Monday, June 21, 2010

Something to Ponder While Saying Modeh Ani

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This garnered no comments when I posted it in February. Perhaps it is of more interest today, because one of these five just died. I am fascinated by the phenomenon of us being here and then not being here. I'm also taken by the idea of how people evolve; some becoming prominent in later years, some gaining fame in youth and then disappearing to the extent that you're not sure if they're alive or dead:

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1. Who is he/she?
2. What was his/her claim to fame?
3. Alive or dead?
4. If alive, age?
5. If dead, age when died?

1. Birch Bayh
2. Manute Bol
3. Notorious B.I.G.
4. Stanley Kunitz
5. Gloria Vanderbilt

6 Comments:

Blogger kishke said...

I remember when Manute Bol came into the league. Gosh, he was weird-looking!

June 22, 2010 at 12:23 AM  
Blogger kishke said...

I read an article today about Bol. I was surprised to learn that he averaged only 2.6 points a game throughout his career. Also, that when he arrived here, he didn't know how to hold a pencil, never having done so before.

June 24, 2010 at 6:53 PM  
Blogger rabbi neil fleischmann said...

Thanks Kishke. It registers that he wasn't a point scorer, his thing was blocking shots. I didn't hear that he didn't know about pencils. It reminds me of stories I've read of Ethiopians who were not familiar with planes till they rode them to Israel.

The pencil tidbit also brought to mind something I learned when I took Schools Attuned courses. The way we hold pens/pencils reveals a lot about us and our learning. The teacher singled me out, saying she noticed that I held writing impliments in an unusual way - adding that it was too late...

June 24, 2010 at 10:47 PM  
Blogger rr said...

"The teacher singled me out, saying she noticed that I held writing impliments in an unusual way - adding that it was too late..."

Well it certainly didn't stop you from being an amazing writer!

June 25, 2010 at 9:41 AM  
Blogger kishke said...

He averaged 3.3 blocked shots a game. I'm not sure, but I think that's pretty good.

June 25, 2010 at 10:30 AM  
Blogger rabbi neil fleischmann said...

Thanks for the positive feedback RR. This was in '03; it was a great class, a great atmosphere, experience. The initial course was on Sundays and Tuesdays, full days. And then to get a certificate it was a whole bunch of nights. I just felt like sharing that. Again, thanks for reading and commenting, and honestly complimenting.

Kishke, thanks for being here and commenting. This from Wikipedia: Due to his height and extremely long limbs, Bol was one of the league's most imposing defensive presences, blocking shots at an unprecedented rate. Along with setting the rookie shot blocking record in 1985-86, over the course of his career Bol tied for the NBA record for the most blocked shots in one half (eleven) and in one quarter (eight, twice). In a game against the Orlando Magic, he blocked four consecutive shots within a single possession.

June 25, 2010 at 10:40 AM  

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