Buffalohair: Tribute to a Truly Great Humanitarian Robert Perske
Tribute to a Truly Great Humanitarian Robert Perske
my camera lens I witnessed history and I also observed greatness, a
true humanitarian & acclaimed author,*Robert Perske, champion of the
innocent and the abused. If you met him you would know how
inspirational he is and the battles that he fought for those who had no
voice. But for me, he became my mentor, my personal inspiration and my
been a while now since Bob and I chewed the fat as he and his army of
compatriots struggled fought and finally achieved the impossible, the
posthumous pardon of an man/child **Joe Arridy who was executed for a
crime he was incapable of committing so long ago.
by Bob’s book ***’Deadly Innocence?’, Screenwriter Dan Leonetti,
Photographer Antonio Sanchez and Advocacy Coordinator Craig Severa set
out on an impossible trek to clean the name of an innocent man, with Bob
at the helm steering them through turbulence times and the many
obstacles that lay before them through the years of struggle. Bob was
and continues to be the guiding light for all that is humanity.
momentum grew as more concerned human beings joined in the struggle to
vindicate this man/child Joe Arridy. Eventually drawing hard hitting
attorney David Martinez who through cunning and the professionalism that
brought him success in the first place, placed a pardon on Colorado
Governor Bill Ritter’s desk. Fortunately the noble signed the pardon and
the rest is history, it took a decade to pull it off, but they pulled
off the impossible and Robert Perske was the tip of the spear.
I should call him Mr. Robert Perske for he truly deserves a formal
title but if Bob was here he’d scoff at the formality. Bob is a very
down to earth guy and a joy to chat with for his every word is true
inspiration. What started out as some footage for a feature film turned
into an epic journey into the mind of a true leader and humanitarian,
Mr. Robert Perske. But if he were here he would kick my butt for being
so damn formal!
Though I learned so
much just from watching Bob through my camera, it was when the lights
were all packed up and my gear was stowed away when I got to meet the
real Robert Perske and it was refreshing to note he was the very same
guy off camera as he was on camera. Bob is the real deal and should be
considered a national treasure for all his giving and fighting for those
who have no voice. Though I could never fill his shoes, I’ve chosen to
walk his path. Like a squirrel following a the mighty grizzly bear, I
will forever be in his shadow.
was real cool, I became his student of sorts and would sit with him
hours after engagements when we had the time to chat and I would savor
his every word for I was truly learning how he fights for the weak and
rallies the troops. Those talks are priceless lessons on how to achieve
the impossible and hopefully I am going to do exactly what BOB taught
me, to achieve the impossible and it’s all Bob’s fault, right Bob?
Perske, you are my personal inspiration and I promise to keep the
struggle for humanity alive and strong. I learned and I breath your
wisdom and your words Bob, I to can also hear the cries of the weak and
the innocent for it was you who cleaned my ears, I’m going to make
history and it’s all because of you. Bob, you are the very essence of
humanity and I got a bonnaroo teacher.