[ Los Angeles, California]
February 7, 1954
Dear Bob-- 1
Since Miss Geffen's note hasn't yet come I shall be grateful if you let her know I'll appear and speak on May 26th and that I'm very sensible of the honor. Something in me likes the fact that there was no electioneering but let's not blind ourselves to the fact that nomination by R.E.S. carries weight. Still, I'd hate to be a man without friends, and I'm glad I have a friend at court. There was a time when I despised formal awards, but I know now that they have a place. 2
By the way, I'm beginning to get a glow out of something else that has come about casually. When I saw Alfred at work and remembered what magic he and Lynn have I began automatically to think of plots they might play. And, thanks be, a story has occurred to me I think they'd like. I haven't begun work on it, or even planned it, and I know that others will probably play it if it's written, but it's a good idea with some nobility and some fun in it. Maybe I'll have it when I come east. 3
I've been happier about Ondine than about anything else in the theatre for years.
Bob, I don't know what to say except again, many, many thanks--