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.
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?
There's no Place Like Home Depot
The Life and Career of Bernie Marcus — As Told By Home Depot Associates
Bernie Marcus has been fired! It was good news! With his friends Ken Langone and Arthur Blank, he now had the opportunity to realize a dream — create a huge warehouse store with no frills, but one that would provide “everything for do-it-yourself homeowners who could be assured of availability of products, low prices and customer service unparalleled in the industry.”
In this self-written one-act play, Myrna Goldberger will portray several associates of Home Depot relating the remarkable rise of Bernie Marcus and his vision of a store “built from scratch” to a multi-million dollar empire. Included will be stories told by the founders, as well as the successes and disappointments they encountered along the way. With costume and visual imagery, Myrna Goldberger’s objective is to provide “Edutainment” for her groupies.
The word “entrepreneur” is known as an “eliminator” in spelling bees. However, the word, defined as “a person who engages in business or entertainment,” refers to thousands of individuals who used creativity, skill, perseverance, opportunity and daring to provide products to fill consumer need and earn profits for themselves. Included in this group are Jews, banned from agricultural pursuits, who focused on business endeavors and built a mystique of their own.
What are the characteristics of a successful entrepreneur? How does the economic climate of the times influence success or failure? Does “luck” play a role in an individual’s story? Does every entrepreneur need a structured business plan?
This lecture will focus on Jewish entrepreneurs in diverse fields who realized a dream and, at the same time, made contributions that have become legacy. Learn more about The Strauss Family, Charles Bronfman, Estee Lauder and Mark Zuckerberg!