As a fourteen year veteran manning the circulation desk at the Fanwood Memorial Library, I often encounter pleasant reminders of my previous life as a working partner in an international talent management agency and a career in publicity and public relations that spanned close to fifty years.
Books and recordings of clients that we represented such as Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, The Beatles, Michael Jackson, etc., etc. elicit tiny tugs of memories when they pass through my hands in the course of a day’s work at the library. One small note of recognition might generate a series of instant remembrances that happened many years ago.
The other day a patron borrowed a copy of Barbara Taylor Bradford’s new book, Cavendon Hall. I took a quick glance at the author’s photo and it revived memories of working with this gracious lady and her husband, Bob, back in 1979 when her first big success, A Woman of Substance was published and then went on to become a major, top-rated television drama. The many meetings-into-the-night, interviews, rehearsals and conversations we had at that time, riding the crest of her talent and good fortune, revived lovely thoughts of long ago.
It appears that the time I spend at FML has a definite and positive therapeutic effect on me.
Sheldon joined the Fanwood Memorial Library staff in 2000 after retiring from a 50-year career in the theatrical business. Leaving New York City in 1972, he and Barbara bought their home in Scotch Plains where they raised their family and still reside. Their involvement in the schools and community was highlighted by Barbara’s receiving the “The Mayor’s Volunteer Award Of The Year” in 1997. Sheldon has three children and six grandchildren, the latter category recently enriched with the birth of twin girls and a grandson. If you're lucky enough to come in when Sheldon is working, and holding court behind the circulation desk, be sure to say hello.