HAPPY BIRTHDAY BEN MORSE
22nd June would have been the 97th birthday of Ben Morse, a friend to me and to many of my friends.
Ben had two long and enriching partnerships, the first for forty years with Louis Beachner ( a somewhat well known actor in his day); the second with Bruce Wirtz (an Episcopal Priest).
Bruce served in the Diocese of Western Massachusetts which is why and how I came to know Ben. Ben died in Dec 2016 here in Sarasota.
Ben had also been in the theatre business, here he is as a handsome young blade.
The retired Ben was a fabulous cook; a witty host; and a man whose impatience was legendary.
One day Ben handed me this box. I hoped against hope that he was not about to propose to me.
Fear not. The box contained this
Ben had noted that I needed an old fashioned bottle opener. I yet keep it in the box - makes it easy to find in my kitchen implements drawer.
He also thought that I should have a decent wine bottle stopper. Being thoughtful he chose one with a dog design (back in the days when Penne was the love of my life)
Bruce's son Nelson was the executor of Ben's will. He said that if I wished, I could take an item from the house to remind me of Ben (and of Bruce).
I chose this! It bears truth at at least two levels.