Immigrants Of The Week: Christiane Amanpour, Gretel Bergmann, Michael J. Fox, I.M. Pei, And Charles Simic
by Greg Siskind
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Ms. Amanpour is a
correspondent for CNN as well as CBS' 60 Minutes. She's got one of the most
recognizable voices in broadcasting and has landed many of the most important
interviews of our generation. Most recently, she was made a Commander of the
I had never heard of
until I recently saw a
documentary on her on HBO. Ms. Bergmann, who is now in her
90s, was a leading athlete in
The film interview Ms. Bergmann at length and one can tell those years of training have benefited her - she looked at 20 years younger than her years and her memory of that remarkable time in her life was impeccable.
Bergmann managed to emigrate
Bergmann did have a chance to compete in her adopted country. She was the 1937 American high jump and shot put champion and repeated the high jump championship in 1938. She became an American citizen in 1942.
In a nice epilogue to her story, she was
honored by the the German people in 1999 with the
naming of a stadium after her. The stadium was one that she was not allowed to
keep in (or even enter) when she was living in
Michael J. Fox, the Canadian actor
famous for roles in films like Back to the
Future and for television shows like Spin City and Family
Ties, has become just as well known in recent years in the role of
activist. Fox, who has Parkinson's Disease, has
campaigned for research money for the disease and weighed in very public on the
need for stem cell research.
foundation has raised nearly $100,000,000 for research to
treat and cure Parkinson's. When we read daily headlines about
I.M. Pei, was born in
I've been an architecture buff for many years
ever since I worked as an architectural surveyor for the Metropolitan
Historical Commission in
The Library of Congress has just named Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Charles Simic as the nation's new Poet Laureate. Simic, a Serbian native, is not the first immigrant to be slelected, but he did use the occasion of his selection to comment on his immigrant past:
I am especially touched and honored to be selected because I am an immigrant boy who didn't speak English until I was 15," he said.
Greg Siskind is a partner in Siskind Susser's Memphis, Tennessee, office. After graduating magna cum laude from Vanderbilt University, he received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Chicago. Mr. Siskind is a member of AILA, a board member of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, and a member of the ABA, where he serves on the LPM Publishing Board as Marketing Vice Chairman. He is the author of several books, including the J Visa Guidebook and The Lawyer's Guide to Marketing on the Internet. Mr. Siskind practices all areas of immigration law, specializing in immigration matters of the health care and technology industries. He can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.