November 15, 2006

9:52 AM
After dinner, I fished through the television trying to see if I can get any channels. The sure thing stations are 36, 54, 65. Sometimes we can get 11, which is NBC. 36 usually has COPS on at around 7:30, so I've been delving into the mindless numb of that show recently. Ahhhh... the wonders of no cable. Sometimes I wish that I'd get back on(with cable), but then I'd be spending countless hours dumbifying myself. So cops will have to do.

But last night I surfed to channel 54 during a commercial and saw an old man that I knew from the local YMCA. He was quite the character. In his late 80's, he was sharp as a whistle. Remembering everyone's name and sharing stories of still scuba diving at his age, taking photographs, and telling everyone exactly how many miles he had swum since 1947. He was up to 1,000 + at the time I had met him. But sometime last year I stopped seeing him and wondered where he went?

Sadly, this show was a documentary on his life. And after watching a few minutes, I realized that he must have passed away. What I didn't know was his historical significance to the country. Here's what WIKIPEDIA says:

Dave Tatsuno (born Masaharu Tatsuno in 1913; died January 26, 2006 in California) was a Japanese American businessman who documented life in his family's internment camp during World War II. His footage was later compiled into the film Topaz (named for the Topaz Relocation Center where he was confined). The film was placed in the National Film Registry, part of the Library of Congress, in 1997. He was a 1936 graduate of the University of California, Berkeley.

What an amazing man, who lived life to the fullest. I wish I was able to ask him more questions and learn more about him while he was alive. Anyways, just sharing with y'all cause I truly thought this man was quite a beautiful being and then to learn what he did behind the scenes was quite inspirational. It makes me realize I need to do more.
Mike Park