By Edmond Y. Azadian
It would be an understatement to say that Harutune Yeretzian’s untimely and sudden loss caused a terrible shock for all those who had come to make his acquaintance or who had befriended him. His life was cut short at the height of his activities.
Harout, as he was known to his friends and the public, was a ubiquitous figure on the Los Angeles- Armenian scene. The Abril bookstore, which he had started with his late brother, Nubar, had become a kind of literary club in the Los Angeles area.
His ambition went beyond selling books; thanks to his literary and artistic interests, Abril bookstore had become a shrine of Armenia literature where authors and readers could meet.
Harout was the fourth in the Yeretzian family’s five siblings. During his student years at Sahakian and AGBU Hovagimian-Manoogian schools (Beirut, Lebanon) his interests extended beyond the textbooks to music, arts and literature, which directed his steps to Armenia.
He attended the Dramatic and Fine Arts Academy in Yerevan, Armenia and graduated with flying colors. He obtained his degree in stage directing. However, he directed but a few plays in his native Beirut. He always stayed behind the stage and behind the scenes. He made things happen without seeking the spotlight.