Photo Credit: Hanley Family Archive
April 2016: Front of House Magazine Article Written by John Kane!
January 2017: Load Out Magazine Article Written by John Kane!
On May 26 2015, my dear friend Judi Bernstein-Cohen died. She had many health problems for too many years and her life just quietly ended. I went to see her the day before she died and as I spoke she did make some movement in her hand as I held it. Hard to tell but I felt that even in her last moments she was connected to me. She was always a part of my life.
She worked for me and Hanley Sound from the mid 60s to mid 70s working hard long hours as we built and prepared equipment and loaded trucks to go out all over the country to do sound jobs. She ran the office, maintained equilibrium with all the staff, promoters and performers. She supported me in my ideas to create new and innovative sound reinforcement. I can’t imagine what Hanley Sound would have been like without her. She was indispensable.
As the decades rolled along and her talents moved on to other jobs she and her husband Harold Cohen remained a close part of our lives. We shared holidays and all family events with them and reminisced about the times on the road and at 430 Salem Street in Medford, MA. with laughter and amazement.
Whenever I have been given an award the first person I thank is Judi. She was a rock, strong, dependable, sincere, tireless, giving and generous with her time. She was dedicated to my company and to me. She had a fabulous sense of humor, could tell a joke like none other.
I waited almost a month to write something. How do I put into words everything Judi was and how much she meant to me? She was a friend for 50 years. I will miss her. She will never be forgotten.
Photo Credit: David Marks
Bill Hanley Honored in 2013. Click photo for Boston Globe article.
Photo Credit: Boston Globe
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