George Burns

George Burns (Naftaly — later Nathan — Birnbaum) was born in New York City on this date in 1896 to a family that had immigrated from what is now southeastern Poland. He quit school in the fourth grade to become an entertainer. Burns’ vaudeville career was floundering until he met Gracie Allen in 1923 (they would […]

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“How I Could Afford to Travel . . .”

by Robert Cooperman HOW I COULD AFFORD TO TRAVEL IN EUROPE, 1970 I’d saved money from my first job as a caseworker for the City of New York; plus, the settlement from a childhood accident that almost killed me: blood a crimson gusher from running into the hairline fractured foyer glass door to our apartment […]

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