October 30, 2011
GEORGE AVAKIAN- 94

IN GOOD HEALTH AND RECALLS HIS FIRST MEMORIES OF NEW YORK WHEN HE ARRIVED IN 1922 FROM SALMAST AN ARMENIAN REFUGEE AREA ON THE CASPIAN SEA. HE WAS THE FATHER OF THE LP FOR COLUMBIA RECORDS AND REMAINS A LEADING AUTHORITY ON JAZZ AND FRIEND TO MANY JAZZ MUSICIANS. HE “DISCOVERED” EDITH PIAF BY SUGGESTING SHE RELEASE “LA VIE EN ROSE” AS A SINGLE.


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October 29, 2011
JACQUES BARZUN

THE MOST FAMOUS CULTURAL HISTORIAN OF THE 20TH CENTURY IS 103 AND LIVES  IN SAN ANTONIO.  HE HAS CLEAR MEMORIES OF THE FIRST WAR IN FRANCE AND HIS ARRIVAL IN NEW YORK CITY IN 1920 WHERE HE REMEMBERED THAT SPAGHETTI WAS THE BIG NEW FOOD. HE BUILT HIS LIBRARY BY BUYING GOOD HARD COVER BOOKS AT THE DRUG STORE FOR  25 CENTS.


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October 28, 2011
WILLIAM BEINECKE- 96

FOUNDER OF THE CENTRAL PARK CONSERVANCY, CHAIRMAN OF S & H GREEN STAMPS AND DONOR OF THE BEINECKE LIBRARY AT YALE. HE RECALLS WATCHING THE TROOPS RETURN FROM THE FIRST WAR AND SEEING THEM MARCH UP FIFTH AVENUE FROM HIS GRANDFATHER’S NEW HOTEL, THE PLAZA.


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October 27, 2011
MARGARET COOPER

BORN OCTOBER 15 1913, CINCINNATI OHIO

NOW LIVES IN NEW YORK CITY ON CENTRAL PARK WEST. SHE GREW UP IN CINCINNATI AND OXFORD OHIO, REMEMBERS WELL LIFE AS A YOUNG BLACK WOMAN AND PREJUDICE IN VIRGINIA DURING THE WAR WHERE HER HUSBAND WAS ONE OF THE FEW BLACK OFFICERS IN THE NAVY.


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October 26, 2011
NINA DIORIO- 100

NOW LIVING IN NEW JERSEY. SHE WAS BORN IN GREENWICH VILLAGE BUT GREW UP ON STATEN ISLAND WHILE IT WAS STILL FARMLAND. SHE RECALLS WORKING IN OFFICES ON WALL STREET IN THE LATE 20S WHEN PREDJUDICE WAS HIGH BOTH FOR ITALIANS AND WOMEN. SHE SLAPPED THE GUY WHO PINCHED HER AND ALMOST LOST HER JOB.


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October 25, 2011
VICTOR ELMALEH- 94

FOUNDER OF WORLDWIDE VOLKSWAGEN, SUCCESSFUL ARTIST PIANIST AND NATIONAL SQUASH AND HANDBALL CHAMPION- TALKS OF HANDBALL IN BRIGHTON BEACH IN THE 1930S


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October 24, 2011
MURRAY FORER

MURRAY FORER WAS BORN IN TRENTON NEW JERSEY BUT GREW UP IN THE BRONX. HE WORKED AS A TEENAGER FOR $2.00 A WEEKEND FOR WESTERN UNION DURING THE DEPRESSION. HE MET HIS WIFE DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR WHILE HE WAS IN THE SERVICE IN VIRGINIA. HE HAS NEVER HAD A  CIGARETTE OR TASTED ALCOHOL. HE’S A DIEHARD BASEBALL FAN.

