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Susie Schulman-Mamaroneck, NY September 11, 2011

It is hard standing here today. It is a day you always know will come, but somehow you just hope it will be sometime far in the future.

How do you eulogize a mother? Where do you start to honor a mother whose life was filled with challenges and accomplishments that began long before you were born?

While mom never considered herself a “survivor” she was born in Germany before the rise of the Nazis. Her parents were Polish immigrants living in Germany. Not long after the rise of the Nazis, one of the many racial laws passed banned non-Aryans from swimming pools. The same day that law was passed my mom went to a pool, not knowing of the new ban. A bunch of young boys, Nazis, tried to drown her for being a Jew. At that moment my grandparents, my Bubbie and Zaydie decided that Nazi Germany was not a place for Jews to remain. They left as soon as they could to come to the United States.

My mother came to the US at the age of ten year old. When she entered school my mom was placed back in 1st Grade, since she knew no English. In a matter of months she advanced through the grades, so that the next school year she began 6th grade. Mom attended the prestigious Hunter High School. She went on to City College and became one of the first women Civil Engineers.

For the past year I have been scanning all sorts of my parent’s papers and photos, in preparation for our moving to Israel. In the process of scanning, I came across a certificate from the Red Cross commending mom for her volunteer work during WW II. Of course I also found many documents and photos from her involvement in the Young Zionist of America in the days before the State was founded. When the State of Israel was founded she wanted to make aliyah. However, at the time, her father, who was a Zionist his whole life would not allow his single daughter to go. Being a good daughter, she stayed in America. This was the first time her dreams of living in Israel were thwarted.

Beyond working on behalf of the creation of the State of Israel, my mother accomplished something else very important; she met my Dad who was also active in the Young Zionists. They married in 1954. While all this was happening, my mother had an active professional career. My mom was involved in the rebuilding of the Manhattan Bridge. She also worked on the building of the Major Degan Highway.

When I came along, my mother did what was expected of her in that generation; she stopped working to concentrate on raising me. While my mother had the reputation as someone who would accomplish whatever task she set for herself, life was not always accommodating or kind to her. In my recent attempts to digitize my mother’s documents I came across a sad letter from a major adoption agency denying my parent’s request to adopt. It seems, after she could not give birth to a second child, my parents tried desperately to adopt a child. However, backs then, couples who already had one child were denied the opportunity to adopt a second child.

Of course, as any child, I have vivid memories of my mom as a mother. One of my most vivid memories is from my first year at WDS. A hurricane hit New York. I remember my mom braving the storm to drive up to Mamaroneck to personally retrieve me from school and bring me back to the Bronx, where we were living at the time. And for my mom, just being an anonymous mother in school was not enough for my mom. Soon after I enrolled she became involved in the school. By the time I was in 6th or 7th grade she was President of the school’s PTA. What most impressed me then, still impresses me now. My mom was not the traditional PTA President, who worried solely about bake sales and other similar fundraising events. Instead, as head of the PTA, she used her seat on the WDS school board to actively voice her opinions on school policy (often going against the views of Mr. Plotnick, the Headmaster. I learned a lot from how seriously she took her responsibilities.

My mom was also a mother who never knew how to say no. By the time I was a senior in HS, I would routinely ask her if we could host 2-4-6 or even 8 visiting Israeli HS students at a time. She never said “no”. While I am sure she had mixed emotions about my decision to move to Israel immediately after college, she never showed anything but support. Several years later, after Yael, her first grandchild was born; she made herself available for whatever tasks were necessary to help. Pick up Yael, drop off Yael, and help Yael in whatever she wanted.

My mom was a force of nature, always being the first to get a task done, never waiting to be asked. But through it all, her family would always come first. Whether, at first, it was our small family of three, or the larger number counting all three grandchildren Yael, Tali and Eytan. Nothing gave her greater pleasure than providing Zucchini soup for Tali and Eytan.

My mother generally made things work her way. Even in death, she was partially able to achieve that. She died at home, in bed, with my father and myself surrounding her in her final hours of consciousness. However, there was one thing she was unable to achieve. In the last few months she was excited to finally be making aliyah; something we were planning to do all together in the next few weeks. She will not be with us physically, however, mom we will surely take you with us in our hearts as we begin our next life adventure.

Mom, you will be missed terribly!

Daniel Schulman Tel Aviv December 15, 2011

It was only three months ago that I stood in front of a different group of friends and family to deliver a eulogy for my mom. There, I was not alone in telling her story, since there were two rabbis who knew her well, and we were enveloped by many of her friends, and relatives. Today, my father is surrounded only by my friends. Many of you are my dearest friends. However, unfortunately, there is no one here who really knew my dad or mom well. It is really difficult to lose two wonderful parents in such a short time. But today is not to be about me. Today is about my father, Daniel, or as he would proudly say to people in Israel, “David Ben Haim Halevi”.

There is little in my Dad’s childhood that would make one imagine we would be standing here in a cemetery that claims to be in Tel Aviv, (the first all Jewish city), but is really in Petach Tikva (one of the oldest of the Zionist settlements of the land.) My father grew up during the great depression in the US. However, he was privileged to have a father who was an accountant, and whose practice continued successfully throughout the great decline, with only a small contraction. Both of his parents went to college, which makes my daughter Yael (who is standing here) a fourth generation college graduate. Thus, my father grew up in a rather privileged middle class home. From a young age, my father was “tinkerer”. He was always designing and fixing things. His summer job was being the projectionist at the movie theater. He attended Bronx High School of Science, as a member of its second graduating class. As he graduated HS during a time of war, he joined the US Air Force for the final two years of World War II.

After the war my father went to NYU to become an Electrical Engineer. At this juncture his story starts getting a little more complex. Those were years of intense political activity for Israel. My father became involved in the Young Zionists of America, working for the creation of the State of Israel. There, he met my mother. After a long courtship, they married in 1954. By that time my father had managed to work for a company developing color TV sets. He later went on to found his own firm, Superex Electronics. Over the years Superex was best known for the headphone it produced.

