I am saddened by the news that Ron Yoder died ("Ron Yoder: Owned Shadyside Record Store," April 17 news obituary). He was an innovative presence within the Oakland and Shadyside business communities. He provided me the opportunity to do something I loved - cooking in a restaurant - even though I had no formal training.
For a few precious years an outstanding and interesting group of characters made their way through the doors of his restaurant, Cornucopia. I'm grateful to have known Ron and thank him for facilitating many other friendships.