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October 24, 2011
ELEANOR FULD- 102

THE DAUGHTER OF A GERMAN JEWISH BANKER, ARRIVED IN 1937 AND FIRST FOUND WORK AS A SEAMSTRESS AT $7.50 AN HOUR, LATER BECAME A NANNY. THE CHILD SHE RAISED IS NOW IN HER 70S AND WAS HER CAREGIVER. UP UNTIL LAST YEAR,  SHE SWAM  LAPS THREE DAYS A WEEK BUT TOLD ME THAT HER FAILING HEALTH NOW ONLY ALLOWED HER AEROBIC EXERCISE IN THE POOL. MRS. FULD PASSED AWAY 2011


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October 23, 2011
S HAZARD GILLESPIE

ATTORNEY AT DAVIS POLK SINCE 1936, STILL IN OFFICE EVERY DAY. HE WAS 100 THIS PAST JULY AND RECEIVED THE GOLD AWARD FROM THE NEW YORK BAR ASSOCIATION. HE APPEARED BEFORE HUGO BLACK AT THE SUPREMEM COURT IN ’37, THE FIRST CASE AFTER FDR FAILED TO PACK THE COURT. MR. GILLESPIE PASSED AWAY IN 2011.

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October 22, 2011
HENRY GRAFF

BORN AUGUST 1921  NEW YORK CITY

HENRY GRAFF WAS THE PREEMINENT PRESIDENTIAL HISTORIAN AT COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY, GREW UP IN INWOOD, REMEMBERS THE ICEMAN, THE RENTS THEY PAID, HIS SKIPPING TWO GRADES AND AFTER GRADUATING FROM COLUMBIA JOINING THE ARMY AND DECIPHERING  JAPAN’S AMBASSADOR OSHIMA MESSAGE FROM BERLIN DISCUSSING WHERE THE ALLIES WERE LIKELY TO LAND.


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October 22, 2011
MURIEL HARRIS

MURIEL HARRIS IS AN AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMAN NOW 97, LIVING IN THE SAME AREA IN HARLEM SHE GREW UP IN. RECALLS MEETING HER HUSBAND A WAITER AT THE MA CHERIE NIGHT CLUB ON ST NICHOLAS AVENUE. HE WAS HANDSOME BUT A BAD MAN. SHE WAS THE FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN TO WORK FOR ROBERT MOSES IN THE ARSENAL WHEN HE WAS PARKS COMMISSIONER.


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October 22, 2011
PHOEBE JACOBS- 92

FORMER LINDY DANCER, DAUGHTER OF A BOOTLEGGER AND A JAZZ RECORD AGENT. SHE WON A CHA CHA CONTEST AND A TRIP TO HAVANA IN THE 1950S  HER MEMORIES OF FIRST LIVING IN THE BRONX AND THEN MOVING TO RIVERSIDE DRIVE WHERE SHE HEARD THE TRAINS AND REMEMBERED THE RESTAURANTS AND DANCE HALLS OF HER YOUNGER YEARS.


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October 22, 2011
ROBERT MORGANTHAU- 92

RETIRED DISTRICT ATTORNEY, NEW YORK CITY, MOST RECENT INTERVIEW, RECALLED IN DETAIL HIS  EXPERIENCES IN THE SECOND WAR AS WELL AS HIS MEETINGS AS A YOUNG MAN WITH FDR AND CHURCHILL. HIS FATHER AND FDR ALWAYS SPENT NEW YEAR’S EVE TOGETHER WITH THEIR FAMILIES


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October 22, 2011
THELMA GREENWOOD

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Thelma Greenwood came to New York from Albany at age 5. She was born in 1914 and grew up on Washington Heights. She remembers crosiing High Bridge when it was still open as a pedestrian connection between Manhattan and the Bronx. The bridge is scheduled to be open next year after having been closed for over 60 years. Thelma intends to take the walk across again.

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October 21, 2011
ANDY ROONEY

ANDY ROONEY WAS BORN JANUARY 4, 1919. THIS IS A SHORT INTERVIEW BUT INTERESTING STARTING WITH HIS UPBRINGING IN ALBANY AND LIVING AT STUYVESANT TOWN WHEN THE RENT WAS CHEAP. HIS BREAK CAME WHEN HE GOT ON AN ELEVATOR WITH ARTHUR GODFREY.

ANDY ROONEY DIED NOVEMBER 5 2011, AGED 92.


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