Energy and optimism

We sit down with straight-talking sexologist and Shoah survivor Dr. Ruth on the occasion of her 90th birthday.

By DUDI PATIMER
June 28, 2018 12:17
MOST PEOPLE don’t know that Dr. Ruth Westheimer has cheated death twice.

MOST PEOPLE don’t know that Dr. Ruth Westheimer has cheated death twice.. (photo credit: AMAZON)

 
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In 1980, before Dr. Ruth Westheimer had become a household name, she gave a lecture about sexuality and pregnancy to a communications class in a New York City college. It never occurred to her that a woman sitting in the audience, Betty Elam, the community affairs manager at WYNY-FM, a popular New York radio station, would be so excited about Westheimer that she’d invite her on the spot to host a late-night program for the minuscule sum of $25 a week.

The program, Sexually Speaking, which first aired in September 1980, and was broadcasted for 15 minutes every Sunday just after midnight, was an immediate hit. Just 139 cm. tall, the Jewish grandmother with the incessant smile who dared to speak openly and sometimes even provocatively about sex has helped thousands of listeners with their problems in the bedroom.

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