mike gallo wrote:
>>The contract that Jack and Harry had, said the payment that Harry was to receive was 1 dollar. Basically the dollar was to make the contract legally binding as Harry refused compensation.>>
Im sorry if you are a friend of Harrys, as what Im going to say will not sound real good.
Of course Harry wanted the contract to be legally binding. It gave him more leverage in order stake claim on the Birnman library. I've known Jack since 1979, and it was never Jack's style to care about contracts or place monetary value on his possessions. In fact he didn't even sign the contract! The day after his death, Harry flew in and had Caroline sign the contract (imagine that!).
Harry made himself look good by saying that he did not want compensation for writing Jacks book, though I believe he was paid in his own way by parts of Jacks library which I strongly suspect that he didnt sell. It was nice of him to give Caroline the money that he gave her, but what she really wanted more than anything else was to see her husbands dream and vision put in print by (the man who told her husband that he would) before she herself passed on. My wife and I helped her move to Austin, TX after Jacks death, and we stayed in touch with her for about two years before loosing touch with her. I still have her phone number, and hope she is still alive.
>> As to why Jack's widow said Harry got the library as part of a down payment is beyond me. All Harry did was inventory, pack and sell Jacks collection to one buyer...Caroline received full payment for the collection from the buyer. I believe Alan Nu helped Harry with this chore. >>
I helped him as much as I could (back when I thought he would make good), but the library was too big and the magazines too unorganized to do it with what little time I have as a performer. Caroline told me that she had only received half the payment, but I know that she also had nothing to do placing value on Jacks collection. How could she know how much Jacks library was worth? I do not know much Harry gave her for the collection, but Ill bet it was far less than it was worth. The truth is, Caroline could care less about Jacks library. She wanted only to see Jacks book get published as thats what made sense to her. Harry took the library, paid Caroline a seemingly appropriate sum of money, and NEVER got on to publishing Jacks book. I would like to see that someone does.
On another note, I do have much of Jacks written but unpublished material at a friends house. It would be possible to publish Jacks lost works, but I was waiting for Harry to make good. I can say now, after five years, that it doesnt look good.
As far as politics, I dislike it as much as you, Mike. Also I apologize if Ive brought to light aspects of Harry Levine that are not very becoming, since I assume, he is a friend of yours. I would not have even responded to this message or joined this board at all, had I not been told that my name was used to support credibility to Harrys case on the Birnman book. I was too close to the center of this fiasco, and I saw aspects of Harry Levine that I would never would have wanted to see in a fellow who I initially respected.
Keepin' it real,