That being said, it was not his professional accomplishments for which my father is best known, but rather for his commitment to the Jewish world. My father was the President of our local synagogue twice. He was also very active in the UJA. I remember well the second day after the Yom Kippur War began, being sent as a youth representative to hand a huge bag of one-dollar bills collected at a rally to a gathering of top UJA givers. Even though my father was not in the league of the Tishes and the Tishmans of the time, he had dug so deep into my parents’ finances to be invited to that gathering of top givers.

My father’s most profound impact on the Jewish world, and on me, was his involvement with Westchester Day School, in Mamaroneck, NY. My father became the Administrative VP for W.D.S. the year I graduated. That fact, in and of itself, tells an important story. As I have seen first-hand, people often become involved in Jewish schools, primarily, when their children are in school. My father, on the other hand, spent 18 years, after I graduated, working as a volunteer for WDS trying to improve Jewish education. My proudest moment, and the one that affected me the most, was when my parents were honored at a WDS dinner. As is traditional, my father gave the thank you speech. Though instead of the usual platitudes that everyone was expecting, he gave an impassioned speech, on how every child deserved a Jewish education. In his address he attacked the very institution that was honoring my parents, for its policy of counseling out difficult students.

Dad, these last months have been hard. Our plans called for all of us to embark on a new adventure. You and Mom would live for the first time in the state you worked to found. The rest of us would be coming home, after too long a hiatus, in time to be there for Tali as she begins her army service in ten days. There is an old saying “man plans and God laughs”. Well, our plans were far advanced, our furniture was on a ship, and our apartment was already rented when mom died suddenly. She was adamant in wanting to come to Israel. You were a little reluctant to leave your house in New Rochelle. But for us, there was no turning back. Tali had her draft date. We were living on borrowed blow up mattresses on the last days of our lease in Mamaroneck. You said, “when mom died everything changed”, and internally, for you and for the rest of us it did. Yet, you were ready, despite that fact, to set off on this last great adventure. Unfortunately, despite making it to this land, you never had much of a chance to enjoy it. Soon after we arrived your health took a sudden turn for the worse, and for the last 6 weeks you health got ever worse. Throughout this entire ordeal, you kept your sense of humor. You found the good in everything. In the last moments of your life, I apologized to you for bringing you on this great adventure. For although you received excellent care while here, the final outcome for you, speaks for itself.

Dad, we will miss you greatly-- in the coming months and years, but you will be with us in everything we do. David Ben Haim Halevi, from the Bronx, New York, you have reached eternal rest here, not far from the cradle of Zionism. In front of your three grandchildren, who stand here with you, I promise, in the coming years, to do our best to give meaning to that adventure.

Dan Shulman

Daniel Shulman (born February 9, 1967) is a Canadian sportscaster with Sportsnet as well as the American network ESPN.

Shulman serves as a play-by-play announcer for select Toronto Blue Jays telecasts on Sportsnet and hosts a baseball-themed podcast, Swing and a Belt with Dan Shulman. He also serves as the lead announcer for ESPN's men's college basketball coverage (with Jay Bilas), along with select regular season Major League Baseball games on ESPN and leads post-season MLB coverage on ESPN Radio.

Previously, Shulman served as the play-by-play announcer for ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball (with Aaron Boone and Jessica Mendoza), a position he resigned from at the conclusion of the 2017 season. [1]


Schulman was born in Newark, New Jersey, and grew up in Princeton, New Jersey. He was captain of the tennis and lacrosse teams at Princeton High School, and went on to receive a bachelor's degree in economics from Middlebury College, and an MBA from New York University Stern School of Business. [2] [3] [4]

His mother, S. Ruth Schulman, was associate dean of Rutgers' Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology (GSAPP) from 1974 to 1999. [5] His father, Mel Schulman, was a chemical engineer. [6]

Schulman once told The New York Times, "I was born with social activism in my DNA. My grandfather was a union organizer in the garment district in New York City. My mother took me to a civil rights demonstration in Washington in my stroller." [7]

Schulman began his business career at AT&T, working more than 18 years there and becoming the youngest member of the company's senior executive team. [8] Schulman started at an entry-level account management position when he left AT&T, he was president of the $22 billion consumer long-distance business, managing 40,000 employees. [9]

He then became president and COO, and then CEO of Priceline.com. During his two years there, Priceline's annual revenues grew from a reported $20 million to about $1 billion. [8]

In 2001, Richard Branson invited Schulman to become the founding CEO of Virgin Mobile USA, Inc. Schulman led the company from its national launch in 2002 to it becoming a public company in 2007, and ultimately its sale to Sprint Nextel in 2009. [9] His tenure at the company was noted by the company's growth as the "no hidden fees" carrier. [10] [9] By the time Schulman left Virgin Mobile, it had become one of the nation's top wireless carriers, with more than 5 million customers and $1.3 billion in annual sales. [11] Following the sale of Virgin Mobile to Sprint Nextel, Schulman served as President of Sprint's Prepaid group until he moved to American Express. [9] [12]

On September 30, 2014, it was announced that Schulman would become CEO of PayPal, which would continue as a separate legal entity, split from eBay in 2015. [13] His tenure was also marked by the $2.2 billion acquisition of European payment provider iZettle, PayPal's second largest purchase to date. [14] He has stated that his goals at PayPal include giving financial tools to the 70 million Americans underserved by the U.S. financial system. [9]

During the 2018–19 United States federal government shutdown, Schulman initiated the idea for PayPal to offer $500 in interest-free cash advances to furloughed U.S. government workers, committing to provide up to $25 million in interest-free loans. [15] In April 2019, Schulman announced PayPal's plans to invest $500 million in Uber to connect the two marketplaces. [16] In November 2020, Schulman oversaw the launch of cryptocurrency purchasing and selling on PayPal. [17]

