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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.
J.J. ABRAMS, the
behind the TV
shows Felicity and
Alias, is developing
an ABC comedy
project for former
Saturday Night Live Family history.
star Cheri Oteri.
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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