Erich Segal, the man who wrote Love Story died this week from Parkinson’s Disease. Segal was a classics professor at Yale University when he wrote the book, which became an Oscar-winning 1970 film starring Ryan O’Neal and Ali MacGraw. I never read the book or saw the film – but that’s not the point.
His daughter yesterday said at her fathers funeral “That he fought to breathe, fought to live, every second of the last 30 years of illness with such mind-blowing obduracy, is a testament to the core of who he was, a blind obsessionality that saw him pursue his teaching, his writing, his running and my mother, with just the same tenacity. He was the most dogged man any of us will ever know.”
Speaking about this famous book he created, Love Story, she commented that among all the other things he did this was for him, the greatest peak in his life. What a lovely testament to a father from a daughter.
And a timely challenge to find our own greatest peak while we can…