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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 August 11, 2011 / 11 Menachem-Av, 5771

Twitter, twitter little stars

By Dave Weinbaum



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | My father Mel grew up with his brother Dave in the back of my grandmother's (a young widow) candy/school supply store on Austin Street on the west side of Chicago. Mel didn't complete high school and was in a tough Irish/Italian neighborhood. Still in his teens, Mel got a job working as a truck driver/beer salesman for Canadian Ace Liquors. His employers were Frank Nitti, Al Capone's front-man, and mob associate Louie Greenberg. Louie took a liking to my dad, often having lunch with him on Tuesdays.

One Tuesday, dad received a call advising him not to go to lunch with Louie that day. He obliged. Louie was riddled with bullets in his car that afternoon. Mel survived another 40 years.

After his career as a Liquor/tavern/grocery store owner on the South Side of Chicago, I convinced my dad to move to small-town Missouri where he became my business partner.

He semi-retired for about the last 10 years of his life, having purchased a condo in Pompano Beach, thus keeping with Jewish Law that says "thou shall buy ye an abode in the southeast of the USA in old age so that I may keep you in my sight to bring you to ye final resting place." No, that wasn't G-d. That was Bernie the Funeral macher in Miami trying to drum up some business.

You can't smell the roses from six feet under them

Two weeks before Mel died of prostate cancer, we talked. Knowing death's imposition loomed as sure as the ancient Jews entered the Promised Land, he lamented in his now short-breathed voice, "I could have done so much more with my life." I reminded him where he had come from and what he had accomplished, especially as a father and grandfather--but I could tell he wasn't deterred from his dismayed mindset.

Besides being an ace at public relations, Mel had a sense of humor so sharp you wouldn' t know you'd been cut for several minutes. He was also a hilarious comedic writer. I discovered that lots of Jewish humorists had roots in Odessa , Russia , the home of my family, before they came to Chicago . Joan Rivers, Billy Chrystal and Yakov Smirnorf have their roots on the north of the Black Sea . That's where my ancestors came from, settling in Chicago , just like in Fiddler on the Roof.

A year after my dad died, I started writing. At that point, I was a business veteran of 23 years with multiple restaurant locations. I started as the first tiny step of a life-long journey, never having written anything but a few speeches in my duties as a co-op president.

I wrote 53 original quotes and jokes in ten months before I had the bright idea of sending them to the National Enquirer. I had 100 original quotes and jokes published there as well as 26 more published in Reader's Digest and Forbes. I just passed the 42,000 mark a few days ago.

Over time, media evolved, becoming centered on the Net. I became a pundit by arguing on business message boards, often against anti-Americans, liberals and actual terrorist apologists, but I repeat myself. Sending my material to local papers and the prestigious Jewish World Review, my writing career as a pundit is now seven years old.

In between all of that I worked up my nerve to go on stage as a stand-up comic, where I've performed almost 100 times, mostly on open mic night. When I told my local radio station manager I wanted to be a radio talk show host, The Dave Weinbaum Show was hatched. We've been going strong for almost three years now. It's a profitable show with seven sponsors besides my businesses.

My wife got me on Facebook where I argue politics with liberals and conservatives, often testing and researching topics to write about.

My son convinced me to Twitter, explaining that my quotes are already on there in many different languages. I link my columns and throw new quotes and jokes out there and see what the reaction is. Many with five or six figure followers are retweeting my quotes, jokes and political one-liners to hundreds of thousands..

Plus, the name Tweet provides superb alliteration for jokes. For example: What does a social media blogger do when he's cornered? He retweets. Or, I was kicked out of an online poker game. They found out I was a tweeter.

Both Twitter and Facebook allow you almost unlimited access to people throughout the world. I've had conversations with fellow JWR Columnist, David Limbaugh, Political Science Professor, Larry Sabato and a few others.

Not everyone is so receptive.

When I saw Pope Benedict had a Twitter account yet followed no one, I suggested to His Holiness that I would be honored if he followed me. After all, he was already a fan of one Jew—how could it hurt to follow another? I asked Lady Gaga if she did Bar Mitzvahs.

Shockingly, neither has responded.

Is there laugh after death?

I don't know what's next but I won't go to my grave leaving too much on the table. My father's regret became my mission. My hope is to continue the trend imposed by my father with my children and grandchildren. Who knows? Maybe one of them will cure cancer. Another might start the next Facebook or Twitter.

As my father lay unconscious in a Florida hospital room surrounded by my mother, Millie, his children and grandchildren, I whispered in his ear, "Look at it this way. You could have gone to lunch with Louie that day." As I like to say, the secret to a rich life is to have more beginnings than endings.

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JWR contributor Dave Weinbaum hosts DaveWeinbaum.com. He is a businessman, writer and part-time stand-up comic and resides in a Midwest red state. Comment by clicking here.



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