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long before he was a famous playright.  His wife at the time was a co-worker of my mother's.  They used to come over for dinner once in a while, and August would bring drafts of some of his early plays and different people would take different parts and they would read through them.

Years later he got his big break on Broadway, and our whole family got a chance to see Ma Rainey on the opening night.

The last time I ran into him was after I moved to D.C.  My folks were in town and we went to see one of his plays, and we ran into him during intermission.

I heard about a month ago that he had cancer, but they didn't say in the paper how serious it was.  It surprised me yesterday when I heard that he had died.

by ericy on Tue Oct 4th, 2005 at 09:42:29 PM EST

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