This is a blast from your past. To help you try to remember me, my name is Lynn Rappaport. Back in 1975-1976 I went by Lynn Grover. For a short time I attended your Indialantic, FL Academy with the aid of your kindness. Your kindness is why I am writing you this letter today.
I was attending Cocoa, FL Community College at the time with no money but grants and tips to help pay for my...
education and living expenses. I often rode my bike from Merritt Island to the beach to attend your classes at your studio On one occasion, in the evening, you gave me a ride home in your convertible Volkswagen, after you put your young children to bed (sons I think).
You believed in me enough that you took me with you to see the President of the Community College, Dr. King whom you knew, to tell him, and I do mean tell him not ask, that some of my grant money should be used to help pay for classes at your academy. I don't recall the President's full name at the time, but when we left his office, he assured me that I could use some of my grant money to pay for classes at yourIndialantic Academy. Although, I never pursued modeling, your gracious deed I've always remembered.
Your example of perseverance showed me that I could do and be anything if I just put my mind to do so. Your gift made me feel special, which in turn was a big boost in my self-confidence. As I was reflecting on this the other day, I looked you up on the Internet and was pleasantly surprised to see that you were not that far away! I now live in California too, Northridge. Funny world we live in sometimes.
I went on to marry a filmmaker and professor of writing and directing. I have three children, 23, 18 and 15. I teach chemistry at a Waldorf school and recently took up beekeeping.
Although a brief moment in time our meeting, your grace and beauty remain an important memory in helping shape who I am today. So, thank you, Eva Kovacs, for being in my life when I most needed someone to be an example of how a woman can be dignified, powerful and beautiful.
With warmth, sincerity and heart felt thanks,
"Thank you so much for helping me out Eva. You have really helped my body be in much better condition and also healed my shoulder problem and I know that Pilates is the most intelligent form of exercise!"
"I gotta say, you cannot be in better hands than Eva's. She is the most amazing Pilates teacher, you will ever meet. Also, a lovely person which helps!"
"Every once in a while if you are lucky someone comes into your life who believes in you and your talents. I have been fortunate to have had 3 such people in my life. The first was my manager who helped me achieve singing success beyond my dreams in So. America,
Returning to the States I was at a loss because my style of music was not yet popular here. I longed to sing the beautiful, melodic, Spanish ballads, French songs and Italian romantics that I had learned and loved while living in South America. It was at this point I met Eva Kovacs, the next greatest influence and mentor in my life.
Eva was, and is, such a beautiful, talented lady, overflowing with energy, style, class, vision, and taste. I immediately felt a close kinship and respect for her on a level I reserve for only a few. Without hesitation, I put myself into her capable, creative hands and learned a lot watching as she used her artistic genius to pull together models, scenery, music and dancers into the most exciting and brilliant fashion events this city has ever seen before or since.
To my delight Eva used me as her 'Chanteuse' in all her shows. She freed me of constraints and allowed me to spread my wings and fly! She has a way of bringing out the best, not only in me, but also in all those she instructs or employs. It was a great loss to us the day she moved to California but her talents had outgrown us. And though many have tried, no one has yet been able to achieve or match her level of modeling professionalism and success."
Laurel Pritchett Washam
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