Someone up there was looking out for me
Jack Mayer Willen was interviewed at the StoryCorps booth by grandson Bruce Willen.
In the 1920ies, Jack was an aspiring actor, but then came the Great Depression and Jack needed to find other means of income.
76 years after passing the bar, Jack is still practicing law, but he’s lost none of his passion for storytelling, in the booth, he recited word for word the poem “The Shooting of Dan McGrew” which he used to declaim over 80 years ago.
At 97, looking back on a rich life blessed with 3 children and several grandchildren, Jack says “Someone up there was looking out for me”.