2 thoughts on “Memories of Stan – Tikun Olam תיקון עולם إصلاح العالم
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  1. On Saturday, May 5th I served lunch to the randonneurs in Cistern, Tx. Cistern is a junction in the rode about 15-20 miles from several of the small Texas towns that dot the hill country of Texas. Stan, Reba and Mark rode down the 2 mile stretch of road leading up to Cistern a little before 1:00 pm. The road leading up to Cistern is wide open and I could see them coming the whole two miles. The ride was mostly down hill and the riders were moving at a good pace. There was with a fourth rider from California riding the 600 km along with Stan when they arrived in Cistern. Stan, Mark and Reba were riding the 400 km ride. The four riders ate lunch and talked about the different routes they were taking. The owner of the Cistern Country Store welcomed every rider into his establishment and allowed them to use the facilities to cool off and prepare for the next stage of the ride. If you ever get a chance to stop in the little hole-in-the-wall town of Cistern, say hi to the owner and support his store. He provides good ole country hospitality.

    Another group bicycle riders, about 800, were on a ride from Austin, Texas to Shiner, Texas, The riders from the two groups crossed paths in Cistern. The Shiner ride was just finishing in Cistern just after Stan arrived at the rest stop for lunch. The Shiner truck pulled up to the four riders and offered assistance and then proceeded on after a short pleasant conversation about the two rides.

    Stan and the three other riders enjoyed a lunch of oranges, sandwiches made from fresh homemade bread my wife, June, had baked for the riders the night before and cookies. All four riders exchanged best wishes as the split up to finish there respective rides. They filled up their containers with water and electrolye replacement fluids and journeyed down Jeddo Road toward Lockhart for the 400 km ride or Texas 95 for the 600 km ride.

    I packed up, as this was the last group and headed back to Austin, Tx to pick up some equipment for my son, Jim, and our scheduled meeting in Columbus, TX. It was a pleasure to meet Stan. From all I have read, I wish I had the chance to know him better.

    As an Aside, I drive through the Columbus, Texas area at least once a week. If you can design a poster from the blog that I can provide to the stores in the area, I have permission from several owners of the stores at to post a poster asking for help to find the hit and run driver. The people I have talked to in Ellinger and Columbus think it is a terrible tragedy that the driver did not stop. They are willing to help spread the word and identify the driver of the flat bed truck.

    My prayers are with the family and friends of Stan. May God Bless you all in your time of grief. I pray that this message is of comfort to all of Stan’s friends and loved ones.

  2. From Alaska

    Stan Oldak was well respected and well liked as a Pediactric Dentist as well as friend. He loved traveling to the villages for the kids and he loved the outdoors. Alaska is a very big change from his life in Manhattan. He loved it all. We will miss him. I will miss him. Thank you Richard for keep him alive in our hearts.


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