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Making Waves and Riding the Currents by Charles Halpern

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8CONVERGENCE

IN 1989, while I was thinking about what to do next, I took the private elevator to a spacious suite on the thirty-fifth floor of the Waldorf Astoria, where I was greeted by several members of the family of the late Nathan Cummings, the Sara Lee cheesecake king. The hosts were Cummings’s elegantly dressed, silver-haired son and several of his adult grandchildren. His daughter, Buddy Mayer, who was not physically in the room, participated actively in the conversation from her hospital bed in Chicago via the conference telephone that sat on the coffee table beside the silver tea service. We sat informally on the overstuffed sofas, spreading marmalade on flaky, fragrant croissants as we talked. They welcomed me with unaffected ...

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