June 15th, 2009

LL

Happy Birthday, John

John & Dad (L.L.) Asleep

Forty five years ago, in Fresno, CA, John Lewin was born. His mom, Sally, and I had been married for 3 years, and he was our first son. We were very, very proud. It was at the end of my first year of residency, and we were about to leave for Oakland, CA where I would be taking my second year of residency, and where Geoffrey would be born 13 months later. Sally and I wanted to have our children close together, so they would have the companionship of a sibling. Little did we know the many consequences of that decision, and that, years later, John and Geoff would be prosecutors, living in the same city, and closer than we could have imagined.

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Retro Joe Bruin

Roger 'Bill" Terry, Tuskegee Airman, Bruin Basketballer, Dies at 87


He roomed with Jackie Robinson, and was a Tuskegee Airman who was convicted of "jostling" an officer during an attempt to integrate the officers' club at Freeman Field, Indiana in April, 1945. He was encouraged by Coleman Young, and defended by future Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.

"On Aug. 2, 1995, the Army pardoned him, restored his rank and refunded his $150 fine. Two years ago, Terry and several other airmen collectively received a Congressional Gold Medal from President George W. Bush in Washington." Los Angeles Times obituary.