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2002-07-03 04:00:00 PDT Santa Monica -- A close friend 28278920 my nike shoes once described as the guy you would avoid in line at the post office. Shuffling into a room in sneakers and a worn cap, he had a raspy, high-pitched voice, reminiscent of . If he engaged you in conversation, the first thing out mulberry outlet uk of isabel marant sneaker sale his mouth might be, "Do you believe in God?"
Mr. Rochlin supported no organized religions, but isabel marant store he was spiritual. He saw life as a never-ending search for meaning, which he pursued through the abominations of World War II as a bomber navigator, the building of a successful architectural firm in Los Angeles and the discovery -- in his eighth decade -- of an improbable second career as a spellbinding monologuist.
His show, and a subsequent book, was called "Old Man in a Baseball Cap, A Memoir of World War II." It was a series of monologues about his wartime experiences, full of sexual adventures and chilling celine luggage confrontations with death, that he performed at theaters around the United States between 1996 and 2001.
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Mr. Rochlin died of leukemia June 21 at St. in Santa Monica. He was 79.
The youngest of five children of Russian Jewish immigrants who ran a hardware store, Mr. Rochlin grew up outside Nogales, Ariz., speaking fluent Spanish, English and isabel marant 28039157 nike air max basketball shoes shop online a little Yiddish.
At 19, he signed up for the Army Air Corps and was assigned, like the nine other Jews in his group, to navigation school. A bigoted drill sergeant later explained it was because "everybody knows you Hebes are good with numbers, and all a navigator is, is just a . . . flying accountant."
He flew 50 combat missions over Europe and was shot down twice. He saw buddies decapitated by shell fragments and was sprayed by their blood and guts.
One time he isabel marant store was forced to bail out over what was then Yugoslavia and spent a month walking back to his squadron in Italy, guided by an amorous partisan named Marushka. By the war's end, he had been decorated 14 times.
After the war he enrolled at UC Berkeley, earning a bachelor's degree in architecture in 1949. He married a Berkeley student named , who became a novelist and historian.
He founded Rochlin Baran in 1952 with Berkeley classmate .
During the 34 years he was an active partner, the firm became known as a designer of medical facilities. The firm also designed structures for observatories.
In 1986, at age 63, he retired from the firm. He rented a small Santa Monica studio and spent several years designing primitive toys, collapsible shelters and small architectural projects.
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Gray drew out each participant's life mulberry outlet stories, which they had to present in the form of a monologue.
All the harrowing war experiences he had spent decades trying to forget came mulberry outlet pouring out.
"I just got up there and yapped away," Mr. Rochlin recalled in the a few years ago.
Back in Los Angeles, he signed up for a 43234456 nike shoes men class in solo performance at Highways Performance Space in Santa Monica. He was the oldest student by three or four decades.
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