From the Daily Hampshire Gazette
By STEVE PFARRER
Published: 3/9/2021 5:23:14 PM
NORTHAMPTON — Norton Juster, the author of the celebrated children’s book “The Phantom Tollbooth,” related a story several years ago on National Public Radio that he fell into writing the story because he was bored and doing something the book’s main character does: procrastinating.
By Jim Lescault, Executive Director
Reading the public notice of the recent death of Benny “Motown Man ” Johnson put me into a
deep pause, reflecting on my many wonderful interactions with Benny here at the Amherst
Most people came to know Benny from his delightful renditions of Motown hits on the streets of
Amherst and the surrounding towns. Some called him Benny the Bucket-man, due to him
keeping rhythm for himself with an empty joint compound bucket.
Amherst Media invites you to the Massachusetts premiere showing of our video documentary, A House Built by Hope: A Story of Compassion, Resilience, and Religious Freedom.
This 35 minute video will be followed by a panel discussion. Panelists include, Jim Wald, Hampshire College History Professor; Simon Leutz, Department Chair, Social Studies, Amherst Pelham Regional High School; and Dr. Elsie Fetterman, former Danielson resident and member of the Temple Beth Israel Preservation Society.