Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Profile: Joey Bishop


Bishop is a leftover from the David Cross profile. When I wrote this, Moishe was surprised by my choice of the Chicago Bulls. I think he felt it was a little out of my wheelhouse.

For the record, I would have gone Alpha: Kirk, Spock, Bones. Support: Uhura, Sulu, Scotty. Loser: Chekhov. Or perhaps Alpha: Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman. Support: Martian Manhunter, Flash, Green Lantern. Loser: Aquaman.

But then, you probably had those things already figured out...

Monday, November 29, 2010

Profile: Alan Freed


We actually got an email complaining that we said that Jews practically invented rap. So I jokingly told Yakov that will soon make the claim that Jews invented rock and roll. A few days later, we got the suggestion from Slava from Baltimore to profile Freed.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Profile: Joaquin Phoenix


When Phoenix was suggested by Elizabeth from Columbus, Valerie from Ontario, Bob from New York, and repeat suggester Anne from Dallas, they probably didn't expect... this.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Profile: Gordon Gekko


Thanksgiving is today, so we would like to thank all of our suggesters, and especially all our repeat suggesters -- Joe from Scanton here -- for helping to keep our site going!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Profile: Prince Albert


With all the Kate Middleton inquiries, we got our share of British royal suggestions. Prince Albert's possible Jewishness is clearly the best one. Thanks, Josh from London!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Profile: Andre Geim


Geim was suggested by our blog commenters. And yes, Yakov, he actually did levitate frogs:

Monday, November 22, 2010

Profile: Andrei Moiseev


Obviously, this profile is just an excuse to write about the wonderful absurdity of modern pentathlon. I want to thank my former co-worker, "The Slider", for teaching me about the origins of the sport. I miss you, Slider!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Profile: Arthur Fonzarelli


The Fonz was suggested by Samuel from Pennsylvania, who called him "the best fictional Jewish figure ever." Sadly, we can't agree...

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Profile: Greg Camarillo


In the Jeremy Bloom profile, I wrote: "So we feel pretty safe in saying there haven't been any Jewish wide receivers in the NFL. Certainly not in the last 20 years. Maybe not ever." That's still sort-of right: Julian Edelman owns up to his Jewish heritage, but doesn't really go beyond that. And Camarillo does celebrate Christmas...

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Long live the princess queen?

Yesterday, the engagement of England's Prince William and Kate Middleton became news. Ever since, people have been flocking to our website to read her profile.

We might just have to crown a new queen... of our website. Sorry, Sandra.

Profile: Judit Polgar


Wow, this is our 1 2 3 4 5 6th chess profile! No, Chess Players are not getting their own category. Not yet, at least...

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Profile: Michael Bay


Still haven't seen "Transformers". 1 or 2. I like movies with, what's the word... plot.

Bay was suggested by Loren from Las Vegas, Corey from New Jersey, and Menny from Israel.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Profile: Louis Brandeis


What's this? Another perfect score? The 15 Club grows...

Brandeis is the fourth Supreme Court Justice we've profiled. He was suggested by Jeff from New York.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Profile: Jon Cryer


I've never actually seen "Two and a Half Men". To me, Cryer will always be Washout from "Hot Shots!".

Cryer was suggested by Leroy from Leicester, Terry from Long Island, Alan from NYC, Helen from Oxford, and Filip from New York.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Profile: Kurt Vonnegut


Yakov and I both adore Vonnegut. No, he's not Jewish, of course (although I'm pretty sure his second wife, Jill Krementz, is). Been wanting to profile him for a while, but the only way I could do him justice is to do it in his own words. Today, Veterans' Day, on what would have been his 88th birthday.

So it goes.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Profile: Irene Rosenfeld


This was written on the day Forbes came out with the list and Google news reader kept telling me that "Lady Gaga made the top 10"! So, since I'm a slave to Google (sometimes), I went ahead and looked. Saw a Jew at #2, and couldn't pass it up...

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Profile: Linda Cohn


Linda Cohn was suggested by... absolutely no one. FWIW, both Yakov and I are not exactly fans of Miss Andrews either. She's what we call "sideline reporter hot". Meh.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Profile: Mitch Albom


I think Yakov is being too kind on Albom in the profile. The guy is just... Well, Fire Joe Morgan, writing for Deadpsin, explains it.

If this is one of the best sportswriters in America, I don't want to imagine the worst.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Profile: Ike Turner


I am sure that we are going to get e-mails (or comments) from people aghast that we're not willing to consider Ike's considerable contributions to music history in our scoring. So let me head that off at the pass right now: I don't care.

I don't care that he was talented or groundbreaking or that there are two sides to every story when it comes to a marriage.... If it were up to me and not a group effort, he'd have the triple zero.

Live with it.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Profile: Theda Bara


Bara was one of the first silent movie stars, the original femme fatale. A Jew from Cleveland, the studio made her out to be an exotic Arabic actress, before coming clean.

She was suggested by Tracey from NYC, Sandy from Key West, and multiple-time returning suggester Mila from Alexandria.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Profile: David Cross


Cross was suggested by William from Atlanta, Walt from Texas, and Adam, who claims to be from Rhodesia. Doubtful on that one.

Cross actually had to defend his role in "Alvin and the Chipmunks", saying that he made more than "all my other projects combined". Well, at least he's honest.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Profile: Heidi Fleiss


It's Election Day, so here comes your political profile... not so fast. You see, the last time we did that on Election Day, we claimed that "it's anyone guess who will be declared the winner". It took eight months for Al Franken to officially unset Norm Coleman.

So here comes... Heidi Fleiss! As suggested our old friend Moishe from La Jolla.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Jews in the News: RIP Harry Mulisch

Harry Mulisch, the Dutch novelist whose gift for writing with clarity about moral and philosophical themes made him an enormously influential figure in the Netherlands and earned him recognition abroad, died at his home in Amsterdam on Saturday. He was 83.[1]

Profile: Joseph Pulitzer


This profile would not be possible without the work of Jim Palmer from St. Louis, who has researched and written extensively about Pulitzer.

Top 10 Profiles: October

1. Sandra Bullock (+1)
2. Scarlett Johansson (+3)
3. Mel Gibson (-2)
4. Jesus Christ (-1)
5. Adolf Hitler (-1)
6. Steve Jobs (+15)
7. Mel Brooks (+4)
8. Steve Carell (+2)
9. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (+3)
10. Marlon Brando (+16)