In every line of Anthony Shadid's book “House of Stone: A Memoir of Home, Family and a Lost Middle East” are familiar faces and palpable memories, his
And there are those words.
“When he wrote, it was like poetry,” Buddy Shadid said.
The retired Oklahoma City dentist sat in the comfortable den of his
In one photograph, a young, smiling Anthony Shadid stands in a line of cousins. They wear matching plaid pants. Shadid sports tube socks, jean shorts, a T-shirt and a broad grin. He was a little different.
They would become doctors and engineers and lawyers. Anthony always wanted to be a journalist, his father said.
Buddy Shadid, 80, thumbed through the
The book recounts the tale of an ancient family estate in Lebanon built before the family fled to America. For almost three years, Anthony Shadid worked to restore the palatial home. Along the way, he also toiled to tell the story of the lives that passed through its doors and documented 100 years of his family's history in Oklahoma and Lebanon.
Buddy Shadid is trying to get through the book, but is so overcome with emotion when he looks at his son's words that he can read only a few pages at once.
They talked about the book often. “He wanted to please me and he would frame it in a way I would like,” he said.
“Every time I read a line, it brings back a memory.”
The family of successful peddlers wanted something more than what they had. In a time of strife, they fled Lebanon and settled in Oklahoma City.
Life captivated his son, and so documenting it was a natural fit, Buddy Shadid said.
Anthony Shadid graduated as valedictorian from Heritage Hall High School in 1986.
“He was more or less driven to be the best he could be,” his father said.
That drive carried him through college at the University of Oklahoma as well as the University of Wisconsin.
A visit to his family's ancestral home as a young man planted the seed that would grow into a career as a foreign correspondent covering stories throughout the Middle East.
He learned Arabic in college and studied it in Egypt before embarking on a career with The Associated Press, Boston Globe, Washington Post and New York Times. He joked that his Arabic was tinged with an Oklahoma accent.
Colleagues noted Shadid's deep empathy for
“He wanted to put a
For his work, he won two Pulitzer Prizes, in 2004 and 2010, for coverage of Iraq, and numerous other awards. He was captured in Libya as the region erupted in chaos, and shot in the shoulder while
A scholarship at Heritage Hall High School bears Shadid's name. He liked giving back to Oklahoma City and visited home four or five times a year, his father said.
Buddy Shadid said he's as proud that his son
The family buried his ashes under two ancient olive trees near the home of stone and tile his great-grandfather, Isber Samara, built in Jedeidet Marjayoun, Lebanon.
“Though none of us could summon its image, Isber Samara's house
IF YOU GO
Buddy Shadid will speak about his son, journalist Anthony Shadid, during a public memorial service at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Civic Center Music Hall, 201 N Walker Ave.