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  • The ‘revenge of the fired’ could fill a book—and does

    By Hank Rosenfeld

    September 14, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Because I've been fired from nearly every job I've ever held, I always thought nobody in the world understands what I've been through. Boo-hoo, right? But along comes Annabelle Gurwitch and her book, "Fired!: Tales of the Canned, Canceled, Downsized, and Dismissed," which includes...
  • A Man for All Seasonings

    By Hank Rosenfeld

    June 1, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The Rabbi of Chelm was teaching a class,

    "Rabbi," a student asked. "Why is the sea so salty?"

    "Idiot," the Rabbi intoned. "Because it's full of herring."

    Like many baby-boomers today, I sometimes feel older than Keith Richards up a palm tree. So when Irv and Eddie, my better...

  • A Man Walks Into a Hospital and . . .

    By Hank Rosenfeld

    October 28, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The Room

    Irving Brecher, 91-year-old wannabe-stand-up comic, is nervous. The Doctors Emeritus Society of Cedars-Sinai is at the buffet in the Harvey Morse room, a conference hall where the old practitioners gather every month to hear specialists on subjects like pain control....

  • Schizophrenia With a Dash of Schmaltz

    By Hank Rosenfeld

    October 16, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    When Iris Rainer Dart's cousin was diagnosed with schizophrenia decades ago, the illness sent shockwaves through her Jewish family. "They were from the shtetl and superstitious," said Dart, 59, the best-selling author of 1985's "Beaches." "They thought that the illness was a curse,...

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  • Lunch at Langer’s With Eddie and Irv

    By Hank Rosenfeld

    July 31, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Some Fridays, if I'm lucky, I get to eat pastrami with Irv and Eddie at Langer's, the great old delicatessen on Seventh and Alvarado streets across from MacArthur Park. Irv and Eddie are in their 80s, so the fight over the check begins before they even order anything.

    "You were...

  • No Buddy Quite Like Him

    By Hank Rosenfeld

    July 24, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    The "Encyclopedia of Jewish Humor" includes 14 pages of jokes on death, so when Buddy Hackett passed away in Malibu at 78 on June 30, the chapel at Hillside Memorial Park was packed with every comedy icon that hadn't booked an out-of-town Fourth of July gig.

    Sid Caesar sat up front...

  • Golden-Aged Tell-All

    By Hank Rosenfeld

    March 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    The scene: Avenue of the Stars, Century City.

    The characters: A few older men in a Park Hyatt suite.

    The action: They kibbitz

    Turner Classic Movies (TCM) is here from Atlanta to interview Golden Age Hollywood figures for an oral history, the Turner Classic Movies Archive Project....

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