Here's an eloquent tribute to Wayne Rotstein, by his brother, my friend, Gary. Take a moment and read it. Gary uses his news reporting skills to get to know his brother, after not seeing him for 10 years. His writing brings us a vivid portrayal of Wayne's life which was evolving toward pure simplicity. Wayne is believed to have been swept away into the Pacific Ocean when a dam broke in Kauai 10 days ago.
Lives lived: A brother lost in life and found in death
Friday, March 24, 2006
By Gary Rotstein, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Wayne Rotstein was a kid from Oakland who struggled at school, rebelled at home and never backed down from a fistfight on the streets.
|Wayne Rotstein visited the Kauai Hindu Monastery last August with a friend, Sandamini, left, and an unidentified staff member, center.
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Banyan was a serene, self-taught, self-sufficient Hawaiian who shunned material goods. His plantings made the earth more nourishing and beautiful than those around him imagined possible.
My brother went by all three names, in a half-century of evolution, until his freakish death 10 days ago. A dam broke that morning at 6, and he was swept away, apparently to disappear into the Pacific Ocean forever. Six acquaintances lost their lives with him on Kauai, a tropical Hawaiian island nearly 5,000 miles from the asphalt Oakland neighborhood which he and I roamed as youths.
Back in our family's cramped apartment across from Forbes Field, Wayne, a year and a half older, was my best friend and worst bully. The distance between us grew ever since. By the time he died at age 49, I hadn't seen him in 10 years.
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