CARL SCHLESINGER
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SCHLESINGER--Carl, 88, printer, linotype and labor union historian, composer of the official march of The New York Times, co-producer of Tap Extravaganza (R), tap dance enthusiast, wordsmith and author of printing history books. He was a proud New York Times printer, educator and trainer for 35 years, and from 1967-73 established a printing school in Nairobi, Kenya. Producer and narrator of award-winning documentary, Farewell Etaoin Shrdlu; starring role in Linotype: the Film; and star of Heart and Sole: Twenty Years of Tap Extravaganza. Schlesinger is survived by his wife, Renee, daughters Laura (Craig) Minor, Barbara "Tia" (Michael) Amdurer, Jeanne Buesser, grandchildren and great-grandson. Donations to "Schlesinger Fund" NY Public Library, 445 5th Ave., NY NY 10016 or www.NYPL.org




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Published in New York Times on Nov. 11, 2014.
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November 23, 2014
"No one ever told me, that grief felt so like fear."


C.S. Lewis, "A Grief Observed"
November 22, 2014
A consummate New Yorker who embraced his craft and helped preserve the memory of it for us all. He was also a strong supporter of Big Six, the New York Typographical Union. And so much more.

Brian Powers Washington DC
November 18, 2014
Farwell Etaoin Shrdlu
I will be eternally grateful to Carl for making the film, Farwell Etaoin Shrdlu about the last edition of the New York Times to be set in hot metal on the Linotype machine. I was especially pleased to encounter him again in recent years in Linotype, The Film. May his memory be eternal. I hope he gets to meet Marilyn Monroe again in that great composing room in the sky.
Clay Nordan
November 16, 2014
Your Father was a bright light in his elder years when we met him. A wonderful role model. We extend our sympathy to you. Love Mike Rodensky & Mary Jean Hull
November 14, 2014

Shifting the Sun


When your father dies, say the Irish, you lose your umbrella against bad weather.

May his sun be your light, say the Armenians.


When your father dies, say the Welsh, you sink a foot deeper into the earth.

May you inherit his light, say the Armenians.

When your father dies, say the Canadians,you run out of excuses.

May you inherit his sun, say the Armenians.

When your father dies, say the French, you become your own father.

May you stand up in his light, say the Armenians.

When your father dies, say the Indians, he comes back as the thunder.

May you inherit his light, say the Armenians.

When your father dies, say the Russians,he takes your childhood with him.

May you inherit his light, say the Armenians.

When your father dies, say the English, you join his club you vowed you wouldn't.

May you inherit his sun, say the Armenians.

When your father dies, say the Armenians,your sun shifts forever.

And you walk in his light.


[Diana Der-Hovanessian]
November 14, 2014
We miss you, Carl. You were a bright light.
Ken Karp
November 11, 2014
So thankful to you and the day you had me come on board for the NY Committee to Celebrate National Tap Dance Day when we were tap students at Woodpeckers! I have many fond memories of the Tap Extravaganzas I helped to produce with you and the rest of the Committee from 1991-2005. My thoughts are with Renée and your family at this time. We spent many hours together planning and you even had me help create graphics for your 50th wedding anniversary! I know you are tapping up there with Peg, Buster and all those others we miss and love so much.
Barbara Shenton
November 11, 2014
Carl Schlesinger helped us create Tap Extravaganza when he came on board. He was able to raise enough funding for the rental of Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall and several concerts at Town Hall. He helped us bring in the legends of tap form all over the world! Thanks Carl! I now know the many hours you worked! GOd BLess! LOVE and PEACE FOREVER Traci
Traci Mann
November 10, 2014
David and I would like to extend to you and your family our deepest condolences. I had a very soft spot for Carl. He was one of a kind. I loved his stories, he was a consummate raconteur. We shall miss Carl very much. It is a privilege to have known him.

David and Elizabeth Malcolm
November 10, 2014
Carl Schlesinger was an extraordinary ambassador for the human race. He really was.

The planet is far richer for his having lived: wiser & warmer, deeper & more spirited. Best possible legacy to leave.

So very sorry for your loss.
Karen & Michael Watkins
November 10, 2014
I feel honored to have known such an amazing man. My prayers to Renee and the family.
Heidi Ackermann
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