[It may now get confusing. It may help to know that it was born of a door, a double Dutch door, a purple door that had top able to open independent of base. That "Dumbledore" started so of the prime entrance for a Livingston Dr. and then to "Gryffindor" more from imagined emergency room doors for Griffin Hospital it still as from about "Rowe-lings" was as much about at least a plaque outside doors of Yale's Student Health Clinic, founded and operated by the late Pete Rowe M.D.. "Serious Black" was from a real person a real godfather and a real union electrician.]
The base person for the character that has become "SERIOUS BLACK" died Monday, November 7, 2011 at the age of 71. He himself didn't know it was himself maybe until just last year at this time.
Truth be us to telling may be of tales from his now widowed Rita soon that it may have been easier to live with him while alive than now while passed. He was worthy of having himself so much to so many to a "SERIOUS BLACK" to be a brotherhood around him a life long member of the brotherhood of electrical workers union - one always serious about black wires/wiring - the hot black wires. He lived as a diabetic at risk daily of possible death due to insulin sock, yet seemed to have passed on what is one of two nearly "Holy Days" for electricians of every calender year - the first workday after Day Light Savings as people all around the world with clocks and times and much to reset.
He may be harder to live with now for now he maybe be able to be more places at once as himself unavoidably remembered as heroic for his willingness to show up and fix stuff, all sorts of stuff, so much of "most" stuff before computerization rage. For the most part his hammer was his lines man pliers but he was the type who did know that some cars engines could be fixed by a hammer blow, and how, I can remember at least one time that such was the right tool to fix just one of our cars. Guess he know about frozen solenoids.
Of course I could say something like you had to know him to understand him - but I am note sure my uncle can be understood, at least in his own times. He worked around power that could kill him, and he died in retirement cleaning up his own yard from debris that was of the largest power outage in Connecticut yet in its history. He was just as heroic with our old Volvo Station Wagon and its double barreled twin carburetors though with a dropper full of fuel and a small screwdriver, and awareness that such engine designed for 100 Octane high test gas was now in markets not so regular with jet fuel.
I can say with confidence and pride that my godfather was my relative most like Clint Eastwood. I am not sure Clint though ever climbed extremely high radio towers with hemp rope as safety line to wire such towers and their antennas - I am not sure that Clint was ever a fireman or the volunteer fire fighter that my once dedicated stoggy smoking uncle had been. And then I am really not sure Clint could have pulled of my uncle Charlie who seemed ready to be a potato farmer or bog harvester every day and not too proud away from such while another Charles maybe never to be King.
Sure Clint Eastwood has been a cowboy, and my uncle may have rivaled him with as tough boots, and many of them, and Clint did do "hard softie" and "soft" "hard guy" but did you ever see Clint of a mount his "stead" his "Tonto" signature as his a baby blue Ford F-150 Pick-Up Truck? He was a good rider too of his yard tractors and especially when with the large snow blower attachment mounted and operating. I have no idea if he ever did get on a horse or stay on a horse if he did. He grew up not first or second generation Irish American but maybe third, I have some checking to do on this. He had enough friends present this past week that if he had asked to be buried in his tour bus styled RV there may have been enough to carry it, with great honor. Yes, he was an electrician, a union electrician, a third child of Irish Americans where such family only able to afford college for the first two children, maybe a cousin of a generation familiar so that more than half of all his cousins may have worked for the railroads - I'll have to check on this too.
Yes, "SERIOUS BLACK" was worked into original challenge by me once a search for an "unknown author" wanting to and willing write around a character "Peter Rowe-ling" found J. K. Rowling a single mom still recently of passing of her father Peter Rowling. Yes, a "godfather" for "Harry" came from such challenge but only after J.K. was back to her muse, that honored and secreted for years with "it came to me from somewhere - but I don't know from where" like regular mentions, and back to her muse while constructing original outlines for seven books to be like a text book each for a new year of school curriculum, and so with "I don't have enough material yet for all the books - more please, more please" like.
