Wednesday, December 16, 2009
My Wildest Interview Ever:
Philip Smith on WALKING THROUGH WALLS
In the 1950s, dashing Lew Smith and his chic blonde wife Esther would go out on the town to drink cocktails and “listen to Dean Martin or laugh at Shecky Greene.” As Miami’s “only heterosexual decorator,” Lew catered to clients ranging from jet-setting socialites to the dictator of Haiti.
It was unusual enough that a Jew who fled pogroms in Poland should become the go-to guy for Miami home décor. But Lew’s life took an even stranger turn in the 1960s. By the end of the decade, he had become a psychic healer under the tutelage of spirit guides.
All this makes for a good story. And more than 20 years after his father’s death, artist Philip Smith wrote it.
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Photo: Philip Smith & one of his paintings.