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Greenberg was a prominent and controversial American linguist, principally known for his work in two… [More] areas, linguistic typology and the genetic classification of languages. Greenberg’s reputation rests in part on his contributions to synchronic linguistics and the quest to identify linguistic universals. In the late 1950s, Greenberg began to examine corpora of languages covering a wide geographic and genetic distribution. He located a number of interesting potential universals as well as many strong cross-linguistic tendencies. He was born Jewish parents in Brooklyn, New York. Interesting fact: At the age of 14, he gave a piano concert at Steinway Hall. He continued to play the piano throughout his life. [Less]
1925: Lydia Csato Gasman
Gasman was an art historian known for her groundbreaking scholarship on the work of Pablo Picasso. She helped to… [More] redefine the world’s understanding of one of its greatest artists. She is notable for tracking down Marie-Therese Walter, the great love of Picasso’s life, in the south of France in 1972 and conducting detailed interviews about the artist and about their life together. Gasman, a Jew, was born in Romania. [Less]
1966: Luke Ford
Ford, from Australia, is an American writer, blogger, and former pornography gossip columnist known… [More] for his disclosures and traditionalist Jewish religious views. His father, Desmond Ford, was a noted Seventh-day Adventist theologian, and was the center of a theological controversy in the late 1970s and 80s. He worked as an investigative journalist for southern California newspapers and at a radio station. In 1995, he became intrigued with the lack of journalistic coverage of the pornography industry, and started to write a book, which would become “A History of X.” Ford states that he was converted through the Los Angeles Beis Din. Ford says he observes the Jewish Sabbath, attends synagogue regularly, and keeps kosher. He has been asked to leave at least two different congregations Ford wrote about his religious ostracism in “XXX-Communicated: A Rebel Without a Shul.” [Less]