They Needed to Talk


"The details are a bit sketchy now, but everyone agrees the picture
was taken in Memphis, Tennessee, on a late summer night in 1973.
Karen Chatham, the young woman in blue, recalls that she had been
out drinking when she met up with Lesa Aldridge, the woman in red.
Lesa didn’t drink at the time, but both were 18, the legal age
then. As the bars closed at 3 a.m., the two followed some other
revelers to a friend’s house nearby. In the mix was a 30-something
man who had been taking pictures all night. "I always thought of
Bill as just like us," Karen says today, "until years later, when I
realized that he was famous."

"They Needed to Talk"
By Emily Yellin
The Smithsonian

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