My Dad — Bud Rubin — would not approve of me commemorating him.
He did not even want a memorial service. He was overly humble. He was not materially wealthy.
But he was both heroic and nurturing — I am so grateful for that.
He represented African American PA Congressman Leroy Irvis — pro bono — in Moose Lodge v. Irvis in SCOTUS in 1972. After evacuating us due to Hurricane Agnes — a major hurricane that struck York, PA in '72 — my father stayed in York — to bravely finish his work on the case while protecting our home.
Bud Rubin was also a talented musician who was told — by Ignatius Gennusa — that he could have had a professional music career — and that he had more natural talent and musicality than some full-time clarinetists. When he was in public high school in Brownsville, PA, Bud Rubin won a state-wide virtuoso clarinet competition and played on Pittsburgh radio — but my Dad was overly self-effacing. He only performed occassionally — although we were blessed to hear him play for hours in our home. He was also athletically talented and held a Pittsburgh-area track record.
Anti-Semitic slander, libel, and stereotypes — caused my talented but overly humble Father — and other family members — to avoid wealth and to downplay media attention. There are many news articles about family members — literally hundreds of articles were written about my Grandfather, Herbert Cohen, from his 20s to his death in 1970 — and many articles were published about my Dad — who — at 27 years old — was referred to as "Boy Wonder" by the Harrisburg press — and covered nationally during the Moose Lodge Case. However, no one in my family ever saved clippings, sent out press packages, or hired a PR firm.
Additionally, we did not protect ourselves from bad actors.