In honor of The Jewish Journal's 20th anniversary, yeLAdim asked some of our young readers at the May 7 Israel Independence Day Festival: What will you be doing in 20 years?
"I will run a restaurant with spaghetti and macaroni and cheese."
-- Hannah F., prekindergarten, B'nai Tikvah Nursery School
-- Preston, second-grader, Heschel
"I want to be a pharmacist when I grow up, so I can make lots of money and have a great life."
-- Gil M., sixth-grader, Millikan Middle School
"I want to be a basketball player in the NBA."
-- Aaron R., seventh-grader, Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies
"When I grow up I want be a pharmacist or a basketball player."
-- Avin M., sixth-grader, Millikan Middle School,
"A cop. I will help the world with bad things."
-- Emil R., fifth-grader,Brentwood Science Magnet
"I will be a professional chiropractor and married with a beautiful girl. I'll live wealthy for 120 years."
-- Jonathon A., seventh-grader, Etz Jacob
"I'm going to be a rich person in a recording studio. I'm going to be really rich."
-- David A., ninth-grader, Tarbut V'Torah
"I'm going to be 34 years old."
-- David J., ninth-grader, Reseda High School
"An NBA basketball player."
-- Pedy F., ninth-grader, Tarbut V'Torah
"When I grow up I want to be an acting teacher, because it will help kids be able to do something with their time and it's a fun thing that most people enjoy. Hopefully I will be a mom and get married."
-- Esther L., fifth-grader, Heschel
"I'll be a Jewish doctor. I will help all ill and injured Jews. I'll help my people stay alive. I'll probably live near a shul. I don't know. Hashem will show me the way."
-- Daniel V., seventh-grader, Mendez Fundamental Intermediate School
"A veterinarian because I love animals and taking care of them."
-- Shaiel G., fifth-grader, Heschel
"Hopefully living in Israel and helping the government. I will try to make it in as a governor or as a dance teacher. I want to be in the government helping out those in need. And I also want to be teaching the people the joy of dancing."
-- Josue V., eighth-grader, Mendez Fundamental Intermediate School
"I want to work with my dad at Al & Ed's Autosound."
-- Lerone H., third-grader, Emek Hebrew Academy
"I think I will be teaching classes in a synagogue as a rabbi. I think I could also be a dancing teacher. I think I would be a teacher in Israel teaching people how to sing."
-- David G., seventh grader, Lindbergh Middle School
"An Olympic champion because I ice skate and I will win the gold medal. I try my best and I will love to win in 2026. I hope my future there is great."
-- Sarah W., fourth-grader, Nestle Avenue Elementary School
"Playing my GameBoy."
-- Liad C., prekindergarten, Kol Tikvah
"Playing dress up."
-- Shani C., prekindergarten, Kol Tikvah
"I would like to be a motorcycle policeman to protect the city."
-- Brian S., first-grader, Encino Elementary School
"I want to live in a big house with 100 dogs."
-- Brandon H., second-grader, Wilbur Avenue Elementary School
"I want to be a judge because I'll have a lot of power. I want to be richer than Bill Gates."
-- Ron V., fourth-grader, Hancock Park Elementary School
"I want to be a lawyer because I like defending people."
-- Robert B., fourth-grader, Hancock Park Elementary School
"A fire medic (aka paramedic)"
-- Lisa C., preschooler, Gan Bet
"Playing basketball on the Lakers."
-- Freddy C., kindergartner, Sinai Akiba Academy
"I will probably be a linguist 20 years from now. I want to also be a photographer and have a few other jobs. I want to help people and solve problems between countries. I want to live either in Israel or somewhere in Europe.
-- Raj G., eighth-grader, Columbus Middle School
"I will want to live next to the ocean, be in the NBA and have a big house."
-- Esther S., fourth-grader, Kadima Hebrew Academy
Back in 1986...
- The Space Shuttle Challenger explodes.
- The U.S starts the first federal Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
- Refurbished Statue of Liberty opens.
- Millions take part in Hands Across America charity benefit.
- Pope John Paul II visits the Synagogue of Rome.
- Soviet Refusenik Nathan Sharansky is freed from prison.
- Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel wins the Nobel Peace Prize.
- "Sarah, Plain and Tall" by Patricia MacLachlan receives the Newbery Prize for children's literature.
- "The Cosby Show" is No. 1 on TV, followed by "Family Ties," "Cheers," "Murder She Wrote" and "The Golden Girls."
- Actress Amanda Bynes is born in Thousand Oaks.
- Actor Shia LaBeouf is born in Los Angeles.
- Actor Ricky Ullman is born in Eilat, Israel.
- "We Are the World," by USA for Africa is named record and song of the year at the Grammys.
- New York Mets win the World Series.
- The Chicago Bears win the Super Bowl.
- The Nintendo Entertainment System makes its debut.