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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, APRIL 13, 2012 PAGE 13.  i By Alan D. Abbey The Eulogizer: Poet, computer pioneer, Epc0t engineer JERUSALEM (JTA)--The Eulogizer highlights the life accomplishments of famous and not-so-famous Jews who have passed away recently. Adrienne Rich, 82, pioneer- ing feminist poet Adrienne Rich, who grap- ple d publicly, artistically and graphically with her femi- nism, lesbianism and Jewish identity for decades in her groundbreaking poetry and essays, died at 82 on March 27. In the wake of her death, Rich was described as "pio- neering," "one of America's foremostpublic intellectuals," and "one of the country's most honored and influ- ential poets," among other categorizations lauding her accomplishments and impact. Among her many plaudits, Rich won the Yale Young Poets Prize, Yale Bollingen Prize for American Poetry, National Book Award, Dorothea Tan- ning Award, Ruth Lilly Po- etry Prize, Lannan Lifetime Achievement Award, Academy of American Poets Fellowship, MacArthur Foundation "Ge- nius" Award and the National Medal for the Arts in 1997, which she refused. "No other living poet ... has made. such a profound impression on American intellectual life," Dana Gioia, a poet and former director of the National Endowment for the Arts, wrote in 1999. In later years, Rich began to explore her Jewish identity, which she had been forced to hide or suppress in her youth. Gerald Estrin, 90, computer pioneer Gerald (Jerry) Estrin, a computer pioneer in the United States and Israel who built the first computer in the Middle East, died March 29 at his home in Santa Monica, Calif. He was 90. Estrin and his wife of 70 years, Thelma Estrin, were born in New York City, earned their doctorates in electrical engineering at the University of Wisconsin and worked for three years with John von Neumann, the principal ar- chitect of the computer age, at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton. In 1953, the Estrins.ac- cepted an offer from the Weiz- mann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel, to build from scratch the first computer in the Middle East and the first outside the United States and Western Europe. Upon arrival they discov- ered that there were no parts or tools--from vacuum tubes to soldering irons--available in Israel, or staff, trained or otherwise. Nevertheless, the computer named WEIZAC, with its closet-sized main frame and some 3,000 vacuum tubes, went online in 1955 and, after 46,000 hours of service, was retired in 1963. Estrin's legacy to Israel has been long lasting. By building its own computer, in the face of widespread skepticism, "Israel got into the informa- tion revolution early in the game," he said. James Endler, 82, engineer who worked on World Trade Center, Epcot James Endler, an engineer whose work included massive projects such as the World Trade Center and Walt Disney World's Epcot Center, and such personal desires as the West Point Jewish Chapel, died March 24 at 82. Endler learned his engi- neering at West Point and then in the Army Corps of Engineers. Along with the World Trade Center and Epcot, he alsoworked on Disneyland Paris, the Renaissance Center in Detroit and Canary Wharf in London. After joining the real estate firm Tishman Realty and Con- struction, Endler helped oversee construction of Madison Square Garden over the relocated Penn Station in the 1970s. After the destruction of the "Ivin Towers on 9/11, Endler was quoted as saying that "they had been built as safe as any building could be built." Write to the Eulogizer at eulogizer@fla.org) 6 degrees (no Bacon): Jewish celebrity roundup By 6 degrees (no Bacon) staff 'Mad Men' gets (more) Jewish NEW YORK--Sunday night's episode of "Mad Men" introduced the world to Michael Ginsburg, Sterling Cooper Draper Price's first Jewish copywriter. Played by Ben Feldman, Ginsburg fills the first-generation Brooklyn Jewish stereotype: He is a quick-talking, disrespectful, creatively gifted joker who intimidates Peggy and charms Don Draper into getting the position. Later he returns to his tiny apartment where his father, with a comicallythickYiddish accent, says the blessing over the children usually reserved for Friday nights in a voice required only by a professional cantor. All of this played out in the same episode in which the company hires its first African-American