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In a Golden State

“Forty years through the desert to now — it’s a long journey, but they made it.” Those were the words of Peter Guber, 73, majority co-owner of the Golden State Warriors, during the presentation of the NBA championship trophy after the Warriors’ clinching Game 6 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on June 16. The Warriors’ last title was indeed 40 years ago, in 1975.

Guber, the son of a Boston-area junkman, has been a leading Hollywood executive and producer since the mid-’70s. A longtime resident of Los Angeles, he also owns a minority interest in the Dodgers. His Warriors’ co-owner, Joe Lacob, 59, also comes from a working-class family. He grew up 60 miles outside of Boston and in Los Angeles (where he currently lives). College degrees in the biological sciences led him to a business career as a venture capitalist primarily financing medical companies.

An ownership group headed by Guber and Lacob bought the Warriors for $450 million in 2010.


At the movies and beyond

The Pixar/Disney animated film “Inside Out” opens Friday, June 19 with great advance buzz. One of an 11-year-old girl’s five emotions is voiced by Lewis Black, 68, and in supporting voice roles are Richard Kind, 58 (“Bing-Bong”) and Rashida Jones, 39 (“Cool Girl”).


Colin Trevorrow

The big-budget film “Jurassic World” was co-written and directed by Colin Trevorrow, 38, who was born in San Francisco and raised in Oakland. This is his first outing at the helm of a major studio movie following critical acclaim of 2012’s “Safety Not Guaranteed” and his indie films. Trevorrow’s parents run a horse ranch in Penn Valley (Nevada County) that bears his Sephardic grandmother’s maiden name (Rancho Toledano).

People magazine’s celebrity Father’s Day issue is out, and actor Mark Feuerstein, 44 (“Royal Pains,” “A Mighty Heart”), was among those featured. A rabbi officiated when Feuerstein married sitcom writer Dana Klein, 41, in 2005. The couple now have three kids under 10: daughters Lila and Addie and a son, Frisco Jones.


Bon Jovi happy to play Israel

David Bryan

Last week it was announced that the rock band Bon Jovi would play Israel on Oct. 3, ending a 13-country tour in Tel Aviv. Marcel Avram, a French producer who worked out the concert arrangements, told the Times of Israel that “Jon [Bon Jovi] is very happy to come, he really wants to come,” and that David Bryan, the Jewish Bon Jovi keyboardist, “speaks a little Yiddish and is pleased about coming to Israel.”

Bryan, who was born in 1962 as David Bryan Rashbaum, has known lead singer Bon Jovi since high school. They formed the band together in 1982 and their second album, released in 1985, sold millions. In 2003, Bryan told author Scott Benarde he was a lifelong member of his New Jersey temple, his kids went to Hebrew school there, and he was the High Holy Days shofar blower. He added, with pride, that he believes he holds the temple record — and maybe the world record — for “the longest tekiah g’dolah.”


It’s a Jewish Triple Crown

American Pharoah, who is owned by Ahmed Zayat, 73, won the Belmont Stakes on June 6, becoming the first horse since Affirmed in 1978 to win the Triple Crown. It also marks the third time a horse owned by a Jew has won the Triple Crown. In 1943, it was Count Fleet, nominally owned by Fannie Kesner Hertz (1991-1963). She was the Jewish wife of the horse’s real owner, Jewish businessman John D. Hertz (1879-1961), co-founder of a famous car rental company. Affirmed was raced under his stable name, Harbor View Farm. The co-owners were businessman Louis Wolfson (1912-2007) and his second wife, Patrice Jacobs Wolfson, who is now in her 70s. She was in the stands at Belmont, cheering for American Pharoah.

Columnist Nate Bloom, an Oaklander, can be reached at [email protected].

Nate Bloom

Nate Bloom writes the "Celebrity Jews" column for J.