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really indulge ourselves too much. But at this time there was
a vaudeville house on Seventh Avenue between 125th and 126th
we called the Alhambra. This was big-time vaudeville. We were
regular patrons. Remember, movies were just starting. We were
just beginning to go to five-cent movie shows--you know, three
or four one reels for a nickel. These were in stores; old,
abandoned stores. One was called The Nickelette, another was
called The Nickelodian.
Also, at this time, I had my first piece published in
the St. Nicholas magazine called “How I Spent My Vacation,”
and I got a silver badge for it. The reason that I remember
it is that some fan this summer sent it to me; found it in an
Did you have a copy of it already?
I'd forgotten all about it.
What was the St. Nicholas, a newspaper?
Oh, no, that was a magazine for kids. Every kid read
the St. Nick. It came out once a month. It was a famous
magazine for boys and girls.
What did you do during your summer that you wrote about?
I think I made the whole thing up. I talked about the
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