|"Wish You Were Here" by Alex Pauker|
Park West Gallery Collection
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
"I really don't like letter writing, but I do when I feel like it warrants a letter. This episode started about seven years ago when I went on my first cruise. I went out of New York on the Celebrity line. While on that ship I met one of the Park West Gallery employees. Now I was never an art enthusiast, but my wife wanted to go to the auction, so we did. The Auctioneer made art seem very interesting. I ended up going to the rest of the auction and even let my wife purchase some art. My favorite pieces, being by Emile Bellet. Since that time I have been on other cruises. I started going with NCL.
This cruise, we left New York on September 25, 2011. It was also aboard the Norwegian Gem. I wasn't going to go on anymore NCL cruises, but my son wanted to get engaged on the cruise. So we booked and went. It was one of the best cruises I have been on, and in no small way, your art director is largely responsible.
I figured I would sit in, on the first lecture. WOW this man is powerful. I know he has to be knowledgeable or he wouldn't be in that position. [He] was an exceptional speaker as well. Since I retired from the police department in 1990 ... I have since been made Master Instructor and my job is to teach new instructors how to teach. I also go around and critique classes. I'm telling you this so you understand that I'm not easily impressed by public speakers. Most I find very boring. However I wish I could get my entire instructor staff to learn what seem to come natural to [this auctioneer]. There have been volumes of books written on the art of communicating. I think you could read them all and still not communicate as well as [he did]. He not only put out so much information at his lectures but made them interesting. You do your self proud by having a man like your Art Director on your staff."
Lindenhurst, New York