Charles Anthony Lehrer
CHARLES ANTHONY LEHRER, b. June 24, 1963, Passiac, NJ; m. CHERYLE DUFFY; b. Abt. 1960, Ohio.
Charles Anthony Lehrer is the multi-talented son of Chick Lehrer and Phyllis Piejak. From a young age Charles demonstrated superior skills in music and acting, and to these he added costume making and set design at Amherst Regional High School. Charles graduated from Indiana University where he majored in Theatre Arts, doing all of his work-study in the Opera House there. Subsequently, he earned an MFA from Southern Methodist University.
Charles’ first important job was at the Balboa Park Children’s Theatre in San Diego, where he was the sole designer of ingenious sets which could be packed onto the side of the cramped backstage area and brought out during a show as needed, with relative ease. His primary work has been in Chicago at Scenic Design Inc., a company which specializes in commercial set design and construction. Perhaps the most famous undertaking of the company thus far has been the creation of the huge HO Train layout at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry.
He is married to his soul-mate, Cheryl Duffy, daughter of Warren Duffy, ‘Mr. Christian Talk-Radio for Southern California’ whom he first met when Scenic Design was in the process of building the Chicago Museum train layout.
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Angela Irene Lehrer
ANGELA IRENE ‘ANGIE’ LEHRER, b. July 01, 1966, Radford, VA.
Angela Lehrer is the second child of Chick Lehrer and Phyllis Piejak. Born in Radford, VA, she spent her early years in Ann Arbor, Michigan before the family moved to Amherst, MA. Surrounded by Art and Music, it was only natural that she would one day find a niche for herself in a related field. Due in no small part to the efforts of instructor John Worthen at Amherst Regional High School, Angie was drawn to the theater.
Angela attended the Pratt School of Design in NYC, and soon found work as a costume maker. She has worked for both the Glimmerglass and the Santa Fe Operas. A total perfectionist in her art, she has made costumes for the greatest stars in the operatic, theatrical, and popular music worlds.
Philipp Louis Lehrer
PHILIPP LOUIS ‘PHIL LEHR’ LEHRER, b. January 07, 1969, Amherst, MA.
As a kid, Philipp, also called Po, was, by nature, a quiet guy. His grades were said by his mother and his brother, Charles, to be quite impressive. Philipp took Alto Sax lessons in the Amherst School System with excellent teachers recruited from the Music Department of UMass.
By the end of senior year in high school, Philipp, who excelled in the German language, had a very serious romantic relationship with a German exchange student, and traveled to Cologne quite often to be with her. At that time he also demonstrated a major talent in photography (like his paternal grandfather Cholly, whom he never knew) and, by good fortune, was in Germany during the Fall of the Berlin Wall, images of which he preserved on film.
During his college years spent at UC Santa Cruz, Philipp he had the unparalleled opportunity to study with Harvard mathematics professor Tom Lehrer, who had a piano installed in his classroom in order to play and sing his witty satires for the students. It was during that time that Philipp bought an excellent guitar and became interested in the Blues side of Rock Music.
After college, Philipp took a number of jobs in various fields and finally settled into a very good position at a major insurance company, Wellpoint, which he held until the company offices moved from California to Wisconsin. He is now employed in Hollywood as a specialist in quality-control for TV shows.
James ‘PJ’ Lehrer
PELLEAS JAMES ‘PJ’ LEHRER, b. September 29, 1971, Northampton, MA; m. MO-EH ITO; b. Abt. 1969: Nagoya, Japan.
PJ’s initials stand for Pelleas James: he is named after his dad’s favorite opera, Claude Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande, and after his Great-Uncle James Matacia whom he physically resembles, and with whom he shares one of a life’s greatest challenges.
As a kid, PJ was beloved by everyone who knew him, because of his kindness. From the start, PJ was gifted with insight. His love of music is in the area of Heavy Metal, a style which he plays on the guitar with abandonment. After his senior year of high school, PJ took-off cross country to San Francisco, center of the Heavy Metal Movement, hoping to be discovered.
