Slideshow: Your Parents Were Awesome

| 10/20/2009 10:44:02 AM

I fell so completely in love with the new blog My Parents Were Awesome that I contacted its owner, 26-year-old Brooklynite Eliot Glazer, within minutes of discovering it. First, I wanted to say thank you (and apparently he gets a lot of that). And I wanted to know more about his daily submissions-based stream of decades-old family photos. In just one month Glazer has collected more than 900 submissions.

Glazer is an editor at Urlesque and a comedian and performer with the (fabulous) Upright Citizens Brigade . “I've always been in awe of old photos of my parents and grandparents,” he wrote in an email. “To see my own parents and grandparents look so effortlessly cool (and even glamorous) while my generation tries so hard to look unintentionally fashionable (not that there's anything wrong with that, of course) is pretty entertaining, too. I'm consistently surprised by the overwhelmingly positive feedback, especially when people submit photos of someone who has recently passed away.”

He's worked his own family into the mix. Here's his mom, his dad, his grandpa, his grandma, and his great-grandpa. We've assembled a slideshow of our favorites from the first month of My Parents Were Awesome. Enjoy!


10/27/2009 10:55:42 PM

Jeff Guntzel's blog is great! However, my parents split when I was 6 and I was raised by my maternal grandparents. "My Grandparents WERE awesome"! Neither of them spoke english when they arrived at Ellis Island, NY. Several different languages were spoken at home, Yiddish primarily, until they switched to speaking Russian, German and Polish when they discovered I could understand everything they were saying. Grandpa attended a few english classes offered free by NY nightschools. Grandma was too busy taking care of my mom who was born two weeks after Grandma arrived in NY in November 1906. My question is may I submit photos of my dear Grandparents? They were awesome!

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