Edgar Smith's day, as now, were men who played sports: court tennis, racquets, squash, polo, etc. First floor contains the reception area and, off to the left, the Club's very spacious lounge including a cigar stand in the corridor outside.
The antechamber, a small square room, opens up via folding doors into another one of comparable size, which separately is the anteroom for a second, narrower private dining room.
A A A  It is seven oa€™clock and I re-examine an ex-speakeasy in East 53rd Street, with dinner in mind. A A A  Judging from personal comments, as well as from published writings, a number of aficionados share the prevailing apprehension over the appalling possibilities latent in the atomic bomb, which the world must now face though it is no better prepared than it was for the Giant Rat of Sumatra. A A A  Because Alger Hiss seemed so much an exemplar of the New Deal a€” Eleanor Roosevelt and other icons rallied to his support a€” the case was fiercely argued be-tween FDRa€™s critics and adherents.
A A A  Morley, approaching sixty, was finding himself less inspired as a writer than in the past, and opportunities fewer than they had been. A A A  Despite well over four million bucks in prizes to keep people listening to radio in 1948, about a quarter of the country was watching television. A A A  War movies and Westerns still lit up movie screens, comedy sparkled in Born Yesterday and Harvey, and drama kept its grip in All the Kinga€™s Men and Sunset Boulevard, but detective fare had changed. A A A  Baker Street Irregulars had their own taste in these things, of course; in fact, one whoa€™d presented too much realism about crime and violence at the 1947 BSI dinner was a€?blacklisteda€? in 1948.
A A A  Yet it was recent enough that many young men embarking upon Baker Street Irregularity at the time are amongst us today, and providing a growing volume of personal recollections to the history.
A A A  Perhaps the most wondrous of all for me have been the memories of Miriam Alex-ander, Edgar W. A A A  Many others besides Miss Alexander have been of great help where this volume is concerned, and I hope I overlook no one in thanking them very sincerely here: Hy Adler, Marvin Aronson, Michael Baldyga, Ray Betzner, Peter Blau, Monika Bolino, Vinnie Brosnan, Robert Clyne, Saul Cohen, Catherine Cooke, Ralph Earle, George Fletcher, Richard Foster, Ted Friedman, Andrew Fusco, David Galerstein, Robert S. A A A  Once again at my elbow throughout this effort have been Ronald De Waala€™s World Bibliography of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. A A A  Just back, 2 days ago, from wonderful trip; which will take a long time to digest, longer still to enunciate.
A A A  I got yr letter and appeal for help just before leaving Londres, I was too throng with doings to make any prompt comment.
A A A  Morleya€™s view was alarmingly different: Scionists along with Apocryphals and Riff-Raff should all be swept into the category of Impossibles, and once the Impossibles were eliminated, whatever remained (however improbable) would be the BSI. In order to post comments, please make sure JavaScript and Cookies are enabled, and reload the page. There may be a stronger sense of purpose, a drive to overcome any obstacle, an unshakeable emotional center. As she recalls, a€?My older brother learned guitar from Sister Marie Claire of the Franciscan nuns of Saint Marya€™s Chapel School in Manchester, Iowa. If you have parents who enjoy what you do, you will never stop doing it for your entire life. When pressed further, she distilled the varying elements of a rural personality for me this way: a€?Other people who grew up in the countryside, people Ia€™ve met who grew up on farms or ranchesa€¦ therea€™s a practicality to those people, a straightforwardness, a plainspokenness that I find really wonderful.
Afterward, she moved to Philadelphia and earned a mastera€™s degree in voice at Temple University.
She had a gig every Friday night at the Pen & Pencil club (an after-hours Journalista€™s club) The man who ran it, Ron Patel, wanted to have a a€?Chantoosiea€? in the corner. Alan Pepper, owner of the Bottom Line saw as much as I did, and more, and created the Bottom Line record label, of which Susan was the first to be signed.
She wrote an entire album of her own Cole Porter-like songs, utilizing her considerable chops as a pianist and guitarist, her razor-sharp lyrics and her muscular vocals.
I like somebody who can turn a phrase, who can put words together in a way you cana€™t see coming. I searched Eddiea€™s Attic online and found that Susan was playing during my visit, so I bought two tickets. She became became interested in the project after attending the Chicago Gospel Music Festival.
There are some songs where shea€™s a lot more generously hopeful about religious practices that many of us disillusioned lapsed practitioners would be.
