The humble beginnings of Israel Electric Corporation, revealed
Camels at Reading and cooking without a flame: Which musician complained to the IEC about being served a cold meal? And who pledged not to drink tea between 9 A.M. and midday?
A few months after Israel’s founding and a decade before he conquered Broadway with “West Side Story,” Leonard Bernstein had a less-glamorous situation to cope with. In a letter dated October 6, 1948 and mailed to the Israel Electric Corporations’s offices in Tel Aviv, the Jewish-American composer and conductor complained that he couldn’t enjoy a hot meal because the house where he was staying in Tel...
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