The Final Edition  


DATE: December 14, 2003
PUBLICATION: Palm Beach Post, The (FL)



Boynton Beach resident Norm Morris, the author of two books about growing up in the Boston area, is extending his childhood memory project by taking it to video and DVD.

Morris said the success of his self-published books, Ghetto Memories and Ghetto Memories Revisited, helped create an interest in developing a video and DVD project about life in the Jewish community of Dorchester, Roxbury and Mattapan during the first half of the 20th century. The self-published books recall life in the area and include nostalgic photos. They revive memories for Morris and thousands of other South Florida residents who grew up in the area. Morris and Ken Schlossberg, general manager of Schlossberg-Solomon Memorial Chapel in Canton, Mass., have formed a nonprofit organization - Ghetto Memories Associates - to produce the hour-long documentary video which will include information from the books.

"We hope that this project will produce a living record of what it was like growing up in the neighborhood at a special moment in time that our grandchildren and their grandchildren will be able to watch and remember," said Schlossberg, who also grew up in the area.

Morris is a former professional baseball player in Montreal, a Korean War veteran and former Northeastern University faculty member, but it's his childhood memories in the DRM Jewish community that he chose to write about.

The project is expected to take about two years to complete and cost about $250,000. Producers are still collecting documents, still photos and original home movies of the community during the '30s '40s and '50s. Donations also are welcome. Anyone who has materials they want considered for the project should call Morris at 736-0006 or email him at Schlossberg can be reached via email at

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