"When I was a teenager growing up in Detroit, I used to hang out with a bunch of jazz musicians. At the time, ‘Bu’ was a common street name for heroin. One night when we were all hanging out, one of the guys said he was ‘going out for a poke.’ Another guy said: ‘Why don’t you just go talk to Betty? You can’t get any higher than that.’ And ever since then, I’ve been called Betty Bu."

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