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57 NOV-DEC 14 / CINEMONTAGE I always felt sure of Sidney when he was talking about movies or pictures or books, sure that he had felt what he was saying... He made me laugh more than almost anyone. The jokes were good; they were part of his playfulness, the artist's kind of playfulness, which was very dear to my heart." Sidney Meyers was born on March 9, 1906 to a family of Jewish immigrants in a section of New York now known as East Harlem. The family was poor and he remembered his mother, every winter, buying a 100-pound sack of potatoes, which she stored in a closet "just in case." From an early age he displayed a keen interest in music. He learned the violin sufficiently so that at age 21 he was invited to join the Cincinnati Symphony, with which he remained for several years, by its conductor, Fritz Reiner. Then, during the early years of the Great Depression he frequently played with an orchestra subsidized by the WPA (Works Progress Administration). By 1932, to expand his longstanding interest in photography, Sidney became involved with the Sidney Meyers. Courtesy of Manny Kirchheimer

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