Music: Looking Backward

When Manhattan's Carnegie Hall was a dozen years old, in 1903, a youngster named John Jackson Totten landed a job as an usher. Over the next 24 years, Usher Totten worked his way from top-balcony tyro to hall manager. Last week Carnegie Hall let down its hair, set up tables on its stage for the first time in history, and served up a banquet for Manager Totten's Soth anniversary.

The anniversary made 67-year-old John Totten reminiscent. He could say one thing of all the musical greats he had known: "Every one of them was...

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