Daily Archives: July 22, 2015

TEDDY VOUCHES FOR SEDLEY

How many people named “Sedley” do you know?

Very few people with that name turn up on Google, and it seems to have been a first name that has fallen out of favor.

But someone named Sedley was a swell fellow.  Teddy Wilson said so and put it in writing with his blue fountain pen.  I know that signature to be authentic because Mr. Wilson (by then very taciturn) signed his name for me in almost the same way.  And the inscription looks genuine: Teddy never paid anyone to sign his name for him, as far as I know.

SEDLEY, A SWELL FELLOW

But Sedley, whoever and wherever he is now, had Teddy Wilson’s seal of approval, which is no small thing.

The other three gentlemen in the photo (Lionel, Gene, Benny — flanking a particularly I’d-rather-be-anywhere-else Teddy) were swell fellows also.

This one’s for you, Sedley!  And for us.

May your happiness increase!