Previous | Next
1234567891011121314151617181920212223242526272829303132333435363738394041424344454647 of 1029
Now, then, there were three high schools that most of
the kids uptown went to, leaving out the Brooklyn schools and
the Bronx schools. You didn't get around as fast in those days.
The three high schools that we were divided among were Commerce,
Clinton, and Townsend Harris. Commerce and Clinton were down-town,
relatively, in the '60s. Townsend Harris was part of
City College of New York. The remarkable part of it was that
it provided in three years what the other high schools did in
four years. And to get into Townsend Harris you had to have
superior marks in public school, and when you got there, you
had to work like hell. And the dropouts were fantastic. In
the first year over half the class flunked out. It was so good
a school that after some years, after terrific fights down at
City Hall, Townsend Harris was abandoned. The building was
needed by the college anyway. It is part of the City College
complex up on 138th Street and Amsterdam Avenue.
Is that where you went?
Yes. Now, those are the three years that I really worked.
I mean I worked harder in high school than I ever worked in
college. College was a breeze after Townsend Harris. And it
was at the Riviera, this building up on 157th Street, that I
started out my real life, because in this building it was
Howard Dietz, who had moved uptown, who became one of my best
friends. Another was Merryle Rukeyser, who later became financial
editor for all the Hearst newspapers. And across the
© 2006 Columbia University
Libraries | Oral History
Research Office | Rights and
Permissions | Help