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So I had known him in various activities and programs, so he said,
“Great, we'll do it,” and that's how we got to do it. I couldn't believe it
when I left I was like pinching myself.
Later on, when we were doing the rehearsals for the workshops for
“Take Care,” and the exhibition of Earl Dotter's photographs, I called
Harry. I said, “Harry, this you'd love.”
This was the next year?
Maybe I'm mixing up the years. This was after that. Anyway,
the second time he came, because I remember that on the spot, when
he saw the Earl Dotter things, he said, “I want to buy fifty sets, to give
them as gifts.”
I said, “Harry, I'll give it to you at a special price.”
He said, “I don't want any special prices.” He flashed out a roll of bills.
He says, “I'll buy them.”
Fifty sets of all the photographs in the entire exhibition?
No, no. We produced, for that exhibition, a portfolio printed by
Rappaport, a 14-by-17, twenty photographs really very beautifully
printed. It was done with a cover. On the back cover was an essay by-
-I forget his name now, great photographer, Walter Rosenblum, and a
preface by Joe Duffy, who was the head of the NEH [National
Endowment for the Humanities]. NEH agreed to do that. For Earl it was
a magnificent tribute, to get that thing done. Later on, we did a
portfolio of postcards.
Well, anyway, I went back to Harry. The thing about the concert was
that eleven o'clock, it had to end. I went to the unions to get approval
so that they would bring in not a large crew--Bobby McDonald, stage
hands, through Harry Van Arsdale, and they agreed to cooperate on it.
We had to be out by eleven. After eleven, it was like double or triple
time for everybody.
Harry started, and I said, “How long is the show going to go?”
He said, “Don't worry, I'll be out. After all, I only do an hour, an hour
and twenty minutes.” There had to be an intermission and that kind of
thing. And what was exciting about the thing is that the audience was
so much into it, and Harry was so into it that Harry would interject as
he introduced the numbers. He would be marching in and out and he
would say, “This is a great, because I remember this union. I marched
with you people. You march with me and I march with you and it's a
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