After two weeks on the streets, he really was discovered, but by Rev. Sun Myung Moon. PJ joined Rev. Moon’s Unification Church, and quickly rose to Rev. Moon’s attention as a sincere member: for this reason, PJ was sent all over America to spread the faith. Eventually, Rev. Moon found a soul-mate for PJ in Japan, Mo-eh Ito, who is affectionately known as Mo-eh San.
Surviving the specialized rigors of courtship required by the Unification Church, PJ and Mo-eh San married, first in the Church, and then again later before a Justice of the Peace. Their first child, Tony, was born on November 21, 2000 with a rare genetic chromosomal disorder, carried by PJ in chromosome 4-p, but fully expressed in Tony as Wolf-Hirschhorn Syndrome. The Syndrome leaves Tony permanently and profoundly challenged both physically and mentally.
In the meantime, PJ had decided to become an auto mechanic. To that purpose he was apprenticed by Ford Motor Co. to a master mechanic. At the same time PJ attended community college in Maryland for two years of higher education. PJ excelled in both areas and soon became a full-time employee of Ford.
PJ and Mo-eh San are devoted parents: everything possible has been done by them to give Tony the best chance at life. At this point, Tony’s vision has been fully corrected, and he delights in ‘seeing’, and listening to music.
PJ’s wife, Mo-eh San, is a quiet and very loving mother and wife. Before the birth of Willow and Midori, Mo-eh San spent her entire days with Tony, helping him take care of all of his bodily necessities. Just as PJ’s European ancestors maintained Polish (maternal grandparents) and Sicilian (paternal great grandparents) as their primary languages, Mo-eh San maintains the Japanese language.
PJ and Mo-eh San’s twin girls, Willow Yuuna and Midori Matacia, were born on December 24, 2008.
Nagoya (名古屋市) is the largest city in the Chūbu region of Japan. It is the third-largest incorporated city and the fourth most populous urban area in Japan.
Located on the Pacific coast on central Honshu, it is the capital of Aichi Prefecture and is one of Japan’s major ports along with those of Tokyo, Osaka, Kobe, Yokohama, Chiba, and Kitakyushu. It is also the center of Japan’s third largest metropolitan region, known as the Chūkyō Metropolitan Area. As of 2000, Chūkyō Metropolitan Area had 8.74 million people, of which 2.27 million live in the city of Nagoya.
The city’s name was historically written as 那古野 or 名護屋 (both read as Nagoya). One possible etymology for the city’s name is the adjective nagoyaka (なごやか?), meaning ‘peaceful’.
Nagoya’s main industry is the automotive business, as many Japanese automotive companies are based in Nagoya, akin to the number of U.S. automakers once based in Detroit. Toyota’s luxury brand Lexus is headquartered in Nagoya and Mitsubishi Motors has an R & D division in Okazaki located in a suburb of Nagoya. Many Japanese automotive suppliers such as Denso, Aisin Seiki Co., Toyota Industries, JTEKT or Toyota Boshoku are headquartered in Nagoya or in the suburbs of Nagoya.
Nippon Sharyo, which is known for manufacturing rolling stock including the Shinkansen bullet trains, and Hoshizaki Electric, which is known for commercial ice machines and refrigeration equipment, are also headquartered there. Aerospace-related firms operating in Nagoya include Boeing, Pratt & Whitney, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Bodycote, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Spirit AeroSystems, and Fuji Heavy Industries.
As to Nagoya’s founding, this came about during the early 17th century at the time of the powerful warlords Oda Nobunaga and his proteges Toyotomi Hideyoshi and Tokugawa Ieyasu. These men, based in the Nagoya area, gradually succeeded in unifying Japan. In 1610, Tokugawa Ieyasu moved the capital of Owari Province from Kiyosu to a more strategic location in present-day Nagoya.
At that time, Nagoya Castle, a new, large ediface, was constructed partly from materials taken from Kiyosu Castle. During the construction, the entire town of Kiyosu (c. 60,000 people) including the towns temples and shrines, moved to the new, planned town around Nagoya Castle.
About the same time and not far away, the ancient Atsuta Shrine (built c. 100 AD) was designated as a way station called Miya on the important Tōkaidō, a road that linked the two capitals of Kyoto and Edo (now Tokyo).
Eventually, a town developed around the Atsuta Shrine to support travelers. The combination of the castle and shrine towns forms what is now Nagoya.