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OMA AND POPP
AUGUST 15, 2005 10:40 PM

I have been helping my Oma  move out of her condo and into assisted living for the last couple of weeks - she is 84. My Poppy [who refused to be called Opa because it made him sound old, suggested that his grand children call him Poppy after his favoirte flower] died when I was about 6 months old on Easter morning. I was staying with my Oma and Poppy, he decided to go for a jog in the morning before we went to church - he died of a heart attack while jogging. For some reason I have a special connection/association with my grandfather since this day, I was the last person he saw.

Preparing for the move out of the condo, my Oma came across boxes and boxes of pictures, mementos, even love letters my Poppy wrote to her while he went to graduate school at University of Indiana and she was waiting for him back in New Jersey [she actually gave me some of the letters, I will scan and share soon, as well as many other things I will document and share].

Poppy, aka Dr. Bernard Schaafsma aka BR Schaafsma aka Bud, studied chemistry and went on to work at Colgate, assisting in the inventions of things like the modern-day disposable diaper and liquid soap that turn to foam upon release of its receptacle. After working for Colgate, he was hired by Amway to start their research and development labs [this was over 40 years ago, when the company was first beginning].

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Earlier today, I was reading http://news.google.com and I came across an article:

"by Barbara Quint. August 15, 2005 — Over the last several months, publishers have begun opposing the Google Print for Libraries program (http://print.google.com) and grumbling litigiously about copyright issues. ..."

I love google, and everything they do. I hadn't heard of this project yet, and was very interested. I found this:


Kind of dry, but it is my Poppy.


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