Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Ezra Masliah

I know I promised more of a complete bio for my grandfather, but that's just going to have to wait for right now (sorry Adam). Here's the finished version which I actually did before the sketch I posted earlier. Reading through his autobiography (as far as he got at least) it makes me sorry I wasn't more interested in hearing these stories straight from him while he was alive.

From living in a haunted house in Burma (he saw a chest of drawers levitate over his younger sister), to selling clothes to the prince in a haberdashery, to sailing from Japan to San Francisco on the eve of World War II, losing his house at a trip to the race tracks, and moving to San Diego with my grandmother, mom, and aunt , you can't say he didn't lead an interesting life.

When he first met my grandmother he said "I think you're the girl I'm going to marry ."

Her answer?

"You're crazy."


Susan said...

Hi Ilan - I love all of your sketches, but Baba's essence exudes from your sketch - especially the old man inside. susan

Ilan S. said...

Thanks Susan! I did my best. One thing this doesn't capture is his sense of humor.