In my first year of teaching photography, I had a young student who asked, pointing to the Karsh portrait of Winston Churchill that hung on the wall, "Would you like to meet that man?" I wondered aloud if he was not aware that Winston Churchill had been dead for many years. He responded by saying that he had been talking about Yousef Karsh, who was his next-door neighbor at the Ritz in Boston. When I finally found a way to respond, he suggested that he could ask Mr. Karsh to come in to the class. I think I simply nodded.

Mr. Karsh declined the opportunity to visit a small class of young beginners but graciously offered to have me and two or three of my students come to visit him in his apartment. Unfortunately, he became rather seriously ill very soon after that and the visit was never to happen.

Ah well...