Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Profile: Michel Hazanavicius


Hazanavicius is married to his film's star, also Oscar-nominated, the lovely (but not Jewish), Berenice Bejo.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Profile: Lorenzo Da Ponte


Da Ponte also ran a grocery store... A true renaissance man!

Suggestions from Ivan from Canton, MI and Mark from Washington.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Profile: Richard Dreyfuss


I have no idea why it took us so long to profile Dreyfuss... But one night, "Stakeout" was on cable, I decided to watch, and that's all it took.

Suggestions from Ann in California, Justin from Texas, and Ron from Vancouver.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Just for the record

The "Jewish Hoagie" at Old Nelson Food Co in Center City, Philadelphia.

Verdict: Sadly, Not a Jew. I 2, O 4, K 3

Y'know, in case you were wondering...

Profile: Frances Bay


Ah, the marble rye...

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Profile: Christian Anfinsen


Anfinsen was suggested by Yizhaq from Jerusalem and David from Highland Park, IL, who writes, "You are fond of noting that there are no Jews named 'Christian'." Well, we do have three Christophers and four Chrises...

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Profile: Robert Dover


Robert got his first horse as a bar mitzvah present...

Monday, January 23, 2012

Profile: Robots


This is how robots looked in Capek's 1920 play:


Friday, January 20, 2012

Profile: Hymie Weiss


Weiss was suggested by Simon from Houston... as well as Yakov's old office, who once ordered lunch from a place called Hymie's.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Profile: Arnold Schoenberg


The whole fear of 13 is kinda weird, considering he was BORN ON THE 13TH...

Suggestions from Martha from London, Jonathan from Montreal, Igor from Brazil, and David from Hungary.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Profile: Holy Ghost


And then there is that whole thing that people were supposed to "leave room for the Holy Ghost" when dancing, etc. As if... the Holy Ghost is... rubbing up against them? Men and women? I just don't get the whole concept... sorry.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Profile: Mike Wallace


Hard to believe the star Steelers wide receiver is Jewish, but then...

Waitaminute, you mean we profiled the other Mike Wallace? Well that makes a heck of a lot more sense.

Mike Wallace was suggested by Daniel from North Carolina and Penny from New York. You did mean the 60 Minutes journalist, right?

Monday, January 16, 2012

Profile: Gloria Allred


I had no idea how to profile Allred... And then I went to her website.

Suggestions from Mila from Alexandria, Miriam from Burbank, and Clay from California.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Profile: Don Rickles


Rickles has been in the queue forever-ever, but once I figured out the angle for his profile, it was an easy one to write. And quite a bit of fun, too, as you can probably tell.

Of course, as Zev points out, to a whole younger generation Rickles is not a mean man at all, but rather the voice of Mr. Potato Head. Second careers are so odd, aren't they?

Rickles was suggested by Edwin from Chicago, Gary from DC, Zacharias from Germany, and Vincent from Sacramento.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Profile: Schmidt


It really bothers my partner in crime that we only know one name for "Schmidt." This from someone who goes only by "Zev." Stone, meet glass house.

Schmidt was suggested by the one dude watching that stupid show: Me. Hurray!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Profile: Philipp Reis


People thought Reis had Portuguese Jewish ancestry... Alas, there is no proof.

Thanks to Jerry from Virginia for the suggestion.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Profile: Brett Ratner


Ratner was suggested by... no one? No one cares about douchebag directors, I guess.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Profile: Red Klotz


Great Klotz article here from 1995... Not much has changed since.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Profile: Yossi Benayoun


Does this mean we're putting a kibosh on our soccer profiles? Well, maybe for a short while...

Suggestions by Levi from Sweden and Max from San Diego.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Profile: Arno Penzias


In one of the wackiest turns of the wacky story, Penzias and Wilson blame each other for shooting the pigeons...

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Profile: The Jesuits


Yet another terrific suggestion by Joe from Scranton. Further details here.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Profile: Arkady and Boris Strugatsky


Liza from Austin wrote, "You mention that few people ever write in pairs (in Ilf and Petrov profile). Strugatsky brothers did and they are Jews of some sort... not sure what their score would be."

Thanks, Liza!

Monday, January 2, 2012

Profile: Twilight Sparkle


Did you know there are fans out there who re-imagine ponies as humans? Oh, the depths of human mind...

Thanks(?) to Eve from Boston for the suggestion.

Sunday, January 1, 2012