Binky Philips: LATE JUNE, 1970: An Amazing Autograph, Heatwave in London, Granny Takes A Trip, Thunderclap Newman Shows Up and, Yes, 'Gimme Dat Ting'
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The Spring of 1970, I was working part-time after classes my senior year at Music & Art, the same high school my pal, Stan Eisen, had graduated from the year before. From about 2 to 5pm, four days a week, I was a file clerk for the Director of the Placement Department at Columbia Law School (finding jobs for graduates with brand new law degrees), a very Englishman named Howard. He was clearly a muckety muck. A lovely guy, but always carrying an air of harried distraction with him (lots of that Hugh Grant running-his-fingers-through-his-vexed-hair when Hugh was 2). I haven't seen Howard in decades, but, his younger brother, Roger, a thorough rock 'n' roller, and I remain fast friends.
I shared a small office with a young woman. I was 17, she was 22. Let's call her Emily. She was a second-year law student defraying a smidge of her tuition with a semi-menial job. She was very sweet, but a stone cold string-of-pearls/fuzzy sweater square.
One day, out of nowhere, she s
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