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  • The Songs: Charles A. Levine
    Songs In the weeks following Levine s triumph the Jewish American community was in a state of rapture as across the sea one of its own was received by European dignitaries from Hindenburg to Mussolini On Manhattan s Lower East Side the Jews spoke of little else The anti Semites in Germany and the anti Semites around the world will have to take their hats off to Levine the Jew

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  • A Hero Is Forgotten: Charles A. Levine
    Times Dec 18 1938 Levine of Atlantic Hop Fame Held in Alien Smuggling Case Los Angeles Times Jan 11 1942 Levine Asks Time for Fine Payment Los Angeles Times March 19 1942 Charles A Levine s rap sheet What the reporters didn t know A Hero Is Forgotten On February 28 1937 a short article titled Headliner Fades Out ran in the back pages of the Los Angeles Times A sort of living obituary the piece chronicled the precipitous fall of an ephemeral modern legend Since the summer of 1927 everything Charles A Levine had touched ended in ruin In 10 years he had lost everything fortune family and fame the latter returning momentarily in 1934 when the LA Times article reports he was found unconscious in the kitchen of a friend s home with five gas jets on In the eyes of the writer summarizing his life Levine had sunk plenty low In fact he had a ways to go A few months following the article s appearance the erstwhile headliner was back in the news this time in connection with a Federal charge of tungsten smuggling After spending 18 months in jail Levine was eventually busted again this

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  • Hunted by the FBI: Charles A. Levine
    5 000 fine In 1952 the Justice Department sought to ascertain whether the cash was recoupable The Federal Bureau of Investigation operative assigned to the case picked up Levine s scent in the shadowy world of New York rooming houses and dubious businesses But laying hands on the former flier proved far more difficult Levine had become a ghost resurfacing sporadically among acquaintances to make a pitch or borrow a few bucks and then disappearing for days weeks or years at a time No one not even Levine s daughter knew where he lived or how he survived Those who saw him remarked on the shabbiness of his suit and his evident lack of money There was hardly a soul to whom he didn t owe money According to his notes the FBI agent had trouble believing that Levine was at one time a prominent newsworthy individual After evading the FBI for 26 months Levine was finally discovered in April 1956 thanks to a tip from a former business associate seeking revenge for an unpaid loan But the task of catching Levine was still easier than getting him to cough up and in 1958 the FBI closed the case without

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  • Introduction: Charles A. Levine
    to story Photo 1 of 10 Next Ardith Polley is the daughter of Charles A Levine and the co narrator of the Yiddish Radio Project documentary about his life Copyright

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  • Clarence D. Chamberlin Recalls Historic Flight
    extra high cloud bank to circle and not go into it Well we were trying to make a long distance record and Charlie didn t want to waste any time circling So as the clouds got higher he kept pulling up higher and higher until we finally reached the maximum altitude it would go 25 000 feet The plane got so high it stalled and went off into a tale spin in the dark of night at 21 000 The pedals were flying back and forth and the stick was flying all over the cockpit the wings were fluttering I finally got the turn stopped and got it into straight dive and gradually worked it out but by this time we had fallen 17 000 feet Fortunately we still had another 3 000 or 4 000 feet to go or so we thought When we broke out of the clouds we were 1000 feet over water Charlie thought it was the North Sea I had no idea where we were But as we got lower we found we were over a river and there were mountains sticking up into the clouds all around us A quarter mile on either side and we would have hit a mountain Well now there was a little difference of opinion as to which way Berlin was because somewhere in this tailspin our map had either flown out the window or fallen into the tank so we were in Germany with no map The result was that Charlie thought it was one way and I another So we settled it while Charlie was flying he went the way he thought it was and when I flew I went the way I thought it was We finally hit a railroad and well we followed the only railroad that didn t go to Berlin and went beyond it I wanted to land while we still had an inch of gas because it s very handy on a forced landing to have a little power But Charlie said No we started out to set a long distance record Run her till she quits I say Okay brother it s your airplane if I smash it up don t blame me So I set it down in a wheat field bounced over a road and stopped rolling in the sand About a half later a crowd had gathered around and a boy on a bicycle went to town and got us 20 gallons of benzyl We put it in the motor and it sounded pretty good and once more we started off towards Berlin with no map They said it was up over the hill Again we went by Berlin But the next day we got to Berlin and got a marvelous reception and made a tour of Europe eventually reaching Paris Glory Levine had been the first passenger across from West to East So he thought he would like to finish thing up right and be the first

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  • Voices of the Street: Victor Packer
    the Street If Victor Packer s sound poems are lasting literary creations his man in the street interview shows may well be the most irresistible part of his radio legacy Recorded between 1937 and 1942 they are a passport to New York s old Jewish neighborhoods with one of Yiddish broadcasting s most peculiar figures as the guide Shtimes fun di Gas Voices of the Street is radio s premier use of the man or more often woman in the street format Its conceit was simple Every Monday and Thursday Victor Packer traveled to a different Jewish grocery store in Brooklyn or the Bronx with a huge transcription disc cutting machine and asked ordinary housewives their opinions on various vital issues After hearing them out Packer would offer his enthusiastic approval and reward the respondent with a box if he really liked her two of his sponsor s products like Foremost Milk or Sterling Kosher Salt In the five years Packer conducted the show he demonstrated a distinct preference for sententious questions like What is a good man or What is more important brains or beauty The more banal the response the happier and more approving Packer seemed to be

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  • The One-Man Radio Department: Victor Packer
    to story Photo 1 of 7 Next Victor Packer at his desk in the WLTH studio c1930 Behind him is the program schedule he was responsible for filling every day

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  • Introduction: Rabbi Rubin's Court of the Air
    funding Back to story Photo 1 of 4 Next Rabbi Shmuel Aaron Rubin presided over the Jewish Board for Peace and Justice from the mid 1930s until 1956 Copyright 2002

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