A Jewish American New York Story: Swinging Into Modern Times

My father was a second generation American: born to native New Yorkers in 1934. A swing generation baby, he grew up at an interesting time in the history of New York and our now waning industrial economy, he wouldn’t be able to afford a Baby Trend Expedition-Jogger-Stroller back then. In about two and a half minutes in the following clip recorded during an ethnographic interview over a weekend visit, he tells the tale of how his father went from pre-med to touring jazz musician to two-times-over success-to-failure business owner.  It’s a story from a generation that set the context for the life he would live and ultimately the life he and my mother gave to me.

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