When Brooklyn was Heaven

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World-renowned fundraising guru Stan Levenson takes readers on a loving and carefree thirty-year journey -- propelled solely by his own determination and sheer chutzpah -- starting in Depression era Brooklyn and continuing a lifestyle that crisscrossed the continent and the globe helping students, parents, and teachers.

Stan's Photo Album on Youtube

Levenson provides a fascinating account of those Brooklyn neighborhoods so rich in culture and history and of his own rise from being a poor, fatherless kid during the Great Depression to becoming a world renowned fundraiser helping schools and school districts around the world reap millions of dollars in grants and gifts.

By his own admission, Levenson's early Brooklyn years were far from auspicious. A self-proclaimed “goof-off,” the author had little aspiration other than to immerse himself in games of basketball, stick ball and punch ball on the streets of Brooklyn and questionable capers at Coney Island. With remarkable moxie he managed to survive one of the roughest vocational high schools in New York City before embarking on a multitude of adventures that would take him around the country and across the globe.

Levenson vividly shows the days of a bygone Brooklyn, when neighborhoods were proudly and fiercely ethnic and cultures were bound by the rough economic times of the Depression and the concerns over World War II. He takes his readers on a tour of upstate New York, as well, and acquaints them with stories of the Borscht Belt never heard before, and the small college town where he studied to become a teacher and found himself in the awkward gropes of his first encounters with the opposite sex.

He ultimately earned a Ph. D., had a number of misadventures in the U.S. Navy and ended up – to his own great surprise – as a public school fundraiser extraordinaire and an author of four books on education, including Big-Time Fundraising for Today’s Schools, How to Get Grants and Gifts for the Public Schools, Readings in Foreign Languages for the Elementary School, and Exciting Bulletin Board Ideas for Reading and Language Arts. When Brooklyn Was Heaven will make you laugh, it will make you cry, it will evoke a sense of nostalgia, and it will help to establish an historical perspective of the times. It is a must read for anyone with a New York connection, those who are fascinated by this joyful place, and all others who are intrigued by all the places “in-between.”

About Stan Levenson

Stan Fundraising guru Stan Levenson is the author of four books on education, including Big-Time Fundraising for Today’s Schools (Corwin Press, 2007), How to Get Grants and Gifts for the Public Schools (Allyn & Bacon, 2002), Readings in Foreign Languages for the Elementary School (Blaisdell/Ginn) and Exciting Bulletin Board Ideas for Reading and Language Arts (T.S. Denison and Co.). His articles have appeared in American School Board Journal, Principal Leadership, The School Administrator, TESOL Quarterly and more. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the State University of New York at Oswego, a master’s degree in School Administration from U.C.L.A., and a Ph.D. in Leadership and Human Behavior from United States International University (now Alliant International University) in San Diego. Levenson lives in San Diego with his wife Kay Pantelis. Visit him on the Web at www.stanlevenson.com.

STAN LEVENSON HAVING A BUSY YEAR ON BOOK TOUR AND ON THE RADIO
Stan Levenson's latest book,When Brooklyn Was Heaven, Outskirts Press, is keeping him busy on the speaking and interview circuit. Stan has been on tour speaking to senior groups, church groups. philanthropic groups, book clubs, and others throughout Southern California and elsewhere. He is listed in the "Radio and T.V. Interview Report" (RTIR) and has recently been interviewed on radio in West Palm Beach, Florida. (See links to the right)
   
If you are interested in booking Stan Levenson for a very funny, inspirational talk, or want to have him appear on your radio or T.V. show, you can contact him at:(858) 485 8691 or via e-mail at: stanleylev@aol.com

Click on the play button below to see a video about the book.


Interview with Bruce Owens on "Good Morning Hudson Valley."

Interview with Joe Franklin, "The King of Nostalgia" on Bloomberg News "On the Weekend Show"



Interview with Carl Officer on WQQX AM 1490, St. Louis IL



Conversation Crossroads Interview

You can also listen on the site itself with more info about Stan.



Listen below to an Interview with Stan on the
Florida Show by Rhett Palmer.


Photographs on Flickr

Photos 1931 - 1961
1931 - 1961

Photos 1962 to present
1962 to present

Review from Oct 2012 issue of the San Diego Jewish Journal

When Brooklyn Was Heaven“When Brooklyn Was Heaven”
By Stan Levenson
San Diegan Stan Levenson takes readers on a 30-year journey
from Depression-era Brooklyn to Los Angeles and everywhere in
between in his latest book. With a remarkable ability to recreate
the Brooklyn in which he grew up, Levenson vividly writes of a
time when neighborhoods were proudly and fiercely ethnic and cultures
were bound by the rough economic times of the Depression and concerns over
World War II. The book is the story of Levenson’s life and work helping students, parents
and teachers with fundraising efforts, and his journey to becoming a world-renowned
fundraiser along the way.