A Letter From The Publisher, Nov. 22, 1976

As a child in Cambridge, Mass., Martha Duffy used to satisfy her thirst for Mozart and Verdi by listening each Saturday afternoon to Texaco's Metropolitan Opera radio broadcast. She was usually well prepared. The previous week, she and her sister would borrow the score of the upcoming performance from the local library and, to her sister's piano accompaniment, sing the entire opera together. Other afternoons, she often went to Boston's Fenway Park where she bought a grandstand seat in leftfield. Duffy remembers: "I was a Red Sox fan, and my first crush was on Ted Williams."

For the past three years Martha...

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