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STEVE KLUGER shook hands with Lucille Ball when he
was 12.  He's since lived a few more decades,
but nothing much registered after that.

Kluger is a novelist and playwright who grew up
during the Sixties with only two heroes: Tom Seaver
and Ethel Merman.  Few were able to grasp the
concept.  A veteran of
Casablanca and a graduate of
The Graduate, he has written extensively on subjects
as far-ranging as World War II, rock and roll, and the
Titanic, and as close to the heart as baseball and the
Boston Red Sox (which frequently have nothing to do
with one another).  Doubtless due to the fact that
he's a card-carrying Baby Boomer whose entire
existence was shaped by the lyrics to
Abbey Road,
Workingman's Dead, and Annie Get Your Gun (his first
spoken words, in fact, were actually stolen from
The
Pajama Game
), he's also forged a somewhat singular
path as a civil rights advocate, campaigning for a
"Save Fenway Park" initiative (which qualifies as a
civil right if you're a Red Sox fan), counseling gay
teenagers, and—on behalf of Japanese American
internment redress—lobbying the Department of the
Interior to restore the baseball diamond at the
Manzanar National Historic Site.  Meanwhile, he's
donated half of his spare time to organizations such
as Lambda Legal, GLSEN, and Models of Pride,
and gives the rest of it to his nephews and nieces:
Emily, Noah, Bridgette, Audrey, Elisa, Paloma,
Logan, Evan, and Robbie—
the nine kids who own his heart.

He lives in Boston, Massachusetts—
the only city in the world
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