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Abraham Jedidiah Rogatnick - The Architect & His Cane
Tuesday, September 25, 2012



Abraham Jedidiah Rogatnick

It was sometime around 1994 that I met an old man who was stooped and walked with a cane. I was a youngish (youthful?) 55. The old man, Abraham Rogatnick died in 2009. I was at his bed the day before he died. He had given me an hour-long treatise on Venetian architect Andrea Palladio (1508–1580) and the merits and wonders of his Chiesa del Santissimo Redentore.

It is 2012 and I am now that old man with the exception that my beautiful carved and colourful Apizaco, Mexico, cane is behind my TV set in the den. I have yet no need for it.

I often think of how in just 15 years I have become a poor copy of the great old man that Rogatnick was when I met him.

At Rogatnick’s memorial service video artist extraordinaire, Clancy Dennehy showed us his take on Rogatnick. In a conversation with Dennehy just yesterday, he informed me he would post on YouTube a video about the late 90s tango band, Tango Paradiso. The video featured a then Vancouver Ballet BC dancer, Acacia Schachte, her father, another Ballet BC dancer, Rusty Toth and most improbably Abraham Rogatnick (who when not being an architect was a professional actor, Abraham Jedidiah Rogatnick. Because we discussed Rogatnick, today I was delighted to find that Dennehy had posted the Rogatnick video. Here it is.

Rogatnick video

The Profane Urbanist's Home

Rogatnick's manifesto for not moving the VAG

Abraham Jedidiah Rogatnick



     

Previous Posts
Acacia Schachte - That Exquisite Singularity

A Lizard Visits Lillooet

Living With Ron Thom

M's Birthday Party

Alex, Brother Cadfael, Casi-Casi & A Warm Bench

Down South - Point Mistake

Lauren Stewart On Superia

Rebecca At Boundary Bay On Sunday

My iPhone 3G At Neverland Burlesque

Shane Lunny - Cyrano de Bergerac On Fast Forward



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