Classic Kollek from the JC archives
In the paved areas of cafés and small shops that surround the Ben-Yehudah mall in Jerusalem, they had never seen anything like it. In a publicity stunt, Teddy Kollek, running hard for reelection in November, and one of his oldest friends, the internationally renowned violinist Isaac Stern, launched what they self-deprecatingly called ‘Teddy and Isaac’s Street Show’, wherein Mr Stern busked in the street and Mr Kollek collected campaign donations. About $200 was raised for the Kollek campaign.
Banner-waving supporters of Mr Kollek’s main rival, former Likud Health Minister Ehud Olmert, marched into the area, full of people who could not believe they were going to hear Isaac Stern play the violin.
Mr Kollek dealt smartly with his rival’s absence: ‘I’m sorry that “The Other One”, whose name I have forgotten, couldn’t come here himself — he might have enjoyed the music.’
The pair — Mr Stern, 73, Mr Kollek, 82 — evidently jumped at the opportunity to show off youthful flair. One charmed listener said: ‘When Teddy goes, Jerusalem is going to be a dull city.’