Newsmakers the Week of March 5, 2015


A late legendary basketball coach will be honored when the Harlem Globetrotters come to town; and two area chefs are noninated for the foodie version of the Pulitzer.

Late basketball legend Louis “Red” Klotz, whose playing days ran the gamut from the Philadelphia SPHAs to the NBA’s Baltimore Bullets to his role as player/coach in the Washington Generals’ only official victory against the Harlem Globetrotters — his buzzer-beater did the trick — will be honored by his old nemeses, the Globetrotters, when the team comes to Philly to play the Generals on March 8 at the Wells Fargo Center. The South Philly High standout was also a member of the Philadelphia Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, inducted in 2001. During his time as coach with the Generals, Klotz lost some 14,000 games but happily recalled for this newspaper what it was like to finally beat the Globetrotters with that infamous last-second swish-shot in 1971: “It was as if I had just killed Santa Claus.” In later years, he was a resident of Margate, N.J., where Klotz died last July 12 at age 93. He was reportedly a regular, until age 90, shooting hoops at Margate’s Katz Jewish Community Center, where, he said, he could still “hold my own.”

Michael Solomo­nov, chef/co-owner with Steve Cook of Zahav, the acclaimed Middle Eastern restaurant in Society Hill, and Marc Vetri, chef/proprietor of the nationally prominent Vetri in Center City, have been announced as semifinalists in the category of “Outstanding Chef,” for the James Beard Awards, considered the foodie’s version of the Pulitzer Prize. Additionally, Abe Fisher, also in Center City, described as “inspired by the cuisine of the Jewish Diaspora,” has made the competition semifinals for “Best New Restaurant.” Solomonov and Cook also own Abe Fisher. Award finalists will be announced later this month, with the winners feted at a gala in May in Chicago.

Galit Iloni, PhillyIsrael’s director of events and educational programs, represented PhillyIsrael and the Philadelphia Israeli-American community at the recently concluded 2015 Conference of Global Israeli Leadership in the Diaspora. The conference was held at the IDC Herzliya in Israel.

Wendy Rosen, longtime supporter and driving force behind Cancer Support Community Greater Philadelphia, and Dr. David M. Mintzer, chief of hematology, oncology, Pennsylvania Hospital, as well as medical director of its palliative care program, are being honored by the cancer center at its annual gala on May 7. The event is being held at the Ridgeland Mansion in West Fairmount Park.


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