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Thread #149713   Message #3485073
Posted By: Wesley S
01-Mar-13 - 08:42 AM
Thread Name: Obit: Van Cliburn - Pianist (1934 - Feb 2013)
Subject: RE: Obit: Van Cliburn - Pianist (1934 - Feb 2013)
When I lived in Ft Worth Van Cliburn was a client of the place I worked at - and folks would practically hyperventilate when he came in. I remember as the new guy being warned by several people "do not EVER try to shake hands with Van - it just isn't done". I was amused by that until I realized that his hands were his "instrument" and the last thing he needed was some jerk-wad trying to prove his manhood by crushing his hand in an ironclad grip.