Hear Obama's remarks as he eloquently calls us to the lasting principles that define us as civilized people, and as Americans.



Sonny returns to Madison High School to meet his 'kids', and revisit the wonderful world of Wonderama. 


For the first time, learn about an act of heroism in a German prison camp that helped save Sonny’s life—and that of many other GI’s.

March 7, 2019

Back in the 1960s, before we had CD players and another such apparatus, I was contracted to produce a children's vinyl record. One side of that record had several kids talking about the concept of God in their lives.

The most important lesson I learned was that children can understand God in biological, physical terms, but could not not deal in the concept of God. The idea of God to exist in the child's mind has to be fleshed out with very specific character...

January 16, 2018

Late last year, a 14-minute documentary commissioned by The Jewish Foundation for the Righteous, was produced about Jewish prisoners of war in a German prison camp whose lives were spared through the heroism of a non-Jewish fellow POW. This was a story that waited more than seventy years to be told. 

Roll over the picture or clink below for a link to the documentary:


I was one of those prisoners. In the documentary, I am joined by...

August 18, 2017

A year and a half ago, at the Israeli Embassy in DC, President Obama attended a ceremony at which an American, Master Sergeant Roddy Edmonds, was posthumously awarded the Yad Vashem--Israel’s highest honor given to a non-Jew who intervened during the Hitler era to help save Jewish lives. 

Sgt. Edmonds was the highest-ranking non-com among us in stalag 9A in Germany. When ordered to identify the Jewish POWs among the 1,200 Americans, and with a German luger p...

June 24, 2016

Last week I traveled from Manhattan to Newkirk and Coney Island Avenues – a taxi ride of perhaps 15 miles and a time travel of 78 years – to arrive at PS 217. I graduated from this grade school in 1938, and today I was to be the speaker at the graduation of 200 fifth-graders.

Things are always changing in New York; buildings get torn down, the skyline gets dotted with slim, 90 story buildings and Brooklyn becomes the new in-place for a flood of bright, young...

January 27, 2016

On January 27th, a very special award, the 

Yad Vashem Medal, the highest recognition 

from Israel to non-Israelis for risking their 

lives to save Jews,  was given to four people 

in a special ceremony at the Israeli Embassy in Washington DC. 

On January 27th, 1945, American GIs, now Germa...

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As many of you already know, I receive a steady stream of messages from my ‘kids’ recalling their memories of watching, or participating in, Wonderama and Just for Fun, the two multi-hour weekend TV shows I hosted on Ch 5 in NY in the sixties. I am always delighted—and amazed—at how vivid your recall is over these many decades.

Last week I received the first of two e-mails from someone I had not encountered before. Dr. Lori Sweetwood wrote of how, every Saturday, she watched Just for Fun, and reflects, in her message on the moment when the child trying to open the mystery chest when the one of the thousand keys he/she started with actually works. At that moment we stopped all other proceedings and started piling the successful  child’s arms with a seemingly endless  supply of games.

It is her reaction to that event which spoke to me on so many levels. With Lori's permission to post, please start reading her first message, continuing on the fan blog page, and rejoin me after for my thoughts provoked by her intensely personal recollections.

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