Meeting Jim is a feature length documentary about a journey back to the lifetime of Jim Haynes, an extraordinary 83-year-old man who grabbed with heart and soul the spirit of the 60s and continued to carry it throughout his life.Having eaten with Jim in Paris a half dozen or more times, I can tell you he was as genuine as a person could be. The food was always tasty, with a vegetarian option, and all of the boxed wine you could drink. There was a suggested donation of 30-Euros, but one could pay what they could afford. In inclement weather, the numbers were limited to maybe 50 or 60, and in the summer, it could run to 100 or more, as
the group could spill out into the garden. It might include Africans in flowing Robes or Australians in Bush Hats, or Scots in Tweed; you never knew. Jim trained in languages and spent his evenings listening to Russian transmissions during the
Cold War, in Scotland: night duty allowed daytime education at Edinburgh University. He requested early leave from the Air Force, and continued school in Edinburgh, and one day met a young student named Jane Quigley, later known as Jane Alexander, the Academy Award nominated actor, who he called the flower of
Edinburgh Theater. He opened a groundbreaking Paperback bookstore where he offered free coffee and joked about visitors that stole books after having coffee. His accomplishments included a theater, called the Traverse, which encouraged avant-garde productions. If you are a traveler, you should watch this documentary.