Marilyn Sachs, Amy and Laura, how to date a Communist

While I was in Seattle for the Joint Meeting, I stopped in to see my cousin Marilyn Sachs, the children’s author, who’s now 88.  She signed a copy of CJ’s favorite book of hers, Amy and Laura.  I re-read it on the plane and it made me cry just like it did when I was a kid.

We talked about writing and the past.  She and her husband, Morris, started dating in 1946, in Brooklyn.  Morris had recently returned from the war in the Pacific and was a Communist.  He thought movies were too expensive, so on their dates they went block to block ringing doorbells, trying to get signatures on a petition demanding that the Dodgers bring up Jackie Robinson from their minor-league affiliate in Montreal.  Now that is how you date, young people.

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4 thoughts on “Marilyn Sachs, Amy and Laura, how to date a Communist

  1. Kevin says:

    I was curious how you could have an 88-year old cousin, but clicked on the link and saw you wrote “once removed” on the other post. So I looked up “once removed”, since I’ve heard the phrase but never used it; it means child or parent of. So, she’s your aunt?

    Do other people say “cousin” where I would say “aunt”?

  2. quasihumanist says:

    A grandchild of one of your great-grandparents, or a great-grandchild of one of your grandparents, is a first cousin, once removed.

    A child of one of your grandparents is an uncle or aunt, and a child of one of your great-grandparents is great-uncle or great-aunt.

    In case you want further information, a first cousin (without qualifier) is a grandchild of one of your grandparents, and a second cousin (without qualifier) is a great-grandchild of one of your great-grandparents.

  3. JSE says:

    Yep – her mom was my grandfather’s oldest sister.

  4. Christelle says:

    Another way to think about it is that the “parent or child” can go before or after the “cousin” i.e. “cousin once removed” can mean either the parent or child of the cousin, but also the cousin of the parent or child.
    In this case, Sachs is either Jordan’s mother’s or father’s cousin.
    http://lifehacker.com/second-cousins-once-removed-and-more-explained-in-1661572056

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