The defining moment in my life took place in an unlikely place, the parking lot of the now defunct Woodhaven Lanes in Rego Park Queens. I was about to get out of my grandfather’s car and go bowling when my grandfather leaned over to me and spoke the words that I will never forget. “A Jew may never do two things, vote for a Republican or root for the Yankees.” Then without further explanation, we went inside and got down to bowling.
And truly, this message had its effect. Because to this day I have never been able to vote for anybody bearing the standard of the GOP--I probably couldn’t even if Lincoln came back from the dead to head their ticket and were Moses pitching for the Yanks and Hitler were at the plate, I can hear myself rooting….come on Adolf baby….it only takes one….it only takes one…….truly
--writer Peter Elfant sometimes inhabits a character named Preston Pepper
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