February 10th is always for Charles Henri Ford
|Charles with his friends at Tea party hosted by him and Inrda. 1979, Dakota, NYC.|
Today is Charles’s birthday (Feb 10th, 1908- Sept 27, 2002), and if he were here, he would be 105 years old. One of my tasks these days is cataloging boxes of his papers. To celebrate his birthday, I decided to open a file and randomly pull one page to see what might be on it. The sheet I pulled was a typed page, and this is what I read:
CHARLES HENRI FORD INTERVIEWED BY TAYLOR MEAD
TM: “Is the Dakota full of ghosts?”
CHF: “In the Dakota ghosts may stand by invisible at noon but I’ve never seen any at night.”
TM: “What is your most satisfying achievement?”
CHF: “At an early age I aspired to generate poetry. Now I have the satisfaction of being the daddy of my favorite haiku.”
Wherever Charles is—and perhaps he’ll be standing by invisible at noon—I want to wish him the happiest birthday yet.
Feb 10th, 2013
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