This is a story I was quite close to. I got to know Armand three years ago when I participated in a drama therapy workshop with him, thanks to my friend Leo, who suggested I should see him. I had been hearing his name for years, and it turns out that almost everyone in Berkeley knows him. I was honored that he was willing to participate, since he is a rather shy person (and modest, too).
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