Programs

  • Harvey Frommer on International Speakers Bureau
  • Dartmouth Alumni Magazazine Q & A
  • Dartmouth College Alumni
  • ESPN RADIO, ALBANY, N.Y. " Sound-off with Sinkoff" July 2008
  • The Greatest Rivalry: Red Sox Vs Yankees. June 10, 2008
  • It Happened In Brooklyn, Valley Of The Sun JCC, Phoenix, Arizona, Februray 26, 2006.
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  • Keynote Speakers At The University Of Western OntarioThe Speech
  • The Jewish Immigrant Experience In America -- March 2005
  • Address to Women’s  League Convention at the Jewish Theological Seminary, June  15, 2005
  • "The Azores: A Fascinating Piece Of The Diaspora " Summer 1999, Longmeadow, MA (The Speech)
  • The Jews and Spain: The Resurgence of a Jewish Community that Never Died" Summer 1999, Longmeadow, MA (The Speech)
  • Yankees–red Sox: The Greatest, Grandest, Strongest, Longest Rivalry In Baseball. Harvey Frommer, Sports Author, Professor, Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Program. ACE Alumni College at Reunion 2008.
  • Podcast -- CNN's "A Digital LIfe." Renay San Miguel speaks with baseball historian Harvey Frommer about the Internet and its impact on Major League Baseball in history.(Listen to MP3)
  • (photos)It Happened In Manhattan -- The story of Manhattan during the transformative 30 period following the end of World War II. From the euphoric post-war years when the city came into its own, to the 1970's when it nearly went bust. A look back to when the waterfront was filled with boats unloading cargo and ocean liners were setting off for points abroad, when B. Altman's was on Fifth Avenue and S. Klein's was on Union Square, when songwriters peddled melodies at Tin Pan Alley and guys and dolls went to the Friday night fights at the old Madison Square Garden. The lost world of 52nd Street jazz joints, Harlem clubs, the Fillmore East, eleven daily newspapers, and Automats. Thousands of people get moved to make way for Lincoln Center, and New York becomes the cultural capital of the world as well as the capital of haute cuisine and haute couture. The Third Avenue El and Pennsylvania Station come down; the UN Building and the Twin Towers come up. A bunch of mothers take on Robert Moses, and SoHo is saved from becoming a cross-town expressway. (more)
  • The Adventures And Unexpected Rewards Of Oral History -- An alternative way of looking at the past from the perspective of ordinary men and women, history from the bottom up instead of the top down. How to interview and create a collective memoir. Unforgettable experiences and extraordinary coincidences in the course of more than a decade of taping memories and making out of them works of oral history.
  • It Happened In The Catskills -- Humor and pathos combine in this account of the legendary "Borscht Circuit" from its "kochalayn" boardinghouse origins to mid-century grand hotels to the sad present-day ruins of a formerly fabulous vacation-land. Getting there via the old O&W coal-fired railroad or shlepping up old Route 17 in a retired Checker's cab with a stop along the way at the Big Apple Rest. The rise and fall of Grossinger's, the pink castle on the hill where the who's who of a generation gathered. Entertaining in the Catskills where comedy greats from Danny Kaye to Woody Allen, from Buddy Hackett to Jerry Lewis learned their craft performing before tough but appreciative audiences. Enjoying in the Catskills from champagne contests in the era of "Mambo Time" to the pleasures of unlimited dining: "Eat, eat," says the mother to the child, "we're paying for it."(more)
  • It Happened In Brooklyn -- (The Speech>) A nostalgic return to the Brooklyn of the 1940's, 1950's and 1960's when life was a tidy neighborhood universe of stickball, stoopball, and double-dutch jump rope. Memories of striving for perfect penmanship and worrying about permanent record cards in P.S. 177. The tastes of those times: a half sour pickle straight from the barrel, a wedge of Ebinger's blackout cake, an egg-cream at the corner candy store, a Nathan's frank in Coney Island. Reliving the ignominy and glory of the immortal Brooklyn Dodgers (some of them lived in the neighborhood). Dining out at Lundy's in Sheepshead Bay and trying on clothes in the original Loehmann's on Flatbush Avenue. Answers to the question ex-Brooklynites still ask whenever they meet: "What high school did you go to?"(more)
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  • (photos) It Happened On Broadway-- The sizzle, dash and drama of the Great White Way, back- and front-stage stories told by the luminaries who lived them: Celeste Holm's recollections of the original ground breaking production of "Oklahoma!" when she played Annie Ado. Breaking-in stories by Carol Channing, Richard Kiley, and Betty Buckley. Dancing on Broadway as told by Marge on Gower Champion, Gwen Verdon on Bob Fosse, and Donna McKechnie on Michael Bennett. The dark side of musicals as evoked by George C. Wolfe in "Jelly's Last Jam." The trials of a true "Broadway Baby" by Elaine Stritch. Producer Robert Whitehead's memories of working with Judith Anderson, Ethel Waters, Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne. Charles Durning's memories of working with George C. Scott in the 1996 revival of "Inherit the Wind." The backstage story of the long road taken by Lorraine Hansberry's "A Raisin in the Sun," en route to Broadway.(more)
  • The Jewish Contribution What Happened On Broadway-- An account of the overwhelming impact Jewish artists have had on Broadway from the days of the Yiddish theater to today. Memories of Irving Berlin, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein told by their children. Jerry Herman's quintessential Jewish-American success story. Moss and Kitty Carlisle Hart hear the music to "My Fair Lady" for the first time. The irrepressible force of nature that was Zero Mostel. Joel Grey describing how he developed the character of the emcee in "Cabaret" and how Jewish protests made them change the lyrics to one of the songs. The "Jewishness" of "Death of a Salesman," what it was like to be one of its first readers, what it was like to see its first performance on the road in Philadelphia.
