A few weeks ago my fiancé and I were taking a walk through Central Park. We got tired and she went to take a seat on a bench in Strawberry Fields across from the Imagine mosaic. As she sat down, two men approached, one of whom is the subject of this photograph, Wynn Handman.
Mr. Handman proceeded to tell us about the bench we were about to sit on and how it was dedicated to his late wife, Bobbie Handman and their marriage. He told us he visits the bench as often as he can and that he loves to see people sitting and enjoying their bench. After inquiring about his WWII veterans hat, Mr. Handman told us about his time in the North Atlantic hunting German Uboats and how he didn’t want to salute German POWs from a captured sub, but his commanding officer made him. He told us about living in New York all his life, growing up in Inwood, and how he co-founded The American Place Theater. He mentioned how he had trained different actors in his professional acting class including: Michael Douglas, Richard Gere, Alec Baldwin, Burt Reynolds, Christopher Walken, and Denzel Washington (just to name a few). My fiancé and I walked away smiling from ear to ear. It’s the people who make New York City so special. Everyone has a story to tell, chance encounters run the gamut of imaginable histories, and Wynn sure had some stories to tell.
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