Paul Kleinheider, 74: “Bridge Over Troubled Water” by Simon and Garfunkel: Songs of Memory Kleinheider believed that education was a “bridge” to opportunity and a better life. Paul loved Simon and Garfunkel: a bridge across the choppy water. “Paul’s childhood was a challenge. Even thoughhe’ couldn’t speak or respond, I played Bridge Over Troubled Water in hopes thathe’ would enjoy it. I think Paul saw education as a bridge to everything that was possible. Paul believed that education should be available to all children and did much to help children in need. I remember his song “Bridge Over Troubled Water” very well, and I remember it like it was yesterday. Songs from Memory We just passed 500,000 points for Covid-19. I loved Simon and Garfunkel and was lucky enough to see them at Symphony Hall in Boston when I was in college. Not long ago Garfunkel was performing at Princeton, and Paul and I went to see him. When Paul got sick and was hospitalized, I was able to go to his room. He was drafted during the Vietnam War and went to an officer’s school where he fought to get the hard training to be himself. NPR commemorates some of those who died listening to the music they loved and their stories. In the United States, more than 500,000 people have died from VIDOC-19 since the pandemic struck the country and the world just over a year ago. We call our tribute “Songs of Remembrance.” He never forgot “where he came from” and wanted to leave the world better than he came to it.
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