Cover | Allison Mantha-Remail and Karen Klaber
Mom’s “Ballet Hands” (digitally manipulated photograph). The subject of this month’s cover is Judith Lance, mother of The Monthly’s publisher, Karen Klaber. The photo, which was taken in 1945 on Miami Beach, was colorized by Allison Mantha-Remail, certified photo finisher and restoration specialist, under Klaber’s direction. Manhattan-born Judith Lance sang and danced as a vaudevillian in the ’30s and was a member of the Women’s Army Corps during World War II, entertaining the troops throughout New England with the 5th War Bond Show. Now living in Las Vegas at the ripe old age of 92, she still drives, raises funds for Disabled American Veterans, and steals the show at holiday parties dancing up a storm (even with osteoporosis). She’s suffered the premature loss of a husband and son, but still has a terrific sense of humor and joie de vivre. Klaber is proud to say that her mother is the most resourceful, self-reliant, high-spirited woman she knows and feels lucky to have inherited some of that moxie (not to mention the genes). For information on photo restoration services by Allison Mantha-Remail, contact Sarber’s Camera in Montclair: 1958 Mountain Blvd., (510) 339-8545.