So I’ve written about the 50’s and the 60’s and my recollections. I’m sure there will be others that come to mind and I’ll put them down then. What is going through my mind tonight is roommates. These are people I lived with during my college and law school days. They all had an influence on me and I still speak with my law school roommate regularly even though it’s 45 years since I started law school.
It’s interesting in my first year of college in 1971 at Morris Harvey College in Charleston, West Virginia, I didn’t have a roommate. I had my own room. That was probably a mistake as I didn’t have an immediate person upon arrival in my freshman year to befriend. The socialization process, as I remember, was a bit difficult. And while I only was there one year I did do well. I was a student government class rep, I pledged a fraternity and did well academically. I did well enough to be accepted as a transfer student at Boston University.
I absolutely loved my three years at BU. My time there is a big part of what defines me. I took just about full advantage of my time there. I was President of my 1800 student dorm complex. I was active in my major of history and in the School of Education where I received my secondary teacher certification. I do wish I had been a bit more active socially. But that was about my only minor disappointment.
While at BU I had three. Different roommates, Elliott Berkowitz, David Roh and Bob Kramer. I had good relations with all three of them but lost touch with them all after college. I really do. Not know what became of them although I do believe they were all successful. I did keep in touch with a number of college friends for twenty or twenty five years after college like Mike Greene, Sandy Becker and Hal Eskin. But I haven’t spoken to them in years. I do believe if I called or emailed them tomorrow we could reconnect in a very nice way.
As for law school, I only had one roommate for all three years, Mike Salnick. We still speak and we did get along fine but we never became best of friends. Mike became an extremely successful criminal defense attorney. He may be among the best in the country. He has had many high profile cases over. His career. From the day I met him he was going to practice criminal law. No other area of the law really interested him. He was just going to do one thing and do it well. I give him a lot of credit, it worked out well for him.