Some of the fondest memories I will always have, are of my years at
Cass Tech. I had the best time all of those years and wish I could do
it all over again. Growing up sucks, with all the responsibilities of
life. Life always in "Turmoil" But what a ride it has been.
My first wife (Sandra Lawrence / Class of 1960 Cass) of 18 years (and
mother of two beautiful sons) has become philosophical in her old age
and has written me a beautiful proverb she stole somewhere: “God gave
us memories, so we can have roses in the winter”
After Cass, I won a full scholarship (Yea!) to Arts & Crafts, I
took fine art and dropped all of the design classes (had ‘em all at
Cass) learned to smoke, cut classes and play Bongos, Drink and chase
more girls. Married Sandy Lawrence, had a beautiful son when
I was 20 (he just turned 47 and lives in Royal Oak) I moved to New York
with 2 brothers and started a Super Market in Long Island and went to
painting classes a couple of times a week at Art Students League in New
York City. Had another son (Peter) who lives in Tucson now and is
44 with one daughter age 13. Lived in New York for 3 years, and
always being in the family business, came back to help another brother
in the 8 track tape cartridge business duplicating music (Sam the Sham
& the Pharoahs, Roy Orbison and lots of others). Ran the
shift. He sold it a year later and I found a job working on the
as an artist at a couple of studios.
I decided it wasn’t for me (I wasn’t that good as a fine artist and
hated working on the board) so I went to work for Skidmore /Sahratian,
one of the premier art studios. I wanted to be in sales, so I started
there and worked there for about 17 years.
Went through the forty year itch, and got divorced and left my job to
start my own business. Had some great success with the automotive
companies and their ad agencies. Had a crew of about 15 people in
Married one of them (#2) which lasted another 18 years. Moved to
California in 1990. I couldn’t find a reasonable business and
get a job being over the hill at 50 something. Got divorced
had a job and a good attorney). So I started a catering business
another brother who had a room, kitchen and phone at his wholesale
meat business. After a couple of years doing all the marketing
sales, cooking and cleaning the business became quite successful.
through the dot-commers in Silicon Vallley, business was great.
After divorce number two (she took the gold mine - I got the shaft), I
moved in with my Mom and took care of her for 6 years (put her in a
home after the six years). She died last year at 99. I invited a
Namese girl to move in with me, and she stayed 6 years. What an
emotional drain. What a temper! Even her kids hate her. I moved
smaller quarters and she moved in with her sister and family. I
her 19 year old son to live with me who is in college. I learned
to eat Noodle soup (Pho) with chopsticks! Well, you know what
to the dot-commers and the economy today.
I am still in business today, but scaled back and collecting Social
Security and cooking.
I am looking for number 4, a woman with a boat who likes to clean
Send Picture of boat.
Basil S. Salah
Culinary Magic Catering