Kittatinny Camp Picture Request

March 30, 2009 at 7:32 pm (Kittatinny Camp)

Packed away in my boxes of memorabilia,paperwork and other “stuff” are more pictures taken at the greatest summer camp in the history of camps, Kittatinny. I’ll dig them out soon. Please, those of you who haven’t, send me yours, and I’ll post them on this blog.

Here’s a picture of Phil Niss, my beloved grandfather, on a visiting day in 1956. [Pre-addressed postcards to Mr. and Mrs P. Niss would always get laughs in the bunk.]


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The New Jewish Dictionary for 2009

March 19, 2009 at 7:32 pm (News & Politics)

The New Jewish Dictionary for 2009.
Jewbilation (n.) Pride in finding out that one’s favorite celebrity is
Jewish or that your offspring is marrying a Jewish person.

Torahfied (n.) Inability to remember one’s lines when called to read
from the Torah at one’s Bar or Bat Mitzvah. (OR from the Hagadah at

Matzilation (v.) Smashing a piece of matzo to bits while trying to
butter it.

Bubbegum (n.) Candy one’s mother gives to her grandchildren that she
never gave to her own children.

Chutzpapa (n.) A father who wakes his wife at 4:00 a.m. so she can
change the baby’s diaper.

Deja Nu ( n.) Having the feeling you’ve seen the same exasperated
look on your mother’s face, but not knowing exactly when.

Disoriyenta (n.) When Aunt Linda gets lost in a department store and
strikes up a conversation with everyone she passes.

Hebort (v.) To forget all the Hebrew one ever learned immediately
after one’s Bar or Bat Mitzvah.

Jewdo (n.) A traditional form of self-defense based on talking one’s
way out of a tight spot.

Mamatzah Balls (n.) Matzo balls that are as good as your mother used to

Meinstein – slang. “My son, the genius!”

Mishpochadots (n.) The assorted lipstick and make-up stains found on
one’s face and collar after kissing all one’s aunts and cousins at a

Re-shtetlement (n.) Moving from Brooklyn to Miami and finding all your
old neighbors live in the same condo building as you.

Rosh Hashana-na-na ( n.) A rock ‘n roll band from Jewish Brooklyn .

Yidentify (v.) To be able to determine Jewish origins of celebrities,
even though their names might be St. John , Curtis, Davis or Taylor.

Minyastics (n.) Going to incredible lengths and troubles to find a
tenth person to complete a Minyan.

Feelawful (n.) Indigestion from eating Israeli street food, especially

Dis-kvellified (v.) To drop out of law school, med. school or business
school as seen through the eyes of parents, grandparents and Uncle Sid.
In extreme cases, simply choosing to major in art history when Irv’s
son David is majoring in biology is sufficient grounds for

Impasta (n.) A Jew who starts eating leavened foods before the end of

Kinders Shlep (v.) To transport other kids besides yours in your car.

Schmuckluck (n.) Finding out one’s wife became pregnant after one had a

Shofarsogut (n.) The relief you feel when, after many attempts, the
shofar is finally blown at the end of Yom Kippur.

Trayffic Accident (n.) An appetizer one finds out has pork in it.

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Whitey Lockman, RIP

March 19, 2009 at 6:58 pm (Baseball, Life & Death, New York Giants)

Carroll “Whitey” Lockman, whose first nickname was “Pickles,” passed away. He was the steady first baseman of my boyhood team, the New York Giants.

“Lockman, with not too big a lead at second, but he’ll be running like the wind if Thomson hits one…”

I’m deeply saddened.

Here are some pictures:

Obit Lockman



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RIP, Sonia/Soda [1993-2009]

March 11, 2009 at 4:12 pm (Life & Death)


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Stay Team, Stay…

March 6, 2009 at 8:43 pm (Baseball, Life & Death, New York Giants)

It’s been 50+ years and fewer and fewer of us are still around to grief the death, in 1957, of National League Baseball in New York City. It’s reincarnation in 1962, in the form of my now beloved New York Mets, is a poor substitute [if, for no other reason, the loss of the natural rivalry] for the loss of the New York Giants and the Brooklyn Dodgers. Yet another book comes out this summer about the departure west of these two great franchises. “After Many A Summer,” by Robert Murphy. I’ll be a readin’.


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My Nomadic Habitat

March 3, 2009 at 9:12 pm (Life & Death)










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