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Inevitably, Titche-Goettinger developed a book department with Mr. Marvin Steakley as manager. Later, in 1973, he brought Alistair Cooke for a major autographing event of the bestseller Alistair Cooke's America. The affair was significant because it drew the largest crowd ever to attend a book autographing in the state at that time, and a thousand books were sold. One man's order for 200 had to be turned down in order to accommodate other persons. Later that day I interviewed the exhausted Mr. Cooke on the municipal radio station WRR-FM.

It was a moment of valid elegance, an unsung Camelot. In Austin a most interesting contact and friendship developed with the outstanding art restorationist, collector and dealer there, Dewey Bradford. A character of rare wit and knowledge of the art and book worlds, he had rescued the artist Salinas from the gutter and nursed him into more production of his fine work. Famed for his "Country Store" collection of pictures and books, much of which he loaned to various governors for display in the Governor's Mansion, Bradford also gave Lyndon Johnson a hiding place in his home after the infamous Duval County voting episode in 1948.

Some Saturdays required a session, as socially prescribed, at Mrs. John Priestly Hart's Dancing School on Pocahontas Street or in the Knights of Columbus Hall on Main Street, so that we would know what to do and how to do it when the time came to get on a ballroom floor. In the later years of the 1930s and 1940s, deluxe dating was dining and dancing at the rooftop Baker Hotel's Peacock Terrace, featuring Herbie Kay and Dorothy Lamour, or the Adolphus Hotel Century Room with the Phil Harris Band.

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