Sunday, April 8, 2007
A SPINGTIME TELEPHONE CALL FROM IRAN
Here's a snapshot of "Peanut Man" at his final day before retirement last year at Dodger Stadium. He was part of what going to see our Dodgers play was all about. After he left, I wondered why in the heck I hadn't asked him for his autograph.
I received a telephone call very early this Easter morning from my lifelong friend Aladdin Zarrinpour, who became my Fraternity Brother in Phi Delta Psi at Pierce College, long ago.
Aladdin was the first Moslem, whom most of us at Valley and Pierce Colleges had met. He taught those who became his lasting friends that loyalty and caring are treasures that transcend national boundaries or religious beliefs.
Aladdin gave his friends in the San Fernando Valley many treasures, not the least of which was an exposure to the magnificent Persian poet and scholar, Umar ibn Ibrahim al-Nisaburi al-Khayyami - known best in the western world as Omar Khayyam. The great Omar Khayyam created one of the world's oldest museums and a magnificent center for the study of history, mathematics and astronomy. His Rubiat remains one of the great love poems of all time.
When I told Aladdin about The Museum of the San Fernando Valley, he reminded me that Omar Khayyam would have encouraged us in our ambition to create a great Museum of history and culture - but that we need to do it without delay!
Preserving and sharing the history of one of the world's most important creative communities must not be passed by!
As Omar said,
"The moving finger writes, and having written moves on. Nor all thy piety nor all thy wit, can cancel half a line of it."