The Society for the Prevention of Disparaging Remarks About Brooklyn

September 5, 2012

According to Brooklynite Sidney Ascher, Brooklyn was disparaged 2,6343 times in 1942.

Apparently, this was down from the 6,457 times it was disparaged in 1941. That was the year Ascher founded “The Society for the Prevention of Disparaging Remarks About Brooklyn.”

I found this information and this certificate on the WNYC website. WNYC received an NEH grant to digitize a vast archive of radio shows from the past. This project is called, Annotations: The NEH Preservation Project. 

A  friend, an author who lives in Park Slope, has been working on this preservation project.

Prominent members of “The Society for the Prevention of Disparaging Remarks About Brooklyn.” included writers Damon Runyon and Walter Winchell, Borough President John Cashmore, U.S. President Harry Truman, General Dwight D. Eisenhower, at least 10 members of Congress, hundreds of soldiers and sailors, and Betty Smith, author of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.

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One Comment on The Society for the Prevention of Disparaging Remarks About Brooklyn

  1. Rob Lenihan on Wed, 5th Sep 2012 4:19 pm
  2. Where do I sign up??