Donna Perlmutter's "Jascha Heifetz: A Mentor Remembered" recalled my meeting with the great violinist (May 8).
While stationed with the Army at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., one of my buddies and I attended a concert of the Kansas City Philharmonic at which Heifetz was soloist.
After the concert, a crowd formed backstage and followed the artist and his entourage down a long hall to his dressing room, where we were told he needed a few moments to relax. Although he had appeared oblivious to everyone, he must have noticed us because after a suitable interval a woman opened the door and announced, "Mr. Heifetz will see the two servicemen first."
He accepted our remarks of appreciation and wrote his name very legibly in a pocket notebook that I treasure to this day as a souvenir of the occasion.