employee, though zero character de- velopment occurred on that front. It is evident that Michael Ginsberg will be around for awhile. Tension is brewing already between him and the talented (and Catholic) Peggy, and a glimpse at his home life suggests that his father will make another appearance Kunis starring in MacFar- lane film In the upcoming Seth MacFarlane film "Ted," Mila Kunis plays the love interest of a man whose best friend is a teddy bear come to life. "Ted" is the film debut for MacFar- lane, the man behind the hit television shows "Family Guy" and "American Dad." Mark Wahlberg stars as the man engaged in a bromantic relationship with his teddy that includes plenty of curs- ing, drugs and trying to get with women. Kunis is not so keen about her man's other roommate, who happens to sound a lot like Brian the dog from "Family Guy." Kunis has been working with MacFarlane since 2000 on "Family Guy," where she voices the oldest child "of the Griffin family, the loser daughter Meg, Who is often ridiculed by the rest of the clan. a train wreck: It's ugly but you have to watch it because, ap- parently, Seinfeld's still got it. Seinfeld shows no mercy to TMZ photographer A TMZ photographer spot- ted Jerry Seinfeld parking his bike in New YorkCity and started asking him questions. Bad ones. They were so bad ("What do you do with your time?" and "What was your worst performance?") that Seinfeld told him to come up with more provocative ones if he hopes to make it as a paparazzi. It was kind of like watching By Arlene Fine Cleveland Jewish News At age 78, comedian Joan Rivers is the master of rein- vention (both physically and professionally). She appears with her daughter Melissa on the reality TV show "Joan and Melissa: Joan Knows Best?" at 9 p.m. Tuesdays on WE. On Friday nights at 10, she leads a panel of star-watchers and fashionistas on "Fashion Police" on E! Born Joan Alexandra Mo- linsky, Rivers has been an Emmy-winning talk show host, Tony-nominated stage actress, best-selling author, film director, screenwriter, playwright, columnist, lec- turer, syndicated radio host, jewelry designer, cosmetic company entrepreneur, red- carpet fashion laureate and businesswoman. Her career has afforded her fame and a lavish lifestyle that includes a richly decorated colossal New York apartment that she Charles William Bush Joan .Rivers describes as "where Marie Antoinette would have lived if she had money." During a break in her sched- ule, Rivers spoke honestly and with self-deprecating humor. "The only men interested in my body these days are morti- cians," she deadpanned. Question: In "Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work," the recent Sandier breaks Razzie re- cords with 'Jack and Jill' Adam Sandier was the grand winner of our per- sonal "favorite award shoW, the Razzies, for his work in "Jack and Jill." Sandler's mas- terpiece collected a record- breaking 10 Razzies, the Oscars for movies that really suck (it was nominated for 12): for worst picture, ac- tor and actress (both Sandier), supporting actress (David . Columbia'Pictures Spade as Monica), supporting Adam Sandier collected a record 10 Razziesman Academy Awards spoof that presents actor (AI Pacino as himself), prizes for the year's worst moviesmfor "Jack and Jill." ' screen ensemble, director (Dennis Dugan), remake/ at least eight weeks between understand it." man resource development, ripoff(ofEdWood'snotorious R&B singer Rihanna and Kutcher married Moore in as well as his experiences as "Glen or Glenda") and screen "'lvo and a Half Men" star 2005inaceremonyconducted a player. couple (Sandier and Katie Ashton Kutcher. Rihanna by arabbifromtheKabbalah Stewart asked how to Holmesand/orAlPacinoand/ was spotted two weeks ago Center and the pair visited break it to his youngson or himself), leaving Kutcher's home, and Israeltogetherin2011.Natalie " who dreams of becoming Sandier picked up his apparently friends of the two Portman said of Kutcher's an NBAplayer that it's not second Razzie and his 18th say they are pretty into each knowledge of the Jewish gonnahappenbecausehe's nomination. In 1999 he won other--enoughthatRihanna mystics, He "has taught me Jewish, Shaq said, "Well, for "Big Daddy." He didn't is starting to get interested in more about Judaism than I when you see him to- stop thenand he's not going Kabbalah, which Kutcher has thinkIhaveeverlearnedfrom night, tell him Uncle Shaq to stop now. been studying since his days anyone else." says 'Baruch Hashem,' The Razzies were moved to with Demi Moore.. 