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and on for the rest of his life after
about '36 or '37, something like that. He died in '45. He remarried again, but I
continued to give him support because I was so happy that he had found someone
who was charming and that he was happy with, and it would have been very
difficult for them to live without the money I gave him, so I continued to give
it to him.
Did that experience with an alcoholic...
Oh, it influenced me tremendously. I think the business of alcoholism was too
frustrating for me to be interested in directly, but I got to be interested in
psychiatry and psychoanalysis and the whole field of mental illness, and I sort
of steered away from alcoholism because I think maybe I had had too great a
shock in connection with it.
When I started to make an outline of what my major motivations were in doing
anything, I found out that it all went back to my violent reaction and hostility
to illness for myself or for anybody else. And I can tell you a whole series of
what I did, what my encounters with illness were, who had them, and what action
I took maybe 30 to 40 years later. Isn't it extraordinary! It would seem almost
unbelivable but I can document it.
And you really in a sense when you trace them like that can connect them with
what you've done, and it's almost providential.
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