In 2019, Schulman unveiled PayPal’s Employee Financial Wellness initiative to help struggling workers by lowering healthcare costs, and creating avenues for employees to receive equity in the company to promote long-term saving. [18] In 2020 he announced PayPal’s $535 million commitment to support Black-owned businesses and minority communities in the U.S. in an effort to help close the racial wealth gap. [19]

Schulman previously served as Non-Executive Chairman of NortonLifeLock (formerly Symantec Corporation). [20] [21] In September 2018, he was elected as a member of the Verizon Board of Directors. [22] Schulman also served on the advisory committee of Greycroft Partners, a private equity company focused on early-stage new media and technology companies. [23]

Schulman was on the Board of Governors of Rutgers University from April 2008 to June 2013. [24] He also serves on the board at Autism Speaks, an advocacy group dedicated to advancing research into causes and treatments for individuals on the autism spectrum. [25] [26] Schulman serves as a Board of Directors member on the Business Roundtable [27] and The Economic Club of New York, and is an International Advisory Council member of the Singapore Economic Development Board. [28] He is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations. [29]

Schulman denounced the North Carolina Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act that mandated people in public facilities use bathrooms in accordance to their gender at birth. [30] He stated that "The new law perpetuates discrimination and it violates the values and principles that are at the core of PayPal's mission and culture." [30] Schulman also cosigned an opposition letter with about 120 executives from major corporations. [31] In protest at the new law in North Carolina, Schulman announced that the company was canceling its expansion to hire 400 people in the state. [31] [32]

Dan Schulman wrote in the PayPal statement, "While we will seek an alternative location for our operations center, we remain committed to working with the LGBT community in North Carolina to overturn this discriminatory legislation, alongside all those who are committed to equality." [30]

Schulman was named by Business Week as one of the top 20 people to watch in media, [33] and was named the Ernst & Young 2009 Entrepreneur of the Year. [34] In 2009 he was named one of the top 25 most powerful people in the global wireless industry. [35] In 2017, the Council for Economic Education honored Schulman with its Visionary Award for promoting economic and financial literacy to create a better informed society. [36]

Fortune included him in the top ten in its 2017 Businessperson of the Year list, its 2018 list, [37] and its 2019 list. [38] In 2017, Schulman was recognized by the Brennan Center for Justice with its Brennan Legacy Award, named after the Supreme Court justice, for his contributions to democratize financial services and build a more inclusive global economy. [39] In 2018, the Center for Financial Services Innovation awarded Schulman the first-ever Financial Health Network Visionary Award for his contributions to a "more accessible and inclusive" financial system. [40]

In 2018, Rutgers University awarded him an honorary doctorate, and he delivered the University's 252nd anniversary commencement speech. [24]

In 2019, Schulman was recognized by Endeavor Global with the High-Impact Leader of the Year Award for his work to support entrepreneurs around the globe. [41] He was also named one of Glassdoor's Top 50 CEOs in 2019. [42]

In 2020, the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights honored Schulman with the Ripple of Hope Award, which recognizes those who have demonstrated a commitment to social change and a passion for equality, justice and basic human rights. [43] [44]

When he was CEO of Virgin Mobile, Schulman led a partnership with StandUp For Kids, a nonprofit that distributes survival kits and a hotline number to homeless youth. To get a truer sense of what homeless kids experience, Schulman once spent 24 hours on the streets of New York City, unshaven, wrapped in a blanket, and without money, a watch, or a cell phone. [7]

Schulman has practiced Krav Maga since his teens has stated that he adheres the same philosophy in business. He said in an interview, "there’s a philosophy in martial arts which is, 'Never stand still.' Standing still is asking to be hit. You always have to be willing to take some risks going forward. You can’t stand still". [45]

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JFK History Maker is a book that combines that best of a traditional biography with the capabilities of an e-Book. multi-media masterpiece of astonishing research and information lending new insights into the man, the president and the icon. The Ebook version is the equivalent of a 1,000 page book. This authoritative compilation is an ideal reference source for students and laypersons alike. Featuring 36 chronologically ordered chapters, there are 180 high resolution photographs, the full text of over 200 major addresses and news conferences, more than 60 pages of correspondence and other information, The reference book is fully searchable, and reveals in fascinating detail the upbringing, education, personal life, and public service of America's 34th President. The E-book combines the best of a traditional biog

Historian and author Marc Schulman wrote the first version of JFK History Maker for CD-ROM in 1992. As more documents became declassified and public access to technology grew, Schulman realized that a complete overhaul was necessary in order to bring new facts and insights to light. This new, completely updated program, written specifically for E technology, benefits from the hundreds of hours Schulman spent in the National Archives, the Library of Congress and the Kennedy Library. While the material is extensive, it is extremely readable and organized for easy reference.

The hundreds of high-resolution photographs and the 35 video clips offer a peek at the people and places figuring prominently in JFK’s private and political life. The detailed excerpts from JFK’s daily White House schedule and the scope of his day-to-day engagements are a unique vista into the issues confronting him during his presidency. The unique technology enables the user to examine these issues with a multi-faceted approach. For example, the user can read about President Kennedy and Civil Rights, watch a number of relevant video clips, investigate his meetings and daily attention to this issue and then examine the full text of the President's addresses on Civil Rights.

This solid, encompassing piece of research is a marvelous addition to the resources available about JFK. If you must limit yourself to one selection, JFK HistoryMaker brings to life the man and his accomplishments.

