Film composer Jerry Goldsmith, died July 21, age 75. The following is excerpted from a 1997 interview with The Jewish Journal.
As gauche and unseemly as it may be, permit us, just once this year, to blow our own horn.
The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles has earned 10 Simon Rockower Awards for Excellence in Jewish Journalism from the American Jewish Press Association (AJPA) -- and one of our longtime contributors has been honored with a lifetime service award.
The 21st annual awards ceremony, for work published in 2001, was held last week in Evanston, Ill.,
Orange County. At least 60,000 Jewish residents creating over 20,000 Jewish households spanning 800 square miles. Within the borders of this vast area, we can find about 25 synagogues, great Jewish day schools, numerous Jewish organizations ... and you.
In May, The Jewish Journal of Orange County launched its premier issue. As the "numbers" person for The Jewish Journal, I know that the statistics listed above mean a target market for advertisers. But far more importantly, I believe they prove that O.C. Jewry deserves an independent Jewish news source that facilitates your connection to Jewish life.
I have been here less than two months, from Iran by way of Washington, D.C., and my very first days in Los Angeles are strange and lonely.
I gravitate toward a nearby public library. In a strange city, it is water in the wilderness. I glance around, and spot something familiar, not in appearance but in nature. It is just a word that draws my attention. The word is Jewish. I walk close to it. "The Jewish Journal," reads the cover page of a newspaper laying on the stand alongside other papers. I would like to take a look at it, but another feeling runs through me: I am a little bit unsure whether to touch it. Again I am in a new place, in a new situation and concerned with not doing anything against the rules; I look around to find a person in charge to ask some questions. I find someone standing not far, looking at me.
"Can I take a look at this paper?....How much is it?....Free? Great!"