Locating Friends from My Past
Occasionally, I stumble on information about a person I have know in my life past; sometimes , by deliberately googling their name on the Internet and at other times through a news article. Recently, I googled a seminary friend's name and found out he was no longer in the ministry and was now in Australia taking a course at the University of Queensland, where his wife got a job. He writes a blog http://2texansdownunder.com/ Maybe I will drop him a line and give this Texan a "How're ya mate" greeting.
It is surpising what you can learn online. The most startling thing I learned about someone is that while he never married, he fathered a child and was currently searching for her. This fellow is my oldest friend (we met in first grade). I have yet to muster the courage to ask him about it.
Most recently it was a movie review that featured a college friend of mine. The documentary is "Prom Night" http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28696841/ns/entertainment-movies/. Paul Salzman, who I know at college made this film. It is about the integration of the high school prom in Charleston, Mississippi. Morgan Freeman agreed to fund this school's prom if they would hold an integrated one rather than two separate proms. After years of integration, in the South this school and town held on to this remnant of racism of the old South.
Paul like so many Canadian youth of our generation had been interested in and participated in civil rights in the US. Obviously, he has not fully left this behind when on a visit to Mississippi, where he had worked on voter registration years before he stumbled on this interesting story and renewed Morgan Freeman's interest in this school.
Paul Saltzman has lived an interesting life as a film maker. At college, I found him and his brother, Earl, interesting because of their famous father, Percy Saltzman, who was the first person to appear on Canadian Televison. He was during my growning up years the CBC weatherman, as well as an interviewer of some note. He did the weather report with chalk board and chalk drawing the weather picture of low and highs and fronts, etc. His trademark became the tossing in the air , at the end of his report, the chalk and catching it, saying "and that's the weather." On live TV he virtually never missed. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Percy_Saltzman
I was always surprised when I visited their home in Toronto how modestly they lived. They lived in a little story and one half cape cod house like we lived in. Either they were not interested in living "higher on the hog" or they certainly didn't pay very well at the CBC and the Dominion Weather Service.
Paul after University stumbled on an interesting story. He went to India to "find himself" and came to stay at the same Ashram as the Beatles. He has had for years a collection of candid photos of this experience of hanging out with the Beatles. Not long ago, he published them and wrote a little about this time in his life.
Paul's interest in India became very personal when he married Deepa Mehta, who has become one of Canada's most celebrated film makes. She is best known for her trilogy of films "Fire", "Earth" and "Water". http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/women/002026-708-e.html
It is always interesting to learn that friends have lived productive and interesting lives.