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Jewish World Review
Jan. 9, 2006
/ 9 Teves, 5766
MY SON THE GENIUS!
This phrase was probably on the lips of Hyman and Rebecca when in 1884, their seven-year-old, Joshua Lionel Cowen (born Cohen) attached a small steam engine to a wooden locomotive and blew up the wallpaper. As a teen, this genius invented an electric doorbell -- then dropped the idea when his teacher at Peter Cooper Institute called it impractical. Worse, he lost a fortune selling rights to his electric flowerpot. True, it wasn't a hit -- but when the buyer, detached the tubes and marketed the Eveready Flashlight ... oy. Finally, with a friend, Joshua launched the Lionel Manufacturing Co. in 1900. After an attempt to sell a portable electric fan, he again turned to his boyhood fascination and attached the fan's motor to a miniature wooden railroad car. This time it didn't explode. It moved. And Lionel trains was born.
ON ACCOUNT OF A CART
Jews have always loved shopping almost as much as talking. And making jokes, which brings me to ...Sylvan Goldman. Who you may ask is Sylvan Goldman? The man who invented the single most important invention in retail. Sylvan Goldman, a Humpty Dumpty store owner in Oklahoma City, converted folding chairs, mounted them on wheels and introduced the first viable shopping cart in 1937. The cart was put on display at the State Museum of Oklahoma, in Oklahoma City.
"Come to Papa, Bubeleh"
This was a line from one of Mickey Katz's English-Yiddish parodies. Born in 1909, the musician-comedian who Yinglishized works like, The Barber of Shlemiel and Little Red Rosenberg, was not only a brilliant talent in his own right but papa to Joel Grey and grandpapa to Jennifer!
Once, after his opening number, an audience member stood and said,
"Hey, Katz, I saw your boy Joel last night in Cabaret. He's better than you."
"How can you say that? You haven't seen me do anything yet," Katz replied.
"I've seen enough already," said the woman.
Katz was sincerely proud of his spawn.
This exalted title belongs, of course, to the legendary Milton Berle, born Milton Berlinger in 1908. The comic was so dubbed because his shtick on The Texaco Star Theater from 1948-1953 "sold more television sets than Montgomery Ward," according to People TV reviewer, David Hiltbrand. Known for his wisecracks, the comic also became famous for his bits in drag. What you may not know is, this was sparked by a real incident. It seems he adopted the gear to sneak into the Barbizon in New York a women's residence. Adorned as an "attractive" roomer, he managed to get to his lady's room, where we can only assume, he un- "dressed."
P.S.: While a student and vaudeville performer, 15-year-old Berle earned extra bucks sitting for the son of fellow vaudevillian, Belle Montrose who had a babe in need of care backstage two-year-old, Steve Allen!
YOU KNEW? TWO JEWS THREE OPINIONS FORUM
And sometimes they're not merely opinions but facts about which we can have opinions. Oy.
"Did you Know" columns wear a "Shoot Me" sign meant for the author's tuchus. For every fact, there's always a more, a not quite, a could've been, a shouldn't have been, a maybe, then maybe not ... . Especially as we go back in time. So, I've decided to print those comments that a) make me sooo wrong; b) rep a point of view worth hearing; c) provide more 411 that matters.
A reader, Mike and I have had quite an interesting dialogue on the merits of my including a piece about David Sarnoff at all without mentioning that, according to a number of reputable sources, including the PBS website, the "General," could be a ruthless businessman, using his enormous power at RCA to co-opt the work and patents of competitors, such as Philo Farnsworth, the first inventor to patent a completely electronic television system. Sarnoff got the gold, Farnsworth got the brush. Sure, Sarnoff did things... but, raises Mike ... are they credit-worthy given at least some of his methods.
Interesting point! Would love to hear your point of view. What do we say in 150 words when good things are done by semi-bad people ...? Hmmmm.
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"DidJEW Know?" is written by Marnie Winston-Macauley, author of the best-selling calendars (and book) "A Little Joy, A Little Oy". She's also the advice maven, "Ask Sadie", which was syndicated by Tribune Media. A former television writer, Emmy and Writers Guild nominee, Marnie is currently working on two projects on Jewish Mothers. She also serves on the Board of the Las Vegas Jewish Center for Education, Media, & the Arts.
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