`There Is Something Magical About A Train'

When I was small, my father took me backstage at the theater where he designed scenery and lighting for actors such as Claude Rains, George C. Scott, Colleen Dewhurst, and Margaret Hamilton. The huge sets transported me magically around the world, through history: Washington crossing the Delaware, medieval England, imperial Budapest. Even some four decades later, I can smell the sawdust and see the scraps of leftover wood that my brother Rob and I built into our own miniature sets.

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