Suggested by TBS.
Friday, November 29, 2013
Profile: Jim Levenstein
Thursday, November 28, 2013
Profile: Simon Wiesenthal
Suggestion by... someone a while back.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Profile: Edith Head
Suggestion by Miriam from Burbank and Muse from Connecticut.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Profile: Francois Englert
Suggestion by the Nobel committee.
Monday, November 25, 2013
Profile: John and Horace Dodge
Suggestion by Jeffrey from Maryland.
Friday, November 22, 2013
Profile: Benoit Mandelbrot
Suggestions by Natalie from Florida and Don from Arizona.
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Profile: Veronica De La Cruz
Suggestion by Cliff from Rockland.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Profile: Maya Plisetskaya
Suggestions by Mila from Alexandria, Mark from Tennessee, and Bill from Brooklyn.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Profile: Zygi Wilf
Monday, November 18, 2013
Profile: Emmy Noether
Suggestions by Galyna from Ohio, Erwin from New Mexico, Dean from Israel, and Jim from Princeton.
Friday, November 15, 2013
Profile: Jon Favreau
Suggestions by Ben from London and Kern from California.
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Profile: Jorge Sampaio
Sampaio was suggested by... someone a while back. Sorry, can't find the email.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Suggestion by a blog commenter.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Profile: Isaac Berger
Although the Palestine-born Berger competed for the US, he truly could be called Israel's first medalist...
Monday, November 11, 2013
Profile: Val Kilmer
Suggestions by Levi from Texas and Paul from Minnesota.
Friday, November 8, 2013
Profile: Frank Zappa
Suggestion by Alan from Pennsylvania, Shulum from Georgia, Albert from California, and Clay from Texas.
Thursday, November 7, 2013
Profile: Rudy LaRusso
Suggestion by Daniel from Brooklyn.
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Profile: Josh Saviano
O Score of 6, if only that was possible...
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Profile: My Sharona
Suggestion by David from Long Island.
Monday, November 4, 2013
Jews in the News: Ausmus Gets His Aliyah on the Major League Bima
It was announced over the weekend that the Detroit Tigers, former home of Hank Greenberg, decided to up their JQ and hire former bat-less wonder Brad Ausmus as their new manager.
And what were Ausmus qualifications to be the new Tiger top man?
Well....he, ummm, played baseball. And he managed the Israeli National Baseball team for a few months. And people tend to think of him as a good catcher (which, per Bill James, only proves that Ausmus could not hit).
And that's about it, actually.
Thus continues a long baseball tradition of hiring people based on a sole qualification (a professional playing career) that only reinforces the candidates lack of quantifiable qualities.
In the NFL, the currently most respected head coach is Bill Belichick. He never played professionally. The head coach of the (at this writing) undefeated NFL Chiefs is Andy Reid. He never played in the NFL, either.
In the NBA, the two managers from last year's finals were Erik Spoelstra and Greg Popovich. Number of professional basketball games between them? Zero.
And while there are certainly plenty of former pros managing teams (the Super Harbaugh Bros, recent Stanley Cup winning coach Joel Quenneville, zen master Phil Jackson) all of them spent time in the ranks as either assistants or college coaches (or both) before being brought up to manage the major league club.
In MLB? Nah. That guy's got grit.
So are we happy that a Jewish guy (and a proud one at that) got hired to manage the Tigers? Sure.
But as baseball fans, honestly, we'd rather they'd have picked another goy who actually might be able to do the job competently (unlike, say, Robin Ventura, Ron Washington, Joe Girardi, Dusty Baker...)
Profile: Murray Gell-Mann
Suggested by the recent rush of Nobel Jewish laureates.
Friday, November 1, 2013
Profile: Amy Irving
Suggestions by Michael from Hartford, Neal from Sarasota, and Miriam from Burbank.