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May 22: Judith Crist

Judith Crist (Klein), America’s most popular film critic in the 1960s and ’70s, with outlets that included New York magazine (she was the founding film critic), TV Guide, the New York Herald Tribune, and The Today Show, was born in the Bronx on this date in 1922. Crist was a Columbia graduate and taught in […]

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July 6: Kenneth Koch

The exuberant and funny poet Kenneth Koch (“coke”) died at 77 on this date in 2002. A poet from an early age, he studied with Delmore Schwartz at Harvard in the late 1940s, following extensive military combat in the Pacific during World War II, and became an important member of the so-called “New York School” […]

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April 23: Shut It Down!

Several Jews were among the leaders of the student movement that took over the campus of Columbia University in New York City on this date in 1968 in protest of university involvement in military research during the Vietnam War, as well as against expansion of the campus into Morningside Park. Bob Feldman, a Students for […]

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November 25: Salo Baron

Rabbi Salo Wittmayer Baron, the preeminent Jewish historian of the 20th century, died in New York at 94 on this date in 1989. Born in Poland, Baron was competent in twenty languages and could lecture in five of them (always without notes), and held three doctorates from the University of Vienna, as well as rabbinical […]

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