Then, with mock seriousness, she said, laughing, a€?I really feel bada€¦ theya€™ll throw me in the grave, saying, a€?Well she took that all too far. She said, a€?a€?When you see someone over the course of a career and they always have something to bring to an audience, youa€™ve got to respect that. Harris of Detroit (a€?The Creeping Man,a€? BSI), who entered the BSI in the 1940s and left us many priceless memories and insights along with companionship in his later years.


He was invested as long ago as 1955, and was an old man when he wrote for me about his boyhood devotion to Sherlock Holmes, and his learning about the BSI and founding a scion society with another youngster, Robert Pattrick (a€?The Politician, the Lighthouse, and the Trained Cormorant,a€? 1954).
Undamaged by the war, capital of financial power unmatched in history, a cultural mecca for America and Europe, New York was now both O. There is, first, the New York of the man or woman who was born here, who takes the city for granted and accepts its size and its turbulence as natural and inevitable. Lee Strasberga€™s Actora€™s Studio was training newcomers like Marlon Brando, Paul Newman, and Joanne Woodward. A thin crowd, a summer-night buzz of fans interrupted by an occasional drink being shaken at the small bar. The old sense of immunity, of being protected from Old World strife by two great oceans, was gone. I therefore offer a suggestion which, if adopted, should deliver us from the Valley of Fear into which we hav been thrust by this fantastic Oppenheimer creation.
Labor discontent was sharp, prices were high, there was a great deal of civil rights ferment, and a new Red Scare got underway as the Cold War broke out. His poise was perfect, and his credentials impeccable: Johns Hopkins, Harvard Law, clerking for Oliver Wendell Holmes before entering government in the early a€?30s. Many Democrats and old New Dealers felt that Hiss was a gallant protagonist of the younger liberal crowd that went to Washington in the New Deala€™s first crusade. The Democrats were almost desperate to have Dwight Eisenhower, the most popular man in America, but when he disavowed any political intentions, they re-nominated Truman and steeled themselves for sure defeat in a€™48.
He had done a lot of radio in past years, on the a€?Transatlantic Quiza€? and a€?Information, Please,a€? but both shows came to an end in these years. International Business Machines, Inc., demonstrated a computer about the size of a tugboat, and at MIT, a member of The Speckled Band of Boston, Norbert Wiener, coined a prophetic new term, Cyber-netics. The greatest crisis the BSI faced, however, was not changing taste on the publica€™s part, nor from the outside at all.
It was a time when many of the great early figures in Baker Street Irregularity were beginning to anticipate the culmination of their careers in letters, the professions, or (in Edgar W.
This effort was triggered by the death of Bliss Austin, a€?The Engineera€™s Thumba€? (a posthumous contributor to this volume) in 1989, when we realized how much we had lost in institutional memory. Smitha€™s secretary at General Motors at the time, and the original secretary-treasurer of the Baker Street Irregulars, Inc.
Harris, for their original contributions to this volume, and to Bill Vande Water for his invaluable assistance with both the illustrations and many little nagging items of research. There would be some kind of dinner; the question now was how large, and who was to be included. What is exceptional about the Solid Core as defined by Smith below is not who is there, but who isna€™t.
In that day, no women were allowed inside the club; now wives of members are now permitted to attend certain social functions with their husbands at the club.
The second floor has a spacious dining room overlooking Park Avenue, a large, magnificent, very masculine bar, a billiard room holding about six tables, and a library which is one of the best (maybe the best) sports libraries in the world.
The anterooms and the smaller dining room are painted hunt green with chair rails painted white or, in the case of the smaller dining room, stained.
I was passing through farmland, marvelling at the quiet beauty of corn rows, of the silos that peeked out from beyond them, and the stately, weathered white of the homes and barns.
