Life to the Max Show #66 – “Hardwood History”
Senda Berenson is the mother of Womens Basketball. The sport started in 1892, at Smith College. These are just two of the important facts you would learn if you made a pilgrimage to the Womens Basketball Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Senda Berenson Abbott (March 19, 1868, Butrimonys, Vilna Governorate, Russian Empire to a Lithuanian Jewish family – February 16, 1954) was a pioneer of women’s basketball, authoring the first Basketball Guide for Women (1901–07). She was inducted to the Basketball Hall of Fame as a contributor on July 1, 1985, the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 1987, and into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 1999,,,,
Born as Senda Valvrojenski, she immigrated to the United States when she was seven years old. Her parents were Albert and Judith Valvrojenski. When Senda was born, she had an older brother Bernard. She would later have another younger brother and two younger sisters. Albert Valvrojenski grew up following an educational track of classical Jewish learning and at one time contemplated becoming a rabbi. However, he gradually became a practitioner of Haskalah Photo by Wikipedia
Daniel Itzig (also known as Daniel Yoffe 18 March 1723 in Berlin – 17 May 1799 in Potsdam) was a Court Jew of Kings Frederick II the Great and Frederick William II of Prussia.
Itzig was born in Berlin. His family was mercantile; His wife Miriam’s ancestors included Rabbi Moses Isserles of Cracow and Joseph ben Mordechai Gershon. Itzig was a banker in partnership with Feitel (Efraim) Heine. Together they owned factories for oil and lead. During the Seven Years’ War he assisted Frederick the Great. Following the war he was appointed in 1756 Master of the Mint, and was made the Prussian court banker by Frederick’s successor, Frederick William II in 1797.Photo by Wikipedia
Bellanca WB-2 “Columbia”, 1927 Transatlantic flight 4th – 6th June 1927 from New York to Eisleben in Germany,, Photo by Wikipedia
Charles Albert Levine (March 17, 1897 – December 6, 1991) was the first passenger aboard a transatlantic flight. He was ready to cross the Atlantic to claim the Orteig prize but a court battle over who was going to be in the airplane allowed Charles Lindbergh to leave first.
Levine was born on March 17, 1897, in North Adams, Massachusetts. He joined his father in selling scrap metal, later forming his own company buying and recycling World War I surplus brass shell casings. By 1927, at age 30, he was a millionaire.
Wilmer Stultz and Charles A. Levine after returning from Havana in 1928. Photo by Wikipedia
Untermyer Gardeners is a 43 acres historic park overlooking the Hudson River in Yonkers, New York. Originally developed as the home of Samuel Untermyer, the Walled Garden includes Water features, Corner Towers, Amphitheater, Round Temple, Sculptures, Terraces, and more. Other gardens and features include a Temple of Love, Vista Walk, Ruins, Rough Hiking Trails, Memorial, and facilities. A great place for a trip.
Samuel Untermyer (March 6, 1858 – March 16, 1940, although some sources cite March 2, 1858, and even others, June 6, 1858 also known as Samuel Untermeyer) was an American lawyer and civic leader as well as a millionaire. He was born inLynchburg, Virginia but after the death of his father the rest of the family moved to New York, where he studied law. After admission to the bar, he soon gained fame as a lawyer, focusing on corporate law, and became a staunch advocate of stock marketregulations, government ownership of railroads, and various legal reforms. He was also as a civic leader, frequently attending theDemocratic National Convention as a delegate. An active Zionist Untermyer was an able advocated for the Zionist liberation movement and was President of the Keren Hayesod, the agency through which the movement was conducted in America.