1. No, CCNY was not for the children of the rich, although it was no longer free, as it was in my father's day. I took poetic license for a good punchline.
2. Yes, I left out a comma [perhaps because I was in a coma. :) ]
3. I never met Baldwin, but when I moved into my office in New Africa House, I discovered in the desk drawer a stack of old door name plates from previous occupants, and one was indeed "James Baldwin." We walk in the footsteps of giants.