July 2021 was a month of remembrance… and discovery.

Remembrance of two people who died recently, and another who died last year.

Discovery, in thinking about them and in reading obituary details, of how great an impact their individual lives had on so many others.

This July 4, I want to remember one patriot whose career preceded the Internet Age: Stanley Fink.

Anecdotes about Stanley are impossible to find online these days, which is unfortunate, because the memory of him burns so brightly among those of us who knew him.

Two years ago, I left…

E.B. White is remembered in suburban New Jersey

A view of the Turtle Bay Gardens courtyard from a nearby office building on the East Side of Manhattan
Turtle Bay Gardens, the green courtyard between East 48th/49th streets, 6 pm, 5/26/21

A tree grows in New Milford, NJ… by way of Brooklyn… by way of a courtyard garden in Turtle Bay, New York City.

The writer E.B. White used to live in an apartment overlooking that garden. …

More than 50 years ago in Totowa, NJ

I’ve always tried to be a good boy. Too quiet, though.

Joining sides with the neighborhood bully, my first best friend threw rocks at me just days before his family moved to Parsippany NJ.

He hit me in the head.

That’s the way little kids say goodbye, and this is…

Arthur Samuels would have been 94 last week; to me, he is forever ageless

Arthur Samuels (1926–2020) — Obituary photo

Arthur died peacefully in the arms of Harriet, his loving wife of 55 years, just three months ago.

In my memories of him, I’ve discovered lessons that are more relevant in my life today than when he first tried to teach me how to play the violin.

I met Art…

Bob Varettoni

Posting here about writing, books, tech, family, baseball. More about me at bvarcommunications.com

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