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July 10, 2015
I was just watching TV and they asked the question "Who was your favorite college professor?" and I immediately thought of Handsome Al. I immediately Googled him and it took me to this page.

Al was the most entertaining and perhaps the best teacher I ever had. The lessons I learned from him at Michigan State stay with me and guide me still today as an old man. Whether he was live or taped, his classes were always fun.

The world is a better place because of Handsome Al.
April 28, 2015
Today I was recalling one of many lectures by Dr. Mandelstamm and decided to google him. I am sad to learn of his passing 1.5 years ago. I attended his Principles of Economics classes during '78-'79 in McBryde Auditorium at Va Tech. We came for his stories, and through those stories, he taught us economic lessons that we would remember for a life time. Tech was on the quarter calendar back then. After receiving two B's, I finally earned an A in the spring quarter, and like others who left messages here, in the summer of '79, I received the highly prized letter of congratulations from one of my favorite college professors.
I hope Al is enjoying all the gefilte fish balls in heaven - way past the point of diminishing returns.
April 18, 2015
just stumbled onto this when recounting a story about Alan teaching my class at Michigan State. He was the best. He and my high school geometry teacher were my all time favorites. I use what he taught me every day. He is missed.
April 01, 2015
Oh, I'm so sorry to hear of Dr. Mandelstamm's passing. So sorry.

I did well in his class, and was surprised when home between terms my mom said, "You got a letter from MSU Economics." I opened it and it was a signed letter from Dr. Mandelstamm praising me and saying I should consider a career in Economics. So nice of him. I went on to get a teaching degree in Phys Ed and later a Computer Science degree. But I still read and love Economics books, and attribute my love of it to Dr. Mandelstamm. I think of him often. His letter meant a lot to a shy freshman. And my mom too.
May God comfort you are your family Dr. Mandelstamm.
March 08, 2015
1978. It was an honor to be taught economics by Prof Mandelstamm, and get an A no less. He was a brilliant professor. May he rest in peace.
December 16, 2014
As others have noted, Professor Mandelstam's unique and engaging lecture style made a lasting impression on this then-young sophomore at MSU. His personality was so great that he managed to fill the spacious Wells Hall lecture room and drive the lesson home with wit and some Yiddish blended in. Those of us who had him teach is will never forget him or his lessons.
December 01, 2014
What? Al Mandelstamm is no longer with us? Oh, schlect!

I had the honor of setting up and playing the video tapes of Professor Mandelstamm in the Seventies. Evening shift at the campus closed TV studio. Lots of time to watch the class material. He was a brilliant stand-up who also happened to be an economist. Some of his phrases are still in my vocabulary: "No story today, kiddies!" "Friedmaniacs!" The list goes on. He's a loss to Economics, if only because he could take some of the pretension out of it.
October 13, 2014
I was so fortunate to have Handsome Al as my micro and macro economics professor while at Michigan State (1970). He was unequivocally a character and teacher that can not be forgotten. Rest in peace and forever remember no matter how schlect the world is a fine place
March 27, 2014
We were just discussing nodding off while doing tax returns, and I thought about my Econ professer back in 1971 who would sneak up on those who nodded off. So I decided to "Google him up" and found this.
I could have watched Professor Mandelstamm's lectures on closed circuit TV without leaving the warmth of my dorm, but we chose to walk the half mile through the Michigan winter, and get there early to be in the front rows. Forty three years ago, and memories of Handsome Al's lectures still lifts me up.
December 19, 2013
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