Wednesday, August 1, 2012.
The Cineforum, 463 Bathurst Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. M5T 2S9.
W. H. Murray, The Scottish Himalayan Expedition (1951):
“… but when I said that nothing had been done I erred in one important matter. We had definitely committed ourselves and were halfway out of our ruts. We had put down our passage money— booked a sailing to Bombay. This may sound too simple, but is great in consequence. Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way. I learned a deep respect for one of Goethe’s couplets:
“Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it.
“Boldness has genius, power and magic in it!”
“You have entirely the wrong attitude. If you leave this school today you will starve in two weeks,” my high school principal told me when I was 17. That night I arrived on the streets of Toronto from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. I had just enough money in my pockets for a beer. I was underage. I did not let that stop me. Today I know that if I had not left I would have starved.
One of the many people who came into my life and enhanced it was Al Aronowitz. In life we have, if we are fortunate, not one father and mother but many. These are men and women who by their lives cause us to be reborn into someone we would not have otherwise been.
I have many fathers and mothers.
One of my fathers was Al Aronowitz. Al passed away August 1, 2005.
For more info on who he was go here:
To hear his words come to The Cineforum.
Al Aronowitz At The Cineforum photographs By Bernard Hashmall.