Five Degrees of Separation

Posted by: Elizabeth Applebaum on Tuesday, April 18, 2017

In just five steps, we make astonishing connections between two seemingly unrelated items, ending at the best place in the world: the JCC!

(Think you can stump us? GO AHEAD AND TRY! In comments below, tell us your favorite JCC event/program/class and name any person, place or thing. We promise to get there in five!)

Today, we take a trip around the country: Los Angeles to Kansas City and finally Detroit as we get from Dodger Stadium to the JCC’s Lenore Marwil Detroit Jewish Film Festival!

This is Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. Built in 1962, it is the largest (by seat capacity) Major League Baseball stadium in the United States. More hot dogs are eaten here than at any other ballpark in the country.

The first words uttered by Mickey Mouse? “Hot dog!” which he said the 1929 animated film “The Karnival Kid.” 

Mickey Mouse was inspired by a real mouse at Walt Disney’s Laugh-O-Gram Animation Studios in Kansas City. Mice, Disney said, “used to fight for little pieces of cheese in my wastebasket when I worked alone late at night. I lifted them out and kept them in wire cages on my desk. I grew particularly fond of one brown house mouse. He was a timid little guy. By tapping him on the nose with my pencil, I trained him to run inside a black circle I drew on my drawing board. When I left Kansas City to try my luck at Hollywood, I hated to leave him behind. So I carefully carried him to a backyard, making sure it was a nice neighborhood, and the tame little fellow scampered to freedom.”

Walt Disney at Laugh-o-Gram Studios

In addition to being Disney’s hometown, Kansas City was the birthplace of Eminem, Amelia Earhart, Ernest Hemingway, Robert Heinlein, Dr. Phil McGraw, Janelle Monae, Kate Spade and actress Lynn Cohen.

Lynn Cohen is the star of The Pickle Recipe showing 2 p.m. Sunday, May 14 at the Lenore Marwil Detroit Jewish Film Festival. The film tells the story of Joey Miller, the king of Detroit’s Jewish party scene, who is short on funds for his daughter’s bat mitzvah. He turns to his Uncle Morty who agrees to a loan – but only if Joey steals his grandmother’s pickle recipe.

For tickets: or 248.661.1900.

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