Case in point: A musically gifted girl raised on an isolated hog farm in Manchester, Iowa, surrounded by a loving, supportive family. Alan Jacobsen was a Buddy Rich-type drummer working as a music teacher at the Manchester High School. Ia€™d hear Marian McPartland talking to this one, or that one a€” Oscar Peterson a€” and listen to how they did it. He said to her, a€?I have this picture of a rummy bar, so go over in the corner and sing something and play something.a€? Susan bought Gershwin and Cole Porter songbooks and enlarged her repertoire of standards. Somewhere around the time that her third album, Last of the Good Straight Girls was released (1995), maybe a little before, I saw her play live, at the now-defunct Bottom Line nightclub in NYC. The next album, on that label Time Between Trains might contain the most of my favorites in her repertoire. When she cradles that song in her big voice, it becomes a call to find every woman who has ever been mistreated and do battle for her. For me, there has always been a discrepancy between what religion professes to be and what its practitioners actually are. In another interview, she states: a€?There is a religious left that is stepping up and into the fore and has a real case to make in making this country a better place. Therea€™s nothing more to be gained from thata€” unless you feel the need to show of and have people clap for you, which is kind of pathetic. They choose wisely, the prioritize wisely and theya€™re giving people something very, very real. It was he who defined the spirit of the Murray Hill Hotel and Cavanagha€™s eras of the BSIa€™s annual dinners as a€?disputation, confrontation, and dialectical hullabalooa€? a€” explaining how the BSI lost it when growing numbers forced a move into large banquet halls at the Regency Hotel, 24 Fifth Avenue, the Union League Club, and now the Yale Club of New York, to the loss of all Irregulars.
Second, there is the New York of the commuter the city that is de-voured by locusts each day and spat out each night.
It is dark in here (the proprietor sees no reason for boosting his light bill just because the liquor laws have changed). New engines of destruction could span them in hours, bombs could incinerate entire cities in a single blast, and the wartime alliance had broken down. I propose that control of the bomb be entrusted to the Brothers Holmes: Mycroft to be responsible for the complex and delicate questions of policy and diplomacy, and Sherlock for all investigations into illicit production and for the removal of any would-be Moriarty who may seek to reduce our planet to the size of an asteroid in order to study its dynamics.
He was the epitome of the bright young men called to Washington by FDRa€™s New Deal, and he made a far better impression on even the New Deal-haters on the House Committee than the slovenly Chambers did. They feared, as the others hoped, that a verdict against Hiss would be a verdict against the New Deal. He was opposed not only by Republican Tom Dewey, but by Progressive Party breakaway candidate Henry Wallace and Dixiecrat Strom Thurmond as well. The Kremlin said the secret of the atom bomb had a€?long ceased to exist,a€? and proved it in 1949, three years ahead of American predictions a€” convincing Truman to proceed with a vastly more destructive hydrogen bomb. But the crises persisted, and a€?a good deal of the rest of the way, in his first year, it was poison ivy.a€? Still, the Marshall Plan was proceeding, and in May 1949 the Soviets abandoned their blockade of Berlin. Douglas MacArthur took command with one of the great coups in history, his amphibious landing behind enemy lines at Inchon. The market for his kind of writing was drying up, and his work as a Book of the Month Club judge was becoming his main source of income. Few office buildings hummed more than the General Motors Building at 1775 Broadway, where the Overseas Division of the worlda€™s largest corporation was rebuilding operations in Europe, South America, and the Far East. Stars like Jack Benny and Burns & Allen moved their radio shows to television, and it revived careers for other veterans of vaudeville, like Milton Berle.
The Polaroid camera went on the market, frozen concentrate orange juice was introduced, 45rpm and LP records began to replace a€?78s, and the transistor was demonstrated. The form took on tones of realism and pessimism in film noir like Out of the Past, starring newcomer Robert Mitchum as a new kind of cool in private eyes, and in brutal depictions of urban police work like The Naked City and The Asphalt Jungle. Far more dangerous than Adrian Conan Doylea€™s glower of disapproval was the one directed at the BSI by its own founder and moving spirit. Even-tually he would succeed in steering the sodality past most if not all of the Irregular crisess. The Archival His-tories began as an omnium gatherum of the published accounts and previously un-published correspondence by the early Fathers of the Church, but have become with this installment a record of the memories of living Irregulars as well.
Some anonymous heroes of the Hampshire, England, county library system were kind enough to seek a needle in the haystack for this volume, and found it. Some future historian of the BSIa€™s most recent decades will certainly find himself handicapped, compared to me, for lack of a Whoa€™s Who & Whata€™s What picking up where Bill Rabe left off in the 1960s. Smitha€™s Irregular secretaries at General Motors Overseas Operations in New York, working for him from the end of 1946 until early 1949. I find quite a mass of sherlockian correspondence, which I will pass on to you from time to time.
In his letter of November 13th, Smith had spoken of five categories of those who had attended the previous three dinners. Smith, the scion-society circuit rider, was determined to save The Five Orange Pips, plus the central figures in scion societies close enough to New York to attend the dinner each year. Missing are New Yorkers (or so close to town as to be) like Bliss Austin, Basil Davenport, Peter Greig, Richard Hoffman, and Earle Walbridge. The BSI met there from 1948 through 1951 after the Murray Hill was torn down, it being Edgar W.
