When John Lennon moved to New York in the early seventies he said he'd done so because he wanted to be at the centre of the world.
New York in the fifties was even more a centre of excellence, and perhaps an even greater magnet for talent. With all the certified geniuses then either resident in Manhattan or working there, I've often wondered at the sort of sparkling dinner party that could have been put together.
How about this for the start of a sparkling guest list, put together from people spending a lot of time in New York at the time:
Frank Lloyd Wright
Pier Luigi Nervi
Ludwig von Mises
Godfrey N. Hounsfield
Wouldn't you just love to even be a fly on the wall at that gathering?