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Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton and
Burton Resnick

Robert Klein Discovers
A Jules Verne World

By Tim Boxer

ESHIVA University president Richard Joel celebrated three "birthdays" on a Sunday last month. In the morning he was in the middle of inaugurating the new Congregation Etz Chaim synagogue in Livingston, N.J., when his cell phone rang. His son Avery was calling with good news: Avery’s wife Eliza gave birth to a son, making Joel a Grampa for the first time.

That evening Joel addressed 718 people at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, which is based in the Bronx.

"I saw my grandson," he announced. "He’s alive, he has all the equipment, and he’ll live in a world free of the diseases that my grandfather knew too well."

Mindful of the Jack and Pearl Resnick Campus, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton paid tribute to board chairman emeritus Burton Resnick. "This university owes so much to the Resnick family," she said.

Clinton slammed the Bush administration for its "shortsighted" approach to scientific progress by cutting the budget for research in medicine and science. "We cannot turn the clock back on the scientific enterprise," she said.

Robert Klein, who provided entertainment, is a child of the Bronx. He’s a product of DeWitt Clinton High School, the alma mater of such other luminaries as fashion designer Ralph Lauren and cartoonist Stan Lee.

Robert said he had ambitions to be a doctor. "But something stood in my way – physics, chemistry, biology, attitude, attendance."

Nevertheless he told all the medical practitioners and professors in the audience how colonoscopy "opened a whole new world for me – more like Jules Verne than anything."

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