Quick Clicks: Vignettes from the Jewish News Archives, May 7, 2015



djn-1942-03-27-1-019As archivist for the Detroit Jewish News Foundation for almost two years now, my computer and I have spent a lot of time in the archives of the JN. During the course of this work, a number of names have been cited numerous times over the years: Max Fisher, David Hermelin, Rabbi Leo Franklin and many others.

Every day, I learn something new. Today, while thinking about a Quick Click for the week, I found a great story. I learned that the person who has appeared in the JN more than anyone may be Danny Raskin.

When searching for his name, more than 9,000 entries came up. I also learned that his first column was in the very first Detroit Jewish News on March 27, 1942. That’s 73 years ago! (of course, Danny started writing for the JN when he was 3 years old).

And, he’s still writing in every issue of the JN today. This has to be some sort of journalistic record; certainly, one for Detroit publications.

Well, here’s a historic phrase Danny will know well —“My hat is off to you, sir!” ■

Want to learn more? Go to the DJN Foundation archives, available for free at www.djnfoundation.org.

By Mike Smith, Detroit Jewish News Foundation Archivist


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