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How We Nearly Lost Leonard Bernstein

"First was at the Curtis Institute — one of the more civilized spots in 1940 Philadelphia but not immune to insane jealousies. Inside its Old World environs, a gun-toting student announced his intention to shoot fellow student Bernstein, composer Randall Thompson, and conductor Fritz Reiner. Had the gunman not been hauled away by police, the 20th century could’ve been without three of its greatest figures."

(Best quote from the article: "Smooth lives don’t end with an FBI file that’s 800 pages long.")

The Inquirer: Now revealed: Leonard Bernstein's two near-death experiences in Philly - one at gunpoint, one artistic

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