There was a knock on the door of a guestroom at the New Otani Hotel in the Kiocho district of Tokyo. It was early 1971 and Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Olcott were relaxing on their first full day after arriving the day before from JFK. Dad had just come back to the room. He had gone downstairs to exchange $80 into yen, the local currency.
“Were you expecting anyone?” Gloria whispered to Dad. He shook his head and wandered over to the door. He had brought Gloria with him to Japan as part of his 1971-72 world tour to roll out his new wife (number 4). See my post THE BALLAD OF BERN AND GLORIA as to exactly how I had been informed of the new marriage.
There was another quick rapping on the door. Dad hastened his pace and opened it to see a diminutive bespectacled middle aged woman, bowing profusely. “Yes?”
She rattled away in Japanese, and with more bowing, gave him a receipt and 60 yen in coins (worth less than 50 cents). Dad recognized her as the lady at the counter at the Bureau de Change, where he just been not more than 20 minutes ago.