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Commerce directors Ralph Ger-
son and Doug Ross.
Mr. Naftaly said Gov. Blan-
chard appointed a number of
Jews to state office, including
"His first judicial appointment
was John Shepherd (to State
Court of Appeals), and he also ap-
pointed Rabbi Irwin Groner
(ethics panel), Sondra Berlin,
Larry Deutch and many others,"
Mr. Naftaly said. ❑
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Blanchard was a staunch sup-
porter of Israel and he and his
first wife, Paula, were active in
the Soviet Jewry movement.
"It is an interesting wrinkle,"
the governor said. "When I was
a congressman, I represented a
huge portion of the Jewish com-
munity. But I didn't run around
saying my father was Jewish. It
Mr. Blanchard is survived by
his wife, Nora; by Gov. Blanchard
and his wife, Janet; daughter and
son-in-law Suzanne and Robert
Brook of Okemos; a stepson and
and Carol Zellner of West Bloom-
field; four grandchildren and
Robert Naftaly, director of the
state Office of Management and
Budget for four years under Gov.
Blanchard, believes the gover-
nor's strong ties to the Jewish
community are the result of
"He agrees with our basic
tenets and his support of Israel
was always strong," Mr. Naftaly
Gov. Blanchard's staffers in-
cluded Shelby Solomon, Mr. Naf-
taly and Department of
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ric Kingston remembers
writing his first poem at
"It was about fate and destiny,"
Twenty-one years later, the
MSU graduate has compiled
much of his poetry into a book
called Visions, sold at this year's
Jewish Book Fair. The book,
which features the poem "i am re-
membrance," is included in the
archives of the Holocaust Memo-
rial Museum in Washington,
"I thought it was a creative
piece by a talented young man," Eric Kingston
says museum director Michael
If hatred, war and evil solved
One stanza in "i am remem- problems, there would be peace
in the world," he says.
Mr. Kingston is a self-taught
pianist and actor who also earned
i shovel the ashes of the dead
a black belt in karate and is fea-
with the "why" tearing at me
tured on a metro Detroit gospel
the "why" burning me
radio show. As an artist, Mr.
"why" tattooed in the fire
Kingston steers clear of goals.
of my mind
"A goal is a finite thing," he
Mr. Kingston says he writes says. "A goal can take you to the
from the heart. He examines so- top of a mountain, but a purpose
cial issues — like AIDS, war and can take you beyond the stars. I
use my writing to try to deliver
racism — and asks "why"?
"Why is man, after all these people from the limited ways they
years, still such an ignorant crea- see, feel and react to one anoth-
ture, materialistic and immoral? er." CI