For those still interested in Jim Stoll, I will keep posting email threads like this one:
Hi Mark & Laura, Yes of course you can mention me on your blog and thank you for the fond memories you brought up with your article.
Jim was not an artist just fond of ethnic art.
5 or 6 of us activists SF Chapter Board members would often sit around in his front room planning our civil liberties agenda. He was a brilliant strategist always knowing the “bigger” issues involved. He was the inspiration in the early ‘90s for the SF Chapter bringing Keith Meinhold, the first Gay serviceman to be discharged from the military when he came out in public, to speak of his experience at a public forum at Golden Gate Law School.
After one of many medical diagnosis Jim received for a host of medical issues he told us that he would rather die with his legs on knowing if he didn’t have them amputated because of his diabetes he would die. He was totally relieved and at peace with his decision and started making preparations for his death. This included giving away all his possessions and saying good byes to his friends. We loved him.
Take care, Phillip
Phillip Mehas Art Consulting
5815 Bernhard Ave.
Richmond, CA 94805
Office: 510 237-0066
Cell: 510 693-7000
“Let the beauty we love be what we do”. Rumi
From: Laura Saponara [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Thursday, September 23, 2010 10:07 AM
Cc: 'Mark Oppenheimer'
Subject: FW: We love your article about Jim Stoll
I will let you respond to Mark’s question (below) directly, okay?
From: Mark Oppenheimer [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Thursday, September 23, 2010 9:06 AM
To: Laura Saponara
Subject: Re: We love your article about Jim Stoll
Also, could I mention Phil's name on my blog, which I am using as a clearinghouse for people who want to know more about Stoll?
On Thu, Sep 23, 2010 at 12:04 PM, Mark Oppenheimer <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
On Mon, Sep 20, 2010 at 7:11 PM, Laura Saponara <email@example.com> wrote:
Many people here have read it and we’re collectively grateful for the time and care you’ve taken to excavate Stoll’s contribution – to history and to our consciousness of the courage it takes to “take a stand for freedom,” as we say. You succeeded in shining light on both his heroism and his struggles, allowing those of us who didn’t know him to take inspiration from him. Very meaningful. Thank you.
I just finally spoke with a fellow who served on the San Francisco ACLU chapter board of directors with Jim, a man by the name of Phillip Mehas. Phil is one of the people who visited Jim often, remembers him very fondly, and told me about his memories of a catered dinner with a group of loving people gathered around, during those very final days. He also said that Jim invited his friends to take the artwork that he had in his house, and so Phil has a few pieces that belonged to Jim. (I’m not clear on whether Jim was an artist, or simply owned art by others…) If you write more about Jim and want to be in touch with Phil, here is his contact information: 510.693.7000 (cell); 510.237.0066. firstname.lastname@example.org
ACLU of Northern California