New radio gig

John Rothmann

San Francisco radio guy John Rothmann has a new gig — he’s a political analyst for KKSF’s NewsTalk 910. You may have heard him doing postelection coverage last week, or during his weekly 6:35 p.m. slot on the Gil Gross show.

Rothmann, formerly a talk-show host on KGO-AM, says this is a part-time job that is all political commentary, though he also will fill in when Gross is away.

In other news, Rothmann has completed an eight-minute promotional spot for Israel NewsTalk Network, a program organized by an East Coast group. If the network gets off the ground, he says, it will connect the U.S. and Israel. (You can hear his spot at www.israelnewstalk.com/showhosts.htm.)

Rothmann’s next book, “Harold E. Stassen, The Life and Perennial Candidacy of the Progressive Republican,” is due out in September. Finally, the family is off to Israel for the July 2 bar mitzvah of son Joel Rothmann.


Fast and faster

Norm Levin of San Rafael reports that two students on the Terra Linda High School track team are children of Russian Jewish émigrés and also members of Congregation Rodef Sholom’s religious-school graduating class (i.e., 12th-graders). In fact, they competed in Marin County’s championship meet the night before the congregation’s graduation and confirmation ceremonies. Liliya Parkman is a hurdler, and Daniel “Tank” Fortenko is a record-setting sprinter who holds the school record of 21.55 seconds in the 200 meters, his specialty. On June 2, Tank had a bittersweet ending to his high school track career when he tore a hamstring during the state championship meet in Clovis. But even with the injury, he came in sixth. P.S.: Levin is particularly interested in Terra Linda track because his daughter, Laurel Levin, a sophomore and Rodef Sholom confirmand, is a distance runner for the team.


Pithy poet

Arthur Weil calls his latest — and 18th — book “Word Shots.” On his blog, the 85-year old Piedmont resident explains that the book is filled with “easy-to-read comments and idioms on life anybody can relate to and cheer a person up.” Weil, who was profiled in j. in 2000, just after his second book was published, has had his poetry and witticisms included in numerous anthologies. He also recently completed “Eat My Words,” a book of poetry for teens. To read his work and find out (as he says) “what makes me tick,” visit his website at www.poetrypearls.com.


Short shorts

Carl Grunfeld

San Francisco physician Dr. Carl Grunfeld received a Lifetime Achievement Award from his alma mater, Einstein Medical School in New York City, on May 30. Grunfeld is a professor in the Department of Medicine at UCSF and chief of metabolism and endocrine sections at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in San Francisco … Mike Shapiro is the president and general manager of the San Rafael Pacifics Baseball Club, a new independent minor league baseball team. The Pacifics won their first game on June 4, beating the Santa Rosa Grapes before a capacity crowd of about 1,000 at old Albert Park. “Nope, no Hebrew hammers,” Shapiro quipped when asked if there were any Jewish players on his roster … Judy Berg, who lived in Oakland for 40 years before moving to San Diego, was named president of the Western Institute of Nursing, writes proud hubby Paul BergMaxine Epstein joins Jewish Community High School of the Bay in the newly created position of director of institutional advancement.


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Suzan Berns