Tuesday, May 06, 2008
Chicago, Here I Come! With a Rare Family Find!
In June, I'll be going to Chicago for a training institute in the Literature & Medicine program, which a med-school colleague and I will be trying to start here within the next year. It's an exciting idea, and I really hope we can get it off the ground.
Meanwhile, I'm looking forward to the conference. I have to say that part of the draw is that the conference accomodations are less than a mile from The Art Institute of Chicago. My grandfather, Jerome Rozen, and his twin brother George were both students there, and later taught there. The school's where they met their wives, who were also both artists. So it's a big piece of family history, but I've never been. I can't wait to go!
Doing a search on Jerome, I just found this picture of him, taken in 1985, two years before he died. He and George painted a lot of covers for magazines like The Shadow; late in life, he was commissioned to recreate some of his and George's covers by Anthony Tollin, who took this photo. In the picture, Jerome's holding up a Shadow cover painting and another for Doc Savage.
I'd never seen this photo before, and it moves me very much. I remember watching Jerome painting the recreations in his garage, and I remember meeting the Tollins at his funeral. I miss Jerome, as I suspect everyone does who knew him. He was an incredibly sweet and generous man, and very much the patriarch of our extended family.
Wow. What a wonderful find!