Thursday, November 28, 2013

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Profile: Edith Head

Suggestion by Miriam from Burbank and Muse from Connecticut.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Monday, November 25, 2013

Friday, November 22, 2013

Profile: Benoit Mandelbrot

Suggestions by Natalie from Florida and Don from Arizona.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Profile: Maya Plisetskaya

Suggestions by Mila from Alexandria, Mark from Tennessee, and Bill from Brooklyn.

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

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

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

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.