On April 23, 2007, I was on the video crew that covered the Memorial Service honoring the life of a great U.S. statesman, historian, author and liberal, Arthur Schlesinger Jr. We were there to capture it for replay on C-SPAN. It took place at the historic Great Hall at Cooper Union in New York City.
While there I gathered event paper materials and the autographs of fifteen attendees on the front or back of fifteen official programs. It was very easy, although I wish I had tried to gather even more signatures. I simply asked them to sign a program to mark this important event.
In this Hub I reveal those pieces, an archive I am very proud to have in my possession - and the only one like it.
A half-page card describing the memorial occasion.
Front and back of smaller cards used by special guests for reserved seating.
Mike Wallace autograph. He was an investigative correspondent at CBS' 60 Minutes for thirty years.
David Dinkins autograph. He was Mayor of New York City from 1990 through 1993, and the only African-American elected to that office.
Ted Sorenson autograph. He was President Kennedy's speechwriter and worked with Schlesinger Jr. at the White House. Sadly Sorenson died this year.
Lord Hugh Thomas autograph. Like Schlesinger Jr., he too is a renowned historian and author.
Sean Wilentz autograph. He is a historian, writer and professor at Princeton University.
Front of a insert from the program.
Back of the insert.
Katrina vanden Heuvel autograph. She is the editor and publisher of The Nation magazine.
William vanden Heuvel autograph. He served as Ambassador to the European office of the United Nations in Geneva and United States Deputy Ambassador to the United Nations during the Jimmy Carter Administration.
Stanley Crouch autograph. He is a longtime columnist for the New York Daily News and a jazz expert.
Tom Brokaw autograph. He was the anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News from 1982 to 2004.
Carl Bernstein autograph. Yes, the same Bernstein from Woodward and Bernstein at the Washington Post, portrayed in the film All The Presdent's Men.
David Nasaw autograph. Renowned historian, author and professor at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.
Robert Caro autograph autograph. Renowned historian and author. Check him out. Caro has won many prizes for his writing.
Alan Brinkley autograph. He is a historian, essayist and professor at Columbia University.
Henry Kissinger autograph. Renowned U.S. statesman who served as National Security Advisor and Secretary of State under President Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford.
A found guest list.
A second found guest list.
I hope you enjoyed looking my collection over.
Do tell others about it.