Decades ago, Harvey Brodsky, managing director of the Tire Retread Information Bureau, enlisted the help of Pablo Picasso and Art Buchwald in trying to win back the love of a woman. Now that woman and her husband have a valuable keepsake for Brodsky's efforts.
In 1958, Brodsky was in love with an art student named Gloria Segall. The couple attended a Picasso exhibit together, but got into an argument and Segall left him. Buchwald—one of Brodsky's favorite writers—was living in Paris at the time, so Brodsky wrote to him, asking him to get Picasso's autograph. He said that was his only hope of winning back Segall.
The late Buchwald, who recounted the affair in his 2006 book ·Too Soon to Say Goodbye,Ã¶ wrote a column about the letter, showing how ridiculous his mail was. But David Duncan—Picasso's photographic biographer—read the column and translated it for Picasso. The artist then sketched some flowers on a piece of paper, wrote ·Pour Miss Gloria SegallÃ¶ on it, signed and dated it, and sent it in an airmail envelope to Segall.
The Associated Press picked up on the story and it received worldwide attention. But even the offering from Picasso wasn't enough to convince Segall to take Brodsky back. She said the two would always be friends, and they went on to marry different people.
Now, after all these years, the incident has resurfaced.
Segall's husband brought the sketch to the PBS show ·Antiques RoadshowÃ¶ to have it appraised, along with all the documenting history. The drawing, the appraiser estimated, would fetch between $15,000 and $20,000. If the husband still had the airmail envelope, which also included a Picasso drawing, the value would rise by another $2,000.
Brodsky and Segall did remain friends. Brodsky said they and Brodsky's wife visited Buchwald in a hospice in Washington before he died last January.
Piqua, Ohio's 200th anniversary wouldn't seem right without homage paid to one of its oldest businesses, which just happens to be in the rubber industry.
French Oil Mill Machinery Co. was featured in a special edition of the ·Piqua Daily CallÃ¶ newspaper in June, celebrating the bicentennial of the city of 20,000, 28 miles north of Dayton, Ohio. Two full pages of the issue were devoted to the family-owned maker of hydraulic presses for rubber processing, dewatering and drying screw presses for synthetic rubber producers, and vegetable oil extraction preparation equipment and screw presses.
Accompanying the article were several vintage photos, some of which indicate the firm's global outlook. Longtime global outlook, that is—one picture shows company founder Alfred W. French Sr.—grandfather of Daniel P. French, the current chairman and president—and his wife, Grace, atop camels with the Sphinx and Pyramid in Egypt, taken back in 1920.
After that they went to China where, wouldn't you know, their grandson can sometimes be found. He's on business, though.
Start 'em young
If everyone—except your old friends and business acquaintances—looked young to you at the ACS Rubber Division Expo, take heart in that everyone looked old to Madelyn Rose Kenyon. And we mean everyone.
Madelyn, just nine weeks old, decided to have Mommy show her what she does for a living. She toured the Oct. 16-18 exhibition in Cleveland in a stroller or the arms of her mother, Kathy Kenyon of Avon Automotive.
Kenyon said having a newborn in tow wasn't going to keep her from the event at the Cleveland Convention Center. And what did Madelyn think of all the people, lights and noise of the exhibition? Who knows—she was sleeping when the press came upon her.