When Archie Met Sammy

JTA reporter Jacob Berkman, who was himself the subject of these pages a few weeks ago, today reported that
Michael “Mickey” Ross, a former producer of All in the Family and Three’s Company, is leaving his fortune to Jewish studies departments and endowing a Yiddish chair at the City College of New York.

But Ross’s real legacy is one that will not soon be forgotten: He was one of the masterminds behind the second season of All in the Family–specifically, the episode where notorious racist and anti-Semite Archie Bunker, after stumbling across his briefcase, met the greatest entertainer of the 20th century.

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