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Joe's Corner

joeDorinsonA noted authority in the field of popular culture, Dorinson's research specialties span sports history (in particular, the Brooklyn Dodgers and African American sports heros), humor studies, Russian immigration, Brooklyn and Jewish history, and World War II movies and music. His television appearances have included Fox News on Joe DiMaggio; NBC Morning News on Al Gore's acceptance speech; the WLIW-TV program, "Brooklyn: The Way It Was;" and New York 1 News.

On radio, he has appeared several times on WNYC-AM's "New York and Company," hosted by Leonard Lopate. Dorinson has been quoted in major newspapers such as the Baltimore Sun, the Chicago Tribune, the New York Daily News, the Christian Science Monitor and the Newark Star-Ledger on such topics as ill manners in sports, nostalgia TV, the use and abuse of cell phones, the crime wave in the National Football League, and Joe DiMaggio's death.

His op-ed piece on Hank Greenberg, "My Hero, Hank," appeared in the New York Daily News on January 15, 2000, and op-ed pieces on Jackie Robinson, "Jackie's a Hero Now-But He Wasn't Always," and Paul Robeson, "Paul Robeson, All-American," appeared in the New York Daily News in 1997 and 1998, respectively. An authority on Lenny Bruce, Woody Allen and Mel Brooks, Dorinson's comments on ethnic humor were syndicated in an article that originally appeared in The Wall Street Journal.

I Love Jesse

In describing the pugilistic antics of his older brother, Harvey, Jerome Charyn evokes painful memories of bias in Brooklyn. To be sure, my Jewish friends in Williamsburg excelled in their studies and some starred in sports; but as fighters we proved less than potent. One exception, however, deserves mention.

When a near pogrom visited our [more …]I Love Jesse

In Remembrance of Henry Foner

By Joe Dorinson

Contact with Henry Foner, an outstanding union leader, political activist, and talented musician, resulted from my bid to honor Jackie Robinson with a major conference at LIU Brooklyn, then my home away from home for thirty years. With a modest budget, I tried to get a galaxy of baseball luminaries, journalists, writers, [more …]In Remembrance of Henry Foner

Samuel Leibowitz: A Mentsch for All Seasons

By Joe Dorinson

The recent death of civil rights lawyer Jack Greenberg as reported in the New York Times (Obit, Oct. 13, 2016) recalls the once close, though later frayed link between American Jews and African-Americans in the common quest for social justice. After our successful second induction ceremony into the BJHI Hall of Fame, [more …]Samuel Leibowitz: A Mentsch for All Seasons

Muhammad Ali

by Joe Dorinson

In song, Bob Dylan declared: “The times–they are [were] a-changing.” Joe Louis fell out of favor in the 1960s, a turbulent period of jangling discord and generational conflict. Images collided in this decade: love beads, miniskirts, Beatlemania, bombing in Birmingham, marching to Selma, setting sun in Alabama; rising sun in Japan. Out [more …]Muhammad Ali


By Joe Dorinson

When Walter O’Malley—author Pete Hamill’s choice for the third most evil man in history—pulled the Dodgers out of Brooklyn with the bibulous Horace Stoneham in tow, this baseball tycoon drove a dagger deep into our city’s heart. Our borough minus the Dodgers is like Romeo bereft of Juliet, corned beef on white [more …]REVIEW: BROOKLYN DODGERS, THE GHOSTS OF FLATBUSH

Kvetching and Shpritzing

Jewish Humor in American Popular Culture Joseph Dorinson Foreword by Joseph Boskin Print ISBN: 978-0-7864-9482-8 Ebook ISBN: 978-1-4766-2056-5 photos, notes, bibliography, index softcover (6 x 9) 2015

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About the Book Jewish humor, with its rational skepticism and cutting social criticism, permeates American popular culture. [more …]Kvetching and Shpritzing

Welcome to Kutsher’s: The Last Catskill Resort

by Joe Dorinson

As I write, an excellent film, Welcome to Kutsher’s: The Last Catskill Resort is playing in the background. It is the third time today that I have watched this wonderful if ultimately sad saga. In 1963, during Passover week, I ended my career there as a waiter. The $270 that I earned [more …]Welcome to Kutsher’s: The Last Catskill Resort

Sam Levenson

By Joe Dorinson

“Today I am a fountain pen!” This mantra for Bar-Mitzvah boys in the 1940s, embedded in a mandatory speech thanking parents, relatives, and friends, was coined by teacher/humorist Sam Levenson. Before affluence enveloped our country, a fountain pen proved to be a welcome gift to eager students from frugal parents. Teacher turned [more …]Sam Levenson

Brooklyn in Film

On The Waterfront – 1954

by Prof. Joe Dorinson

Coney Island, a special place for “R and R,” beckoned to moviemakers. In many ways a freak show in the early years of mass entertainment, it became a vital part of popular culture–and, of course, fodder for the movies. A 20th Century Fox movie starring [more …]Brooklyn in Film

Cal Abrams


On November 20, 1980, Eli Wohlgelernter interviewed Cal Abrams and his wife, May. Now housed in the Jewish Division of the New York Public Library, the record of this interview goes beyond statistics, to which British Prime Minister, Benjamin Disraeli disdained in a pungent remark, often quoted and wrongly attributed: “There are lies, [more …]Cal Abrams