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IMAGINE MY SURPRISE when I saw a photograph of one of my most prized possessions on the cover of Washington City Paper heralding “The Jimi Hendrix Re-Experience” by Eddie Dean (10/21). I received my copy of the poster of a “stoned” Jimi Hendrix as a graduate library-science student on a tour of the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore in 1970. Our class was there to observe what was considered one of the finest public-library outreach programs in the country. I salivated when I saw the free posters of my hero, which were backed by a schedule of the library’s programs for the month.
Although the poster followed me for about six moves through the years, I never considered it valuable and would nonchalantly slap it up on the wall with masking tape. Fortunately, it has survived with only a minor tear. It is now off the wall to be professionally matted and framed.
It never dawned on me to think of Jimi as having been stoned in the poster, although a friend from Venezuela once asked me why I had the picture of “the man who drinks much wine” on my wall.