Mom and Dad
At Left, my good friend Henry Z. Steinway and I at his office. We
would have lunch at Shelly's across the street (we called it "the
old automat") few times a month and talk about old New York
City...he via his Life Experience (he's 93 here!) and me via my
So long Henry...see you soon. I'll miss you.
My good friend and college buddy (and psychic!) Leo Montegut and
me at the 2004 Harvest Cup Polo Classic, my favorite event to attend
in Greater New Orleans.
At Left, my wonderful
friends from my old
Albert, Marilyn and
Adele. We lost Adele
in 2011 and Marilyn in
Left, long-time dearest-most
friend for many years, Liselle.
("Lizzie") (Center), her husband
Garry Sr., with their children
Ruth, Garry Jr., and Helen. This
was taken at Amanda and Garry's
50th wedding anniversary in
Grandma and Grandpa Ruppert
Joseph III, Gregory, Melissa, Jason & Me.
Cousin Cornelia with her dogs in at
the old house on Flagler Rd. in
|My Great-Great Grandmother, Anna
(above) My great friends and the best (and
most beautiful!) professional colleagues:
Cyndi Christian (left) and Nancy J. Heck. I
bunked with both of them and their families
during my evacuation odyssey across two
|(above) Lookie here! Jody done moved to
Hawaii! Oh, the fun we had at UNO and on Gull St.!
Right: My grandfather's first cousin, Jacob Ruppert
Schalk (1896-1962) (fourth from left) on his boat, "The
Linwood" in 1936 which he used in 1935 to raise The
Philadelphia, Benedict Arnold's Revolutionary War
gunboat that sunk in Lake Champlain in October of 1776.
The Philadelphia now sits in the Smithsonian. Jacob
("Rupp") was the last resident of the old family home in
Rhinebeck, NY (Linwood, which my Dad affectionately
called "the Old Man's House" referring to his
great-grandfather who built it) and in 1962 he
bequeathed it to the Sisters of St. Ursula who now
operate it as a retreat center. The Sisters are so kind to
still let us roam around the place when we are waxing
Merry Christmas, Jack! See you soon!
|Troy Wayne Campbell, Jr.
5.30.1963 - 4.11.2008
Left, my good friend and
former NYC neighbor (and
my former joint custodian of
a part-time cat named
Arnold), Esther Haddass.
|Voici, la première addition à la famille de
Dina et Charles: Chloé Louise!
(Crois-tu que je suis la demie-acadienne?)
|It's so nice to have a man around the house...
Phoebe Lavender Merlis
(5.26.1920 - 10.10.2003)
loving wife of Lawrence Irving Merlis
Miss you, Phoebeleh!
Above, my great-granduncle, native New Orleanian, Nahan Franko, who married my
great-grandaunt, Cornelia Anna Ruppert, in 1895, his second wife. He was a noted
musician and the first American-born concert master and later music director of the
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. He later started his own orchestra under his own name.
The music you are hearing is his Blue Danube, recorded January 20, 1920.
To the left, his third wife and widow, notable German actress, Anna Braga.
|Patricia Dolan. 1939 - 2011
You are deeply missed.
Thank you for your making New York City a better place to live.
Grandpa's cousins, Sisters Ruth Rita Silleck (later Mrs. J.B.MaGuire) and
Helen Ruppert Silleck (Mrs. Frank Joseph Holleran) in the 1930s. The
children are Glenna and Richard Holleran. Richard passed away this
summer (2012), the last of our family to speak German fluently and to have
worked in the beer brewing industry.
Above, notwithstanding his denials,
is my good friend and former
colleague, Darin. :-) He's now a
dean at Fordham Law School.
and Joe's home
in Deer Park,
taken in the
PASSION by Jordan G. McFaull, Esq.
Give me the passionate ones,
thoes ever watchful hawks of change burning
with the incandescent brilliance of
innovation, exploration and motive,
Give me He, who lives a million years in
the blink of an eye, who fights,who dies, who cares,
Give me the one who never ceases to be
ready for the new day ahead and tomorrow's
Thoes who yearn for revolution, speak for
themselves, and instill the indomitable
sense of victory within the diffident
flock of apathy and complacence,
Give me He, who judges his step by the feel
of the wind, the warmth of the sun, and
the constant voice which says, press on,
press on, and don't stop.
(the third Mrs. Nahan Franko)