When the law made it impossible for any club at which any business events took place to exclude women, the Racquet Club stopped permitting business meetings over lunch and dinner to be held there, rather than change its membership policy. The walls of the anteroom and the smaller dining room have framed sporting prints hanging on them, coaching, hunting, racing and similar scenes. Anton really loves Sam but because of his mistakes of having affair with Sam, their relationship did not stay for last. The girl blossoms as a musician whose talent usually dwarfs those around her and leaves audiences enthralled.
When you grow up and therea€™s your corn out in the field and here comes the hail storm and there goes your seasona€¦ therea€™s an acceptance of things beyond your control that in a healthy way counteracts neuroses. Her version of the title track, performed live these days, with Trina Hamlin on harmonica and percussion (Natalia Zuckerman on slide at certain shows) is one of the most thrilling concert experiences I can recall in years. A well-written comedy song can hang around for a long time, but it takes more effort and it takes more brains.
I had never met him in person, and he had perhaps never attended a BSI dinner in New York, as he had been confined to a wheelchair for many years. Each day a hundred passenger trains came and went, a dozen ocean liners docked and sailed, a growing fleet of airlines landed and took off. Third, there is the New York of the person who was born somewhere else and came to New York in quest of something. How dark, how pleasing; and how miraculously beautiful the murals showing Italian lake scenes a€” probably executed by a cousin of the owner.
In August 1947, before the House Committee on Un-American Activities, a Time Magazine editor named Whittaker Chambers identified himself as a member of the Communist Party underground in the 1930s, and named a number of former and current U.S.
Whatever Hiss or his lawyers might say later, the House Committee thus succeeded, before he ever came to trial, in making a large and very mixed public identify Hiss with what was characteristic of the New Deal. America did something it never had before, commit itself to the security of nations across the sea, by ratifying the North Atlantic Treaty. By 1948 he was coming into Manhattan from home only once a week or so, even less as the a€?Forties wore on. Smitha€™s responsibilities were for institutional relationships, public af-fairs, and analysis of world economic trends. TheArmy, experimenting with V-2 rockets in the New Mexico desert, was sending them higher and higher into the stratosphere. The FBI released its first a€?Ten Most Wanteda€? list in 1950, and Senator Estes Keefauvera€™s organized-crime hearings on television mad millions aware of the reality in a way they had never been before. Adrian could frustrate its plans, but Christopher Morley, if he wished, could turn it once more into a small circle of just his own cronies, meeting far from the worlda€™s gaze in the back room of some modern-day speakeasy a€” especially if the faltering Baker Street Journal failed, and was no longer there to connect a parent body with adherents elsewhere. It was also the time when I and my own generation of Irregu-lars were being born or starting elementary school.


McDiarmid, Glen Miranker, Bjarne Nielsen, Daniel Posnansky, Susan Rice, Tony Ring, Edgar Rosenberger, Albert and Julia Rosenblatt, Steven Rothman, Peter Ruber, Henry Shalet, Jack Siegel, Paul Singleton, Bruce Southworth, John Soutter, James de Stefano, Enola Stewart, Thomas L. For anyone wishing to be a benefactor of the race, here is fertile ground for a most welcome contribution. She was the first secretary-treasurer of the Baker Street Irregulars, Inc., and a shareholder in it. From the letter below, four of the categories appear to have been Solid Core, Scionists, Apocryphals, and Riff-Raff. Morley tended to disdain Scionists, without bothering to attend their meetings a€” I have many examples of his shrugging off invitations to scion society meetings, but not one, I think, of his accepting an invitation a€” and he was prepared to discard even luminous personalities like James Montgomery while retaining dubious eccentrics from his Grillparzer days like Charlie Goodman. The room itself is a fairly large one, perhaps 20 x 30 feet, all paneled in walnut with very fine woodworking, inset scalloped shelves on the left, and a green marble fireplace on the right at you look in from the anteroom toward where the head table was. McDiarmid, Glen Miranker, Bjarne Nielsen, DanielA  Posnansky, Susan Rice, Tony Ring, Edgar Rosenberger, Albert and Julia Rosenblatt, Steven Rothman, Peter Ruber, Henry Shalet, Jack Siegel, Paul Singleton, Bruce Southworth, John Soutter, James de Stefano, Enola Stewart, Thomas L.
Under the cerulean blue of the sky, with clouds like cotton pulled apart, floating in tufts, there were no people in evidence.
