Of the most memorable persons I met during the Fulbright year, “Papa” Rudy Wilson stands out in a special place. My adopted grandfather, the retired professor of education is without doubt one of the happiest fellows you want to be around, and to talk to. Charming, kind-hearted, and down to earth. Thanks to him, I had one of the best times in Edwardsville, and very fun moments. It was in his house that I celebrated my last birthday, and it was with him that I visited several places of interest around the American midwest. Very many visiting students and scholars from this continent have him to thank for much of their sigh-seeing and fun get-togethers.
Papa Rudy now works in retirement as a storyteller about the days and lessons of slavery. He is fun soul. I consider myself blessed to have met him.
Today, he turns 75 years on earth, and I want to use this medium to wish him happiness and more years of humour, heroism, happiness and hope along with his children and grandchildren all over the United States, and countless adopted children all over the world.
He is the best grandfather anyone could ever have. Send him a birthday card if you can at rwilson AT siue.edu, and I’m sure he’ll appreciate it.
Here’s to the next seventy-five years. Yes, why not.