The Gadfly On His Knees
Passings: On my knees this week. First, longtime friend Marian Opala, 89, passed away. The Supreme Court justice was state courts administrator when I first met him in the late 1960s. We became coffee shop friends and when I went to work in the governor's office, he regularly stopped by to visit. A World War II hero of the Polish Underground (which I did not discover until far later) and super-proud American, Marian was his usual larger-than-life self (and given his size, this was no small feat) when last I saw him at the shoeshine stand at 50 Penn Place. "Mike!" he exclaimed, "You've retired and you don't look a day over humrph mumrph!" Smooth Sailing, Mister Justice.
|Mike McCarville aka|