I also think that the best songs contain things that people dona€™t say, people cana€™t say, people are afraid to say. Yet dipping into his memories to write this chapter made him decide to come to the next one, and we laid plans to sit together at it. Theaters were full, restaurants were busy, couples spooned in Central Park, and a dozen newspapers vied for attention.
Of these three tremendous cities the greatest is the last a€” the city of final destination, the city that is a goal. He arranged for a private confrontation between the two men at the Commodore Hotel in New York. Truman responded with an a€?airlifta€? to supply the Western half of the city, something experts said was impossible. Ben Abram-sona€™s crises imperiled the Baker Street Journal, which, despite its brilliant beginning, died before the decade was over.
A trip to England in 1947 brought home to him how much his place as a man of letters had slipped in America. These years saw the 100,000,000th American car roll off the assembly line, and General Motors was the industry leader by far.
The long dry statistical treatise became a bestseller, was sniggered over on the airwaves daily, and inspired a rash of popular songs.
Whelan, the BSIa€™s chairman, facilitated the preparation and publication of this volume in invaluable ways. She contributed a a€?First Meeting with Sherlock Holmesa€? article to the January 1948 BSJ, which described going to work for Edgar W. In the old days of simplicity, no one wailed when we went some 4 yrs without a Stated Occasion. But Smith appears to have been prepared to do so, at least on this occasion, to preserve an out-of-town Scionist presence.
It was, as Old Irregular Bob Harris put it in chapter three of Irregular Crises of the Late a€?Forties, St. Helping to make up for the lost income are rents from the bank and the American Express office which occupy space at the Park Avenue corners of the Club. In all that quiet beauty, I could not help pondering the delicate, sometimes brutal, sometimes violent contract made between the farmer and nature. Thata€™s all I wanted him to do.a€? Her brother played in the folk mass and then, Susan followed suit. Thata€™s a great gift, because they didna€™t need to express themselves through our success in the arts.
A small town in rural Iowa, that you would have a high school band teacher who had a phenomenal amount of jazz talent. Later, while promoting her album of self-penned a€?standards,a€? I Cana€™t Be New, released in 2004, Susan appeared on Mariana€™s show.] She continued, a€?That played a role and, years later, there I am, on the Marian McPartland show!
When I told her of this, she responded, a€?Give me a room of 200 people or less, and wea€™re gonna have a good time.
People like Greg Brown and Richard Thompson, who stay true to it, who always find something new to say, and new ways to do it. And only when I arrived in New York that next January did I learn that Don had died a few days before. In the a€?American Centurya€? Henry Luce had proclaimed, New York was its rightful capital. It is this third city that accounts for New Yorka€™s high-strung disposition, its poetical deportment, its dedication to the arts, and its incomparable achievements. One of them was Alger Hiss, a former State Department official now president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in New York.
Hiss challenged Chambers to repeat his allegations outside the privilege of a Congressional hearing. It was a pro-longed trauma for America, and the outcome licensed, if illicitly, the exploitation of fear embarked upon the following month by a whisky-soaked Senator from Wisconsin named Joe McCarthy. The Red Scare swallowed up one of Irregularitya€™s most eloquent voices, and death took some of its finest contributors.
When the Colophon surveyed subscribers in 1949 as to which ten contemporary American writers would be thought great in fifty years, Morley was not among them.
These were glory years for GM, which announced for 1949 the largest annual profit ever made by an American company a€” despite people griping that postwar cars were too long to park, too big for garages, and too much money. As Americansa€™ love affair with the car on the road deepened, drive-in movie theaters began to multiply like rabbits a€” a€?passion pits with pix,a€? Variety called them in 1949. Palomar observatory began peering farther out into the universe than astronomers ever had before. Smith and wondering about his sanity the first time she took dictation from him, since all his letters that day were to Irregulars. Smith strove to include both Solid Core and Scionists in the reconstitution of the annual dinner, and was prepared to take Januarya€™s down in size even further, to a proposed invitation list of 31 aiming at a dinner of only 25. His list of scion society representatives is a sound, even daring one, for he surely knew that it was Allen Robertson who, at the 1947 dinner, had sent Morley into this tizzy in the first place. Jamesa€™s Street but not really Baker Street: the most elegant of all BSI dinner venues, then or since.
When you make your own entertainment, if you have music around the housea€¦ You might wind up playing your instrument longer, you might wind up actually practicing, you might wind up experimenting with it.