The Major Sections of the Program Are:
* Introduction

* Family
* Early Childhood
* School
* Harvard
* Europe & War
* The Navy
* The Veteran
* Congressional Candidate
* Congressman
* Senator
* Marriage
* 1956 Convention
* The Election of JFK
* Picking The Team
* A Calendar of the Presidency
* Inauguration
* Taking Power
* Bay of Pigs
* Vienna Summit
* Crisis In Berlin
* Southeast Asia
* Economy
* JFK and the Space Program
* Civil Rights
* Cuban Missile Crisis
* Test Ban Treaty
* Cuban Missile Crisis
* Visit to Europe
* Health and Social Life
* Jackie and the Children ( a photo montage)
* Assassination
*The Art of the Presidency
* Legacy and Bibliography
* Calendar of the Presidency
* Major Speeches
* Full Text of All Press Conferences
* Full Correspondence between President Kennedy and Soviet Premier Khrushchev

Daniel Schulman biography

Daniel H. Schulman serves as President, Chief Executive Officer, Director of the Company. He had served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of PayPal since July 2015 served as the President and CEO-Designee of PayPal from September 2014 until July 2015 Former Group President, Enterprise Group of American Express Company, a financial services company, from August 2010 to August 2014 ?Former President, Prepaid Group of Sprint Nextel Corporation, a cellular phone service provider, from November 2009 until August 2010, when Sprint Nextel acquired Virgin Mobile, USA, a cellular phone service provider B.A. from Middlebury College M.B.A. from New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business

Let the Record Show: A Political History of ACT UP New York, Sarah Schulman

East End Books Ptown is happy to welcome back to Provincetown, w/Sarah Schulman Let the Record Show: A Political History of ACT UP New York, 1987-1993 for a special In-person and virtual book event.

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One of O, the Oprah Magazine's 32 LGBTQ Books That Will Change the Literary Landscape in 2021 and one of and Cosmopolitan's LGBTQ+ Books to Add to Your Reading List in 2021

"A masterpiece of historical research and intellectual analysis that creates many windows into both a vanished world and the one that emerged from it, the one we live in now." --Alexander Chee

Twenty years in the making, Sarah Schulman's Let the Record Show is the most comprehensive political history ever assembled of ACT UP and American AIDS activism

In just six years, ACT UP, New York, a broad and unlikely coalition of activists from all races, genders, sexualities, and backgrounds, changed the world. Armed with rancor, desperation, intelligence, and creativity, it took on the AIDS crisis with an indefatigable, ingenious, and multifaceted attack on the corporations, institutions, governments, and individuals who stood in the way of AIDS treatment for all. They stormed the FDA and NIH in Washington, DC, and started needle exchange programs in New York they took over Grand Central Terminal and fought to change the legal definition of AIDS to include women they transformed the American insurance industry, weaponized art and advertising to push their agenda, and battled—and beat—The New York Times, the Catholic Church, and the pharmaceutical industry. Their activism, in its complex and intersectional power, transformed the lives of people with AIDS and the bigoted society that had abandoned them.

Based on more than two hundred interviews with ACT UP members and rich with lessons for today’s activists, Let the Record Show is a revelatory exploration—and long-overdue reassessment—of the coalition’s inner workings, conflicts, achievements, and ultimate fracture. Schulman, one of the most revered queer writers and thinkers of her generation, explores the how and the why, examining, with her characteristic rigor and bite, how a group of desperate outcasts changed America forever, and in the process created a livable future for generations of people across the world.

Sarah Schulman is the author of more than twenty works of fiction (including The Cosmopolitans, Rat Bohemia, and Maggie Terry), nonfiction (including Stagestruck, Conflict is Not Abuse, and The Gentrification of the Mind), and theater (Carson McCullers, Manic Flight Reaction, and more), and the producer and screenwriter of several feature films (The Owls, Mommy Is Coming, and United in Anger, among others). Her writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Slate, and many other outlets. She is a Distinguished Professor of Humanities at College of Staten Island, a Fellow at the New York Institute of Humanities, the recipient of multiple fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, and the New York Foundation for the Arts, and was presented in 2018 with Publishing Triangle's Bill Whitehead Award. She is also the cofounder of the MIX New York LGBT Experimental Film and Video Festival, and the co-director of the groundbreaking ACT UP Oral History Project. A lifelong New Yorker, she is a longtime activist for queer rights and female empowerment, and serves on the advisory board of Jewish Voice for Peace.

"A significant boots-on-the-ground account . . . Readers are right there with activists, hearing their stories from them but also others who knew them . . . Vital, democratic truth-telling." --Kirkus (starred review)

"[A] fine-grained history . . . [Schulman's] firsthand perspective and copious details provide a valuable testament to the courage and dedication of many unheralded activists." --Publishers Weekly

"People often speak of the authoritarian handbook, and I always wonder, what is the opposite? Maybe this book, in fact. In so many ways. Sarah Schulman has written more than an authoritative history of ACT UP NY here-- it is a masterpiece of historical research and intellectual analysis that creates many windows into both a vanished world and the one that emerged from it, the one we live in now. I can't think of a book like this--it is an almost entirely new model, uniquely possible as the result of Schulman's life's work. As one of our only genuinely intellectual iconoclasts, she returns to us with this story of a movement that changed the world at least once, now a part of the work to change that world again. Any reader will be changed, I think, by the stories here--radicalized and renewed, which to me is something better than just hope." --Alexander Chee, author of How to Write an Autobiographical Novel

"Characteristically forthright, Sarah Schulman gives us the most comprehensive history of the ACT UP movement in New York to date through a wide range of interviews, a trenchant commentary, and a sustained testament to collaborative action and its history. From this extraordinary history told with the multiple voices of participants, Schulman makes clear that the history of HIV and AIDS in this country has been marred by popular narratives and bouts of grandstanding that largely failed to acknowledge the thousands of lives still lost annually from AIDS, the schisms that opened up serious issues of power within the movement, and the specific ways that people of color and poor people remained unserved by the scientific advances widely celebrated. This work also tells us why so many people become activists: to understand social and political forces that seem overwhelming, to work with others to give order to their world, and to find community in suffering, anger, analysis, and action. This book lets us know that neither our sorrow nor our rage is finished, and that the work of acknowledgement of all who struggled and suffered remains our task." --Judith Butler

