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An interview with Sydney H. Ascher, president of the The Society for the Prevention of Disparaging Remarks About Brooklyn. Interviewer is not identified.
Interview with Sidney H. Ascher, President of the Society, discusses movies and stories in which Brooklyn and Brooklynites are negatively represented. Begins with a short skit.
They particularly resent the image of Brooklynites as a "dumbell and a fella who says 'dees,' 'dems,' and 'does.'" Soldiers became members when they were away for home, would write for street signs and pictures of their neighborhoods. The Society would fill all of these requests.
"The City of Churches": there are more god-fearing people in Brooklyn than in any other part of the city. People in Brooklyn are out-of-this-world; friendly. The Bronx tried to start one but it failed. Didn't have the community spirit that the people in Brooklyn do.
(Card catalog lists his name as Sidney H. Acher.)
Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection
WNYC archives id: 2954 Municipal archives id: LT440
This is a machine-generated transcript. Text is unformatted and may contain errors. Why am I to start go characters history who is interested in all black specially about Brooklyn I would say that now women. Thousands upon thousands of people who are interested in statistics about Brooklyn who are you know I'm certain I Ashur I'm president of the lovely society for the Prevention of this fashion remarks tonight and share price and of the Society for why a society for the Prevention of the remarks about broken what do you do. We try to prevent dispatching remarks by Oh you mean if somebody says something bad about Brooklyn you walk up to him and caught him over the head well we don't go that far although we're often tempted to. Do you operate well we have various committees or committees whose job it is to report on disparaging remarks made motion pictures and then that goes for radio and the press folks well gee there been a lot of disparaging remarks about. I've heard in movies your society is cover them right that's right we have particularly we send think it over Brooklynite is a dumb bell and fellow says these Dems and those I see the recent Brooklyn movie that I remember as a Tree Grows in Brooklyn that when you're OK yes that was out there like that well how many people do you think there are in your organization Mr Azure distributed over half a million membership half a million membership cards and are there any you know what you have to do to be a member just love just love what I'm sure there are a lot of people would like to be a member of your organization if they are already. Tell us how did you get started with all this come about ten years ago I got sick and tired of hearing. Your march on and it was tongue in cheek to society but everybody took it seriously especially. What happened that well we really got great growth in membership during the war. Boys of Brooklyn boys who were stationed all over the world lonesome for one they began to realize find a spot where the society you're signing must to receive many interesting letters from your members of the war I mean even at the worst of the war when people are so scarred. If you would read these letters you know that we could lose the war the spirit of the boys some wonderful things that were uppermost on their mind even when they were being wounded. They would write things like street sign of Mission Church pictures of counting down the pipe with water did you have anything to do with sending the Yes We sent them why don't we send some boys. They want to put their feet. Down the street but we fill them all I understand that Brooklyn is also known as the city of churches because so many of its people attend church or because there are so many churches there are more God fearing people in Brooklyn than the other part of New York City you mean church worshippers That's right and. I think the people. Of This World. In what way. I think is a friendlier atmosphere for. People. That. If you are strange when you come to somebody for directions even if they don't know they don't like to hurt your feelings directly with the famous director you find that there are any other societies in any of the other boroughs which are similar to your own. And I think trying to stop the failed. I don't think they have the community spirit people. Say. Is this a membership card here are those Asians That's right you said you love your title membership and it says the Society for the Prevention of disparaging remarks on certifies that space you name is henceforth qualified member and entitled to all privileges pregnant or to. Present We love people who love what privileges is and title of older to well. Get them on a committee or. It's a story that offer Cohen a universal producer told me he had been making sure he produced a short book when USA did not win yet I won the Academy Award last year he went to Canada with some of this crew to make some location shots and when they try to cross the border or come back to the United States they're asked for benefit cation papers any joke he showed his membership and he was OK his camera man was right behind him and he showed his driver's license and few other papers and I wouldn't accept that. As some legal value then apparently set a precedent. Is there anything else you'd like to tell your fellow members of your society well justified. And I'd like to join the society they can. Write to the society station with the. Current thank you Sidney H. Asher president of the Society for the Prevention of disparaging remarks about.