Morrie Markoff recently celebrated making it to 108 and surviving two pandemics, the first in 1918. He and his late wife, Betty, were longtime residents of Echo Park and Silver Lake and left-wing activists who were lifelong champions of fair wages, equality, diversity and social justice. In this fascinating interview done in 2011 by the Silver Lake History Collective, the Markoffs share their very American stories as the children of immigrants who built a joyful life together in California in the face of economic challenges and antisemitism. Grab a cup of coffee, settle back and prepare to be charmed by the Markoffs.
WATCH THE INTERVIEW WITH THE MARKOFFS HERE.
READ STEVE LOPEZ'S COLUMN ON MORRIE AND DISCOVER THE SECRET TO LONG LIFE HERE.