I met the woman who was to become my wife at BNA and spent 40 enjoyable and rewarding years working there.
BTW, the other man in the photo is Bill Beltz who was hired a year after I was. He succeeded John as executive editor and then as BNA's president. He also was a treasured friend.
Fast-Forward to Today
A year or so ago, some Bloomberg/BNA employees formed a GLBT group. They decided to hold a forum to discuss BNA's history in dealing with GLBT issues. I was surprised and pleased to be asked to be on the panel that would lead the discussion.
The pre-AIDS GLBT history at BNA, as in most workplaces, was pretty much a blank slate since only a few employees were open about their sexual orientation. But at BNA, there was a GLBT-related event in the late 1970s. I talked about this at the panel forum. Here's the story:
My marriage in 1957 resulted in part from work I had been doing with a therapist who specialized in converting men from gay to straight. But the marriage resulted primarily from the fact that I had fallen in love with my coworker Diana LeBlanc.