This is a photo of my father immigrating to the United States in 1949. Seated next to him is Fred Hechinger, then columnist for the New York times. He was assigned to do an article on the experience of the immigrants on the boat. My father became friendly with him. My father, as an attempt to avoid sea sickness, introduced himself to the captain of the boat and offered to create a daily news bulletin for the passengers. He listened to the news on the ship's radio and transcribed the stories and ran them off on a mamiograph machine and distributed the one sheet each day. Coincidentally, also on board was NY Times columnist, Fred Hechinger, doing a story on the immigrant experience on the boat. My father and Fred Hechinger became friendly. Much later, when I was in my 20's, I worked at the Carnegie Corporation of NY, and so did Fred Hechinger, at the very end of his career, as an advisor. My father remembered Fred very well and dug out this photo for me to share with him. I've kept it as one of my prized posessions ever since.
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