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From today's althistoryblog:

in 1949, famous educational advocate Chaim Witz was born in Haifa, Israel. After emigrating with his parents to the U.S., Witz became an elementary school teacher in New York, where he soon took up the cause of poor children in this country. His outspoken criticism of segregation and the sorry state of schools in poor districts led to a national system of public education.

Two points to anyone who can identify the identity Chaim Witz is known as in contemporary society.

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gwiii
Aug. 25th, 2004 12:51 pm (UTC)
er.. I know that name, like Ace Freely or maybe one of the KISS Dudes. I hafta go check....
gwiii
Aug. 25th, 2004 12:54 pm (UTC)
oh duh... nice hint Seth....dang.
estherchaya
Aug. 25th, 2004 01:02 pm (UTC)
I know it's the KISS dude, but only because you've told me several times before.
estherchaya
Aug. 25th, 2004 01:02 pm (UTC)
Gene Simmons!!!
sethcohen
Aug. 25th, 2004 01:12 pm (UTC)
Two points to my sweetie!
Good work! You know your expatriate Israelis. 8^)
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estherchaya
Aug. 25th, 2004 03:50 pm (UTC)
Re: Two points to my sweetie!
actually, I hadn't noticed his clue. I never look at anyone's current music. In Seth's case I should, because often his "current music" isn't what he's actually listening to, it's something related to the post he's making. Anyway, I'm just proud of myself for remembering Gene's name. Truth is, I didn't know who Gene Simmons was until I met Seth. And I couldn't name a single KISS song without a google search. And frankly, I'd like to keep it that way.
allah_sulu
Aug. 25th, 2004 01:12 pm (UTC)
I only knew the answer because it was revealed in an episode of Family Guy that I watched over the weekend.
sethcohen
Aug. 25th, 2004 02:24 pm (UTC)
2 points to you
Good to see you watching educational television.
allah_sulu
Aug. 25th, 2004 02:26 pm (UTC)
Re: 2 points to you
Since I did, in fact, learn something which proved to be relevant later; then yes, I would have to describe that as "educational".
grayhawkfh
Aug. 25th, 2004 02:13 pm (UTC)
Better known as Gene Simmons of KISS

--Frank "Grayhawk" Huminski, Lt. Col in the KISS Army
sethcohen
Aug. 25th, 2004 02:27 pm (UTC)
2 points to you, SIR!
Better known, yes.

I wonder how he controlled his libido as a schoolteacher? It must have been difficult.
ichur72
Aug. 25th, 2004 02:37 pm (UTC)
It's Gene Simmons, of course!
sethcohen
Aug. 25th, 2004 02:42 pm (UTC)
And two points to you
So, which would you prefer...Chaim Witz, the educator, or Gene Simmons, the entertainer?
ichur72
Aug. 25th, 2004 03:13 pm (UTC)
Re: And two points to you
Well ... I remember hearing someone speculate a few years on what might have happened if Chaim Witz had stayed religious and tied his musical leanings in with Yiddishkeit ... the person who was talking was sure that we would now be talking about the legendary "Witzer Rebbe", whereas Shlomo Carlebach would elicit the reaction, "who?"
sethcohen
Aug. 25th, 2004 03:49 pm (UTC)
Re: And two points to you
*snicker* I am now even more amused. Thank you!
ichur72
Aug. 25th, 2004 04:09 pm (UTC)
Re: And two points to you
You're quite welcome.
bodnej
Aug. 25th, 2004 04:06 pm (UTC)
Re: And two points to you
That's all we need; a famous Rebbe who has slept with 10,000 frum groupies...
ichur72
Aug. 25th, 2004 04:10 pm (UTC)
Re: And two points to you
I wanna klezmer all night and simcha every day?
bodnej
Aug. 25th, 2004 04:12 pm (UTC)
Re: And two points to you
Brooklyn Shuckling City?
ichur72
Aug. 25th, 2004 05:14 pm (UTC)
Re: And two points to you
It's cold schnapps time again ...
bodnej
Aug. 25th, 2004 04:05 pm (UTC)
Gene Simmons!
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