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Ever wish you were famous? Or your parents? What’s it like to have a last name that rings a bell with everyone who hears it?
Wednesday, April 05, 2017
D o you ever dream of being famous? Do you ever imagine what it would be like to walk around and have everyone recognize your face and your name, and be constantly bombarded by people wanting you to sign autographs and take pictures with them? What if you’re just a kid, but it’s your father who has celebrity status in your community? What’s it like to have a last name that rings a bell with everyone who hears it?
Let’s talk to some kids whose last names may sound very familiar to you and see what life in the limelight is like:
Your last name is...? Are you related to...?
When your last name is an uncommon one like Herzog or Zwiebel, people are bound to associate you with your famous relative.
But what happens when your last name is a common one like Klein or Levine? Yitty Klein says that people aren’t quick to associate her with the ice cream brand. Nechama Levine relates that she doesn’t usually tell people who her father is, and one year at camp, a girl finally figured out who she was on the last day. Another time, when someone asked her if she was related to Baruch Levine, Nechama responded, “Yeah, somehow!”
Once, the Levine family was eating at a relative’s home in Toronto, and another guest, who said he was a big fan of Baruch Levine but obviously had no clue who was sitting at the table, shared that he had eaten at a different cousin of the Levines the night before. The kids’ grandfather gestured to Baruch and told the guest, “This man can do a great imitation of Baruch Levine!” Baruch started singing, and the man told him, “You even look like Baruch Levine.” Finally, the family revealed to their guest that the performance was no imitation. The guest couldn’t believe it, but soon all of the men were singing and dancing around the table. (Excerpted from Jr., Issue 655)
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