Well, not exactly like that, but I guess we mention
it every now and then because he lived not to far from me, and I do remember
going to this camp. I guess I was a teenager and I had this little
wooden snare drum and I sent home to have my snare drum down
at camp. And when it arrived, I remember Alan Dawson looking at it and I
didn't know he was into drums. He was just a few years younger than me, so
he may have been ten or eleven, if I was thirteen, fourteen, whatever. So we
knew each other way back and that was maybe late thirties, earlier forties.
I left Boston in 1945 and I had been playing, I guess you would call it
professionally, because I belonged to the Union here a couple of years
before I left…maybe a few years before I left.