A year ago, I had a delightful lunch with Alice Hammerstein Mathias. I took along this collection of songs from the Oscar Hammerstein II Collection for her to autograph. Upon my request to sign the book, she looked a bit challenged. Not wanting to upset her in any way, I said, "Oh, you can just sign your name." She immediately said, "Oh, no. I don't want to do that." And then a sweet smile graced her face, "I know!" she declared and then began to write. I was thrilled that she used one of my favorite words - a powerful word that her dad loved, too. I know that day was a wonderful one for me.