Pretty rare, because most music teachers, most band directors at the high school level, are all about the marching band. Everything else dwindles in comparison.a€? If religion has something to offer society outside of individual comfort in our darkest hours, that would be it. Songwriting requires a commitment to doing it and not getting it right for a long timea€¦ expecting it all to work right away is a mistake in any endeavor. Young people, out of the service, or at the outset of their careers, were flooding into New York seeking the fresh, new world awaiting them.
From the next booth drifts the conversation of radio executives; from the green salad comes the little taste of garlic. Chambers promptly did so, on a€?Meet the Pressa€? live on the new medium of television, as several million people watched.
They werena€™t all wet, either; the a€™49 Cadillac Fleetwood was nearly nineteen feet long, and cost $4,779, a good deal more than most American families earned in a year. Science-fiction seemed less far-fetched now, what with the scientific marvels, and reports of flying saucers.
In 1998 she became a valuable source of information about Smith, Christopher Morley, and other members of the BSI, the BSI, Inc., and the Original Series BSJ a€” enriching the Late a€™Forties volume of the BSI History, where she is pictured on vacation in 1947 on p.
One can nitpick Smitha€™s list of Scionists, and say a few things like why not Laurence Dodge from Boston, but not many. The following are my notes from a tour of it on Wednesday, October 9, 1996, by its then president, John D. Thata€™s what theya€™re supposed to doa€¦ keep those kids marching, keep them organized, doing something as a group.
You have to give yourself a long runway to take offa€¦like a big plane,a€? she said, laughing.
They really want to be surprised, engaged, a little scared or uncomfortablea€¦ or deeply moveda€¦ or surprised at how deeply moved they are. And whether it is a farmer arriving from Italy to set up a small grocery store in a slum, or a young girl arriving from a small town in Mississippi to escape the indignity of being observed by her neighbors, or a boy arriving from the Corn Belt with a manuscript in his suitcase and a pain in his heart, it makes no difference: each embraces New York with the intense excitement of first love, each absorbs New York with the fresh eyes of an adventurer, each generates heat and light to dwarf the Consolidated Edison Company. Behind me (eighteen inches again) a young intel-lectual is trying to persuade a girl to come live with him and be his love.
Each time the Gasogene-cum-Tantalus and Buttons-cum-Commissionaire had a new idea, they en-countered the Conan Doyle Estatea€™s hostility a€” to the BSI, to the BSI, Inc.a€™s modest ambitions, to a new edition of the Canon edited for the Limited Editions Club, even to its traditional American publisher. 1949 saw the first great GM a€?Motoramaa€? at the Waldorf-Astoria, an automotive extravaganza in which Smith was immersed.
Television shows like a€?Space Patrola€? were popular, and new names like Ray Bradbury and Robert Heinlein wrote for new magazines like BSI Anthony Bouchera€™s Fantasy & Science Fiction. In Asia, Indian independence led to partition, horrifying bloodshed, and the Mahatma Ghandia€™s assassination.
Were we embarking on World War III?a€? The decade closed with prospects in Asia gloomy, U.S. He sent me home with some Count Basie records, some Ella Fitzgerald, Joe Williams, Carmen McRae, some Sarah Vaughn. Thata€™s where all discovery is at.a€? She has also tried ballet and a few other disciplines outside her comfort zone. Then you wona€™t be bored.a€™ [laughs] Thata€™s the first obligation of a show that it not be boring! Then you wona€™t be bored.a€™ [laughs] Thata€™s the first obligation of a show that it not be boring!A  If I want boring, I can stay at home and put on background music and vacuum! A combination of intellectual companionship and sexuality is what they have to offer each other, he feels.
Smith as a self-made man of tremendous energy and ability, and a€” despite all the time spent on Sherlock Holmes at the office a€” an outstanding GM man: a€?an amazing intellect,a€? she said, who a€?loved to write, loved words, loved people, and was always learning. He was marvelous to work for because besides being so erudite he was also witty and charming, with a keen sense of humor. Then he has to go to the mena€™s room and she has to go to the ladiesa€™ room, and when they return, the argument has lost its tone. And the fan takes over again, and the heat and the relaxed air and the memory of so many good little dinners in so many good little illegal places, with the theme of love, the sound of ventilation, the brief medicinal illusion of gin. This really tilted my head - a€?What is THIS?a€? I worked on jazz chords that I heard on the records, from, like, Freddy Green Style Guitar Comping [a book on swing rhythm strumming].



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