Dr. Stan Levenson, 1954 graduate of Oswego State, former teacher at Hannibal Central School, and public school fundraising guru has announced today the release of his memoir, When Brooklyn Was Heaven, A Memoir from Brooklyn to L.A. and Places In-Between, published by Outskirts Press. Levenson provides a fascinating account of those Brooklyn neighborhoods so rich in culture and history and of his own rise from being a poor, fatherless kid during the Great Depression to becoming a world renowned fundraiser helping schools and school districts around the globe reap millions of dollars in grants and gifts.
Levenson vividly shows the days of a bygone Brooklyn, when neighborhoods were proudly and fiercely ethnic and cultures were bound by the rough economic times of the Depression and the concerns over World War II. He takes his readers on a tour of upstate New York, as well, and acquaints them with stories of the Borscht Belt never heard before, the small college town of Oswego, New York where he studied to become a teacher and found himself in the awkward gropes of his first encounters with the opposite sex, and of his brief experience as a sixth grade teacher at Hannibal Central School before being activated into the U.S. Naval Reserves. Levenson ultimately had a number of misadventures in the U.S. Navy and ended up – to his own great surprise – as a public school fundraiser extraordinaire and an author of four books on education, including Big-Time Fundraising for Today’s Schools, How to Get Grants and Gifts for the Public Schools, Readings in Foreign Languages for the Elementary School, and Exciting Bulletin Board Ideas for Reading and Language Arts.
When Brooklyn Was Heaven will make you laugh, it will make you cry, it will evoke a sense of nostalgia, and it will help to establish an historical perspective of the times. It is a must read for anyone with a New York connection, those who are fascinated by this joyful place, and all others who are intrigued by all the places “in-between.”
When Brooklyn Was Heaven is available on-line in paperback through Amazon and Barnes and Noble and at www.outskirtspress.com/bookstore.