The Campaign For DA

4.27.2018

A Note To Everyone: Life Is Short No Matter How Long It Is


He came up to me at Judge Fostel's funeral, and he might be the only person in this world that makes me stand "at attention" with the exception of my father. He asked me, "Did your grandfather have a shop in Chico?" I told him I knew that "he had one in Decatur and Paradise and obviously one in Bridgeport but I'm  not sure about Chico." He smiled and said, "Yes he did, son. I bought a package of tobacco for a nickle from him."

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

There's a sort of saying that you hear sometimes in younger circles, particularly around the racial issues, harassment issues that are accelerated to extremes by social media; that goes something like "we just need all the old, privileged, white men to die off" and then those fortresses of sexism, racism, greed, etc. will disappear and America will be a happy, fair place. Be careful what you wish for, young people. When the "greatest generation" and then the boomers start to go...not so sure you don't trade a few, positive changes around old ways of thinking by some for a whole new set of problems; and much worse ones if our tracks in education, herd mentality and the whole "idiocracy" thing that's coming together fast as lightning right before our eyes comes to pass. Not sure I want to be part of a society in which most people value their 659th selfie of the day more than the lives of a car full of people, or their own life.

Anonymous said...

WB was a family friend. RIP.

Anonymous said...

Barry,
You just mentioned 2 of my favorite people. John was my best friend and WB had my respect from the time we were introduced. Life is indeed short and the world seems smaller today.

Anonymous said...

WB was a great man. He was my grandparents lawyer. After he retired one of the younger partners handled my family's affairs. Let's just say the level of service and ethics dropped substantially. But the level of smirk and smugness skyrocketed.

Anonymous said...

I first met WB as a very young boy when my Grandmother, Mary Barnett went to work as his secretary. He was always very nice, but like you said, he could make you stand at attention.

Anonymous said...

What a man he was. The vast majority will never know the hand he had in so many good things that happened in and around Decatur, for so many years, because he mostly stayed below the radar. He was a master of positive influence, but always allowed others to take the credit and spotlight. I learned much from him. I sought his counsel from time to time for advice on many matters. I will miss him.