To this day Alastair Borthwick is considered to be a Scottish icon. He began his career when he was just 16 years old, working at the Evening Times of Glasgow as a copytaker. He soon joined the Glasgow Weekly Herald where he was a writer. He reviewed films, put together pages for women and children, answered reader’s questions, and put together the crossword puzzle.
What he became well-known for was his weekly column, Open Air. He had taken up the hobby of mountaineering and wrote about it for his readers. He says that he became addicted to this activity and climbed hills and mountains across all of Scotland. He turned this material into a book in 1939, Always a Little Further. This is considered one of the best books ever to be written in Scotland.
He became a radio broadcaster in 1934. In an era where other radio broadcasters were very stiff and formal, he was a breath of fresh air. He let his personality shine and spoke to his listeners in a friendly manner. His producer, James Fergusson, said that Alastair Borthwick had a natural way of speaking and the microphone he used was treated like an old friend.
After World War II was started he joined the Scottish armed forces. Starting out as a private, he was in the 5th Seaforth Highlanders battalion. He saw action in North Africa and in Western Europe, including in both Italy and Germany. He proved that he was no soft writer as he was willing to fight and die for his country.
His second book was published in 1946, the year after World War II was over. This was Sans Peur where he detailed the history of his battalion. He would revisit World War II often in the coming years when he became a TV broadcaster with a documentary series. He was given freedom to document what he wanted so he covered many other subjects as well up until 1994 when he retired.
Alastair Borthwick was married and they had one child. He died after his wife Anne passed away in 2002.
Adam Milstein who is an investor, a philanthropist, and an author has an Israeli American origin. As the managing partner in Hagar Pacific properties, he oversees all the financial aspects of the company, as well as disposition and accounting.In addition to establishing Adam and Gila Milstein Family Foundation, he co-founded the Israeli-American Council where he acts as the chairperson of the board.
Adam Milstein was born in Haifa, Israel, in 1952 to immigrant parents. His father was a real estate developer. Milstein joined the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) for mandatory practice and took part in the Yom Kippur War in 1973. He then got admitted into the Technion where he studied and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1978. He took part in developing and expanding his father’s real estate construction company while he was studying. The philanthropist moved to the United States of America and attended the University of Southern California where he received his Master’s in Business Administration (MBA).
Adam Milstein is an active philanthropy and has taken part in several charities. Through the Adam and Gila Milstein Family Foundation, Adam has been able to sponsor the education of students and other young Jewish individuals. The organization has been active in teaching people of the Jewish origin living in the United States about the Jewish people and the State of Israel’s way of life. Adam and his wife Gila also founded the Sifriyat Pijama B’America organization that offers free books written in Hebrew to at least 770 Jewish-American families living in the United States on a monthly basis. The couple founded The Donor Forum organization in 2016 to link pro-Israel donors to pro-Israel concerns and issues.
Adam Milstein also sits on several board committees including Israel on Campus Coalition, StandWithUs, Bright Israel, Hasbara Fellowships, and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) executive national assembly. Due to his active roles in advocating for the Israeli and Jewish community, Adam Milstein was put on the list of the world’s most 50 influential Jews in 2016. He lives in Encino, Carlifornia, with his wife, three children, and three grandchildren.