Four friends are sitting in a restaurant in Moscow. for a long time, nobody says a word. Finally, one man groans, “Oy.”

Joey Bishop tells about the entertainer, Frank Sinatra, who was dining out one night when a young high school lad came up to his table.

An exceptionally bright young scholar, barely out of his teens, completed a brilliant manuscript in which he explored the obscure laws and morals of jewish folklore. To help make his book more salable he went to Rabbi Elijah, the Gaon of Vilna, and begged him to write a preface.

It happened during the blackout of November, 1965, when the electric circuits went dead from Canada to Baltimore. New York was especially hit, with not a light in evidence anywhere.