Sunday, March 27, 2016

#87 / Brazilian

Louis LaFortune (1952-2016)
Yesterday, I attended a memorial service for Louis LaFortune. The house was packed at the Live Oak Grange. Louis was just "the best," as someone said, at pretty much everything to which he made a commitment, and to which he turned his hand. That included politics, peace activism, his family, education, music, and auto mechanics. 

Louis was a teacher at the New School, in Watsonville. He had served as President of the People's Democratic Club of Santa Cruz County, and he played a leading role in Guitars Not Guns

There was lots of music at the memorial. There was lots of heartfelt emotion. And this memorial and celebration of life was the first I ever attended at which a "Blonde Joke" played a major role in filling out a picture of who Louis really was. I guess he liked "Blonde Jokes." Here's one his sister told: 

Two blondes were discussing their love life, and the first blonde told the second blonde, "Wow, last night was fantastic. I made mad love to a Brazilian."
"Really," said blonde number two; "how many is that, exactly?"

We have a Brazilian reasons to celebrate the life of Louis LaFortune! There are a Brazilian reasons to miss him now that he's gone.

A salute to Louie!!

Image Credits:
(1) - Gary Patton Personal Photo - Program Photograph
(2) - Gary Patton Personal Photo - Memorial Gathering
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