September 27th, 2004


Brotherly fame

So my little brother Screwy has a write-up in the Jewish Chronicle. It's completely impossible to find anything on the JC website, even if you do have a paid subscription, so I'll not try to link to the original article. I'll give you the opening paragraph, since a good journalist is supposed to put the main message of the article across in the first sentence:
A youth leader who was left tetraplegic after an accident [...] has become head of education at RSY Netzer.

OK, I don't need the Jewish Chronicle to tell me that my brother has landed himself a very cool job, but it's another example of his being a minor celebrity in the Anglo-Jewish world. If ever I mention my surname (which is an uncommon one) in Jewish circles, people will ask me if I'm related to Screwy!

I have kind of mixed feelings about the article, really. I mean, it's great that the JC is celebrating Screwy's achievement. But at the same time, the crucial opening sentence doesn't mention his name, it mentions his disability. And the article is very precise about exactly what is wrong with him, whereas it's slightly inaccurate on his academic background. Will Screwy always be 'the one who's paralyzed' rather than just Screwy, or 'the one who's going to revolutionize Reform Jewish education'? I suppose that's just the way the world is, and at least it's a positive article about how a disabled person can do cool stuff, rather than a sob-story about how sad it is that he had such a terrible accident. Just, eh.

I am also quite amused because I got two different communications this morning saying 'Hey, someone we know is in the JC!' (that being the major point of the JC's existence, so that Jews can enjoy naches when they see someone they know; it's basically a gossip rag). My Dad sent me an email with a scan of the article about Screwy; my Mum sent me a hand-written letter in which she enclosed the physical article, cut from the newspaper, about lethargic_man's father opening his new dental practice and meeting Sir Bobby Robson.
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