To me he lived as my "godfather" Charlie - to many others he was likely as great just as "uncle Charlie" or Dad, dad to many. His baby blue stead may have helped his own children grow up tough enough, may even be a secret of their successes. Where Harry Potter casting did tend to resemble those neighbors about which I mused away a challenge to seven books such was not asked for or worked, it seems, specifically for "SERIOUS BLACK." The "Voldemort" dangers seems as great as the often daily "volts ee more" dangers my godfather faced. I have not yet read the books, though, I am not one to speak to much more than some of their basis and origins, like a basis on Griffin Hospital as a balance to so much about Yale and so to keep a competiveness about medicine, for all, while working in a friend then a Public Relations professional in Derby.
Around me was an interesting and challenging religious and social mix just of my god parents - in such I also had a New Haven "Town & Gown" dichotomy with my godfather a local and even "greaser" and my god mother into a Cromwell legacy more American of Yale legacy as well and much "gown" of my own "town" town lifestyle complexity. To understand that side though you can get a dramatized understanding as well but from GILMORE GIRLS grandparent roles, and as such TV show was asked for much to be to something to entertain my cousins so linked, and as many others as might be.
This isn't the half of it, more history is available on other pages here, related but not necessarily so specific. I was glad to be able to tweet a few weeks ago to J.K. Rowling something like: "The books have a life of their own now - quite liberating! We should be intouch finally and get together some one of these days."
My godfather Charlie had me grow up to get a Villanova University BA in Economics, with an undeclared minor in Philosophy, with 12 credits in Modern Standard Arabic language studies and some computer programing to buying myself a Ford stead but a 1988 full size GRAY F-250 4X4 PICK- UP more fitting for my enterprenuerial advanced craftsmanship and skill in building and with rough and finish carpentry skills. I only know him my way - others may actually have been able to understand him, he may now though actually be harder to live with now passed and with cremation. He probably would have enjoyed attending a memorial burial of someone else worthy of a burial in their shared tour bus RV, shared in life "bus", and as well with enough friends to carry it after all oils and contaminants removed and clean-up certified to a special spot made by other friends with the big equipment. He didn't choose such for himself, though. He likely now is appreciating, already a much better fuel economy about all the traveling and visiting he as himself can only likely now be to.
Electricity is dangerous and there are different standards and practices around the world as we know it, much jury rigging, too that would likely have annoyed my uncle if and when found. Residential power and wiring about just Europe is numerically twice as dangerous as our American Standards. My old neighbors as well near mentioned purple double door had to have an expertise themselves as both architects of Petronas Towers and of contractual duties as Construction Supervisors - they more than my uncle Charlie so to there being a "Petronas Spell." I should know - I have shocked myself more than once accidentally, but lightly - and have had friends while a license General Contractor of Home Improvement Contractor that let me say "I was working under their license" yet still under minumum amount of work in such to be required to such, in which ever of five or six states I was at least at times just of handyman work.
J. K. Rowling was left to more independently figure out the last two books based on her authority and femine/maternal and unique perspective, she did seem at first to want as much help with those, but that was never possible since I needed to keep even my own family and my lawyer dad the "second child" of same family tree from knowing I had cleverly (magically?) (mysteriously?) worked to avoid realizing such was set up to specifically help him inspire others and the original young posse that was original to "cause" to such when about seven years from college and to whining near: "But we don't want you to move away - we have FUN when you are around." For the record it may now be my family, especially across my dad's side that is hardest to belief and acceptance that it was me, they are maybe at risk of being the last to know it - but some of this was necessary to work it all through to maximize its potential.
So please if you are now to plans to read the Harry Potter books, first, again, I have yet to read them myself, but second and more importantly they were written to be books, seven books each for a different year of progressed curriculum in magic, and so originally best to be each read a year apart from each other and before seeing any dramatization of such on which ever media now available. So please if you are now to reading such seven books please start early and wait a year between each book and avoid any movie until you have read each book - if you can.
That is something my uncle godfather Charlie might have thought to say himself - he did have a sense of humor. You could say "SERIOUS BLACK" character was set up to help my father be a better lawyer or an unneeded lawyer brother to his brothers, especially the oldest of two electrician brothers, Charlie.
I do think he had a thing for Rita Hayworth, too. Please Charlie, if you can don't try to be too much work and too heroic now after the fact, you've earned the right to take it easier. I know you get much better mileage now and can never be forgotten by so many - it may be hard for you now to be easier to live with - but who am I, just one of your friends, to say?