1979-1981: Judith Liegner, Liegner Management
For years, at every ACUCAA meeting, I tried to get people interested in organizing, and after a while when they saw me coming, people turned their backs and became very busy. People were always complaining about the conferences, the exhibit hall times, the booths. I believe in changing things. The response was terrible.
I called a breakfast meeting at the Mayflower, and present were Herbert Barrett, R. Wilford, H. Shaw, Sara Tournay, and attorney Mitchell Pines. I remember that Barrett said, "Why do we need to do this? There are only a few important managers." Ronald Wilford thought it was a great idea, and would be interested in joining if it could help with collecting commissions from artists.
In 1982 we had a seminar on computers. I brought my IBM and showed people, and they wondered if a computer would really be helpful. We also had a seminar for managers. (I found in a file folder the first NAPAMA newsletter.) When we got this off the ground, Kazuko Hillyer, Betsy Crittendon, Richard, Sara & Judith would all do mailings to presenters, and we had meetings comparing their lists and collaborating on a joint list.
It is great to see one’s baby attain the age of 30 and it is worth celebrating. I was the founder of NAPAMA in a difficult professional environment: Managers did not talk much to each other and did not want to share ANY information. I had preliminary meetings regarding NAPAMA, incorporated, paid for and named it, and served as its President for a number of years.