"In the style of the late great Howard Zinn, Sarah Schulmam has written an epic, moving and important People's History of the Act up Movement, filled with powerful storytelling and invaluable lessons in the do's and don’t of organizing. We owe a great deal to Schulman for the depth and years of her research, for her commitment to telling a story that lifts and honors a group rather than highlighting only a few individuals, and for her willingness to tell the whole truth with serious rigor and love."--V (formerly Eve Ensler), author of The Vagina Monologues

"Sarah Schulman’s remarkable book Let the Record Show offers a thorough and corrective retelling of the history of ACT-UP, introducing a diverse cast of characters that has been largely erased from what passes as the official HIV/AIDS narrative. She brings extraordinary reporting, finely calibrated detail and her own lived experience to a book that is at once a love letter to the movement that refused to back down as it forced an epidemic to its knees and a road map for a new generation of activists grappling with social change." --Linda Villarosa, contributing writer, The New York Times Magazine

"With heart, anger and rigor, Sarah Schulman shows us how AIDS has shaped our political world by letting the people of ACT UP tell us what they did in their own words. Let The Record Show is more than a single book it’s an encyclopedia, an oral history, and a map. Indeed, as the most marginalized people are again at risk during yet another viral pandemic, Schulman (and the voices she foregrounds so lovingly) gives us an activist guide for communally creating a better world. It is a masterpiece—the book on AIDS history I wish had been available for me to read years ago." --Steven Thrasher, Daniel H. Renberg Chair of Social Justice in Reporting, Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism and author of The Viral Underclass

"Sarah Schulman has achieved the near impossible in this riveting and powerful book. She writes with the knowledge and experience of a passionate insider as she lays out a detailed and deep history of ACT UP. Yet she has a sharp eye for the bigger picture, offering a broad analysis, bringing in diverse, fascinating, and illuminating perspectives. Not until this book has an author captured how ACT UP was grounded in both the feminist and civil rights movements, nor how the group spawned new movements and inspired a new generation of queer activism while dramatically influencing the course of the AIDS epidemic and making a mark on American culture. The writing is crisp and compassionate. The stories are vivid -- heroic, painful, breathtaking and joyous. Sarah Schulman has produced a definitive and monumental work." --Michelangelo Signorile, author of It's Not Over: Getting Beyond Tolerance, Defeating Homophobia and Winning True Equality

PayPal seeks to offer better financial services to the poor

Dan Schulman, PayPal's CEO, took an extraordinary measure in the summer of 2007. At the time, he was the CEO of Virgin Mobile, the American cellular company owned by billionaire Richard Branson. Virgin supported Stand Up for Kids, an organization that distributed survival kits to homeless youth. The organization's director suggested that he spend one day as a bona fide homeless person in order to better grasp what these boys and girls are forced to endure. With a week-old beard, filthy jeans, a raggedy T-shirt and blanket around his shoulders – with no cell phone, watch, money or other indication of his comfortable life – Schulman set out on the streets of Manhattan, embarking on an experience that, according to him, changed his life.

"If we wanted to eat, we had to beg for money. There’s a certain amount of deference paid to a CEO, but no one paid attention to me on the street. I consider myself a good communicator and a good salesman. It took me five hours of begging to raise less than a dollar," he wrote in an article later published in the New York Times. "My entire concept of what is important changed… Forget Starbucks and a Ŭ latte — I walked two miles to find a 25-cent cup of coffee. We slept on concrete in an abandoned skate park."

There is a link between Schulman's childhood, the day he spent as a homeless man and the business strategy and business culture that he is nurturing at PayPal, the world's largest online payment company.

He was born and raised in New Jersey. His grandfather was among the first union organizers in the Manhattan garment industry and his mother, Ruth, was an academic and human rights activist who took him to rallies as a baby. His father, Mel, who worked as a chemist, was concerned that his son would be the youngest person with an FBI record. "I was born with social activism in my DNA," he writes.

Now, it is that DNA that detemines the strategic and business agenda at PayPal – an online empire that enables merchants to receive payments and buyers to make payments on a wide variety of websites a company that is traded on NASDAQ at over ุ billion and that reported over ű billion in revenues and ũ.2 billion in profits last year.

The company's tagline for every conference, event and ad is "We put people at the center of everything we do." This statement is a popular sugar-coated corporate slogan, but at PayPal, it is accompanied by extraordinary measures.

A prominent example occurred about two months ago, when PayPal scrapped its plan to establish an operations center in Charlotte, North Carolina, which was intended to employ 400 workers. The reason: the government passed a bill that forces transgenders to use restrooms corresponding with their "biological gender."

"The new law perpetuates discrimination, and it is against the values and principles that are at the core of PayPal’s mission,” Schulman said.

The North Carolina law indeed caused extensive discussion and was subject of strong opposition from the Obama administration, but in corporate America, where many live in the closet or keep their personal opinions in them, PayPal CEO's reaction was unusual. He bound himself and his company to an issue that many consider explosive and dangerous. And that action, as evident from a conversation with him, is part of his general world view.

Banks left? PayPal came in

Last year, PayPal reached a strategic business decision considered unusual in the two worlds in which it operates – hi-tech and finance: to market PayPal to the lower class, people who are transparent and undesirables to banks, or people who do not even have a bank account. People whose poor credit (in the US) keeps financial services out of their reach. This measure will not be a donation or altruistic operation, but rather a method of generating profit in a market segment with few competitors. However, despite the obvious cynicism, one cannot help but believe Schulman's determination to spread a bit of good around the world.

According to PayPal's new vision, formulated by Schulman, "We believe that it is time to rethink money and democratize financial services, so that managing and transferring money will be a right enjoyed by all, not just by people of affluence. We believe that every individual has a right to fully participate in the global economy, and we are obligated to empower people to enhance their financial strength."

