This is Part 1 of a 3-part program featuring the Life and Times of Jack Levi.
Jack was born in Melbourne in September of 1950 to parents, who were born in Egypt and who came to Australia in the late 1940’s.
Initially, Jack talks extensively about his parent, especially his father who Jack tells us dominated the family.
This family role was not the case in most homes in that period but also strongly reflected the societal norms in Egypt during that time.
Jack also talks about his mother who is still alive and is approaching a remarkable 98 years of age. He also shares his mother’s tips for longevity, a discussion that is likely to interest us all.
Jack’s story finds him recollecting his early years, his experiences as a boy growing up, he talks about his High School years as he takes us through the 1960’s. We share in Jack’s experiences at university where, being quite studious and focused Jack graduates as a computer programmer in a period, where computers were in their infancy.
But it doesn’t end there as Jack talks about the social issues of the 1960’s/70’s, issues such as the Vietnam Conscription which he was eligible for. He tells us that he was fortunate in not having his birthday coming out in the lottery that was used to chose which young Aussies would be conscripted.
However, most listeners will find what comes next as possibly the most engaging part of Jack’s story up until now, the story of how Jack became a sucessful professional comedian, which is a story that flows through the following two programs.
Click to hear – Jack Levi – Part 1
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