Tisch. A New York family name. Tisch money is in hotels, theaters, construction, hospitals, Bulova, sports, films, universities, investments.
And now maybe because it’s fall I’m hitting the books, rereading Andrew Tisch’s “Journeys: An American Story — 72 Essays about Immigration and American Greatness.” He’s co-author. Publisher, Rosetta.
Page 131 is Dr. Mehmet Oz: “My father grew up in a poor village in Anatolia, son of a farmer, in a worldwide depression that hit Turkey.”
Cory Booker: “My parents looked at Jersey homes in white neighborhoods, then lying real-estate agents would say that particular house was off the market.”
Michael Bloomberg: “Three grandparents and six great-grandparents were immigrants. Grandma Ettie was born on Mott Street, the Lower East Side haven for immigrants. Her parents came from Kovno in Lithuania.”
Andrew Cuomo on his relative: “A small man with thick calluses on both hands working 16 hours a day who literally bled from the bottoms of his feet. He arrived here uneducated, alone, unable to speak the language.”
Nancy Pelosi’s grandparents were from Venice, Genoa, Abruzzo, devoutly Catholic, staunchly Democratic. Her father was “the first Italian-American mayor of Baltimore” and “as a Shabbat goy he learned a good deal of Yiddish.”
Transportation Sec’y Elaine Chao: “My grandfather was born in a small farming village in Shanghai. When his only child (my dad) took a short voyage, the government changed, ports were blocked and they never saw one another again.”
Barbara Boxer: “My Jewish name was Brucha Shalomit. My family escaped from the anti-Semitism in Austria.”
United States of America. Land of the free, home of the brave.
All the stages in the world
“Frankie” is a movie about friends, lovers, romance, but the screening was loud, noisy, crowded, and I grabbed three seconds with stars Marisa Tomei and Isabelle Huppert.
Isabelle: “I just this minute arrived. I’m straight from the airport. I’ve been in France, but just flew in from Florence. I’m doing a play there which may open here next year. So I haven’t slept. I actually might not sit through this tonight since I’ve already seen it three times. I’m not even nervous seeing how I look. I like seeing myself.
“I’m only here a few days. Just long enough to shop. I mean there’s no way I won’t shop.”
Marisa: “Isabelle’s here long enough to see my Broadway opening in ‘Rose Tattoo.’ Because of the play opening I haven’t even slept. Seems to me every Monday I get to sleep. This movie filmed in Sintra, Portugal, where I’ve been before and I love because I’ve walked everywhere and it has great fish … listen, if you didn’t get enough from me, make up whatever you like.
“I know you. I trust you. I’m just so busy. So it’s all OK. Just write whatever works for you.”
Need a gift for whoever’s feeding you a Thanksgiving drumstick? Remember Dover Publications’ Harry and Meghan’s paperdoll cut-out book. You can rip out this duchess in her green bikini, plus his HRHness in matching trunks who’s also wearing a necklace and bracelet. It’s $9.99 — the book not the bracelet.
Judge John Czygier had the season’s final dinner at Westhampton’s Starr Boggs. Owner Starr: “If every weekend was as busy as closing weekend I wouldn’t have to close the place.”
Only in Westhampton, kids, only in Westhampton.
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