When Jan Paderewski was to leave his native Poland to play his first recital in London, he asked an influential compatriot
to give him a letter of introduction to a leading figure in Britain's musical world, who might be of assistance should
anything go amiss. The letter was handed to him in a sealed envelope. He hoped that everything would proceed smoothly and he would not have to
He did not; his debut was a success and no snags developed. Some years later, while going through his papers, he came
upon the letter and opened it. It read:
"This will introduce Jan Paderewski, who plays the piano, for which he demonstrates no conspicuous talent."
Bits & Pieces, January 9, 1992, p. 1- 2.
The soldier's first article of faith is summed up nowhere more eloquently than in an 1865 letter from William Tecumseh Sherman
to U.S. Grant: "I knew wherever I was that you thought of me, and if I got in a tight place you would come--if alive."
People need people. Laurie was about three when one night she requested my aid in getting undressed. I was downstairs and she
was upstairs, and ... well. "You know how to undress yourself," I reminded. "Yes," she explained, 'but sometimes people need
people anyway, even if they do know how to do things by themselves."
William C. Schultz, Bits & Pieces, December 1990.