I have many tales from my daze working at the Strand.
Here’s me pony tail and all performing an important task at the Strand
When I worked at the Strand Book store way back in the early 1970s one of my jobs was to go around to all the magazines and pick up review books and galleys from the different magazines (btw- the Strand had contracts with most if not all the magazines and many writers too to purchase all their review copies. They pretty much had a lock on that market). Life magazine was one of my stops. I’d hit maybe 10 or more different departments from their Sixth Ave headquarters. My last stop was Loudon S. Wainwright, Loudon Wainwright III’s father. He was the editor for the popular ‘Miscellany’ feature that always closed every issue of Life Magazine. His office walls were covered with the original photographs they used. He always gave me a ‘tip’ of free records and books.
I also picked up from Nat Hentoff.
I’d go to his West 12th St apartment through the service entrance. I could here him banging away on his manual typewriter.
He had books and records piled up outside his service entry door…tons of stuff.
After I announced myself he told me to take everything on the left and help myself to whatever records I wanted on the right as a tip.