Jody Linscott wrote and Claudia Porges Holland, now Claudia Porges Beyer, illustrated two children's books that Jacqueline Onassis acquired and edited. The first was ONCE UPON A TO Z: AN ALPHABETICAL ODYSSEY (Doubleday, 1991), and the second, THE WORTHY WONDERS LOST AT SEA: A WHIMSICAL WORD SEARCH ADVENTURE (Doubleday, 1993).
Claudia Beyer (abbreviated CB below)
28 May 2009
Memorandum of a telephone conversation
"I met her in the late 1970s, I believe. I had been working at ROLLING STONE for a couple of years on and off. I went every year at Christmas with my family to St Martin. One year I decided just to stay on in St Martin. I used to work for Joe Armstrong, the publisher of ROLLING STONE before the magazine moved to New York. I was 19 or something. I then had an interim job working for Annie Leibovitz when the magazine was moving from SF to NY. I was helping get her situated, and finding her an apartment. Shortly after that I was an assistant to Jann Wenner's assistant, Iris Brown. Those were wild and crazy days. I abandoned my job to go down and live in St Martin. I was living in a little shed in St Martin. I had a little hammock. I used to hitchhike around because I didn't drive. I used to collect my mail at a boutique."