On Thursday, December 11, 2014, my wife and I lost a very dear friend, David L. Levy. He is survived by his wife Ellen, son Justin (Ilana) Levy, and daughter Diana (Danny) Moldovan, and granddaughter Corina Levy.
We were relative newcomers among David’s many friends and acquaintances. We knew him as an author friend who wrote the eco-novel, Revolt of the Animals.
David and his wife lived in our town, Hyattsville, MD. We had the opportunity to share booths with him at numerous book festivals. We also shared a weekly breakfast date with them at Busboys and Poets restaurant and more recently, as David’s health declined, in our homes. We encouraged each other’s writing and marketing, and he gave me an ecology-related blurb for the back of my latest novel, Canoedling in Cleveland.
I was fortunate to be able to share the progression of his latest book, Viktor IV, A Biography (Carolivia Herron, Street to Street Epic Publications, March 2015). Viktor was an expatriate American 20th Century artist who lived on a houseboat-studio in Amsterdam. He “produced an estimated 700 ‘ikons’ on boat hatches and driftwood,” which he found floating in the river, and more than five thousand numbered drawings. The book will soon be available from online booksellers, electronic media, and book stores like Barnes & Noble and Politics and Prose.
David wrote his first book, Potomac Conspiracy, in the 1960s. It’s a novel about a newspaper reporter who discovers a plot against America, and it bears similarities to the Watergate conspiracy that followed.
His second book is nonfiction and is entitled, The Best Parent is Both Parents: The Case for Joint Custody in the 21st Century (Hampton Roads Publishing Co.). This book grew out of his leadership of the Children’s Rights Council, a national child advocacy organization. Levy was co-founder and president for more than a decade. CRC favors joint custody (shared parenting) and mediation, to lessen the effect of divorce on children.
David tells about eco-novel, Revolt of the Animals, on his video (http://youtu.be/wihLQ5ePUgo): Animals overhear human terrorists plotting to launch a nuclear strike that could result in world-wide destruction and the death of all animal life. The critters hastily hold a Congress, led by Old Eddie, the wisest elephant at National Zoo, and plot to save the planet by taking it over.
Levy, an attorney in the U.S. Copyright Office for many years, was named “One of the 25 most influential people in the lives of our children” by Children’s Health magazine, Fall, 2009. He testified more than twenty times before Congressional committees about the needs of children of divorce, and organized more than seventeen CRC national conferences on the needs of children. On his wall at home is a picture of him with Hillary Clinton.
He liked to hear me sing, and I regaled him with many tunes, especially, “If I Were a Rich Man” and other songs from “Fiddler on the Roof.” So long, buddy. I’ll miss you. If you were here, I’d sing to you some more.