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It Happened in Brooklyn

by Elizabeth Reinhart

NEW! In a break with his last seven years as an instructor for OLLI, Len Jacobson will not be offering a technical course. Instead, for Fall term 2017, Len will be returning to his roots in the Borough of Brooklyn with
It Happened in Brooklyn, a comprehensive look at Brooklyn’s history and how today’s Brooklyn differs from its past. Former Brooklynites will remember from their childhoods the importance of neighborhoods and where one went to school. Len was born and spent the first 25 years of his life in Flatbush. He is a graduate of Lafayette High School and
attended Brooklyn College during the same time period as Bernie Sanders. He did his graduate studies at Brooklyn Polytechnic. As a young man, Len was eager to leave Brooklyn. He dreamed of sunshine and driving on the Pacific Coast Highway in a convertible with the top down. Len realized that with the growth of the aerospace and defense industries in Southern California he could easily find a job with his advanced degree in electrical engineering. When he was courting his wife Sherry, he made sure that she was willing to relocate. He jokes that it was a pre-condition to their marriage. Fifty years ago, Sherry and Len moved to Los Angeles and have never regretted leaving Brooklyn.
Len believes in research and meticulous preparation for the courses he teaches. Although he visited Brooklyn many times since moving, he wanted to make sure that he could speak with authority on both the history of Brooklyn and its present day. Thus he and Sherry recently spent three days in Brooklyn, touring many neighborhoods and visiting the sights. The course will highlight famous individuals who grew up in Brooklyn, and as a special treat students will watch and discuss a film that Len believes epitomizes Brooklyn.


Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at CSULB
Building HS&D, Rooms 100 & 101
1250 Bellflower Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90840-5609
Phone: 562-985-8237 Fax: 562-985-8213
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