Born in Muncie, IN on Nov. 5, 1932
Departed on Mar. 30, 2005 and resided in Indianapolis, IN.
If immortality is true, then Jack Copeland certainly will live on through the influence he has had with the ones still living.
At the age of 16, he survived three months of forced march and three and one-half years as a P.O.W. during the Korean War. He then went on to have a brief stint dancing at Butler University, which led him in a big yellow convertible to Metro Goldwin Mayer, where he swam his way through Technicolor Esther Williams movie musicals.
Returning to Indianapolis, he continued dance study at Butler, which then propelled him to Germany, England and Spain. He then brought his prodigious knowledge back to Indiana and for over 30 years he turned out many a professional dancer.
Mr. Copeland died March 30, 2005 at the age of 72. He is survived by innumberable dear friends: Margo, Billy, Pete, Nataly, Jonathan, Joe, Mell, Peggy, Carl, Theresa, David B., Dale, Rory...celebrities all.
JACK WOULD LOVE FOR YOU TO ATTEND THE BURIAL IN ALL BLACK COSTUME ACCOMPANIED BY A BLACK UMBRELLA PROP.
Contributions may by made to the Jack Copeland Memorial Boys Dance Scholarship Fund, 5144 Boulevard Place, Indianapolis, IN 46208
Jack would leave us with these words, "The best thing you can give anyone is TIME." Read his obituary here.
I put off writing my goodbyes to Terri Schiavo, and the Pope. Thought I was trying to find the words to say farewell to strangers I've only known through the news.
Terri shouldn't have had to starve to death.... we don't even starve death row inmates and it is even forbidden in the Military by the terms of the Geneva Convention. But she's at peace now.... and I hope she really is.
The Pope, was almost the opposite of Terri, in that he was old and had multi-system failure and I think people were relieved to see him go so quietly and peacefully. He was the only Pope I've ever 'known'. His successor has huge shoes to fill.
Today, I discovered the real reason for my delay.
My father's great friend, Jack Copeland, died on March 30th. They met while Dad was in college (you remember I said my Dad has an ecclectic group of friends, right?!)
Jack was the coolest adult I'd ever met. He was a dancer, mostly ballet, but he could do anything. I attended some workshops of his at Butler U. as a child and felt so special because I got to hang out with him, too...
He lived in this old house in downtown Indy that was really haunted. We were even there once right after a 2x4 smacked Jack on his head..... by itself. Dad took him to get stitches. And I was so in awe that he went back home and told me he wasn't afraid of 'The Judge' (The house did belong to a judge, who died there, before Jack moved in)
Ohhh, and the costumes this man had in his closets~a little girl couldplay dress up in a different outfit, every day for years. I pleaded and begged to borrow one for Halloween, not knowing the cost of having a real costume made.... I was never allowed to take them out of the house, but it was free reign inside.
So, now I know that I had to wait for 'The Entertainer' to enter the pearly gates before I could write my farewells.....
Goodbye Jack. We'll miss you. You'll never know how much you touched my young life.
Now go dance for Terri and John Paul......