In memory of our beloved Marvin Knopp who died on December 24, 2011
Thursday, January 19, 2012
I always enjoyed my time with Marvin. We talked about so many things: the Black Sox scandal, why Ray Milland was NOT listed in Maltin's movie guide, and about Einstein, one of my favorite subjects. It turned out to be one of his, too. I know a lot of old movies, old actors, and old songs, thanks to my mother. Marvin was often surprised at my knowledge of things that came before my time. He would ask me if I had seen this movie or that movie, some relatively obscure, and I would say " yes, that starred so-and-so actress or actor." He was always amazed and appreciated the richness of the moment. That was Marvin.
I will miss him. I hope he is sitting with Albert right now discussing the universe and how his ideas may have been expanded.
believe it is that intense air of life in Marvin's nature and all his activity that made the news of his loss, in a very literal sense, unexpected and hard to come to terms with.
Monday, January 16, 2012
Saturday, January 14, 2012
Monday, January 9, 2012
As a result, I will be dedicating the workshop to the memory of Marvin Knopp. This person deserves a lot more than that but for the time being this is the best I can offer for his memory.
I hope some of you can make it to the workshop.
Friday, January 6, 2012
With my courtship off to a good start, I knew the biggest challenge would be getting Marvin’s approval. Marvin was too kind to openly express his disapproval, but I knew I had a high bar to hurdle because a lawyer is a real step down from a Mathematician and Marvin had a long-standing policy of setting up Karen with his students. Pretty soon the Marvin-Tilly Life Exam/Boot Camp was administered. None of Karen’s prior boyfriends had passed this test, let alone survived it. It involved a visit to the home of Tilly: Karen’s then 90-year old grandmother, with Marvin presiding.
Marvin’s first pitch was high and inside. “I assume you have heard of my very good friend legal historian Lawrence Friedman?” was his first question to me. “Oh yes, I read Professor Friedman’s History of American Law with great interest and in fact found it to be on a par with Professor Morton Horwitz’s Transformation of American Law 1870-1960 as one of the most important books in American legal history of the last half-century” I answered. I hit that one out of the park.
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
My father's friendships seemed to find no obstacle in distance or circumstance. Many of them lasted a lifetime. His relationship with Gene, his close friend and college roommate, was one of those deep and lasting friendships.
Monday, January 2, 2012