November 17, 2013 12:08 AM
102 years. Born May 3, 1911. Passed October 18, 2013. First generation American born in Chicago, Ill. Moved to Los Angeles as a young boy and attended Malabar Grade School, Roosevelt High School, then attended USC when he became a lifelong Trojan fan. One of his most poignant USC memories was stealing a seat next to Knute Rockne (Notre Dame coach) and yelling like hell for the Cardinal and Gold. This exuberance and enthusiasm lasted until his final 2013 USC game against Arizona, USC's first win with Coach Orgeron.
BB's aptitude and skill with machinery made him a necessary figure on the home front supplying the World War II machine with equipment and the ways to keep them running properly. After the war BB started his own forklift manufacturing plant, The BB Miller Forklift Co. in Los Angeles.
After reading Mutiny on the County in 1940, he bought a 1928, 36 foot, gaff rigged sailboat which he berthed in Santa Barbara Harbor in the early 50's and the BB Lo made many a trip between Santa Cruz Island and the mainland.
He lived by the sea most of his life. As testament to the bounty of nature's force within us and outside us, BB honored the wind as well, naming his daughter Westerly for his treasured wind. He perched his homes above the water to invite the marriage of water and air in his every day. He resided on the Mesa for the last 22 years of his life.
So in his passing, on the 18th of October, the number that represents Life in Judaism, as well as good fortune offers us another opportunity to consider his life an endless testament to the power of life itself. We will remember him as a potent force. We miss him.
BB is survived by his wife of 53 years, Loni; sons, Harris and Marlin; daughters, Isabel, Debby and Westerly; grandchildren, Michelle Lindner, Brett Bloom, Melissa Cohen, and four great-grandchildren, Ella and Jake Bloom; Jade and Sophia Lindner.