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No. 11

June 19, 2000

News and Views Covering Society and Celebrity - Travel and Entertainment - Jam-packed with Anecdotes Guaranteed to Amuse and Entertain as Well as Inform and Enlighten

Judge Judy and Cindy Crawford

Maria Bartiromo and Cindy Crawford

National president Alice Kent (l) and chapter president Arlene Fischer

Renee Belfer (l-r), Barbara Boxer, Bonnie Englebardt

Maria Bartiromo (l-r), Emily Fisher Landau, Abby Joseph Cohen

Award winners (l-r) Sen. Barbara Boxer, Emily Fisher Landau, Judge Judy Sheindlin, Cindy Crawford, Iris Cantor, Abby Joseph Cohen

Einstein Medical College Cites Supermodel and Superwomen


By Tim Boxer

OU had to be from Brooklyn to be honored at the 46th annual Spirit of Achievement luncheon at the Waldorf-Astoria by the New York chapter of the national women’s division of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. At least, it appeared that way.

As emcee Maria Bartiromo, the CNBC business anchor, presented the first of six Spirit of Achievement Awards to Barbara Boxer, the California senator announced, “I was born and raised in Brooklyn.”

As the cheering subsided, the diehard Brooklynite added: “I rode the buses and subways!”

Upon receiving her plaque, philanthropist Iris Cantor, president of Cantor Fitzgerald financial holding company, proudly proclaimed, “I’m from Brooklyn too!”

Not to be outdone, investment strategist Abby Joseph Cohen, managing director of the investment policy committee of Goldman, Sachs & Co., accepted her tribute with the revelation: “I was conceived in Brooklyn.” Judging by the applause, that was good enough to be considered a Brooklynite.

After an expansive introduction by Bartiromo, Judge Judy Sheindlin remarked, “I hope someone taped that for my eulogy.”

Judge Judy claimed to be a Brooklyn girl too. “If you’ve been conceived there, you’re a Brooklynite,” she affirmed.

She told about a juvenile delinquent who definitely needed an attitude adjustment. To that end, she sent him to the clink for a weekend. Nobody had sent him there before. On Monday she informed him that the only way he could go home is if he agrees to three rules: home by 9 p.m., school every day, and when the parole officer says jump, he says, “How high.”

At that point the court clerk slipped her a note: “Judge, your blouse is open.”

From all her huffing and puffing, Judge Judy burst her buttons. She saw by the kid’s eyes that he was aware of the opening.

“Judge,” the boy said with a sly smile, “I want to go home with you.”

When it came time for Cindy Crawford to receive her award, she admitted that she’s actually from Illinois, not Brooklyn. “But I make a good brisket.” 

That was good enough for the ladies who lunch. They hailed the supermodel-turned-supermom who said furthermore that she’s a feminist.

Crawford said that she studied chemical engineering at Northwestern University. She was the only Caucasian woman in a class of 300. That first day her professor peered down at her and said, “Honey, I think you’re in the wrong class.”

“I never had to prove myself as good as the boys,” he said. “I just assumed I was. Here I am at 34 and never happier. I’ve been able to put female empowerment in my work.”

Special recognition was given to Emily Fisher Landau, founder of Einstein’s Fisher Landau Center for the Treatment of Learning Disabilities.

The event raised $300,000 to support cancer vaccine development at Einstein.

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