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Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Dec. 13, 2005 / 12 Kislev, 5766

DidJew Know?

By Marnie Winston-Macauley


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FROM TITANIC TO TV
Most of us connect the name David Sarnoff with broadcasting. The Russian-born Jew, whose idea for radios that could "bring music into homes by wireless" saw his 1915 dream developed when he joined RCA in 1920. Three years later, Sarnoff wrote, "I believe that television will come to pass ..." and at the 1939 New York World's Fair he showed off the marvel. In 1944, President Roosevelt made him a Brigadier General and the Television Broadcasters Association conferred upon him the title "Father of American Television."


What you may not know is, it was this same young Sarnoff, who, at 21, following the Titanic disaster on April 14th 1912, remained glued to his wireless earphones for 72 hours in the telegraph station at John Wanamaker's New York store — and was one of the first to relay the names of the survivors to the world.

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THE APOSTLE OF BATHING TO THE APOSTLE OF PRESIDENTS
An advocate of cleanliness as preventive medicine, Doctor Simon Baruch (1840-1921), a Prussian-Polish immigrant, who served in the Confederacy as a surgeon, moved to New York City and opened America's first public bath. More, he was the first doctor to diagnose the need for — then perform — an appendectomy! (1888) Relatively speaking, the good doctor went on to father yet another "apostle" — in the political arena: Bernard Baruch, advisor to Presidents.

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"She was the first female stand-up who worked like a man. With chutzpah!"
During one of my Catskill appearances in 1970, Totie was in the audience. After the show, she asked me when I last worked in Las Vegas. 'Never,' I said. 'Yeah? Watch.' Totie then called Mark Mordoh, a Sephartic Jew who managed Juliet Prowse. The manager said, 'I never heard of him.' 'Doesn't matter,' said Totie. 'I hired him for you.' When I opened, she brought 40 people including Steve (Lawrence) and Eydie (Gorme) which led to my working with them at Caesar's. This was all due to Totie." — Freddie Roman.


Born in Hartford in 1930, Totie Fields (Sophie Feldman) got her break in 1962 when she opened for Chubby Checker in Pittsburgh, then hit the big-time at the Copacabana in New York which lead to an appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. Widely regarded as the funniest female in America during the 60's and 70's, after suffering numerous health problems, she died on August 2, 1978.


Comedy is a rough business. Totie Fields made it a kinder, gentler — and funnier one.

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OY HAVE I GOT GAS
Petroleum was not discovered by an Arab or a Texan, but by an Austrian Jew named Abraham Shreiner, an amateur scientist who found one could use petroleum for lighting purposes. In 1853, he built a distillation plant, a year before the Americans "discovered" it.


Wait, it gets better ... it took one Louis Blaustein and his son Jacob, from Maryland, to be among the first to create the drive-in gas station by developing a pump that registered for the customer how much he was getting for his nickel. And even better ... The Blausteins developed the first anti-knock gasoline, called Amoco (American Oil Company) — the fuel that was used by Charles Lindbergh on his historic flight from New York to Paris in the Spirit of St. Louis that landed on May 21, 1927.

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FAMOUS FIRSTS: BALL (AND BOYCHICK) ONE!
The very fist pro baseball player, was none other than a Jew, Lipman Pike, who was born in 1845! "Lip" accepted $20 a week to play third base for the Philadelphia Athletics in 1866, and soon other top players followed his lead. Within three years, Cincinnati became the first all professional baseball team. Not only was Pike the first pro player, he was baseball's first home run champion! The precise number is unknown, but we do know he hit six homers in one game in July of 1866. Primarily an outfielder, Pike, a southpaw, played all positions during his nearly 20-year career, and managed numerous teams, including, the Brooklyn Atlantics, Philadelphia Athletics, Cincinnati Red Stockings and the original New York Mets. Pike died on October 10, 1893.

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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.


ENJOY THIS COLUMN?

We recommend you pick up the "A Little Joy, A Little Oy 2006" calendar, which contains a smorgasbord of humor, unusual facts anecdotes, history --- and pathos. A great holiday gift!

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Previously:

Pontiac saves a crafty meshuggenah; Quickie sports facts; By an emperor, he's no emperor; The proper making of an egg cream; Master-mouth tricks master-magician; Lincoln & the Jewish feat of feet

Yippie-ai-oy; for you sports fan; So Sioux me; Yiddish facts; Go figure! Vital Hebrew Bible stats; Have an eggroll, Mr. Two-Gun; Marx hits mark with Marks and Benny; A Mezuzah in Monaco? A real Jewish princess; Jews out of this world!


© 2005, Marnie Winston-Macauley