Harry Wolf

harry-debby-andy-wolf.jpgIra Ludwin called me tonight. I haven’t spoken to him in a while. Our mutual friend Harry Wolf was killed in a car crash. I hadn’t spoken to Harry in a while either.

Harry and I, to use the term currently in vogue, palled around in the 70s. We were friends through ham radio. I knew Harry when he met, moved in with, then married Debby. They were married 32 years. They had a son and daughter–both in their twenties now.

Harry was an off-center kind of guy. Bald early, Harry wore glasses and was never confused with an athlete. He was a smart guy who knew a lot about a lot of different things. He ran a self-financed talk show on a little station in Jersey. I understand he was teaching recently–at Temple, his alma mater.

His relationship with Debby was the best part of the story. She was an amazing catch and Harry knew it. She loved him unconditionally from day one. It is difficult to conceive a more nurturing relationship.

Tonight on the phone Debby reminded me of July 4, 1976. I was living in the Philly area. Harry and Debby, along with a few other friends went to Washington, DC for the Bicentennial fireworks.

We sat on a small hill overlooking the Mall. Our section applauded loudly when, from our vantage point, it looked like a shell would hit a plane. I know that sounds awful today, but we knew it was just an optical illusion. It was a good natured example of homogeneous crowd personality. It was a memorable day all around.

What do you say at a time like this?

This is the part of life they never explain when you’re growing up.

4 Responses to “Harry Wolf”

  1. Joe Cook says:

    I knew Harry from working at his radio station. I left the station in late 2006 and, though I’m still in the area working at another station, I had no idea he was in an accident. I am very saddened and shocked to hear of his passing. He was a very nice man and I enjoyed knowing with him. His radio program was original— quite different than anything else on the air… and I mean that it a good way! He was a real character. I know he was inspired by Jean Shephard and, knowing I was a fan as well, he lent me a tape of one of Jean’s old radio programs. I found a handful of old shows of Harry’s online at this website: http://harrywolfshow.com Very sad loss. Even though it’s been a couple years, I’d like to offer my prayers and condolences his family. Thanks for posting this online.

  2. Hi Geoff,
    I was just googling my dad ( as I sometimes do when I miss him… which is a very weird “2014″ way to miss someone..) and I came across this. I can’t believe I hadn’t seen it before. I’m so glad you wrote this. I hope you’re well. I’m not sure if you and I have ever actually met but I do remember my dad talking about you. Your name is very familiar.
    Maybe we met when I was little. My parents always had a lot of fun friends.
    Anyway… this is great.
    Hope you’re well :)
    Marissa

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