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Century celebration

Ted Rosenberg of Atherton shares his birthday with ABM Industries, the company his father founded in 1909. So if you’re doing the math, you’ll know that they both turned 100 this year. Ted had a gala party last January (the month he was born), and on Sept. 9, in honor of the dual century celebrations, Ted rang the closing bell of the New York Stock Exchange.

“He was very up for it, and he’s been super-charged ever since,” said Ted’s son, Jerry Rosenberg.

Ted still goes in to the office each day and when he resigned from the ABM (American Building Maintenance) Board of Directors last March after 82 years with the business, he was the oldest member of a board of a company trading on the NYSE. KPIX-Channel 5 reporter Mike Sugarman’s interview with Ted is online in the station’s video library. 

 

Teach your children

In a post on Business Week online, Diane Frankenstein of San Francisco gives tips for parents who are wondering how reading can compete with iPods, cell phones, video games and other “digital distractions.” She’s the author of “Reading Together: Everything You Need to Know to Raise a Child Who Loves to Read.”

Among her suggestions is to talk to your children about what they read using Winnie’s the Pooh’s advice: “It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn’t use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like, ‘What’s for lunch?’ ” And, “A good story and a cookie always go hand in hand.” Visit http://www.DianeFrankenstein.com for more about the book.

 

Only in Marin

The Mill Valley Film Festival, which runs from Thursday, Oct. 8 to Oct. 18, has eight Jewish-themed films in its lineup, including “Broken Time” and “Surrogate” from Israel, “Girl on the Train” from France and “Shylock” from the Netherlands.

Naomi Newman, founding member of the Jewish Theatre, San Francisco (formerly Traveling Jewish Theatre), will be honored with a Milley Award on Sunday, Oct. 4, at the Mill Valley Community Center. The Mill Valley Arts Commission sponsors the annual awards, which recognize artists in various fields.

 

Short shorts …

San Francisco comedian and producer Lisa Geduldig is taking her show on the road. “What Am I, Chopped Liver?” will also star comics Dan Ahdoot and Scott Blakeman on Oct. 9 at the Grand Theatre at the Producers Club in New York City … Barry Hunau of Walnut Creek is a retired dentist, j.’s cartoonist — and an actor, too. He’s playing Ben, the Jewish grandfather, in Neil Simon’s “Broadway Bound” at Lesher Center for the Arts, starting Oct. 9 …

Several coaches from San Francisco’s old Jewish Athletic League will receive the first Golden Bagel Award on Oct. 25 at Congregation Beth Israel–Judea, reports Gary Wiener. Honorees, recognized for the positive impact on the lives of young athletes, are Charlie Pivnick and Gene Zucker from Congregation Beth Sholom and Warren Bauer, Myron Harband, Marty Segol and Stan Wiener from Congregation Beth Israel–Judea. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Jewish Sports Hall of Fame of Northern California … Nancy Silverrod, who works at the San Francisco Public Library, has been named to a four-year term on the Sidney Taylor Book Award Committee. The award recognizes the best in children’s literature … Tad Taube will be honored at the Pacific Research Institute’s 30th anniversary dinner “Celebrating Entrepreneurs, Champions of Liberty” on Oct. 16 in San Francisco.


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