Tuesday, October 25, 2005

In Memoriam

There is an intersection in Tuskegee, Alabama where two roads intersect. One named for Martain Luther King, Jr. and the other for Rosa Parks. Both were arrested. Their non-violent direct actions criminalized.

One was a great orator who moved a nation with the spoken word. The other simply sat down in front of the bus and sparked an inspiration for oppressed minorities everywhere.

Rosa Parks represents the everyman/woman who just got tired, sat down, so the rest of us could stand up for something. Anything.

"One day I was an invalid," Pat Morita recalled in a 1989 interview. "The next day I was public enemy No. 1 being escorted to an internment camp by an FBI agent wearing a piece."

Born on 28 June 1932, Morita started early in life with spinal tuberculosis. He recovered just in time for imprisonment during WWII, because of his ancestry. After the war, his family operated a Sacramento restaurant, where he tried stand-up comedy on the patrons. Without much future in comedy, he worked for Aerojet General, and finally entered show business at 30.

He will be interred at the Palm Green Valley Mortuary and Cemetary. Credits.