  • Growing Up Jewish In America -- A passionate and poignant look at Jewish-American childhood against the background of monumental movements of the twentieth century. What it was like to grow up Jewish in Homestead, Pa. in the 1900's, in a Cleveland orphanage in the 1920's, in segregated Birmingham, Alabama in the 1960's. Hitching rides on freight trains during the Depression, living a post-war Sephardic childhood in Seattle. Bar mitzvah memories from a buffet in an empty apartment in the Bronx to a Long Island temple extravaganza where Mookie Wilson of the New York Mets cut the challah. Rosh Hashanah services at the magnificent reform Rodef Shalom in the Squirrel Hill section of Pittsburgh and the modest orthodox Tifereth Israel in Duluth, Minnesota. How American children viewed the Holocaust from their safe side of the Atlantic; how their world view changed once there was an Israel. Evocations of intimate, inter-generational family life, interactions with the gentile world, and tensions between the sacred and the profane emerge in this pointed examination of Jewish-American life from a tenuous immigrant past to a comfortable present.(more)
  • The Spanish-jewish Connection-- Santangel 98 International Symposium: "A Resurgence of a Community that Never Died" Dominican University, River Forest, Illinois, August 1998 (Click here to read lecture)
  • THE JEWS OF THE AZORES-- A tale of two Jewish presences on the fabled Portuguese archipelago in the middle of the Atlantic. One was begun in the nineteenth century by a Moroccan family that started an orange export industry and went on to develop the island's major industries and bring banking and modern commerce to a formerly primitive economy. They also founded a Jewish community that is just now ending. The other, lost in the mist of time, is thought to go back to the late middle ages and involves a unique and still very popular Azorean ritual called the "Cult of the Holy Spirit." Local historians now believe this ritual which takes place between Passover and Shavuoth in decorative little chapels devoid of Christian symbols is connected to Conversos who used the ceremonies as a way of straddling the true faith with the one they were coerced into accepting.(Click hereto read lecture)
  • The Jews Of The Caribbean-- Little-known stories of Sephardic settlements that go back to the Age of Exploration. How some like the one in Barbados have disappeared; others like the one in Curacao continue to thrive. How Jewish settlement in the Caribbean islands led to Jews being allowed to settle in Holland and England. How Chapter Two of the ongoing saga began when Eastern European Jews during the 1920's and 30's got off the boat thinking they were in North America. The Jews of Sosua, an unusual refuge from Nazi persecution in the Dominican Republic.
  • Sports Programs By Harvey Frommer

  • Working with and Writing the Autobiographies of Sports Legends:
  • Nolan Ryan -- who could throw a baseball faster than any other pitcher in history. (more)
  • Red Holzman -- whose innovations as coach led the New York Knickerbockers to the only NBA titles they ever won. (more)
  • Tony Dorsett -- who made football players around him better who had to battle prejudice and the opposition to become one of the great runners in National Football League history. (more)
  • A revealing, inside look at these three icons of sport based on the author's first hand contact with them.
