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Shor, Tootslocked

(06 May 1903–23 January 1977)
  • Bruce L. Janoff

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Shor, Toots (06 May 1903–23 January 1977), restaurateur and bon vivant, was born Bernard Shor in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of Abraham Schorr, a shirtmaker and cigar and candy store owner, and Fanny Kaufman. Shor’s father (who had his surname changed from “Schorr” by a hurried immigration officer), though of Jewish background, settled his family in a Christian working-class community of South Philadelphia. Under the pressure of the anti-Semitism of the time, the young Shor quickly learned to fight and to live by his wits. There, he also developed a strong sense of friendship and loyalty qualities that became inviolable watchwords throughout his life. His nickname came from his boyish long, blond curls....

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