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Untermeyer was a Jewish-American poet, anthologist, critic, and editor. Untermeyer was also a staunch… [More] anti-Hitler activist who initiated a boycott of German goods after he came to power. He was appointed the fourteenth Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress in 1961. He was known for his wit and his love of puns. For a while, he held Marxist beliefs, writing for magazines such as “The Masses,” through which he advocated that the US stay out of World War I. After the suppression of that magazine by the US government, he joined “The Liberator,” published by the Workers Party of America, and later wrote for the independent socialist magazine “The New Masses.” He was a co-founder of “The Seven Arts,” a poetry magazine that is credited for introducing many new poets, including Robert Frost, who became Untermeyer’s long-term friend and correspondent. [Less]
1903: Vladimir Horowitz
Horowitz was a Kiev-born Jewish-American classical pianist and composer who is widely considered one… [More] of the greatest pianists of the 20th century. His technique and use of tone color, and the excitement of his playing, are considered legendary. He crossed the border into the West (i.e. Europe), and later gave his United States debut on January 12, 1928, in Carnegie Hall. He played Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1, and his phenomenal performance thrust him into the international limelight after years of success in his native homeland. Interesting fact: When Horowitz toured Russia after the rise of the Bolsheviks, he was often paid with bread and butter, rather than money, due to poor economic conditions of the time. [Less]
1965: Cindy Margolis
Margolis is a Jewish-American glamour spokesmodel and actress. She has modeled in advertising campaigns for… [More] Reebok, Vidal Sassoon, Coors, Frederick’s of Hollywood, Hanes, and Sunkist. According to an interview in Playboy, her career began with a business class project on greeting cards at the California State University at Northridge, where she produced cards with a photograph of herself wearing lingerie and including her phone number — and agents started inquiring about “the woman on the cards.” She has also posed for Playboy. [Less]