proud Jewess, loving wife, bridge lover, staunch Democrat,
friendly neighbor, loyal friend, generous aunt, supportive boss,
doting Grandmother, poker player, opera buff, sage adviser,
Lili was a smart, feisty, funny, outspoken, no-nonsense woman. I love smart, feisty, funny, outspoken, no-nonsense women. After all, I married one and fathered another (and my granddaughters and great-granddaughters seem to have inherited the gene.) Lili was a classic in this mold. As you can see, I adored her:
The name Busboys and Poets refers to American poet Langston Hughes, who worked as a busboy at Washington's Wardman Park Hotel in the 1930s, before he became an acclaimed poet. Here's the restaurant's "tribal statement":
Busboys and Poets is a community where racial and cultural connections are consciously uplifted... a place to take a deliberate pause and feed your mind, body and soul... a space for art, culture and politics to intentionally collide... we believe that by creating such a space we can inspire social change and begin to transform our community and the world.
The program featured a terrific mix of reminiscences and musical selections. Martin Bestimt, a high school pal of Jody's and the son of one of Lili's best friends, sang Cabaret. I remember Lili getting a group us together to see Martin 30 years ago at the International Inn where he performed as a singing waiter. His sister Annie worked with Lili at BNA for several years. In this picture, Martin and Annie talk with Judy Springberg, a BNA retiree who frequently traveled with Lili to Atlantic City and Las Vegas, where they pursued their love of gambling.
I'm not sure how Lili celebrated her 70th birthday, but I hosted parties for her 75th, 80th, 85th, and 90th. Here's Lili at her 90th with my daughter Ann (who worked at BNA for several years following in the footsteps of her mother and father who met and married as a result of BNA) and Kathy Gill, another BNA retiree and dear friend of Lili's (and mine). Hard to believe that Lili is 90 in this picture!
I think Lili is more beautiful in her 90th birthday photo than in this one taken more than half a century earlier.