Schulman wrote similar statements in the first financial report PayPal issued as an independent company since splitting from online shopping giant eBay last year: "Our goal is to provide simple, convenient and reliable financial services and digital payment opportunities that will help fulfill the dreams, hopes and desires of millions of people and businesses around the world, including those that were not served by the traditional system."

"That's what motivated me to work at PayPal", says Schulman, 58, in an interview with Calcalist. "I grew up in a progressive household, with a family that believed in equality for all, and that leaves its mark on you. In the past, I planned to go into politics and never considered Wall Street as an option. But I believe business is committed to being a positive force. One cannot expect our governments to handle all of the issues: we have a great deal of resources and talents, and if we work together with the government and the business regulators, we will have a better chance at solving some of the world's most urgent issues."

One of these issues, says Schulman, is that "a large portion of the population receives poor financial services. In America, there is a saying: 'it is expensive to be poor.' That is true mainly in the field of financial services: 10 percent of people's available income goes toward paying unnecessary commissions and interest fees, and that is the same amount that these people spend on food. It's ridiculous there must be a solution and I'm showing that technology could play a major role in the solution."

At a time in which more people own mobile phones and have internet access than bank accounts, PayPal wants to be the easy, fast and inexpensive tool for them to manage their financial matters on their own, without begging for favors from traditional institutions.

"Over 2 billion people around the world are left out of the financial system and many others suffer from inferior service," he says. "Think of what these people would be able to do with technology and software: know their balance, income and expenses, manage their money in an easier, simpler and less expensive manner, and save more of it. This vision is relatively new to us, but it is beginning to resonate within the company. Fast Company has recently issued a report by which PayPal is fifth on the list of brands motivated by a good cause, beyond making money. I am very proud of that."

Will you give loans to the poor or, better yet – encourage them to save?

"Yes. Receiving a loan in the US requires a credit rating (known as FICO) derived of credit card usage. But what if, for example, you are an immigrant without enough history? We, on the other hand, know you and know that you are a responsible individual who pays his bills and we can use that information to grant you loans. We are currently focusing on loans for small businesses based on their history with us, and not credit rating. We have already granted Ū billion in such loans and, interestingly enough, 25 percent were granted in geographical areas in which ten banks and more have shut down their branches because their median revenues were lower than the national average.

"To improve your financial stability, we will help you understand how to manage your money to save for your kids' college education or an emergency, instead of taking out an expensive loan. The customer will look at the expenses and say: 'I didn’t know that I spend 踰 a month on entertainment. Can you give me a warning when I hit 跌, so I can save the remaining 贄 in an account for holiday gifts for my kids?'"

PayPal is currently busy developing and enhancing the tools that will enable this, alongside another service that may help the lower and middle classes: debt management. If you own a small business that allows for payment by credit or if you are an individual forced to borrow money from your friends, you can ask PayPal to pay the loan on time or remind customers to repay their debt.

It sounds like you are becoming more like the banks and the banks are trying to be more like PayPal.

"I don’t think that's the case. I think that we and the banks approach the market with what we know and, in some cases, there are many opportunities for us to work together. We have recently acquired Xoom, an international money transfer system using mobile phones. Using this service, the money is immediately transferred to the recipient's bank account, without a 3-day waiting period, without waiting in line and without using mediators – thus the cost is 33-50 percent lower than that of a standard international money transfer. This is an example of a perfect partnership between companies like ours and the traditional banking system. We used to want to do everything ourselves at PayPal, but I think that the financial system's best option consists of collaborations. No one can say that democratizing financial services is bad. It is good for communities, countries, the global economy and educational progress. That is the objective and we are all rallying around it."

Cash will not die

Schulman speaks quietly, almost whispering, and he lacks the mannerisms and ego that are so prevalent among executives of his caliber. He is tall and thin, simply dressed in a black Polo shirt and blue jeans, showing no sign of his tailored past as president of Enterprise Growth at American Express.

PayPal's CEO, a Jew, arrived in Israel early last week for an intense 2.5-day visit during which he visited the company's R&D centers in Israel. "This is my first visit to Israel as part of my job, but it's probably my 15th time in the country," he says and laughs. "As a child, I picked avocado in the Pardess Hannah orchards. After that, any job is easy."

Later, we will discover that he dabbles in Hebrew as well and that he starts every day with a Krav Maga workout. The IDF combat method has become a hit in the US.

But one must not be fooled by Schulman's soft voice or casual demeanor. He joined PayPal in September 2014, when it was still owned by eBay, as the person designated to lead it on a new and independent path.

After more than a decade under eBay's management, the companies decided to part ways and PayPal executed a spinoff and issuance. The starting point was not easy: in a Fortune article, Keith Rabois - among PayPal's first employees and currently a venture capital investor - described the years under eBay as "the lost years." Services like Apple Pay, Android Pay and Square enabled simple and quick digital payment at a press of a Smartphone button and it seemed like PayPal was stuck.

However, about a year after the official split, it seems that Schulman is managing to keep the past behind. PayPal currently generates more money, employs more people and is traded at a value higher than eBay. Last week's Financial Times's global brand rating valued the PayPal brand at ฟ.9 billion, up 23 spots compared to 2015. It is not only ahead of eBay, but also ahead of established and veteran companies like Ford, Siemens, KFC, Costco and Pepsi.

What has changed at PayPal this year?

"The spinoff and issuance were very important. Our industry is like a chess board with many pieces in motion and it was essential for us to decide when to play and which tools to use. As part of eBay, many merchants, retailers and technology companies felt that although we are their partners, we are actually also competitors. That has completely disappeared. Today, we have affiliations and partnerships that we couldn’t have had before—with Facebook, AliBaba and leading cellular providers around the world. And still, this is just the beginning and there's a lot of work ahead."

