What kind of birthday present do you get for a person who already has everything? That was the question facing Honey's grandchildren as her 93rd birthday loomed. It was Paul, the husband of Honey's oldest grandchild, who said, "How about her own website?" Everyone agreed that was the perfect gift for a woman who has made a point of staying current with technology even into her nineties.
All of Honey's grandchildren contributed to the site, but it was Paul, a software engineer and Web developer, who spent countless hours at his computer bringing this project to life.
It was Suzanne, known as Schmo #1, who discovered Gma's talent as an author. Upon reading "Waddle and Jumbo: A Tale of Two Ducks," Suzanne knew Gma's story had to be published and hired 9-year-old Isabella Barna to illustrate it. A writer herself, Suzanne is the author or coauthor of several books, including Fitness for Dummies, Fitness for Travelers, The Curse of The Singles Table and The Fat-Free Truth. When Suzanne and her new husband, Paul, called the family from Canada to announce they'd just eloped, Gma said via speakerphone: "Well, I've never heard of this sort of thing," but she immediately registered her approval, much to Suzanne's relief.
What Suzanne loves most about Gma Honey: her brilliantly funny stories, especially the one about how darned tough it is to open today's toothbrush packaging.
The most recent addition to the family, Paul married Suzanne in 2003. Paul is also the newest Jew in the family, having converted at Temple Ahavat Shalom in Northridge in June 2004. Paul was thrilled that Honey attended his very special conversion ceremony. Of course, he also didn't mind receiving the yarmulke, tallis and tallis bag that Honey and Julius gave him for the occasion. Paul grew up in McLean, Virginia, where his family still lives, but he prefers everything about the west coast. Paul is an avid photographer and a runner who has completed 15 marathons. A software engineer, Paul designed and developed GmaHoneyK.com.
What Paul loves most about Gma Honey: her attention to detail, her speeches, and the way she now calls him "Son."
Michelle, a.k.a. Schmo #2, is the human resources director at AmeriFlight, an air cargo company in Burbank, California. She has traveled to Europe, Africa, Nepal and India and looks forward to more adventures. Michelle enjoys rollerblading at the beach, reading, knitting and spending time with her friends. Michelle has a Masters of Science in Human Resources and Organizational Development from Johns Hopkins University, a certificate in Human Resources Management from Loyola Marymount University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Syracuse University. Michelle lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Kevin Rosenberg.
What Michelle loves most about Gma Honey: her zest for knowledge in today's world and her character drawings.
Kevin, Michelle's husband, is a criminal prosecutor in Los Angeles. Before that, Kevin served in the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General's Corp for nearly six years, stationed at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and the Washington, D.C., Navy Yard. While in the Navy, Kevin graduated from the U.S. Army Airborne School at Fort Benning, Georgia, where he jumped out of a perfectly good airplane five times (including once at night). Kevin's hobbies include woodworking, jazz, running, cooking and volunteering time to help kids stay out of trouble. He prides himself on being one of the few Karosen "grandchildren" with a regularly paying job.
What Kevin loves most about Gma Honey: how much she strives to stay contemporary and involved in her grandchildren's lives.
Otherwise known as Schmo#3 and Jennie Blue Eyes, Jennifer is always hard at work on various design projects. In 1998, she founded Private Edition Celebration Books, a small company that publishes coffee-table books commemorating people's lives. Jennifer is also an interior and exterior designer who loves to shop for just the right piece of furniture to make a room sing. She also has been known to shop for a few pieces of clothing. Jennifer married John Lehr in 2001, and they live in Los Feliz with their beloved dog, Billie.
What Jen loves most about Gma Honey: her open mind and her interest in how and why our culture changes. Plus, Jen loves to hug and squeeze Gma.
John Lehr, Jennifer's husband, has been working with Honey Karosen for years. The two have been performing their hit two-person show "Honey and John" ever since it first opened in 1967 at the Hungry I in San Francisco. The San Francisco Chronicle called the show "slightly entertaining" and "the seats were comfortable." In addition to appearing with Honey, John performs a solo show titled "A Series of Comedic Lectures," which has sold out in both Los Angeles and New York. John also was the host of one of Honey's favorite TV programs, ABC's "I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here."
What John loves most about Gma Honey: her ability to remember EVERYTHING.
Mark was the last of the grandchildren, born a good decade behind the others. He spent his grade-school years in Los Angeles before moving with his mother, Shari, to Kansas City. There he graduated from the Barstow School with a Missouri State Basketball Championship title, the most outstanding student athlete award and leads in various musical productions. He then attended American University in Washington, D.C., and during his sophomore year incorporated his own promotions & event planning company, Global Events. Mark now lives in New York City, where he is building his own business as a financial advisor at UBS Financial Services.
What Mark loves most about Gma Honey: her undaunted commitment to life, family, and education.