|Cuda in action with great grand son 'Munchie'|
Willie George Graham (Cuda) was like that. He aspired to greatness and he achieved it! He looted the treasure that God placed in him for one purpose--his family. He used his 'gift of gab' (as he called it) to influence others to righteousness. He used his keen business sense and discernment to build businesses, ministries, foundations and relationships. He used his raw, physical strength to move and to mend. He used his wacky, bent sense of humor to get a laugh out of ANY one (James Coburn, Vidal Sassoon) and to help keep a family of uptight, 'Type A' personalities grounded and giggling.
At one time he was the neighborhood 'pharmacist', but after meeting a chick named Rosalind he changed professions to become Husband, Dad, Brother, Uncle, Poppa and 'Big' Poppa!
He also became 'Pops' to scores of gang banging youths who wanted and needed a change. He gave them jobs, attended court hearings and talked with probation officers. He didn't have to do that. He had his huge hands full with his own family. But--they WERE his family and so they got the same life/love as everybody else!
One article or blog would never fully describe or present Cuda in all of his complexity and coolness. Let me give you an example of his influence and just a small part of his legacy. 26 years ago Cuda and Roz extended a real (no b.s.) invitation to me to a "new start" in California. They would help me and the kids establish ourselves until I got on my feet.
Any article, blog, voice over project or anything else even remotely related to my career as a voice actor is due to their generosity! If you've enjoyed any of the craziness and characters that have leaped out of 'The Hole'--you can pretty much thank Cuda for that.
Willie Graham's influence continues to grow--and so does his wonderful legacy!