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September 24, 2004 - Image 55

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2004-09-24

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Kippur, so he would have the cab driver
drop him off about a block from the
synagogue so the famous conductor-
composer would not be seen riding on
Yom Kippur by other Jews about to
enter or leave a synagogue.
Alexander says that as his father
entered each synagogue, he would
immediately focus intensely on the serv-
ice and the cantor, going into a private
world of his own.

Briefly Noted

Hot producer/writer

J.J. ABRAMS, the

Jewish mastermind
behind the TV
shows Felicity and
Alias, is developing
an ABC comedy
J.J. Abrams:
project for former
Saturday Night Live Family history.
star Cheri Oteri.
Abrams comes
out of a family of writers and producers.
His sister, TRACY, also is a TV writer.
His father, GERALD W. ABRAMS,
has produced many notable projects,
including the Emmy-winning TV film
A Woman Called Golda, about GOLDA
MEIR, and last year's excellent
Showtime film Out of the Ashes, about a
Jewish doctor in a death camp. Abrams'
mother, CAROL, also is an award-win-
ning producer. Her 1998 book, Shared
Memories, included portraits of several
famous Jews by their grandchildren.

Just in time for the election season,
PHILIP ROTH's first historical "what-
if" novel, The Plot Against America, is to
be published Oct. 5. Roth posits the
election of isolationist and Hider buddy
Charles Lindbergh in 1940.
Roth re-imagines his own New Jersey
childhood in an America in which
President Lindbergh presides over the
"Homeland Relocation Act" --- forcing
Jews to move to rural areas. According
to advance reviews, the author brilliant-
ly imagines how fascism in America
would arrive not with jackboots — but
with a velvet glove.

In case you missed it, among other
memories of Marlon Brando reported
after his death was Brando's entirely log-
ical point that nobody knew what
Kryptonians looked like on Krypton --
and perhaps they looked like "giant
bagels" and he could play Superman's
Krytonian father as a bagel in the first
Superman movie. Needless to say, small
minds vetoed this suggestion. II

Nate Bloom is the California-.based edi-
tor of www.Jewhoo.corn

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