I will never forget the opportunity Arnold gave me. It was not an easy road but nothing is. I still have the signed letter he sent me in response to my job inquiry. As little as I must have seemed to him at the time, he still had the decency to write me a letter letting me know that he was not hiring. Six months later I tried again and this time he called me back and I got the job.
I miss working with Arnold a great deal. He taught me so much about how to be a professional and I owe him dearly for this. I can't tell you how many times I apply this experience to my business. As much as I learned from him about the profession, what I cherish the most is the stories he used to tell me everyday. How Alfred Krupp tried to declare him persona non grata. How Marilyn Monroe was the most miserable woman he had ever met. How Mondrian taught him how to crop, with 1/16th of an inch making a difference. What impressed me the most was what he asked President Truman after photographing him. He asked Truman why he dropped the atomic bomb! There were so many stories, over 65 years worth!
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