Did you see the quote in the second paragraph from Naomi Hample? That’s my mother — and that was just the beginning of her day as a media sensation. In the late afternoon, she was interviewed by CBS News. Check it out:
The photo above was taken in her autograph department on the sixth floor, and as you can see, it’s a mess. Unfortunately, things looked even worse one floor below in the first editions room. Here’s my aunt Judy (my mother’s sister) holding a $3,000 Ernest Hemingway first edition . . .
. . . which had been badly damaged in the storm.
Meanwhile, this was the view to my left:
The two construction workers were taking a short break during the interview. See all those wood planks on the floor? That used to be a bookshelf. In the photo above, the entire wall on the left side had shelves from floor to ceiling, packed with first editions. Many of those books were destroyed, many more were damaged, and some managed to survive unscathed. The undamaged books are now boxed up until the new shelves are built.
We’re storing them in a freezer until all the insurance people come to take a look and say that it’s okay to send them to a restorer.
CBS also interviewed my aunt Adina in the “arcade” area, just outside the front door:
The segment is going to air tonight (November 16th) in New York City at 11pm on CBS Channel 2. It’s also going to air at 9pm (on Long Island, I think) on WLNY 10/55, so be on the lookout.
But wait! There’s even more media stuff!
The Argosy was mentioned several times in a recent/feature article about Sally Field in New York Magazine. I don’t have a hard copy — it’s the November 19, 2012 issue — but here’s a link to the article. The writer mistakenly claimed that none of us recognized Field, implying that we were . . . I don’t know, dumb. On the contrary, we were all excited to see her walk into the store; we simply didn’t kiss her ass or fawn all over her.
Writers. They really suck.
A disappointingly short version of the segment just aired on CBS Channel 2 . . . and I just received the following email from Dave Carlin:
“The much longer version of the story (with all three owners) was on tv1055 at 9pm and will appear again on the CBS2 morning show Saturday 6-7am and 9 to 10am. The longer version will also be on cbsnewyork.com. Look for it. It’s much more detailed.”
Excellent! (Thanks, Dave. And CBS. We very much appreciate the coverage.)