Respondent
Rudolph, Leonard
Interview Date
1996
Abstract
Respondent Businessman, born 1917.
[T1S1] Respondent involved in fast food restaurants and real estate development; talks about father's emigration from Russia to Pittsburgh, job as clothing wholesaler; parent's courtship, marriage. Respondent states malls ruined small town stores, recalls owning, closing Gaylords. Respondent describes in depth credit card business Respondent and brother started named Trip charge, later sold to Diner's Club. Respondent details business ventures; lists real estate developments, local bowling allies, fast food franchises including Wendy's, sons involved with business.
[T1S2] Respondent mentions children, religion, one son Lubavitch. Respondent reports involvement with Family House board of directors. Respondent expresses opinions on Lubavitch lifestyle. Respondent talks about siblings, childhood, kosher household, parent's deaths, religious education, schooling, depression. Respondent offers opinions on Pittsburgh's changing corporate climate.
[T2S3] Respondent continues talking about depression; details activities during high school. Respondent talks about parent's involvement with Beth Shalom, Rodef Shalom. Respondent reminisces about Squirrel Hill of youth; mentions markets, neighbors, doctors, Jewish life. Respondent recalls courtship, marriage, their children, early family life. Respondent lists first jobs.
[T2S4] Respondent continues talking about employment. Respondent describes children's childhood; service during WWII, never shipped overseas. Respondent details family's religious life, education at Rodef Shalom, contrast synagogues membership then and now. Respondent talks about Jew's renewed interests in Judaism, Israel. Respondent mentions mission trips to North Africa, 1963; Israel, 1965. Respondent lists involvements including United Jewish Federation (UJF).
[T3S5] Respondent elaborates on experiences in Air Force administration during W.W.II; childhood during depression; missions in North Africa, Israel. Respondent offers opinions, observations on his experiences in those areas. Respondent talks about Pittsburgh's Jewish community; lists family's involvements. Respondent talks about UJF, details achievements of Renaissance Project. Respondent describes in depth changing Jewish community in Pittsburgh and surrounding area. Respondent offers opinions on Jewish beliefs.
[T3S6] Respondent talks about his education, children's schooling; mentions close relationship with brother.
Subjects
Economic Depression; Israel; Real property; Restaurant management; Restaurants; United Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh. Renaissance Project
Birth Date
1917
City
Pittsburgh, PA
Profession
Businessman
Work
Gaylords; Trip Charge;
Residence
Squirrel Hill
Occupation (father)
Clothing manufacture
Length (hours)
2.75
Interviewer1
Schwartz, Marce
Interviewer2
Leib, Cindy Goodman
Indexer
Frisque
Collateral Materials
Box 105 FF 40
Identifier
ais196440.392
Rights
All rights reserved. University of Pittsburgh