Loved, Loved, LOVED my brother from the moment he was born, when I appointed myself his lifelong protector. Never was there a sweeter, more ingenuous human being, most likely due to my influence :). He succumbed to complications of non-Hodgkins Lymphoma in the Emergency Room of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. His wife, Merle, said he died with a beautiful smile on his face. What a gift that I can remember and think about every January 3rd, the anniversary of the most painful day of my life.
A few pictures from his life………….
Steve and I, Summer 1958
1962, picture taken the night prior to cosmetic surgery to have his ears pinned back. Kids teased him, called him Dumbo.
1963 – Ears look great! Now we have to do something about his protruding teeth, another source of embarrassment to him, and why he often wouldn’t smile in pictures.
July 2003, with wife, Merle. Such a sweet picture, one of my favorites.
December 15th, 2004, Steve’s 50th birthday, a party I threw for him at the Vine Restaurant in Los Angeles. He was so happy. Two weeks later, a respiratory infection, and he was gone.
Bullwinkle J. Moose
Steve had a repertoire of impressions he did very well – Hubert Humphrey, John Wayne, Dudley Do-Right of the Mounties, Kirk Douglas, any of the male Kennedy’s. There were more, but my favorite was Bullwinkle, performing many of the routines. From the age of 10, with Steve’s skinny-as-a-stick legs, he’d re-create the show’s ending theme where Bullwinkle would take it off stage with Broadway flashing lights behind him, marching Rockette style, one knee up before crisply kicking leg straight out, toes pointed, then leg kicked up high, in perfect form that would make any Rockette proud.
Steve, I love you so much, and know you love me. Always remember, “Heebie jeebie, jelly beanie, the spirits are about to speak!”
I hope you enjoyed this brief glimpse into Steve’s life and a little of mine.
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Robin Barr is a business owner, animal lover, information and resources junkie, and a fan of innovation. She's also the inventor of award-winning Cold Sores Begone™, an instant preventative, and Canker Sores Begone™, a healing accelerator. A boomer and ENFP, Robin lives in Mission Viejo, Calif.