May 21, 2008
Dark currents surface in surfing clan’s idyllic life
(Page 3 - Previous Page)"My kids lived a charmed life," he nevertheless insists, "and if they hadn't, I wouldn't have continued it for five minutes, and my wife would not have allowed me to live a lifestyle where our kids were unhappy."
He says he was always aware of the dangers facing Jewish kids growing up in a materialistic world. "They can become awfully over ripened ... like a plum ... too sweet and gushy. Spoiled rotten. That wasn't going to happen to my kids. I said my kids are gonna live like animals and puppy dogs -- and I found a wife that would do that with me."
Thirty years ago, when we first told the Paskowitzes' story, it seemed a sweet dream, but three decades later the tale is a little sadder, and one can't help wondering what these talented children might have contributed if Doc had used his undoubted originality, drive and passion to educate them and prepare them for the real world beyond the beach.