My name is Nathan Sambul and my stepfather was Murray Pollner.
As you can tell by the last name we are family. I may have traveled the furthest to be here today – from the New York area – and I am here representing the east coast Pollners who wish they could be here and share in this moment. They all send their love and respect.
Although we did not see each other often, I wanted to let you know Judy that we talked about Mel in our home, especially as my brother, sister and I were growing up. You see, ours is a Jewish household and Murray and Bernice Pollner would constantly make this point: If you are smart you should become a doctor. If you are average, a lawyer is an acceptable profession. And if you should be a little slow ... well, you could always become an accountant. But we would respond: “What about Mel?” He's super bright!” The thought of being a college professor always appealed to me and I'm glad he opened that door for us.
I was fortunate to see him a few months before he passed on. He was smiling, and we laughed, and he was generous. I asked him for some advice and he jumped in giving me his best thoughts, and volunteering Leslie and Adrian as well.
Two years ago, I started teaching Marketing to MBA students in Paris, and I told Mel that when I saw him. I was truly following in his footsteps after all these years.
In my class I show a Coca-Cola commercial that has only two lines in it. And while they may not be as profound as the writings we have heard today, allow me to share them with you:
“Give a little love and it all comes back to you. You're gonna' be remembered for the things that you say and do.”
With Mel, if you gave him a little love, he would pour it back to you many fold. Just one of the many reasons he was so wonderful.
With regards to being remembered, this group today is a testimony that Mel will be missed for many, many years all because of what he said and did.
On behalf of my mother Bernice, my brother Marc, his wife Shelley, my sister Caren, their children and my wife Nancy, please know Judy, Leslie and Adrian, that we love you and that you are in our hearts.