In March 2007 Colonel John T. Coffee Camp #1934, Sons of Confederate Veterans Commander Gary Ayres had the honor of getting an article he had authored about Jewish Confederates published in ‘Jewish Magazine’ (which we have posted on our “Library” page at http://www.coffeecamp.net/jewish_confederates ).
Recently Mr. Ayres received an email from one of the editors at “Jewish Magazine” which stated that one reader had several objections to his article.
The “offended” , one Charles “Chuck” Hirshberg recently complained to Jewish Magazine that:
Dear “Jewish Magazine”:
Some three weeks ago, I wrote to you expressing my deep concern over an article of yours titled “Jewish Confederates”. I believe that my email (copied below) demonstrated beyond any reasonable doubt that the article is both historically ridiculous, and patently racist. At the very least, I would have expected to receive an email in return acknowledging my communication. But I have heard nothing at all from you, and the article is still posted.
May I please request the courtesy of a reply?
Very truly yours,
Commander Ayer’s exercised great restraint and exhibited much professionalism in his reply to Mr. Hirshberg, which Jewish Magazine forwarded to him. Below is his response:
“Charles “Chuck” Hirshberg is an American journalist and sportswriter. He primarily writes for large-circulation magazines. His articles and columns have appeared in Time, Sports Illustrated, Life, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, Men’s Health and other publications. As of 2002, he was an editor of Popular Science. His mother is the astrophysicist Joan Feynman and his late uncle is Richard Feynman, Nobel Prize winning Physicist.
He is the author of ESPN 25, a history of sports journalism on television. Hirshberg co-authored Will you miss me when I’m gone?:the Carter Family and their legacy in American music along with Mark Zwonitzer. Recently, he penned an article promoting circumcision entitled Should all males be circumcised? for Men’s Health which was later picked up by MSNBC.”
It seems to this webmaster that Mr. Hirshberg is most famous for writing an article about whether or not men should be circumcised. My advice to him is that it is good to know your subject matter, but bad to act like it. Mr. Hirshberg will probably be most happy to learn that as of the time of this posting, Jewish Magazine still has Mr. Ayres’ article up on their website.