Legendary photographer and writer Art Shay’s work has appeared in LIFE, Time, Sports Illustrated, and many other publications. Our conversation is full of first-hand accounts of some of the most the famous people and events of the 20th century--and local Deerfield history. We learn that Nelson Algren and Billy Corgan often visited Shay in Deerfield and Eleanor Roosevelt and James Baldwin were in town to support a proposed integrated housing development in the late 1950s and early 60s. Shay was part of the Deerfield Citizens for Human Rights, a group supporting integration.
We also hear about Shay’s interactions with Ernest Hemingway, Elizabeth Taylor, Judy Garland, John F. Kennedy and more! At 95, Shay was recently honored with a lifetime achievement award from the Lucie Foundation and has a current exhibit at the American Writers Museum, Capturing Stories, which features his photographs of authors (through Spring 2018).
Just a note that Shay does use a bit of colorful language in this interview--you might want to preview it before sharing with young listeners.