An Alternative Title for this Post:
“Two Films, New Life and a Funeral”
There was a photograph on the front of the Plain Dealer newspaper,
of a man’s funeral being held in Cleveland. It was for the founder of the
company Progressive Insurance, Peter Lewis.
Lewis passed away down in Coconut Grove, Florida and the services
and funeral were held up here in Ohio. He died on November 23, 2013,
a man who was a billionaire and had given over $500 million dollars to
numerous charities, the three main, renowned ones being Case Western
Reserve and Princeton Universities, along with the ACLU.
Peter Lewis was buried in a simple pine casket with his black Stetson on
top of it. He had waited until September, this year, to marry his longtime
lady friend and partner, during his later years who he loved dearly. The
essence of this report of his death is to tell you that this Jewish man, Peter
Lewis, held high regards for the rights of people of all backgrounds in our
country. His proof was in his support for the agency that can either be
sneered upon or praised. He chose philanthropic projects that served and
added to peoples’ lives. He wanted workers’ rights to receive a lot of his
financial support, even at the “expense” of losing some of his valuable clients.
Mr. Peter Lewis’ memorial service was peppered with others who declared his
outspoken, kind and humorous nature, held at the Temple Tifereth Israel on
University Circle in Cleveland, Ohio.
Such praiseworthy descriptions for the deceased, were given, that anyone would
wish to be remembered in such a manner:
“A loving father” and an “ethical leader.” The family flying in the “Untouchables,”
a jazz band, who played and filled the air along the Cleveland streets during the
procession from the memorial service to the gravesite:
“When the Saints Go Marching In…”
There were a few people interviewed in the Cleveland Plain Dealer who said, Peter Lewis
had acted as “saint” in his 80 year lifetime.
Another photograph that caught my eye, was of Kevin Costner. Sorry, men! I
am sure that you know we, women, cannot resist his “charms!” Anyway, there
were a group of attractive people gathered in a local watering hole. The movie,
“Draft Day” will be released in April, 2014. It is a fun movie that any Cleveland
Browns’ fans will love and a story that is fictional. It is about the Browns having
a General Manager played by Kevin Costner, joined with the beautiful actress,
Jennifer Garner and witty Denis Leary. The Cleveland Brown alums will also
be exciting to view, with legends, Jim Brown and Bernie Kosar. The Lionsgate
movie was filmed around Greater Cleveland area. This will be all about the
NFL draft, coming out a month before the NY drafting process begins.
In 1961, a Clevelander Langston Hughes wrote a play about an African American
celebration of Christ’s birth. He entitled his play, “Black Nativity.” I am proud
and excited that this play has been annually performed and celebrated around
the U.S. by varied groups but its origin from Cleveland’s poet, playwriter and
novelist is important to bring people up to date in that there is a movie being
shown now based on this play. “Black Nativity” has Forest Whitaker, Angela
Bassett, Jennifer Hudson and Mary J. Blige in the cast. It has been not well
received by critics, but will be worth seeing by the people I believe due to
the beautiful music and meaningful message. There is a teenager who has
been acting up in it, asks his grandmother this question. A line that is being
attributed to the original play goes like this:
“How do you keep your faith when so many bad things happen?”
Her wonderful and powerful, but so simple answer was,
“God’s grace is all around you.”
An exciting and happy news event occurred at the Cleveland Metroparks
Zoo: Announcing the rare birth of a Giant Anteater! It is their first to
be born here in Cleveland, in our Rainforest exhibit.
This occurred on Monday November 25, 2013. The “baby” is less than
2 pounds and is being closely guarded and protected by its mother.
The sex will be hard to determine for awhile. The proud mother, “Pica,”
will be having this baby clinging onto her, almost appearing like a
marsupial in its infant appearance. She is 13 years old.
Travis Vineyard, the zoo’s animal curator, tells a few facts about these
Anteaters are insectivores, or bug eaters. (Myrmecophaga tridactyla).
Hey, does that last word sound like a dinosaur? Well, they are one of
the oldest animals… The females can weigh as much as 80 lbs.,
while the males can weigh as much as 100 lbs. Their origin is from
South or Central America.
Another interesting fact that I learned about the reason why these are
challenging creatures to take care of, they have a slurry or flurry or
slushy concoction that appears as a milkshake made of tiny pellets and bugs.
The zoo now does not have to blend this up on the premises, but a company
out there produces these and sells them.
So, there are always things happening in Cleveland and I was happy to give
you a few ‘ties that bind’ me to this place on Lake Erie, Ohio!