By then, Betty was the day barmaid at the Stage Door; as a stripper, she had been a contemporary of Blaze Starr, who died this month at the age of 83, albeit one of the lesser-known. A grandfatherly figure, Milton had been on The Block since the 1930s. He had opinions a-plenty, often shared in grunts and whispers. He routinely pulled me aside to warn me against drug-addicted dancers and philandering bartenders. For a time, he succeeded in keeping me away from what was "around the corner."