Did becoming a public company have an impact?

"Even as part of eBay, we cared about our shareholders. But we do not manage our business on a quarterly basis and do not live from one quarter to the next. We rather think of the medium- and long-term while meeting the commitments to our investors. So far" – he knocks on the wooden table three time – "we've manage."

What should be expect in the long term, in 10 or 20 years from now? Will this be the end of cash money?

Schulman smiles. "Many people are wrong to predict the death of cash and I am not among them. Eighty-five percent of transactions today are made in cash and will continue to be in cash for a long time to come. However, as Smartphone use increases, money will undergo further digitization processes. There are two reasons for this: first, more and more people around the world will use their phone to manage their money. Secondly, a grand revolution is already underway: people use their phone to shop when they are at the store or on their way there, and retailers can offer them much more.

"I can take a bus, order dinner at a restaurant and pick up my order without waiting on line—all using my phone. The restaurant knows which sandwiches I like, sends special offers to my phone so that I'll eat there again, and I save time and money. That is the greatest promise of digital commerce. And we want to be the operating system that provides 100 percent of the checkout solution, a platform that enables simple and easy payment with PayPal, but also with Apple Pay, Android Pay credit cards, benefits, splitting the devices – whatever the customer wants. We want to be part of the next revolution of contextual commerce: the idea is that instead of the customer visiting the seller's site the seller will find the buyer wherever he is. If you read a blog or e-mail, you can shop directly from there. For us, that is a great opportunity."

Violating privacy? Bad for business

Throughout his entire career, Schulman was a practical person who juggled between the financial and technological worlds. At Princeton High School in New Jersey, he took more of an interest in sports than in studies, making it difficult for him to enroll in college. As such, he worked as a truck driver for Princeton University for six months until he was accepted to Middlebury College to study economics and later studied toward an MBA at the prestigious NYU.

His first "real" job was at AT&T, as an account manager. It was a low ranking position in which he had to wear the same suit for three months before he saved enough money to buy a new one. Eighteen years later, when he left AT&T, he was president of the Consumer Division. That was in 1999, the height of the dot-com hype. Schulman joined the fun with Priceline.com, was appointed CEO, and resigned after two years, when he was recruited to establish Virgin Mobile in the US. In 2010, he left the hi-tech companies behind and took a senior position at American Express.

This career move prepared him for his current position. Like him, PayPal has been navigating between the financial and technological worlds for years. PayPal was founded in 1998 as a button for executing digital payments. It merged with Elon Musk's x.com, survived the 2001 dot-com crisis and became a giant in Fintech—the term currently used to combine technology and finance—even before this term was in use. Fintech is one of the most desirable adjectives that can be applied to a company nowadays: according to an Accenture study published last week, global Fintech investments in the first quarter of 2016 reached a record of ŭ.3 billion.

Silicon Valley claims that Fintech is a bubble, others say that it is the future. What do you think?

"I think that we are just scratching the surface of digitizing money. We are still at a very early stage of the game. The overall digital payment market generates almost 贄 trillion. This industry will peak, and when it does, many will enjoy it. There won't be just a single company holding over 10 percent of the market. Many companies focus only on consumers or merchants, but for a payment system to succeed—it takes both—and that's what we do. We currently have 184 million accounts for consumers who pay with PayPal and another 14.5 million merchants, and we want to offer them all of the services they need."

That is also the vision of other internet giants with deep pockets, like Google, AliBaba and Amazon. Are you concerned by competition from them?

"Every company has competition and if you deny it, you shouldn’t be in business. For me, competition is like gravity: I don’t wake up in the morning thinking about gravity pulling me down as I get out of bed. It's simply part of life. If you focus too much on your competitors, you might be involved in the "Me too" strategy instead of differentiating yourself based on your customers' real needs."

In the process, you—along with all of the internet giants and companies that you serve—collect a great deal of personal information about us. Many are concerned with this power that you have.

"I think that a consumer must be able to feel confident that his information is secure, and a company that violates this principle won't be able to be a leading brand. We always want to create a simpler and friction-free technology and provide more value, but it must be done with the consumer's consent. Our business is offering our customers better services using the information and data that we collect, and not selling it to others."

Global transactions, Israeli security

"Our cyber team in Israel is our most important feature"

With all due respect to innovation, efficiency and special features, the most dramatic issue for PayPal and companies of its sort is security. There is nothing more sensitive than having access to other people's money and the margin for error is zero. One massive error could seal the fate of the company and send it to the graveyard of unreliable companies. PayPal's Israeli branch is responsible for this substantial issue through the cyber division in Be'er Sheva (based on the CyActive startup acquired last year —ed.) and the risk management and fraud prevention center in Tel Aviv.

"We have over 200 employees in Israel—cyber professionals, analysts and scientists—and they are most likely the most important feature that we offer our customers," says Schulman.

According to him, the online payment company's approach to cyber is a bit different than the customary approach in the field. "Most companies focus on fraud prevention, ensuring that no bad things happen. We want to analyze the data that we have to make money transfer easier. For example, we recently launched a service called One Touch, which saves the need for entering a user name and password every time in order to execute payments and money transfers. The algorithms that we developed enable us to identify who the user is without these details."

To what extent can you or any other company really be hacker-proof? After all, no system is 100 percent safe.

"As the world progresses towards software and digital, it becomes more vulnerable to cyber attacks and malware. An average American company is attacked over 4 million times a year and financial services companies are attacked all the time. Good protection can be provided by combining sophisticated firewall systems that prevent access from unwanted people and models that distinguish normal and unusual conduct for those already inside. Our platform processes over 6 billion transactions per year and the data compiled in their regard enables us to identify and prevent a problematic transaction. Algorithms are like weapons for which the ammunition is data and the more ammunition they have, the stronger they are."

