Filed under: A Light On The Southside
An intriguing aspect of Light: On The South Side is that it is so largely anonymous, despite the intense personalities found within. We’ve shown this book to countless denizens of these very clubs, none of whom have been able to positively identify even a single countenance. Kenny Rightout, famous as a member of Center Stage, came through for us recently and we were able to meet with an actual subject captured by Michael Abramson’s lens tonight. Helen Saffold was a socialite, promoter, and impresario and could be seen on the scene on nearly any given night. The night this photo was taken is particularly significant. It was February 14, 1976 and the setting is a Valentine’s Day party at the High Chaparral that she sponsored herself. Even though she had been shot just a few days before during an attempted robbery on her house, she checked herself out of the hospital so as not to miss her own party. From left to right, the three women in the photo (found on page 030) are: Latitia Binion, Diane Tobra, and Helen Saffold. She was also able to identify a couple of other revelers: the man on the barstool on page 107 was known as Magellan, and the man in the photo (with a woman) on page 027 is Rickey Huff.
We’ll keep the blog current with any other new discoveries of the stories behind the scenes.
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