"I became a [musician] because she gave me two choices: to either become the first Jewish president of the United States or a great concert pianist," Fleischer added.
It's break time in a sixth-grade classroom at Village Glen School in Sherman Oaks. Two boys play chess with an air of serious concentration, ign oring a small group of 12-year-olds talking and joking nearby.
arbara and Sheldon Helfing never expected to have one autistic child, much less two. Their son Leland, now 5, was born prematurely and began showing signs of a neurological disorder before reaching his 1st birthday.