I agree, and think this will make a great story.
Yes, my wife Debi is Meyer's granddaughter and Allen's daughter. Allen is my father-law and oldest son of Meyer. I was fortunate enough to know Meyer and Mildred as Grandparents in-law for 16 years. That I never knew my grandparents or had the experience of having grandparents while growing up I had just thought it would be a life experience I would simply miss out on. Then I was fortunate enough to have Meyer and Mildred become my adoptive Grandparents via marriage to Debi and I was blessed to have the experience to have Grandparents for 16 years. Valuable lesson in there somewhere...sort of like when Forrest Gump said "Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you are going tI live in Morris Township, NJ and work in Corporate Information Technology and have three children.
Looking forward to the article, please send along for review prior to publishing. I will try and get you a photo of Meyer and the Great Grandkids if I get a chance.
Hi Elita Sohmer Clayman,
Lee Goldberg commented on your blog post, A Big Parade Seen By A Young Twenty Year Old Young Lady and Look Where We Are Now, Ready For Another Parade Elita Sohmer Clayman.:
"Elita, I was so happy to read your story. My name is Lee Goldberg. I live in NJ and I am married to Meyer Rehert's granddaughter. Meyer's son is my father in-law. I can't express how happy I was to connect the dots in reading your article. I was fortunate enough to get to know Meyer for 16 years and to share time with him and my kids, his great grandchildren. If you are willing I would love to learn about and discuss your days at Diamond Press. Did you work there a long time? I once went to Memorial Stadium with Meyer and my wife to see a game. It was the final year the O's played at Memorial and it is a nice memory to have. Regards and look forward to hearing from you...I have included my e-mail address below."
You received this email because you wrote A Big Parade Seen By A Young Twenty Year Old Young Lady and Look Where We Are Now, Ready For Another Parade Elita Sohmer Clayman on Towson Patch.
These two comments were sent to me by Lee Goldberg of New Jersey. He is use to reading the Morris Township-Morris Plains Patch and he Googled in the name of his late grandfather-in-law Meyer S. Rehert who became his in-law grand pop when he married Meyer’s granddaughter Debi about twenty-two years ago. He had never had grandparents in his youth, so he loved these new ‘adopted’ grandparents, Meyer and Mildred. He adored having these people in his life and so one day he Googled in the name which led him to my article called A Big Parade Seen By A Young Woman written by me and was all about the Baltimore Orioles coming back to Baltimore in around 1953 or so. I watched it on my lunch half hour while working around the corner at a printing plant office and I mentioned the name of the owner Meyer which happened to be Lee’s grandfather-in-law. He contacted me with the above notes and now we are email friends. He wants me to tell him lots of information on Meyer from my eight years working for him. I have so much information in my seventy-eight year old memory of those eight years. I even went to his father-in-law Dr.Allen Rehert’s Bar Mitzvah back in those years as a guest. So many memories and Lee is so enamored to know of them.
This Thanksgiving, on Thursday, he will relate what I tell him about those days to Meyer’s two sons, Dr. Allen Rehert and Dr.Gerald Rehert and it surely will be fun for all of them to hear these stories.
I was hired by Meyer in 1952 at the age of eighteen because I was a graduate of an accelerated junior high school for smart kids and Meyer always loved to have smart people work for him and so when he heard I was a graduate from there, he was impressed. Also, he had the idea if you were a good speller, you were right for his business. His word was mayonnaise and if you spelled that, you were almost hired at once.
I stayed on and worked there for eight years and rose to be the executive assistant to Meyer who was the CEO of the company. I was his right and left hand, long before computers were ever used. He saw me many years after I left when I got married and he told my husband that “Elita had a mind like a computer long before there ever was a computer.”
When Meyer was instrumental in founding a synagogue with a few of his buddies, I was involved in doing work for them during my regular workload. The new being interviewed Rabbi to become the clergyman there would stop in to get free printing done and Meyer was always generous in supplying it for them. He asked me what I thought of him, and I said he seemed fine and very friendly and so upon my ‘young advice’, he was hired and it still remains a fine and wonderful house of worship. When I married, I joined it and my children went to religious school there and the Rabbi and I (this in 1978) were going to get his sermons made into a sellable book and I was the editor of it, revising and choosing the ones to appear in the book. Sadly, he passed away and it never was completed.
Meyer was very active in the place and did so much work on his own time with a great pleasure and a love for the synagogue. He never sought fame, just the joy he got from accomplishing this new venture.
Meyer was going to hire a new employee and he was afraid the young man would leave after a short time. He did not want to invest time in someone doing this. I urged him, as his young sidekick to give the guy Irvin a chance. Irvin stayed on for 35 years and he introduced me to his friend who I did not like. This friend gave an acquaintance my phone number and since he was a nerd, I would not go out with this guy Jerry. He called me three times and I declined and Mom said give him a chance, he is not a nerd just because he knew the nerd. Well, we have been married 52 years, two children and four grandkids. Moms always know what is right.
I had many experiences working at Meyer’s Diamond Press Company and some were quite interesting. The union wanted to come in and Meyer resisted it. He told me to go out to lunch with them and maybe because I was a pretty young girl, they would back off. I did not go; I told him my Dad would not want me to. He agreed. I heard many years later, they may have gotten the union for the printers. I am not sure of that.
So Meyer, we are back together Elita Sohmer Clayman formerly Elita Sohmer and now through the Patch in Towson and the Patch in Morristown, New Jersey, the Patches have found two individuals who read and love The Patch and we both have extremely delightful memories of my boss, Meyer and Lee Goldberg’s dear grandfather-in-law, who was the great grandfather of his three children and Meyer whose son Allen is Lee’s father-in-law.
When I first started writing for the Patch, I asked how it got the name. I was told it was from one blade of grass becoming a Patch.
So too, these articles and especially mine all about the old days of my younger life, my life as a ballroom dancer and now as a senior, a grandparent myself of four lovely grandchildren have bridged a meaningful adventure of a younger man, his family who I knew and me because we both knew and cared about Meyer, I as an employee and he as a loving family member.
So the blade of grass is now greener, prettier and wonderful to look at because two Patches, Towson and the Morris Plains Patch. have blended to be a real green and prosperous news column displaying the coming together of Elita and Meyer’s family as they are both now.
As Forrest Gump said that Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you are getting, so Lee and I did know that Meyer S.Rehert was an unusual man, employer, dad, grandfather, husband and great grandfather and now he is being celebrated in a Patch as a blade of grass that became a real garden of Life. I did know what piece of chocolate I was choosing, when I chose to work at the Diamond Press and my life has changed because of that choice of the premium candy piece plus knowing how to spell mayonnaise.