“I think 1962 was the last year that Jack Kennedy lived, so that usually Jack refers to the president. However, if we want to keep consistent, in ’52 I met someone named Jack Curtis, who became an important friend in my life, and so it’s a dual, a 2 celebration you see . . . Obviously now I am celebrating New York, and the Battery. Again, Coenties Slip was just a few blocks away from the Battery, and then that’s it. These are just very brief comments on my life . . . Well it was, shall we say, a happy year. ’62, remember, was the year of my first one man show in New York [held at the Stable Gallery, October 16–November 3].”
— Robert Indiana
Susan Elizabeth Ryan, interview with Robert Indiana, May 5, 1992, Robert Indiana: Figures of Speech Archive, 1987–2005.