Hall of Fame Chronology
Golda Meir (by Gerta Wiener) is first living person (it was
her 80th birthday) inducted into the Jewish-American Hall of
Fame. Coincidentally it was also Gerta's 80th birthday!
Issue: Mel Wacks designs counterstamped Peace Dollars commemorating
Camp David Peace Accord; receives "thank you" notes from President
Carter ("It will be placed in the National Archives"), President
Sadat ("Highly appreciating your noble sentiments"), and Prime
Minister Begin ("Your kind gesture is deeply appreciated").
All 1,000 pieces sell out.
Click here to see the Camp David Peace Dollar and all of the other counterstamped coins designed by Mel Wacks.
Levi Strauss & Co. assists in creation of Strauss medal (by
Hal Reed); also gives Jewish-American Hall of Fame booklets
to include with each medal.
Artist Hal Reed and Mel Wacks meet personally with Jonas Salk.
Stories about the Salk medal appear in numerous American publications,
and as far away as the Scandinavian Coin Collectors Magazine.
Hebrew Sunday School Society (Philadelphia) orders medals of
their founder, Rebecca Gratz, designed by Gerta Wiener.
Medallists Gerta Ries Wiener (l.) and Jacques Schnier (r.)
join with Jewish-American Hall of Fame Director Mel Wacks at
opening of exhibit at Magnes Museum. Ceremony at Magnes Museum
accompanies mounting of all large Jewish-American Hall of Fame
Isaac Stern medal by Ms. Wiener receives extensive publicity,
including an article in the New York Times, calling the portrait
Emma Lazarus medal, again by Wiener, issued on 100th anniversary
of her famous poem, "The New Colossus."
Isaac Bashevis Singer is first honoree to pose personally for
our artist (Robert Russin). Singer also personally supplies
Yiddish quote for medal's reverse: "Free will is life's essence."
Mel Wacks presented medal to Teddy Kollek who wrote: "Thank
you very much for the beautiful medal of Bashevis Singer and
even in Yiddish."
The New York Times supplies photos to help Gerta Wiener create
Adolph Ochs medal; they also purchase a quantity.
Special medal by Paul Vincze honors the Jews Who Helped Columbus
- Abravanel, Santangel and Zacuto. Issued on the 500th anniversary
of Columbus' first meeting with Queen Isabella. Medal is illustrated
in "The Jewish Calendar 5752 (1991-1992) by Sharon and Michael
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law of Yeshiva University purchases
a quantity of Cardozo medal by Gerta Wiener. Curator of the
Supreme Court of the United States writes, "It is a very nice
medal and one we'll be proud to have in our collection."
Mel Wacks presents lecture at the XXI Congress of Federation
Internationale de la Medaille (Colorado Springs): "The Magnes
Museum's Jewish-American Hall of Fame Medal Series - The First
Two Decades," which is subsequently published in the proceedings.
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