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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review June 3, 2013/ 25 Sivan, 5773

The voice of Ernie is heard again

By Mitch Albom








http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The flowers appear on the earth;

the time of the singing of birds is come,

and the voice of the turtle

is heard in our land

Every spring, Ernie Harwell slid into baseball season by reciting that biblical verse on the radio.

And now, every spring, Will Young slides into Ernie Harwell -- by shaving his mustache.

"My wife says, 'Oh, no, there it goes,' " Young says, laughing.

And the transformation begins.

For the third year in a row, Young, a sprightly 73, will portray Harwell, the beloved Tigers broadcaster, in the play "Ernie," which re-opens this week at the City Theatre in Detroit, in the shadow of Comerica Park.

I was blessed to be able to write that play. I was more blessed to meet Young, who so thoroughly captures the voice, movement and heart of Harwell, that people leave the theater shaking their heads and saying, "If I didn't know better, I'd swear it was him."

The funny thing is, Young arrived in Detroit in 1961, shortly after Harwell did. He spent decades listening to that famous voice, he says, "like everybody else -- in the car, camping, playing catch with the transistor radio on."

But, Young notes, "I must be the only person in the state of Michigan who never actually met Ernie."

That's OK. He's gotten to know him in a way few people could.

In "Ernie," Young is asked by his fellow actor, T.J. Corbett (who plays a curious, magical boy), to "broadcast your life." Young gets to recite stories from Ernie's childhood, teenaged years, Army service, early broadcasting stints with the Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Giants, all the way to his farewell at Comerica Park, less than a year before he died from cancer at 92.

He also gets to detail the achingly beautiful love story between Ernie and Lulu, Ernie's wife of more than 65 years. One of Young's most nerve-wracking moments was when the real Lulu Harwell sat in the audience on opening night. Young did everything he could not to look at her. When, afterward, she complimented his performance, he exhaled long enough to blow a curtain open.

So far, nearly 44,000 people have seen Young perform this role over three summers. Not bad for a man who gave up acting for nearly 30 years, working as an English and speech teacher in the Berkley school system, driving in every day from Milford, because he wanted a small-town life.

It was only after he retired from teaching that Young felt the acting bug again, and landed small roles in local productions. He once told himself, "If I could ever get to act once at (Chelsea's) Purple Rose Theater, I could never do better than that."

Now, this week, he will give his 150th straight leading role performance in "Ernie," taking a Cal Ripken Jr. approach by never yet missing a show.

Imagine the pressure of having to portray a local legend night after night. Many patrons hang around after the final curtain, just to tell Young about the time Ernie came to their church, or let them into the Tiger Stadium booth.

And increasingly, people around town -- or at the local market in Milford -- see him and say, 'Hiya, Ernie."

How do you handle that? he is asked.

"Usually, I just say, 'Thank you.' "

The theater is rich with actors associated with one role. Hal Holbrook as Mark Twain. Theodore Bikel as Tevye. It is impossible for me to imagine anyone better as Ernie Harwell than Will Young.

And that's not because he sounds or looks the most like him. It's because Ernie's spirit of decency, humility and basic goodness is the same spirit that graces Will Young the man. The reason audiences love him so much as Ernie is because he is so much like Ernie.

Ernie was always encouraging to young guys in the business. So it seems right that one of his final legacies is giving a 73-year-old man a similar career boost. Spring is upon us, the voice of the turtle has been heard, and while Harwell has been gone three years, his spirit lives on in those who loved him -- and one special man who portrays him.

Especially once he loses the mustache.


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