FAU Lifelong Learning Society, Jupiter
Myrna Goldberger
LLS Jupiter Founding Faculty Award 2002 


Myrna Goldberger has been on the staff of LLS for more than 20 years. Educated at the University of Maryland, Loyola College and Johns Hopkins University, she has had more than 50 years of experience in educational programming, including Elderhostels and scholar-in-residence weekends. She currently presents lectures to community groups, religious groups and special interest organizations in Florida and numerous other states. In addition, Ms. Goldberger performs in self-written, one-act plays focusing on famous American men and women. Her students, who call themselves “Myrna’s Groupies,” describe her as “charismatic, knowledgeable and dynamic.”

America’s “Flavorite”: The Story of Chocolate

“Everybody loves chocolate!” In a recent food channel survey, a listing of the most popular ice cream flavors revealed that out of fifteen flavors, more than half of the flavors chosen contained chocolate. This presentation, performed in costume with accompanying visuals, will focus on the origin of chocolate, where and how it became “addictive,” how it is made, the life and success of Milton Hershey, the tale of Lady Godiva (for whom delicious chocolates are named), the chronicle of M&M’s and bits of history that are connected to America’s chocolate passion.

Lecture # F1S2
Register early! There is a $5 charge for registering on the day of a One-Time Lecture or Event.
  Place:Lifelong Learning Complex, Jupiter Campus
  Dates:Saturday, October 25, 2014
  Time:1:30–3:00 p.m.
  Fee:$25 / member; $35 / non-member
Folks, it’s a Hoax!

“Hoax” is defined as either a practical joke, a deception by an interesting or amusing story, a trick for political gain or sport or a ruse by one desiring fame. The motivations of a perpetrator include greed, a desire to “put one over” on someone else, a yearning for recognition or a desire to capitalize on risk. This lecture series will focus on some of the most famous and unbelievable hoaxes in American history. Were these actions part of human frailty or were they the result of planned ambition, power or selfaggrandizement? The objective of these lectures is to emphasize the historical significance of each story. What were the consequences of each hoax? What did the hoax indicate about American society? In what ways was it unique and to what other incidents can it be compared? How does a hoax differ from a joke and how have some of them played a historical role?

Four Lectures
  1. H.L. Mencken and the “Neglected Anniversary” — The Art Forger
  2. Clifford Irving and Howard Hughes
  3. The Man Who Never Was — World War II; The War of the Worlds
  4. The story of Aimee Semple Mc Pherson, the Quiz Show Hoax and Charles Van Doren
Course # F4R4 — 4 weeks
  Place:Lifelong Learning Complex, Jupiter Campus
  Dates:Thursdays — October 16, 23, 30; November 6
  Time:2:15–3:45 p.m.
  Fee:$34 / member; $54 / non-member