XII-"The Music Man" - Neil Henry - Washington Post

XII-"The Music Man" - Neil Henry - Washington Post

Mozart-Playing New Yorker Learns a Secret and Laughs

by: Neil Henry | publication date: May 8, 1980 | Publication: The Washington Post | pages: 1

Allie, a young New Yorker I met at the Central Union Mission here, was the only man to discover my true identity in this two-month Baltimore-Washington odyssey. As time passed in the journey, the original fear I felt about being uncovered was supplanted by a sense of same, the ignominy of sharing bread and swapping stories with homeless derelicts while knowing I had alternatives that these men could only wish for - a warm place to sleep at night, steady work, food to eat.

This final article in the "Down & Out" series is a profile of Allie, a bright, multilingual young man Henry met in Washington who came to discover the reporter's true identity.