stories by Manhattan-based radio reporter Jon Kalish

The Mighty Atom

They don’t make ‘em like Joseph Greenstein any more. Greenstein, a.k.a. the Mighty Atom, was a Jewish strongman who raised 10 kids in Brooklyn. This story starts in Poland, makes stops in Texas and Vaudeville, involves feats of strengths still standing in the record books and includes a tall goy known as Slim the Hammerman who performs with a star of David embroidered on his shirt in honor of “the old Jewish guy.” Listen to the Mighty Atom podcast on Tablet Magazine here. This story would not be possible wothout the help of Ed Spielman.