Classification Talk - Linda England

Spending her early youth on the upper west side of <st1:ST1:ST1:CITY w:st="on"><st1:ST1:ST1:PLACE w:st="on">New York City in a wealthy family had its benefits. With a live-in maid, Linda told us that cleaning a toilet was definitely not one of her daily chores. That skill was not learned until adulthood.


Linda’s childhood playground was the Cloisters … part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It was fantasy come true; perfect for playing fair maidens with knights in shining armor in an authentic medieval abbey.


Aunts, uncles and cousins played a major role in Linda’s life. Many were greatly successful in their chosen fields.  An uncle was a New York Times Editor and a cousin was the producer of many radio and television productions including CBS Radio Mystery Theater. And there seemed to be many others who rose to the peak of their professions.


Linda’s father was a successful oral surgeon with some very famous patients. His office was the secret meeting place for one of his patients; Albert Einstein. Einstein would meet Oppenheimer there while working on the Manhattan Project. 


Politics, art and music were woven into her everyday life. Even her piano teacher was a concert pianist … and her first recital was at Carnegie Hall.


Linda touched on several of the jobs she’s had. She once worked at NBC in the advertising department then went to MetroMedia working directly for John Kluge - one of the wealthiest men in <st1:ST1:ST1:COUNTRY-REGION w:st="on"><st1:ST1:ST1:PLACE w:st="on">America</st1:ST1:ST1:COUNTRY-REGION>. She and her husband opened a restaurant in <st1:ST1:ST1:CITY w:st="on"><st1:ST1:ST1:PLACE w:st="on">Milwaukee which unfortunately did not last. Later vocations included teaching, day care, real estate and owning a discount vitamin catalog. One of Linda’s sons was disabled due to a problem during birth. As a result Linda put much of her energy into organizations dedicated to children with learning disabilities.