Young Jon StewartI had worked in an actual university archive by this point. Hopefully it paid off in the meticulous detail on this equipment and these storage boxes. Right down to the formatting of the labels.

Timeline has skipped another 10-ish years into the future. Walker in her late 30s or early 40s, Cohen a fresh-faced early-20something. Don’t you just want to ruffle his hair?


Year 197x: New York State.

Archivist: I’m very sorry, ma’am, but that collection isn’t available right now.

Walker: ?

Archivist: One of our students is working with it.

Walker: How much longer do you plan to have that out?

Stu Cohen (young): Well, I . . . Are you Ann Walker? From the Forbes 100 Women to Watch list?

Walker: Did I make another list? It’s so hard to keep up.

Stu: Well, it’s an honor to meet you! I’m a big fan. Stu Cohen. Business major here at the university.

And I can be finished with the Sokolowski collection right now if you need it. I didn’t pull it for a class or anything, just personal curiosity about his Being. Which is all academic — it isn’t like I’m ever going to have one of my own.

Ann’s Being: If he’s interested in us anyway . . .

Walker: Mr. Cohen, how would you like to keep reading . . . out loud?

And so . . .

Stu: The finding aid says most of the records about the Falcon are in box 3, but I think some of these letters in box 4 might be relevant. By the way, I’m totally putting “personal assistant to Ann Walker” on my résumé.

Walker: Young man, that is deceptive and manipulative. Let me know if you ever need a letter of reference.