I met Bani on my first day at work for the California Department of Agriculture. In his sometimes blunt manner he ask if I thought I could do the job. I was a graduate of U.C. Davis, college of Agriculture and straight off the farm. I was almost offended, but Bani proved to be a great mentor and later a great supporter.
I remember that as he approached his 50th birthday he expressed concern as he related that no male Scribner had lived past his 50th year in several generations. His extended life certainly proved that concern to be without merit.
My last contact with Bani was perhaps 10 years ago when he, Jim Fujii and I had lunch together and rehashed some old tales from the Department.
My sincere condolences to the family for the loss of their brother, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.