Lou Goldstein, 1921-2012


“Mr. Goldstein, the son of a tailor, was born on Sept. 8, 1921, in a small town outside Warsaw. The family immigrated when he was 5 and settled in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. He was a basketball standout at Eastern District High School in Brooklyn and Long Island University. When the Catskill hotels started basketball tournaments to entertain guests, Grossinger’s recruited him. And when he proved adept at other forms of entertainment, the hotel signed him up as its tummler.”
 — Original hipster Lou Goldstein died at the age of 90 on April 2 of complications of Parkinson’s Disease. The longtime Grossinger’s resort tummler is acknowledged as the greatest Simon Says player of all time. “Tummler” is a Yiddish word meaning “someone who stirs up tumult or excitement.” So, like Pharoahe Monch.