In Memory of Shel Kaplan
Grand Ambassador of The Seena Magowitz Foundation
Written By Tony Subia
There are not enough words to describe the most unique man I ever met.
Sadly, Shel is no longer with us. But for those that knew him can relish the treasure-trove of memories he gifted us. A true friend. Always the life of the party. Knew everything about everything. Knew everyone, yet called himself “Mr. Anonymous.” Go figure. Would step forward to help anyone. Yet he never lacked the right words for inhospitable people. Know what I mean? He was from Brooklyn you know.
He called himself “The Facilitator.” He could negotiate the impossible. If Shel couldn’t get it done, no one could. He could convince you that yellow canaries were actually purple. That water was dust. He wrote the book. “The Art of Confused Deception.”
Shel knew everything about anything. How do I know that? He told me so. On those really rare times when he admitted he had “forgotten” a fact, he could Google quicker than Pat Morita could catch a fly with chopsticks. Speaking of chop sticks? No, never-mind. Don’t ask. Not going there.
Shel thrived on being the “deal-maker”. Want a new car? Go make your best deal then call Shel. He could turn a tough car sales manger into a jar of silly-putty. Couldn’t find a $200 hotel room in a sold-out market? Shel would get you that room for 55 bucks plus a bottle of champagne.
You know the show “Let’s Make A Deal? At the end of the show where a lovely model would give you $100 if you had mousetrap in your back pocket. Shel could have made a fortune. He could pull the impossible out of his pockets.
He spoke Brooklyn. Really fast. If he wanted to confuse you, he talked really, really fast. People from Brooklyn sound rough and tough. Shel was definitely street savvy but always with a tender side. He would do anything for you. His many friends never had to even ask. Shel was always there when you needed him.
Roger Magowitz and I can attest. Shel was a true friend whom we loved dearly. We miss him and his humorous wit terribly. And will always treasure the memories.
In the game of life, his wife Susan was his true love and his lifeline. Bless you Susan for always volunteering to help the foundation. We are all so thankful to have called your husband Shel a cherished friend.