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October 29, 2021

Henry Winkler

Surprise! Surprise!...

I never knew that GERALDO RIVERA was raised Jewish. Did you? This is a complete surprise to me! He is a well-known American journalist, attorney, author, political commentator and former television host. But a Jew????

Geraldo, was born at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City to Lillian Friedman and Cruz Allen Rivera. (His dad was Puerto Rican). Geraldo's mom's family was of Russian Jewish descent. Geraldo also had a bar mitzvah! He did some growing up in Brooklyn, like me, and West Babylon, N.Y.

Another surprise for me ...

I never knew that actor Leonard Nimoy...

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