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Serendipity

Life can be funny sometimes. Every once and a while something happens that causes you to stop and think about "who" is moving the "chess pieces of life" around.

This is our friend Mike Vujnovich who lives in Northern Wisconsin. He and John got to know each other years ago when John had the Ascom Hasler account (postage meters) and is a close friend. Mike visited us in Connecticut this past Thursday and Friday and we had a great time.

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Mike shared with us that after leaving Thirsty Boots Farm, he was going to head for NYC where he was to visit a new acquaintance whom he found to be quite remarkable. Her name is Editta Sherman but she is also known as "The Duchess of Carnagie Hall" and "Photographer to the Stars." She lives in an apartment/studio over Carnagie Hall and has taken photographs of Bela Lugosi, Charles Boyer, Andy Warhol, Marlon Brando, Noel Coward, Henry Fonda, Elvis Presley, Anthony Quinn, and Leopold Stokowski, just to name a few. Now you note that they are all dead but she clearly is not. She is 94 years old and sharp as a tack. (Proof of that will come in a bit.)

We were enthralled with Mike's story about her and but more amazing was what Mike discovered in our cottage that night after we went to bed. Noting the photographs of my parents and grandparents on the wall, he went to get a closer look and ........yep, right there under the large photograph of my grandmother was Editta Sherman's signature. This called for a phone call the next day and so on our way to dinner, I "met" Editta by phone. We related the story of such an extraordinary coincidence to her, gave her my grandmother's name and Editta proceeded to describe the photograph to us - "Yes, I remember. Her hands were in the picture with large rings on her fingers and bracelets around her wrists. She had her white hair pulled back." To use one of Julia Scott-Barrett's favorite phrases, I was "gobsmacked." How could a 94 year-old woman describe so acurately a photograph taken 50-60 years ago? And of a person who was not a famous celebrity. Take a look...

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An accurate description, I'd say.

Even more incredible, she went on to tell me she thought she had taken a photograph of my grandfather. Sure enough, when Mike got to NYC on Saturday, he called from Editta's studio and apartment to tell us he was sitting there with her looking a 1945 photograph she had taken of my grandfather apparently for a magazine cover.

It was an extraordinary turn of events. One day I hope to meet her to hear if she has anymore remembrances of that time when she met and took photos of my grandparents.

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