George Lawler Clip 3: A Blessing in Disguise
Collection: Queens Museum Oral History Project Records at the Archives at Queens Library: George Lawler
Description: George Lawler is the biological son of Thomas "Duke" Connelly, one of the men pictured in Andy Warhol's 13 Most Wanted Men series, which was covered up before its debut at the 1964 World's Fair. He and his sister were abandoned by Connelly and his wife following a bank robbery in 1955 and were adopted by Joseph and Mary Lawler, their aunt and uncle (Mary and Ann were sisters). Lawler's adoptive father told him about his past when he was fourteen. In the interview, Lawler talks about his family's history and reflects on the life he was able to have because of his adoption. Lawler describes his adoption as a "blessing in disguise". He wishes that Warhol's exhibit could have been about his adoptive father, whom he misses every day.
Adoption; Father figures; Warhol, Andy, 1928-1987
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