Robert Strauss

High Praise, Low Score: Strauss?s parenting method includes lauding his daughters even when they come in dead last or are the low scorers in sporting events. Above, Ella (center, blue shirt) guards a much taller competitor.

Reflections of a ‘Pussycat Dad’

When my elder daughter, Ella, was about 11, she worked up the courage to join our summer swimming pool’s diving team, despite being a carrier of the family gene for aquaphobia.

The Sultan of Stats

Harvey Pollack was home from the service for only a few months when Bob Geasey, the public and sports information director at Temple University, from which Harvey had graduated with a degree in journalism, asked for some help keeping statistics for a few college basketball games at Philadelphia’s old Convention Hall.

The Place To Be: In mid-century, Teplinsky?s hotel was the venue for countless weddings and bar mitzvahs in a town with a thriving Jewish population.

By the Ocean, as a Famous Name Returns, Mostly Memories Remain

In mid-20th-century Atlantic City, there was nothing like Teplitzky’s for the Jewish tourist. Mostly, those tourists came from Philadelphia, Baltimore or New York, maybe for a week, maybe for a weekend, maybe only for Cousin Sammy’s wedding.