Daniel Schulman (writer)

Daniel Schulman is an American author and journalist. He is a senior editor at the Washington, D.C. bureau of Mother Jones. [1] In 2014, he wrote the book Sons of Wichita, a biography of the Koch family. [1] [2] [3] In 2015, Schulman, along with David Corn, released a story in Mother Jones questioning whether Bill O'Reilly's story about his coverage of the Falklands War was accurate. [4]

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  5. Kelly, Jim (June 2014). "Koch Classic". Vanity Fair . Retrieved 3 August 2015 .
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Eli Schulman was born in 1910 on the West Side of Chicago. [4] In 1940, he started his first venture in the restaurant business with a popular coffee shop called Eli's Ogden Huddle. [5] He followed Eli's Odgen Huddle with Eli's Stage Delicatessen, where several notable performers dined.

Eli's The Place For Steak Edit

In 1966, Eli's The Place for Steak was opened and the celebrities followed. [5] Celebrities such as Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Gale Sayers, and Henny Youngman all spent time dining at Eli's The Place for Steak. [6] During the late 1970s, Eli Schulman developed the original plain cheesecake as the signature dessert for Eli's The Place for Steak. The cheesecake represented the restaurant at the first Taste of Chicago in 1980, and it eventually became the festival's most popular dessert, with about 2 million slices sold as of 2005. [7] After being open for 39 years, Eli's The Place for Steak closed in 2005. [1] [8]

Eli's Cheesecake Company Edit

Eli's Cheesecake Company became its own company soon after the first Taste of Chicago in 1980 with a small North Side plant. [8] In 1996, Eli's Cheesecake Company moved to its current location in Chicago's Dunning neighborhood. [1] [8] The new location, called Eli's Cheesecake World, includes a 62,000-square-foot (5,800 m 2 ) state-of-the-art antique bakery, bakery cafe, and corporate offices. [1] [8] Eli's Cheesecake products get shipped to customers all over the U.S. and to stores internationally. [9] Eli's is also available via a cooperation with Lou Malnati's through Lou Malnati's Tastes of Chicago, which provides Chicago-style cuisine nationally.

Eli Schulman's son, Marc Schulman, became president of Eli's Cheesecake in 1984 and has been running the company since his father's death on May 8, 1988. [4] Later in 1988, a playground across from the street from Eli's the Place for Steak was dedicated in Eli's memory and named the "Eli M. Schulman Playground". [10]

In November 2015, The Eli's Cheesecake Company launched their first cookbook, The Eli's Cheesecake Cookbook: Remarkable Recipes from a Chicago Legend. The cookbook pays homage to founder Eli M. Schulman and includes 40 different recipes, including Eli's Cheesecake's classic cheesecakes such as Original Plain, Chocolate Chip, and Banana Chocolate, plus recipes from Eli's famous Chicago steakhouse, like Shrimp deJonghe. Aside from the recipes, the cookbook gives anecdotes from president Marc Schulman, wife Maureen Schulman, and a commentary from Chicago radio personality, Rick Kogan.

Eli's has made cheesecakes for four American presidential inaugurations. In both 1993 and 1997, it made 2,000 pound cheesecakes for Bill Clinton's inauguration ceremonies. [11] [12] In January 2009, Eli's produced a 500-pound cheesecake for Barack Obama's inaugural ball, and in January 2013, the company made a 500-pound cheesecake for Obama's Inaugural Staff Ball. [13] [14] [15]

Eli's Cheesecake made a 2,000-pound cheesecake to commemorate the Burnham Plan Centennial on June 27, 2009, as well as the twenty-ninth anniversary of the Taste of Chicago and Eli's Cheesecake. [16] Eli's has also made cheesecakes over the years for events such as Hillary Clinton's 50th birthday, Disney World's 25th birthday, Abraham Lincoln's Birthday Bicentennial Banquet (which President Barack Obama attended), Chicago's 150th birthday and Illinois' Governor Pat Quinn's inauguration in 2011. [17] [18] [19] [20] In 2015, Eli's made a cake for the James Beard Awards Welcome Reception in Chicago. Eli's Cheesecake continues to be favorite at the Taste of Chicago. [3]

Eli's has also been featured on some popular television shows, such as The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The Oprah Winfrey Show. [20] In May 2012, Eli's Cheesecake was featured on ABC World News with Diane Sawyer in a special called "Made in America". [9]

Eli's partners with schools and organizations such as Wilbur Wright College, the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences (CHSAS), Vaughn Occupational High School, the New Horizon Center for Developmentally Disabled, the Greater Chicago Food Depository, the Illinois Department of Human Services, Top Box and Refugee One. Eli's supports CHSAS students by buying their wildflower honey and using it in its cheesecakes, as well as providing job-shadowing opportunities. The Greater Chicago Food Depository and Eli's partner for special food drive events like the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival as well as food donations throughout the year. Eli's was honored by the Department of Human Services with the Spotlight Award, which recognizes companies who advocate for people with disabilities.

About the author

Sarah Schulman

Sarah Schulman is the author of more than twenty works of fiction (including The Cosmopolitans, Rat Bohemia, and Maggie Terry), nonfiction (including Stagestruck, Conflict is Not Abuse, and The Gentrification of the Mind), and theater (Carson McCullers, Manic Flight Reaction, and more), and the producer and screenwriter of several feature films (The Owls, Mommy Is Coming, and United in Anger, among others). Her writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Slate, and many other outlets. She is a Distinguished Professor of Humanities at College of Staten Island, a Fellow at the New York Institute of Humanities, the recipient of multiple fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, and the New York Foundation for the Arts, and was presented in 2018 with Publishing Triangle's Bill Whitehead Award. She is also the cofounder of the MIX New York LGBT Experimental Film and Video Festival, and the co-director of the groundbreaking ACT UP Oral History Project. A lifelong New Yorker, she is a longtime activist for queer rights and female empowerment, and serves on the advisory board of Jewish Voice for Peace.

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