I was just telling someone this story today. Since I have so many younger friends, I sometimes assume they get certain cultural references — when they don’t.
Anyway, some years ago, I was at a dinner with a bunch of other people, and a married couple I know was sitting next to me. We were discussing a rather obnoxious person we all knew, and I said brightly (quoting Diane Keaton in “Annie Hall”), “He’s what Grammy Hall would call ‘a real Jew’.”
And they just looked at their plates.
At first, I thought it was funny. “It’s a scene from ‘Annie Hall,'” I said, thinking I just had to jog their memories. (They’re real movie buffs, I couldn’t believe they never saw it.)
And they looked away.
I thought of trying to explain that my own kids were half Jewish and I really wasn’t an anti-Semite, but I just gave up. It was just one of those things. But it’s kind of funny, too.
The pertinent part starts at 2:00…