by Tom Hart
(Hood River, OR)
I was six years old when the movie came out. I know that we bought reserved seat tickets to see one of the first showings on Long Island. I remember that we saw it six more times in theaters. In 1973, we were on vacation in Colorado Springs and it was playing there. No question we had to see it again.
When the book "Forever Liesl" came out in 2000, I gave it to my mother for Mother's Day. That's what the inscription in her copy says. She passed away in 2007 and I have moved twice since then, but I noticed it on the shelf last week and decided to read it. Last night I finished it, with tears of course.
The original Broadway cast album was in my father's record cabinet as I was growing up, and I saw at least one local stage production along the way. Today, my wife and I walked into the nearby St. Vincent de Paul thrift store. I was going to bypass the record section for once, because I can never leave without a couple of albums. What did I spot at the front of the rack? The original Broadway cast album. Now I have to bring my turntable in from the garage.