It is interesting to read threads like this, not for the sensational aspects of how much he had or how he got it (at least to me). What really interests me is that there are those of us who never have had the opportunity to meet some of these artists that we have admired for so long a time. We build an image of these men and women based upon our opinion of their work, our ability to relate to them as humans, and finally what others have shared about them. In the end, we have an amalgamation built upon legend, admiration, and 'polite conversation.' I mention the last, because, as we recall dearly departed persons that are admired by others, we don't really wish to burst bubbles with wart stories, so we tend to be polite and do what our mothers have told us to do - have something nice to say, or don't say it. Finally, I have to tell you 'old timers' how much I appreciate your reminiscing for the benefit of people like me. I so much appreciate hearing more than what has been printed, but a fuller picture of a man like Dai Vernon. I know that he was a masterful artist in magic, and I also know that he drank too much, was self absorbed, and gave little thought to the family he left behind. I understand though, that while these more negative pieces of his life are part of the public record, they have not been sensationalized here. Rather, they have been shared by friends in passing down a verbal record to other friends. Now when the heck is someone going to write a killer *major* book about Mr. Vernon, or someone that I greatly admired, Mr. Skinner? I know it might seem like celebrity watching, but I would just love to sit down in a coffee shop one evening and listen to stories about Mr. Skinner. I can so much identify with his quiet approach and thoughtful renditions of Royal Road material. Thanks for making it this far.
MarkJens (Whose real name is Mark Jensen, but it was already taken on the Forum by the other Mark Jensen) How's THAT for a signature line?