  • Shoeless Joe Jackson and the Greatest Sports Scandal of the Century:
  • One of the most interesting, intriguing and still controversial stories in the annals of sports -- the illiterate but immensely talented baseball player who though found innocent of wrong-doing in a court of law, was drummed out of baseball by a bigoted baseball commissioner. (more)
  • What they have said about the Frommers:
  • "There is no way to overestimate your contribution to (our) success." -- Miami Book Fair International// "You were as good as any of my headliners. Wonderful performers." -- Lillian Brown, of former Brown's Hotel, Loch Sheldrake, NY //"Your talk was a big success. Everybody enjoyed it." -- Fort Lee NJ JCC// "Your presentation was outstanding!" -- Hadassah, South Shore Long Island// "A delight. The audience response was terrific." -- Great Neck Library, Great Neck, NY// "Your talk was fun, warm, and insightful -- people are still talking about it." -- Book Fair of Southern FLA// "A delightful tour of American Jewish life over the past 100 years." -- Book Fair of Southern New Jersey// "Your wonderful presentation (was) the highlight of our National Library Week celebration." -- Plainview-Old Bethpage Library, Plainview, New York// "Outstanding. The audience enjoyed it immensely." -- Jewish Book Fair, Miami, FLA// "We were thrilled to have you back with us. The feedback from audience members has been wonderful." -- JCC Author Book Luncheon, Boca Raton, FLA// "Rave reviews. . . the high point of the week's festivities."-- Brooklyn CollegeAnnual Library Celebration//"Very dynamic speakers. . . record attendance!" -- JCC Salt Lake City.
  • Appearances (a partial list)
  • Media: THE TODAY SHOW, MSG -TV FOX, Major League Baseball Radio (three times), "JT the Brick" FOX Sports Radio, national broadcast, ESPN News, ESPN Cold Pizza, Talk of the Nation, NPR, New York One Manhattan Cable, News 12 LI Cable, Vermont Public Television, Joe Franklin Show, WEVD's Ruth Jacobs Show, WNYC's New York & Co., WABC's Angels in the Morning, Voice of America, NPR's Talk of the Nation, /Fresh Air, WNWK's LeBow at Large, WHBY Green Bay, KFNZ Salt Lake, KMYL Phoenix, KFXR Dallas, WPOP Hartford, ESPN GameNight, KCKN Radio Kansas City, WDJA Radio Ft. Lauderdale, WREL Radio Virginia, WALK Radio Atlanta, Washington Post. com, Cable News Radio/ Sports Corner, Inside Slant Radio Network, Cableradionetwork.com, Cable News Radio/ Sports Corner, Inside Slant Radio network, The Big Sports Breakfast, Radio Sport 927 in Melbourne, Australia, CABLE RADIO NETWORK/SPORTS CORNER, SPORTSBIZ Radio (twice) KPLS RADIO LA, SIRIUS RADIO - ARMED FORCES RADIO, sportsbyline.com, sportsterminal.com, WTIC Radio Hartford, Connecticut, WTN Radio - Nashville, Tennessee, cableradionetwork.com, THE TODAY SHOW, MSG -TV FOX, mcny.org, ESPN, The Zone, ABC Sports Radio Network, WCBS News Radio 880, New Hampshire Public TV, Radio America Network, Sports Byline USA Radio Network, two times, KOMA-AM (syndicated on FOX Sports New Mexico), KCAA radio,Riverside, CA., WREL-AM, Lexington, VA, Metro Source News Network, Mark Johnson Show, Vt., "Tobin & Coleman" show on FOX Sports Radio 980 Albany, NY., WNJC-AM, Sewell, NJ.
  • Live: Brooklyn Historical Society, Jewish Historical Society, St. Francis College of Brooklyn NY, Dominican University of Chicago, Dartmouth College Jewish Center, Brooklyn College, Brandeis University Women, Brooklyn Bound Festival, National Council of Jewish Women, Hadassah, New York Retail Booksellers' Association, College of Brooklyn NY, Dominican University of Chicago, Dartmouth College Jewish Center, Brooklyn College, Brandeis University Women, Brooklyn Bound Festival, National Council of Jewish Women, Hadassah, New York Retail Booksellers' Association, Northshire Bookstore, Manchester Center,VT, Barnes & Noble, Manchester, Briarcliff Manor Synagogue, NY, Norwich (Vt) Bookstore, Borders, (Cambridge) Boston, Falmouth Booksmith, Falmouth, MA., Market Street Bookshop, Mashby MA., Barnes & Noble, Hyannis, MA., Borders Books,Boston. Financial District, Wordsworth Books, Cambridge, MA. Providence Borders, Books on the Square, Providence, RI. , Borders, Cranston, RI., Coliseum Books, NYC, Books & Books. Miami Beach, Coral Gables, Virgin Megastore, Boston, Borders, L St., NW, Washington, DC., as well as scores of libraries, communal organizations, synagogues, book-stores, and resorts.
  • Featured Speakers at Book Fairs in: Greater Washington-Rockville MD; Dallas, San Antonio, Houston, Austin, Miami, Southwest Miami, Boca Raton, Orlando, Davies FLA; St. Louis MO; Lexington KY; Minneapolis/St. Paul MN; Bloomfield Hills (Detroit) MI; Toledo, Salt Lake City, Springfield MA; Cherry Hill, Fort Lee, Bergen Co. NJ; Stamford CT; Buffalo, Rochester, Huntington NY; Scottsdale and more read here
  • A Selected Index, A Selected Index II