Ruby

  • Our Great Eight is nine because Walter Rabinowitz adopted the Ruby surname in 1918. The rest is history 

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Action At a Distance
  • Jan 11, 2022

Stan's Mathematica notebooks document his later work and speculations

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Adventures in Israel—Walter and Joanne
  • Aug 13, 2017

Two of the Ruby offspring went back to Israel for significant periods.

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An afternoon at Lake Merrit
  • Aug 13, 2017

In July 2003, Stan and Helga came to the East Bay for a golden summer outing.

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Family History Machine is reborn in 2020
  • Sep 28, 2020

Machinist Dan Ruby and his team members envision a new future for Family History Machine

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Fourth Generation Rubys
  • Aug 13, 2017

Just a bit about Twyla, Gene, Zach and Lani.

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Grad-student life in a packet of letters
  • Aug 13, 2017

Stan maintained correspondence with his closest high school and Army buddies, several of whom went on to prominent careers.

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Grammy — everyone’s favorite grandmother
  • Aug 13, 2017

She made each of her six grandchildren feel special

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Green Valley Drive—our exurban childhood
  • Aug 13, 2017

Our years in Pittsburgh were spent in a tract house in a natural wonderland—backed up against a family farm and an equestrian estate.

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Helga in the League of Women Voters
  • Aug 13, 2017

Helga expressed a commitment to liberal values in her lifelong work for the League of Women Voters.

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In the Signal Corps in New Guinea
  • Aug 13, 2017

Stan strung transmission wires in the South Pacific during World War II.

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Jews in jazz—the big band era
  • Aug 13, 2017

Stan's musical idol was Benny Goodman, the King of Swing.

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Just so—how the Rubys got their name
  • Jan 20, 2021

When and why did Walter Rabinowitz take on our abbreviated last name? He may have gotten the idea during intermission at a Bronx nickelodeon

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Liberal values in the 1960s
  • Nov 09, 2021

From civil rights to war resistance to arms control, Ruby family members embraced liberal social causes

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Long Beach—taking in the Klein family
  • Aug 13, 2017

During the Depression, families helped each other out. The Kleins moved in with the Rubys in Long Beach.

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Memories of young Stan
  • Aug 13, 2017

Stan was smart and fresh, with something to say about almost anything

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Mössbauer man—Stan makes his mark in physics
  • Aug 13, 2017

Stan's innovations in Mossbauer spectroscopy.

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Musical appreciation in the Ruby household
  • Aug 13, 2017

From Mozart to swing to the Grateful Dead.

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On Hill Avenue
  • Aug 13, 2017

The Ruby family comes of age in a bedroom suburb west of Chicago

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Our Ruby name—sullied in Dallas
  • Aug 13, 2017

Lee Harvey Oswald's killer Jack Ruby was not related to our family. He tarnished our family name in the history books.

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Ringel vs. Ruby in World War I
  • Aug 13, 2017

Herman Ringel and Walter Ruby wore opposing uniforms in the Great War

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Sidney Kessler and American Spirits
  • Aug 13, 2017

Walter Ruby's boss in the liquor business became an influential figure in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands

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Sputnik in the backyard
  • Aug 13, 2017

Watching Sputnik at night from our back yard in a suburb of Pittsburgh is one of my earliest memories.

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Stan at Brant Lake
  • Aug 13, 2017

Stan summered at a Jewish summer camp in the Adirondacks.

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The corkscrew on eBay—sourcing family artifacts
  • Aug 13, 2017

Out of the files of the U.S. Patent Office and into the peculiar subculture of corkscrew collectors

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The family secret behind grandfather's desk calendar
  • Aug 13, 2017

A surprising artifact discovered after a parent's death leads to a series of discoveries and a new pastime in genealogy

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The Felensteins of Long Island
  • Aug 13, 2017

Joan Ruby married Milton Felenstein. Their life and family in Rockville Centre.

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The Rubys in Israel—1961 sabbatical
  • Aug 13, 2017

Our family’s amazing year of discovery and connection

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Third Generation Rubys
  • Aug 13, 2017

First came Walter, then Danny and Joanne. They would carry on the Ruby-Ringel genes.

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Twyla's childhood
  • Jun 26, 2021

Outlooks of a pre-millennial

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Twyla's childhood
  • Jun 26, 2021

Outlooks of a pre-millennial

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Twyla's childhood
  • Jun 26, 2021

Outlooks of a pre-millennial

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Twyla's childhood
  • Jun 26, 2021

Outlooks of a pre-millennial

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Walter Ruby and the Carioca Cooler
  • Aug 13, 2017

The U.S. liquor industry took off after the repeal of Prohibition. Walter Ruby was the marketing manager for the American Spirits company

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Walter's first draft of family history
  • Dec 21, 2020

Cherry picking the best content from our founding document written in 2006: "The Ruby Family Histories — The Early Lives of Stanley and Helga…

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Wild goose chase—an accident in Jersey City
  • Aug 13, 2017

A newspaper clipping placed Walter Ruby on the scene of an automobile wreck in Hudson County, N.J. Not every lead pans out.

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Young man on the make in the Roaring Twenties
  • Aug 13, 2017

Walter Ruby hustled his way as a traveling silver salesman, with some career side trips into boxing promotion and medicinal alcohol.

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1968 Democratic convention
  • Aug 13, 2017

It was a signature moment of the turbulent 1960s. Walter, 18, and Dan, 15, were there in Chicago, working as messengers for the Eugene McCarthy…

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Split decision on restored German citizenship
  • Aug 13, 2017

Both Dan and Joanne applied for reclaimed citizenship under Article 116 of the German Constitution, but only Joanne’s application was approved

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Stan finds love outside of a 20-block radius
  • Aug 13, 2017

Home from the war, Stan Ruby was a graduate student in physics at Columbia University. Helga Ringel was a smart, pretty war refugee from Berlin…

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The physics experiment that went wrong
  • Aug 13, 2017

How and why did Stan Ruby's important post-graduate research go wrong, and what impact did it have on his career in physics?

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The problem with anti-ballistic missiles
  • Aug 13, 2017

Stanley Ruby entered the public debate over nuclear missile technology in 1968-69.

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