TO BE RESCHEDULED: TUESDAY TALKS: Gabby discusses her book- The Little Gate-Crasher

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Tue, 03/31/2020 - 7:00pm

Join us for our inaugural Tuesday Talk, where Mishkaners bring their wisdom, hobby, humor or curiousity to share with others. Email Gari to suggest a topic. Tonight, Mishkan educator Gabby Kaplan-Mayer brings us an interactive talk about her extraordinary Great-Uncle Mace Bugen who inspired her book, The Little Gate-Crasher. Here is the Zoom link.

You’ve nev­er met any­one like Mace Bugen — he was 43 inch­es of unstop­pable spir­it and ener­gy! Mace was a first-gen­er­a­tion Jew­ish-Amer­i­can born in 1915 — when soci­ety had low expec­ta­tions for chil­dren born with dif­fer­ences. But Mace was smarter than most; over the years he learned to effec­tive­ly turn what soci­ety in those days called a “hand­i­cap” into a pow­er­ful tool he could use to his advan­tage. Over a peri­od of three decades, using his unique com­bi­na­tion of guile, cun­ning, hand­i­cap, and sense of enti­tle­ment, Mace engi­neered pho­tos of him­self with some of the biggest celebri­ties of his day — among them Muham­mad Ali, Jonas Salk, Jane Rus­sell, Sam­my Davis, Jr., Joe DiMag­gio, and Richard Nixon — all fea­tured in the book. The Lit­tle Gate-Crash­er tells the sto­ry of how Mace became a self-made mil­lion­aire and a pil­lar in his Jew­ish com­mu­ni­ty, and how his pro­gres­sive-mind­ed fam­i­ly gave him the con­fi­dence to lead a charmed life.

You can purchase The Lit­tle Gate-Crash­er to read on kindle or in print here or at your favorite online bookseller.


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