Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Out of the Bubble
David Raup and Bumble Bee Bob died this week. I was friends with them at one time or another along the long and winding road. Raup was a famous paleontologist at the University of Chicago. When I knew Dave, he was eager to prove that an asteroid killed off the dinosaurs. I helped him with a few sentences and he was generous enough to acknowledge me in one of his books.
Bob Novak was a funky musician and popular artist -- Chicago through and through. Marguerite has one of his paintings. I'm sure his life will be celebrated now at bars around town.
As an oldster, I joke that I live life in a bubble. My friends and I seem to look at life through the same lens. Yes, there are a few other-minded men in some of my classes, but nothing too challenging.
Last week, my friend Trudy posted this quote on Facebook: "Become friends with people who aren't your age . . . people whose first language isn't the same as yours . . . who don't come from your social class. . ."
Thanks Elsa, Shelby, Soo, Gerry, Helena, Molly and of course Dave and Bob for some good times out of the bubble.