Mel Wacks

Mel Wacks was educated as an electrical engineer at the City College of New York (B.E.E. 1959) and New York University (M.E.E. 1962). He later combined his interests in art and Jewish history with his hobby of numismatics to found the Jewish-American Hall of Fame in 1969; honorees include Rebecca Gratz, Emma Lazarus, Golda Meir, Bess Myerson, Ernestine Rose, Ida Straus, Barbra Streisand, Henrietta Szold and Lillian Wald. Wacks is the author of The Handbook of Biblical Numismatics and the web site for the Jewish Museum in Cyberspace

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Lillian Copeland

Lillian Copeland was one of the greatest overall woman athletes in the mid-1920s. Born in New York City on November 25, 1904, she was the daughter of Minnie Drasnin, a housewife, from Grodno, Poland. She was also raised by her stepfather, Abraham Copeland, the manager of a produce company, after the death of her father. She attended Los Angeles High School.

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