Class Correspondent

Congratulations to Gary Rosen, who was elected managing shareholder at Becker & Poliakoff, a commercial law firm with more than 145 attorneys and lobbyists in Florida, New York, New Jersey, Washington, D.C., and internationally. Since joining in 1982, Gary has played a leading role in the recruitment, marketing and overall management of the firm. Rosen led the reorganization of Becker & Poliakoff’s practices into several clearly defined and structured groups and chaired the firm’s strategic visioning initiative. In addition, he was instrumental in opening its New York and New Jersey offices, which focus on corporate and securities practices and recently added community association law, one of the firm’s core areas of practice. The Jewish National Fund and Friends of the Arava Institute presented Howard Rodenstein with the Guardian of Israel Award. He was recognized for
his devotion to coexistence and peace building. His efforts have united the people of Israel and their neighbors. On consecutive Sundays, author Mark Leyner was featured in two different New York Times stories: a long profile in the magazine on March 25, followed by a review of his new novel, “The Sugar Frosted Nutsack,” on April 1. Of Mark’s writing, the reviewer declared, “Mark Leyner writes in a genre that could be called Mark Leyner: gun-to-the-head comedy delivered with a stratospheric I.Q.” National Public Radio’s “Here and Now” program interviewed Gary Lassin, president of the Three Stooges Fan Club and founder/curator of the Stoogeum, in Ambler, Pa., a few days before the April release of the new “Three Stooges” movie. “About half the hardcore fans think this is just blasphemy that they’d even try to make a film like this. The other half are very excited about the prospect of the film coming out,” Gary told host Robin Young. He also told Young that the prevalence of potty humor in the new movie has some fans concerned. “When the Stooges made their films back in the ’30s and ’40s, they were geared for audiences of all ages, and they weren’t targeting teenage boys with toilet humor,” he said. However, Gary expressed confidence in the writers/producers/directors: “As skeptical as many people are about this film, if anyone could pull it off, it would be the Farrelly brothers. Their heart is in the right place — they really are true Stooges fans.”
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