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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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