His first shows were in Asbury Park, at a small run down Convention Hall that appeared destined for the wrecking ball.
Many of the checks come in the amount of several hundred dollars, according to data from the Asbury Park Press.
Robert Graves thought Hammett was better than either Chandler or Asbury and called The Maltese Falcon, “a literary landmark.”
He had assumed a very pompous, hortatory manner, and I could well believe he held a prominent position in Asbury class.
Asbury came to be known as a clever fellow, and his business grew.
He received his early education at Asbury Academy, a flourishing institution near the place of his birth.
"They're after you hot and heavy, Asbury," said one of his friends to him.
They resolved, among other things, that Mr. Asbury was an enemy to his race and a menace to civilisation.
The time came, however, when Mr. Asbury's theory was put to the test.
They left the car at Asbury and street-car'd to Allenhurst, where they investigated the crowded pavilions for beauty.