Greystone Oral Histories

Famous People at Greystone


Greystone was a meeting point for its famous patients (Woody Guthrie, Naomi Ginsberg) and their family and friends: Nora Guthrie, Bob Dylan and his former girlfriend, and Allen Ginsberg.

Recollections of their visits to Greystone as well as brief commentary by famous singer Dionne Warwick, a former Greystone employee, are provided.

Naomi Ginsberg



Lyle Brooks, grandson of Naomi Ginsberg (Greystone patient) and nephew of Allen Ginsberg (author of poem, “Kaddish”).

Lyle recounts his grandmother’s mental illness and her treatment at Greystone Hospital. A brief video of Naomi Ginsberg at Pilgrim State Psychiatric Hospital is shown followed by a reading by actor Jerry Hurley of excerpts of Allen Ginsberg’s poem, “Kaddish” .

Dionne Warwick, Employee (summer 1960, 1961)
Dionne confirms her employment at Greystone while making her first musical hit, “Don’t Make Me Over.”

Prof. Jack Raglin, author of books about Enoch Bolles
Enoch Bolles was a highly regarded pin up artist and commercial illustrator. Bolles’ biographer, Prof. Jack Raglin describes Bolles art, life, and his art studio while he was treated at Greystone.



Roland Trenary, author of books about Mahlon Blaine
Mahlon Blaine was a prolific, if not well known illustrator who is buried in a pauper’s grave. His biographer, Roland Trenary explores Blaine’s secretive life, including his avant garde art and treatment by Greystone Superintendent, Archie Crandell.