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From the August 2019 magazine.

A majestic night

What was supposed to be just a ride home from a meeting turned out to be a show of a lifetime

In early 2016, my friend and hero Art K. passed with 54 years of sobriety.

For a little while, Art lived in a building that I didn’t feel safe going to, in a dangerous (I felt) part of Niagara Falls, New York. Everything about the place seemed to confirm my impression—the broken rail in the parking lot, the way the kid at the desk seemed to mock my elderly friend and the many shady characters my head told me were staying there. Art was oblivious to all this and seemed to enjoy being there.

-- Chad P.

Mount Vernon, Indiana

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