|John Karl gets ready to blow out the|
candle on his cake.
The crowd of well-wishers, many of them from the extended Karl family, assembled in Washington, D.C.
There were several of us from the New York City area and some from as far away as California.
His handsome portrait also appeared on a tee shirt that he spread out proudly over his tuxedo and red bow tie.
|John as a handsome youth.|
Mrs. Karl, the effervescent Tyna Coles, cut the cake with energy and dispatch. Everyone had enough, and more, of tasty food and quality beverages.
|Tyna cuts the cake.|
The tasty desserts included éclairs. I got to discussing the origin of the word éclair as the name of a pastry.
|The 70th birthday tee shirt.|
But why is it named after the French word for a flash of lightning?
The consensus of people with whom I spoke at the party supported my derivation:
"An éclair is French for a 'lightning flash'. A hot-dog-roll size pastry filled with custard or cream is called an éclair because, if left on a table, a lightning flash is its expected half-life."Alice and I were grateful for being invited to this heart-warming event in honor of a man who has done more effective advocacy for individual workers than anyone else we know.