Did you learn a lot at NYU?
NYU was a great education. At that time, I had no set future career plans. After graduation I saw a classified ad from Alexander's department store looking for a college grad to fill a managerial position in one of their departments. I felt confident that I could easily and successfully fit the bill and took the position. I was correct and found major success in my first job. My first step into my career.
You said you always “went to work highly fashionably.” Can you describe your outfit at that time?
I loved fashion and knew it, having learned many details along the way. I went to work stylishly because it was expressive and fun, designer suits and stiletto heels driving to work in my Red SunBeam Alpine sports car –the same one in Elizabeth Taylor's movie 'Butterfield 8'. I remember a raggy silk suit which I purchased at Loehman's on Fordham road in the Bronx and wore it with a large brim black straw hat. It all looked great in my red sports car driving to the South Bronx in those days.