Real Music & Real Estate . . .

Yiddishe Cup’s bandleader, Bert Stratton, is Klezmer Guy.

He knows about the band biz and – check this out – the real estate biz too. So maybe he’s really Klezmer Landlord.

You may not care about the real estate biz. Hey, you may not care about the band biz. (See you.)

This is a blog with a gamy twist. It features tenants with snakes and skunks, and musicians with smoked fish in their pockets.

Stratton has written op-eds for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post.



I remember PSSC Physics. (Physical Science Study Committee.)

I remember Tarzana at the Roxy.

I remember “Java” by Al Hirt.

I remember Norm Cash. (I don’t know many names shorter than “Norm Cash.” There’s Joe Dart, the bassist in Vulfpeck, and Al Gray, the Cleveland philanthropist. How about Hy Fox? Who’s he?)

Joe Dart

Joe Dart

I remember the U.N. Flag Game.

I remember Special Hebrew.

I remember my Confirmation party at the Hospitality Inn in Willoughby. Why did my parents pick that place? Because it was close to where my dad worked and my parents got a deal on it.

I remember Hitler on German stamps.

I remember God — Rabbi Abba Hillel Silver.

Rabbi Abba Hillel SIlver

Rabbi Abba Hillel Silver

I remember William E. Miller.

william e miller

William E. Miller

I remember an Olds 98 with electric windows. (Belonged to a friend’s father.)

I remember the “collegiate” look: V-neck sweater — preferably cranberry — with Levi’s and penny loafers.

I remember Larry Zeidel, a Jew who played for the Cleveland Barons (hockey). Also, forward Art Stratton — not a Jew.

Larry Zeidel

Larry Zeidel

I remember my SAT scores, which I’m not going to tell. However, I will mention Steinman’s scores: 487 Verbal, 789 Math. He became a successful CPA who never read a book.

I remember my dorm floor was the “dope floor.”  (The other guys were the dopers.)

I remember “Rap-in Tonight, Lounge, SDS.” Also had rap-ins with Peanuts’ Charles Schulz (via telephone), Madalyn Murray the atheist (phone), Gen. Curtis LeMay (phone), and the Campus Crusade for Christ (in person).

I remember “Let’s split.” I’m splitting.

Click here for more “I Remember” (a rerun).


Steinman is a pseudonym.

Yiddishe Cup plays on the lawn at John Carroll University, University Heights, Ohio, 7 p.m. Thurs., Aug. 13. Free. And don’t forget, free ice cream. Indoors if raining.

Big Ten cone

Big Ten cone

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1 Ken Goldberg { 08.05.15 at 9:33 am }

Wow, you HAVE been around a long time!

2 William Jones { 08.05.15 at 9:53 am }

Nu, what’s Special Hebrew Something only the Mossad or Shin Bet used? On the other hand many special classes today are not for the best and brightest. I suspect its none of the above, so what was it?

3 Bert Stratton { 08.05.15 at 10:08 am }

To William Jones:
It was the weekday Hebrew class at The Temple -Tifereth Israel. Met once a week. Nothing special about it but the name. Mandatory for boys, optional for girls. 1960s.

4 Mark Schilling { 08.05.15 at 10:20 am }

A Japanese singer/actor from the ’60s went by the name I George, though in Western order it would be George I, with the surname pronounced like the pronoun. That’s pretty compact. “Hi I.”

I only took the SATs once, in my junior year — a mistake in retrospect. I was prouder of my pre-SAT verbal score, which was the highest in the history of my PA high school. I shouldn’t have been — the high school had had a grand total of five graduating classes before mine.

5 Dave Rowe { 08.05.15 at 11:15 am }

Some down here in western North Carolina think Doc Watson was God.

6 don friedman { 08.05.15 at 12:37 pm }

Then there’s that famous Chinese percussionist whose name is ‘U Mi’!! He always had problems when the form said….last name first!

7 Ken Goldberg { 08.05.15 at 10:26 pm }

And here I thought “Special Hebrew” is Hebrew with a Yiddishe accent….

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