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were two things I wanted to add to the program, which they agreed on.
I wanted “Sophisticated Lady” to be played, the song. They
vetoed that. And the other was the “Hallelujah chorus”, which she
That's it. I don't want to talk about it anymore. The Hallelujah
chorus was the end of the memorial service. The memorial service was
a celebration of a life of an extraordinary. I have materials for a
book about her. I've been procrastinating. I have the comments made
by people at the service. I have some things which I requested from
couples whom we both respected. It's a book about a marriage. It's
not trite, you know. It's going to be What are the factors involved
in a dynamic marriage. Not a perfect marriage, because--we both used
to laugh when anybody would say to us we had a perfect marriage. I
remember one of the things she said: “Now, how can somebody have a
perfect marriage when they're not perfect people? If you were
perfect, which you're not, and if I were perfect, it would be
boring.” It was a dynamic marriage; it was a marriage with mutual
respect and give and take. This is what I'm going to try to
communicate in this book. I'm going to have it at least in the hands
of the publishers by the second anniversary of her death.
You do recall that she did do one lengthy interview for her own
oral history? I do not recall to what extent she went into marriage.
I think it was more psychology work at Northside. But there may be
something else there, too.
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