Michael and Pearl

Michael N. Vaporis is an Attorney at Law and his wife, Pearl S. Berman is a Professor of Psychology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a writer and activist.

Michael’s office is located on the first floor of Penn State Towers, the building I live in and with some of the past negative work issues at my building, he was a very kind individual and helped me out in several ways and also helped me to be productively busy.

Michael and Pearl had several projects at their home and I was up for the challenges of plastering, caulking, priming and painting inside and out.  We all know, that projects in any home are never ending.

Another project was the leaf removal from their rain gutters but while using the garden hose to flush out the gutters, it got caught around the ladder and the ladder fell to the ground.  If it were not for a very nice neighbor, I could have been stuck on the roof for several hours before Michael and/or Pearl came home for the evening.  Since that time, they have invested in all new gutters for their home.

One of the most memorable interactions was when they invited me to join daughters, Rachel and Irene, co-workers and friends for a rare holiday combination.  On November 22, 2013, Hanukkah and Thanksgiving fell on the exact same day.  It was called:  Thanksgivukkah.

Pearl is Jewish and Michael is Greek Orthodox, so I got to learn about Hanukkah and enjoy great food, company and conversation.


Author: shutupjohn8

I am John P. Burkhart and reside in Indiana, Pennsylvania. For over 25 years, I worked in Visual Merchandising and Store Design for different companies across America. The cities include: San Diego, Phoenix, Dallas, Atlanta, Tampa, Honolulu, Boston, and Richmond. In 2000, I went home to help my parents. For the back story, go to Youtube, type: John Burkhart on the search line and see a video that Sean Yoder and James Nestor at the Indiana Gazette did August 15, 2015. Hope you get a laugh or two when see the video and/or read my blog. Enjoy!

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