Harvey Frommer Bio Myrna Katz Frommer Bio
Dr. Myrna Katz Frommer received her Ph.D. from New York University. She has taught courses in media, public speaking and rhetoric at CUNY, NYU, Fordham,and St. John's. Her articles on Sephardic history and the current resurgence of Jewish life in Spain and Portugal have appeared in The Forward, Midstream, and Ha'aretz. She has also published in the New York Times, Etc.: The Journal of General Semantics, and The Encyclopedia of Jewish Women. Dr. Frommer is the author of the oral biography "Always Up Front," the memoirs of Helen Fried Kirshblum Goldstein.
Dr. Harvey Frommer received his Ph.D. from New York University. Professor Emeritus, Distinguished Professor nominee, and recipient of the "Salute to Scholars Award" at CUNY where he taught writing for many years, he was cited in the Congressional Record and by the New York State Legislature as a sports historian and journalist.
His many sports books include: Shoeless Joe and Ragtime Baseball, New York City Baseball: 1947-1957, the New York Yankee Encyclopedia, and autobiographies of sports legends Nolan Ryan, Red Holzman and Tony Dorsett. The prolific Frommer is also the author of A Yankee Century, Red Sox vs Yankees:The Great Rivalry (with his son Frederic J. Frommer), and Five O'Clock Lightning: The 1927 Yankees. His Remembering Yankee Stadium (2008) and Remembering Fenway Park (2011) were published to critical acclaim. His When It Was Just A Game: Remembering the First Super Bowl was published in 2015. His Ultimate Yankee Book was published to acclaim in 2017
Myrna Katz Frommer and Harvey Frommer are the authors of six oral histories: It Happened in the Catskills, It Happened in Brooklyn, Growing up Jewish in America, It Happened on Broadway, It Happened in Manhattan and It Happened in Miami. Acclaimed oral historians, the Frommers have made extensive use of the genre in their travel writing, in their discovering fascinating stories focused on global Jewish history and culture, in their writing articles and books about the sporting scene.
PRESERVING THE PAST: ORAL HISTORY IN THEORY
AND PRACTICE (Creative Writing)
"Thank you to my advisor and thesis coach, Harvey Frommer, for teaching me the importance and validity of preserving the past through the medium of oral history. Without his influence, insight, and support, the voices in this thesis would go unheard."
-- Matt Farbotko
"I owe a special thank you to Harvey and Myrna Frommer for exposing me to oral history as a method and approach to looking back at the past in a fresh and exciting new way. Harvey has given me the guidance and direction needed to improve my interviewing skills, and he has pushed me with a phenomenal editing eye to make sure that portions of interviews used to tell a compelling and interesting story."
-- Shadara McNicol
"I would like to thank Dr. Harvey Frommer for helping me appreciate oral history and guiding me down the paththat led to these truly inspirational stories"
-- Benjamin R. Vonderheide
"Dr. Harvey-thank you for being my guide through the journey that is Oral History. Your coaching points have always been spot on, your game plan detailed, and your execution flawless. If there were a Head Coach of the Year for advisors, you’d be at the top of the list!"
-- Addie Micir
Student Oral History Kudos
Jackson Shultz (MALS) wins the 2013 Confluence Award for Excellence in Creative Writing with "Transforming Relationships: An Oral History of Transgender Experiences in Love and Romance" published in The Journal of Graduate Liberal Studies by The Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs.
Jonathan Savage (MALS 2013), "Walking Wounded, Soldiers in Transition" published in "The Journal," Spring 2013