American Flatbread + Flatbread Kitchen
For the weekend of October 22nd and 23rd, 2004
Tonight’s menu and baking are dedicated to
Dr. Sol Londe rested in peace at his home in Los Angeles yesterday at the age of 100 years 10 months. Peace was something he had been striving for his entire adult life.
My Grampa Sol was born in 1904 and was still going strong as a political activist and practicing pediatrician at the age of 98. He was a founding member of Physicians for Social Responsibility, whose parent organization, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1985 for its nuclear disarmament efforts. Grampa and his wife Jeanne were honored with the Stephen H. Fritchman Humanitarian Award in Los Angeles in 2000.** For the last 15 years of his career, he worked as a volunteer at the UCLA medical center treating teenagers from juvenile detention centers.
Throughout my childhood Grampa Sol would dominate dinner conversation with talk of politics and injustice. As a child I did not understand his anger and passion. As an adult I am grateful. So often we Americans do not take enough advantage of the rights our democratic government gives us, rights many people throughout the world do not have. My Grampa used his right of free speech liberally through marches, letters, public speeches, and participation in activist groups. He was a leader, and members of our government took notice: Sol Londe has an FBI file 5,000 pages thick. Through the Freedom of Information act, my family obtained 300 of the pages for the occasion of his 100th birthday. Most of the pages described what he was wearing, eating and who he was meeting with – and those names are blacked out…so the information is not so free after all.
At the end of his life he had an additional topic to champion: Love. He met Jeanne, the love of his life, at a political march in his 80’s. They married a few years later and his joy was abundant for the rest of his life. “Love is the most important thing in life” he would say – often. He participated in political marches until 1999 where he had a debilitating stroke at one. After that, from a wheelchair, he registered people to vote at the Kerry tent at a Los Angeles farmers market, and met Dennis Kucinich at one of his speeches during the presidential primaries last year.
Grampa Sol was also the cook in the family, and he instilled in my Dad and my brother and me a reverence for flavor. I am grateful for his example of what one prioritizes in life. I know the world is a better place because of him.
Thank you for coming tonight. We love to bake for you.
**With thanks to Bob Sheer for these facts
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