Nat Schoen passed away recently here in New York. He was 92 and a life long New Yorker. He served in WWII in North Africa, Sicily, and Italy. I met Nat in 2000 when I first moved to New York. We were neighbors and used to go to a diner for breakfast on Sunday mornings where he would regale me with stories about the war, Broadway, old New York, his dearly departed wife, Ruth, and the Yankees. I learned more history from him than I did in some of my classes in university. I was also fortunate enough to witness nobility and honor as lived by a man who remained fiercely independent to the end.
Nat, you are missed.