I was reading the Wiki entry for Penny Marshall, “Laverne” of the TV show “Laverne and Shirley,” when I came across this astounding tidbit:
In the 1950s, she grew up in an apartment on the Grand Concourse in the Bronx on a block that also spawned Neil Simon, Paddy Chayefsky, Calvin Klein, and Ralph Lauren.
Two famous playwrights, two famous designers? And they’re all Jewish except for Marshall, whom I’d always assumed was Jewish but whom I discovered is in fact Italian.
Then again, if they’re talking about the entire Grand Concourse when they write “the block,” it’s loooong. I had a friend who grew up there, but she’s not famous for anything.
[NOTE: The title of this post is a riff on this song, in case you're not entirely familiar with the oeuvre of Ms. Lopez.]