'l'Shanah Tovah and tell April Fools' Day after being "Rihanna has told friends Shaq speaks Hebrew on him 'mazel toy' and that heldlastyearonthedaybefore he's funny and cute," a source 'The Daily Show' he can make it." the Academy Awards. told The Sun. "Both of them In an interview on "The If Shaq thinks Stewart Jr. love a good time and think DailyShow,'ShaquilleO'Neal can make it, and says so in ls Rihanna the latest celeb- they're too busy for anything showed off his Hebrew skills. Hebrew, who are we to say rity to study Kabbalah? serious justyet.She'sstarting Shaq, who retired last year no? Seriously, try to say no The Hollywood rumor mill to inquire about Kabbalah from his sensational NBA ca- to Shaq. has been working overtime sessions with his rabbi. If she reer, cametovisitJonStewart For more Jewish celebrity lately. An interesting new and Ashton are getting really andtalkedaboutgoingbackto news, visit6nobacon.com, the match has been brewing for close, she wants to be able to college for his doctorate in hu- illegitimate child of JTA. Joan Rivers rolls on documentary about you, you out for. But it is also a won- trip with the Prince, who A: No. When we started describeyourselfasanactress derful, amazing experience, is a wonderful watercolor- red carpet interviews, no one playingtheroleofacomedian. Right now I am doing this ist. We became friends. He . else wanted to do them; they Please explain, interviewintheguesthousein is a fabulous guy--funny, thought it was beneath them Answer: Any good stand- her home. And it is wonderful smart, charming, terrific, to stand outside a building up comic is a very good actor to beable to see my grandson and dresses well. Camilla is and talk to celebrities. Now, in order to be able to do the Cooper all the time. It is all lovely. They are such a good it is absolute madness how same routine over and over good. team; they should have been thismediaeventhastakenoff. and make it seem as if every Q: How difficult is it to be together from the start. Q: How do you continue to joke is told for the first time. part of a reality show? Q: What is the secret to relate to all segments of the Billy Crystal does the same A: The truth is, reality your success? population? act many nights in a row, and shows like ours have taken A: Work, work, work. My A: Comedy is universal. yet, each performance looks the place of soap operas. That formula is 60 percent hard Everyonewantsagoodlaugh, fresh--that is called acting, is the genre we are living work, 30 percent luck and andtheydon'tcarewhoisgiv- Don Rickles is an amazing and working in now. The ap- 10 percent talent. It is also ing it to them. I'm also glad I actor, and Buddy Hackett was peal of a reality show is that important to plan your time chose to become a comedian a fabulous actor, everyone's life is similar on a carefully, because there are very few When I come to Cleveland basic level. Q: How does being Jewish roles for actresses these days. I'll do an hour and 20 minutes Q: What's on: your profes- inform your work? Q: Any men in your life? on stage, maybe 25 minutes sional wish list? A: A lot of my Jewish jokes A: Notatthe moment--the of the act will be new. But I A:I'dlovetodoarealmovie, have a secondary meaning, hotelisclosed.IfIweretoput haveaboutanotherhourtofill go back to Broadway, star in When I do a routine called atattooonmylegitwouldread with other materhl. I have to another late-night talk show, the "Auschwitz Tour"--I'm DETOUR; unlike the artificial make myentire routinesound or have my own sitcom, reminding people about Aus- leg I posed with to imitate fresh--that is acting. Q: You .attended Prince chwitz. They may laugh at Angelina Jolie at the Oscars Q:Howdoyoulikeworking Charles and Camilla's wed- my delivery, but will leave that read ENTER. withyourdaughterMelissaon dingin2005.Howdidyouget rememberingthedeathcamp. Q: Open mic--what do you your TV shows? the royal treatment? Q: Did you think the red want to tell our readers? A: It is so complicated--I A:Afriendofminewasone carpet interviews you pio- A: Don't let pride get in have two backs to watch and 0fPrince Chafles's employees neered would take off like the way of making up with a two sets of enemies to watch and invited me on a painting they have? friend. Also, marry rich.