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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

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 Sept. 13, 2013/ 9 Tishrei, 5774

Patriotic Car Salesman

By Greg Crosby



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Since baseball season has only a few weeks left, I've got to hurry to get in a couple of final gripes on America's favorite pastime. If you need a better car, go see Cal.

For the best deal by far, go see Cal. If you want your payments low, if you want to save some dough, Go see Cal, go see Cal, go see Cal.

If you grew up in Southern California anytime from the 60's until just recently, and if you watched any television at all, you couldn't get away from Cal Worthington. He was on TV all the time. ALL THE TIME. He was the big cowboy in the big cowboy hat, aw shucks-ing all over the place to sell you a car. He would "eat a bug," he would fly upside down on a biplane, fight alligators, whatever it took. His commercials were annoying and I got to hate him. But that was because I never knew him. I only knew the crazy, folksy character he created for himself.

Cal Worthington, the car dealer whose off-the-wall commercials, first broadcast in the 1950s, bombarded California television viewers for more than half a century and made him a pop culture legend, died last Sunday at his ranch in Orland, Calif. He was 92 years old and undoubtedly still wearing that big cowboy hat at the time of his death. Cal sold a lot of cars - more than a million of them, by his count - and at his peak in the 1960s ran an empire of 29 dealerships from San Diego to Anchorage. There's no question that it was that annoying way he sold those cars that made him a fortune and a reputation for being crazy like a fox.


But there's another side to Cal Worthington that most people never knew. At the beginning of World War II, Worthington enlisted in the Army Air Corps. Commissioned a Second Lieutenant, he was the aerobatics champion at Goodfellow Field in San Angelo, Texas. He saw combat as a B-17 Flying Fortress pilot with the 390th Bomber Group, flying 29 missions over Germany. He was discharged after the war as a captain. Worthington was awarded the Air Medal five times, and received the Distinguished Flying Cross, which was presented to him by General Jimmy Doolittle.

Cal Worthington's military service has been written about in recent years in various aviation magazines, noting how he had trained pilots who would become some of America's first astronauts. That's right, that obnoxious overgrown country boy who would eat a bug to sell us a car wasn't just a marketing genius, he was a verifiable American hero.

How many other famous people have served in the military that we know nothing about? Plenty, it turns out. Of course everyone knows the story of Jimmy Stewart, American actor and U.S. Air Force Brigadier General. He was by far the most decorated actor in the armed forces. Stewart's original attempts to join the Army were rejected because he didn't meet the height and weight requirements to become a fighter pilot. But he found an alternative route by joining the U.S. Air Corps, where he would quickly rise through the ranks and become a Colonel in just four years. He won virtually every Medal of Honor available, helping fly crucial missions in Nazi Germany. He retained his "active" status for many years after the war, and would later fly B-52 Bombers through Vietnam. After 27 years of service, Stewart retired from the Air Force on May 31, 1968. He was promoted to major general on the retired list by President Ronald Reagan.

Remember the whimsical and charming TV chef, Julia Child? Long before she conquered the culinary world, Child entered the battle for peace when she enlisted as a spy in World War II. According to military reports, the future cuisine queen was a valued member of the unit that would later become the Secret Service for the United States Military in both India and China, posing as a desk clerk in order to secure classified information that would eventually lead to the fall of Nazi Germany. Julia Child actually invented shark repellent for the Navy during that time.

I'll bet you didn't know that actress/comedian Bea Arthur was a U.S. Marine Staff Sergeant, comedian Drew Carey was a U.S. Marine Corporal, and Hall of Fame baseball great Ted Williams was a U.S. Marine Second Lieutenant, Fighter Pilot in WWII. Before Gene Roddenberry created the Star Trek TV show, he was an aeronautical engineer who served as a fighter pilot in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He flew 89 combat missions throughout his tenure and was awarded the prestigious "Flying Cross" and "Air Medal" for his service.

Many others have served their country in uniform including Bill Cosby, George Steinbrenner, Gene Hackman, Hugh Hefner, Paul Newman, Ed McMahon, Elvis Presley, Mel Brooks, and Willie Nelson. The list goes on and on.

So the next time you're watching TV and some dopy-looking guy comes on selling you a retractable garden hose or something, just remember…that crazy character might just be a war hero.

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JWR contributor Greg Crosby, former creative head for Walt Disney publications, has written thousands of comics, hundreds of children's books, dozens of essays, and a letter to his congressman. A freelance writer in Southern California, you may contact him by clicking here.

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