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Morning Start: Remembering Izzy Demsky, A.K.A. Kirk Douglas

Your morning start for Thursday, February 6, 2020

Kirk Douglas, an influential movie star and icon of Old Hollywood, died at age 103 on Wednesday. For all the roles he became famous for, a lesser known fact about him is his original name: Issur Danielovitch.

Fun Fact of the day:

Issur was the son of Jewish-Russian immigrants, born near New York City in 1916. His parents had left Belarus to start a new life in America, where they would follow a relative’s decision to change their surname to Demsky. Issur was nicknamed Izzy, and so the future famous actor’s name growing up was Izzy Demsky.

It’s hard to imagine what place in American culture Kirk Douglas would have gone on to occupy had he not made the switch to an American-sounding name. Either way, it’s a name that won’t soon be forgotten.

Weather forecast according to Environment Canada:

Heads up for drivers who plan to use Highway 3 today: an alert is in effect for the highway from Hope to Princeton via Allison Pass due to an expected 15 to 20 cm of snow.

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Brendan Shykora
Reporter, Vernon Morning Star
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