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Fitzgerald’s most famous novel was “The Great Gatsby” which portrays the Roaring Twenties and… [More] alienation at the start of the modern era in America. In one memorable scene, Gatsby and Nick lunch with Meyer Wolfshiem, a Jewish gambler who “fixed the 1919 World Series.” (Gatsby owed his financial good fortune to the shadowy Jewish gangster). Wolfshiem is a thinly veiled reference to Arnold Rothstein, the man who supposedly fixed the 1919 World Series and corrupted the American national pastime. [Less]
1921: Jim McKay
Born James Kenneth McManus, he was an American sports journalist. McKay is best known for hosting ABC’s… [More] Wide World of Sports (1961–1998). His introduction for that program has passed into American pop culture. He is also known for television coverage of 12 Olympic Games, and is noted for his memorable reporting on the massacre of Israeli athletes by Palestinian terrorists at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, Germany. [Less]
1932: Joanne Greenberg
Greenberg is a Jewish-American author best known for the bestselling novel, “I Never Promised You a Rose… [More] Garden” written under the pen name of Hannah Green. It was adapted into a 1977 movie and a 2004 play of the same name. She also received the Harry and Ethel Daroff Memorial Fiction Award as well as the Jewish Book Council of America award in 1963 for her novel “The King’s Persons,” which is about the massacre of the Jewish population of York at York Castle in 1190. [Less]