Thursday, October 15, 2015

Defending Brooklyn

“We particularly resent the picturization of a Brooklynite as a dumbbell and a fellow who says dese , dem , and dose ”: from WYNC, a 1948 interview with Sidney H. Ascher, president of the Society to Prevent Disparaging Remarks about Brooklyn. Scroll down for the original broadcast.

YouTube has a soundless version of Brooklyn, U.S.A. , the 1947 film mentioned in the interview. Mr. Ascher appears therein. A 1999 newspaper article and an Amazon page for Sid Ascher’s World of Trivia and More! have more on his life (and, I suspect, legend).

I’m happy to be from “the garden spot of the world, Brooklyn, U.S.A.” Extra credit if you know which Brooklyn resident called the borough that.

Related reading
All OCA Brooklyn posts (Pinboard)

comments: 4

Frex said...

Hey! Detective Dave Starsky is from Brooklyn too! (You knew?)

Michael Leddy said...

No, I didn’t!

Frex said...

I guess he's a decade or so older than you, so you missed him... :)

Michael Leddy said...

I’m closer in age to Lovebug Starski, though he’s from the Bronx.