LEMAÎTRE Papa Knew Best
Papa Hemingwaywas born 100 years ago this year and died by his own hand 38 years ago thisweek. I spent a day with him in 1954, when I spotted him walking-swaggering,really-up 5th Ave. He was wearing a rumpled brown tweed suit, beautiful cordovanshoes and a regimental tie. He went into El Borracho, a popular restaurant ofthe time, just off Madison Ave., that one my parents used to take me to oftenwhen I came in from boarding school. El Borracho had a quaint custom of askingevery lady customer to leave an imprint of her lips on a piece of paper, andits walls were covered with lipstick snippets. Some of the names were very famous,some not.