Park Bugle: Professor Berman

Article on Professor Berman by Hy Berman with Jay Weiner

Behind the scenes of Minnesota history, by way of the engaging life story of the state’s best-known and beloved political observer

Longtime St. Anthony Park resident and award-winning journalist Jay Weiner has written a new book, “Professor Berman: The Last Lecture of Minnesota’s Greatest Public Historian,” scheduled for release on Nov. 12.

Weiner’s latest book is a fascinating compilation of Hy Berman’s writings, lectures and stories told in his inimitable voice. (Jay also wrote Stadium Games: Fifty Years of Big League Greed and Bush League Boondoggles and THIS IS NOT FLORIDA: How Al Franken Won the Minnesota Senate Recount.)

Many people knew University of Minnesota Professor Berman as their history instructor or as a commentator on local news programs discussing the historical implications of current political issues. Weiner got to know him personally when they both attended Tom SenGupta’s weeknight “salons” at Schneider Drug and later, even better, when the group planned a memorial to honor “the common man.”


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