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Soup Kitchen ”The Bowery” Circa 1929
When I was growing up, I remember my grandfather as he reached his 65th birthday & he was about to receive social security checks for the first time.
I can’t help but recall that he was ecstatic “Free money from the government” he said I don’t have to work anymore!
I was about 8 years old at the time this was around 1957. People would Ask me “Donald what do you want to be when you grow up?” I replied ”65”!
Another thing that seemed to peek my interest was the homeless( they weren’t called that then they were called bums) eating at the Bowery getting Free meal and it was always broadcast on thanksgiving night on T.V. I always wanted to go to Bowery on Thanksgiving day was my family broke or indigent , no but even then I wanted the T.V. publicity & the opurtunity to be on T.V. on the six o’clock news.
On each and every Passover Seder Jews throughout the world always say “Next Year in Jerusalem”.
Every Thanksgiving I at my Thanksgiving Holiday Dinner table at my house I always say “Next year at the Bowery “
It has been a life long dream of mine every year mine.
MOSES LERMAN BLOG ADMINSTRATOR AND EDITOR
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