To the Editor:
Somehow, you manage to get 80 birthdays under your belt and the kudos and congratulations gain meaning.
You try to whisper your age, as if you’re encroaching on the deadline and you’re not supposed to be there. You get respect — girls hold the door for you and guys call you sir.
But the faces change.
Periodically, I visit the studio, old haunts where I spent most of my working days. Spanking new icons have replaced the old and familiar. They even took the old lion off of the top of the Thalberg Building. At least the Cub Room is still there.
But things are changing fast. In fact, I’d better get this typed before they change the alphabet.
(The author served as music editor on more than 200 films, including “On the Waterfront” and “From Here to Eternity.”)